The EUROCITIES Economic Development Forum discussed how the public and private sector can cooperate to facilitate the development of disruptive new ideas for sustainability, while taking into account the collateral damages and resistance that disruption can cause. On day 3, ITC presented the upcoming second edition of the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award during the Business meeting of the Forum.
This interactive session featured a discussion of EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award as an innovative solution to scale up sustainable trade by engaging cities. After a brief overview of the Award concept, values and objectives by ITC and DG Trade, the spotlight was on the winning cities of the first Award edition to show how they are driving more sustainable trade by championing responsible consumption in their cities and what this means for producers in non-EU countries.
Ghent, the overall Award winner, showed how the city is using its purchasing power to make the textile supply chain more sustainable, while Saarbrücken, one of the Award’s ‘Special Mention’ winners, gave insights into how it is forming partnerships with producers in developing countries. This was complemented by the story of a coffee producers from a cooperative in Honduras which has a partnership with the city of Saarbrücken. Participants then worked in small groups to develop suggestions for the second Award edition.
This meeting brought together representatives from the seven shortlisted cities of the 2018 Award, which form the Network of EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade. The closed event provided an opportunity for these cities to share experiences and learn from each other’s approaches to fair and ethical trade.
Each city presented one if it’s key initiatives and discussed this with the other city representatives in an interactive manner. An expert presentation by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation further gave cities new insights into city approaches to circular economy.
The participants also got to directly experience Lyon’s approach to fair and ethical trade by meeting and talking to local stakeholders involved in fair and ethical trade through site visits.