Webinar Recordings

Thank you for your interest in the ICC International Trade & Prosperity Week.

You will find each of the 10 webinar recordings below, together with the key takeaways document. We hope you find the content informative and useful.

If you have any queries or would like to know how to get involved in our 2021 initiatives, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at events@iccwbo.uk

 

WEBINAR 01
GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS – VIEW FROM THE BOARDROOM

Ajay Banga, President and CEO of MasterCard & Chair of ICC gives the inaugural keynote speech presenting Top Global Business Priorities, followed by Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan, Chair, B20 Saudi Arabia who shares his views on Tackling the Backlash to Globalisation.

Paul Drechsler, Board Member of ICC United Kingdom then provides a synopsis of the headline issues being discussed in international boardrooms both in the short term with Covid-19 and the longer term.

Building on the opening statement, the panel then brings in perspectives from the US, Asia and Europe as well as SMEs and mid-size businesses discussing the issues in more detail and providing key priority messages.

WEBINAR 02
THE ECONOMICS OF GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS

This session provided unique insights into trade data from Dun & Bradstreet on the shifting trends in GVCs and reflected on recent reports from Chatham House, OECD and McKinsey & Company to de-mystify the misconceptions on how GVCs are currently operating.

Leading corporate speakers discussed and shared their perspectives on how both short and long term changes in the economic and geo-political environment, including COVID-19 and recent policy responses, have impacted their global trading environment and supply chains.

Speakers then gave some practical case studies to best demonstrate what this means for how they trade and do business around the world, challenges they’ve faced, the shifts in their supply chains and opportunities looking beyond the crisis.

By the end of the session, the audience had a clear indication of the state of play and what policies will drive growth and minimise disruption.

WEBINAR 03
DELIVERING THE 2050 NET ZERO EMISSIONS TARGET

According to the OECD, about 70% of international trade today involves global value chains, as services, raw materials, parts, and components cross borders – often numerous times. The significant role GVCs play in the world economy therefore amplified the requirement to make them sustainable in order to achieve the SDGs.

This webinar discussed the challenges, opportunities and solutions needed to meet the Paris Agreement commitment and how GVCs need to adapt quickly in this time of crisis in order to be more sustainable and support particularly those most vulnerable.

WEBINAR 04
CLIMATE & GREEN FINANCE

This session was a conversation with leading industry specialists to review the impact of policy, disruptive new technologies, digital platforms and banking regulation on climate and green finance and how companies are adapting.

WEBINAR 05
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE

This session was a conversation with leading industry specialists to review the impact of policy, disruptive new technologies, digital platforms and banking regulation on climate and green finance and how companies are adapting.

WEBINAR 06
DIGITAL TRADE; THE ENABLER TO INCLUSIVE GROWTH

The second webinar on digital trade shared an update on the WTO Ecommerce Agreement and how it provides practical benefits to firms worldwide in key areas promoting economic growth, investment and jobs and the integrity of global supply chains (“GVCs”).

The panellists explored these fundamentals and what trade rules can do to improve affordable connectivity, increase financial inclusion, and facilitate MSME trade in goods and services. It also highlighted critical needs further afield of trade law such as the need for skills development and gender and other forms of diversity in economic life. Presenters shared practical examples and key messages for businesses, governments and policy makers on what needs to happen next.

WEBINAR 07
IMPACT OF GLOBAL CHANGE ON TAX STRATEGY

Tax is becoming a critical area of focus as governments seek new ways to reform the global tax system and raise revenues from the digital economy and meet sustainability and climate change targets, particularly in emerging countries where development priorities are acute and tax revenues low. 

This session looked at the risks, implications and potential opportunities to deliver a more effective tax system that meets the needs of business and governments but is fair and transparent.

WEBINAR 08
TRADE FACILITATION

Trade facilitation matters if we are to help small businesses grow, support women’s economic empowerment, or alleviate poverty. This session looked at how distribution networks are being disrupted and what this means for global value chains and the movement of goods across borders.

Speakers provided insights into their respective industries and how a combination of the current COVID-19 pandemic together with the wider political environment they are operating in, is driving the need for digitalisation and public-private cooperation to help governments implement the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.

WEBINAR 09
A CONVERSATION WITH BUSINESS, CONSUMERS, WORKERS, NGOS & PARLIAMENT

Trade now impacts on all areas of public policy. This session explored the ways to make sure that trade deals have buy-in from across society. In 2018, in a rare show of unity, the UK’s leading business organisations, trade unions, consumer groups, and civil society organisations issued a joint report “Making Trade Work for Everyone”.

The report received attention in lots of countries and included recommendations on multi-stakeholder engagement, transparency, consensus building and inclusive trade governance. Two years on, speakers discussed what is working, and not working, in the ways that governments engage with stakeholders during trade negotiations.

WEBINAR 10
REBUILDING TRUST IN BUSINESS

Trust has never been as important as it is today. Global issues such as climate change, sustainability and building back better have created an opportunity for businesses to demonstrate ethical behaviour and responsible business conduct.

How do businesses ensure this is carried throughout the supply chain across jurisdictions that have different laws, regulations and norms of behaviour?


How does a company show its commitment to meeting ethical objectives whilst delivering on its core purpose?

What obstacles must we overcome for policy makers, businesses and wider stakeholders to come together in meaningful shared endeavours to tackle critical issues, when all agree that no-one can do it alone?

This is the final webinar of the week where panellists and experts from leading companies and NGOs shared the latest thinking on how we are rising to the ethics challenge with new ways of managing global value chains.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

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