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The Forum on Globalization and Industrialization (FGI) is a series of annual forums jointly organized by the Research Network on Sustainable Global Supply Chains, UNIDO, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel) and the Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG)

For the past few years, the Forum has brought together policymakers, international organizations, academia and private sector. The FGI highlights the areas where stakeholders are already working together, and provides a platform for discovering of new avenues of cooperation on the issues related to industrialization, global trade and investment. In the age of technological and international trade uncertainty, FGI is aiming to address the challenges and opportunities of globalization and industrialization, especially in the current COVID-19 crisis.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted global production networks. It has brought to the forefront a sense of urgency for governments and internationally operating enterprises to re-evaluate their approaches towards ensuring resilience and sustainability in their supply chains. This seismic event offers the opportunity to re-think established approaches, and embrace sustainability as a core value creator, but also link long-term recovery strategies to the guiding principles and objectives of the UN Agenda 2030.

In view of the above, the 2021 Forum on Globalization and Industrialization (FGI) seeks to convene stakeholders from government, academia, private sector, and civil society to discuss paths towards advancing sustainability practices in global supply chains. The event aims to discuss the challenges and opportunities of sustainable production in global supply chains. Particularly, the forum will explore policies, governance modes as well as novel business models that can foster inclusiveness and sustainability in global production networks, thus, supporting the joint global efforts to build back better.

Agenda

09:30-10:00 Welcoming Remarks
10:00-11:00 Linking supply chain sustainability to the global sustainability agenda
11:15-12:15 Sustainable supply chain governance systems and the role of (national) governments
14:00-15:00 Innovative approaches to achieving sustainability in global supply chains
15:15-16:15 Measuring and monitoring the sustainability of global supply chains: current practices and future directions

The Research Network on Sustainable Global Supply Chains, the Kiel Centre for Globalization and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel), together with the The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA Hamburg) and the German Development Institute (DIE-GDI) are jointly organizing the 2021 Forum on Globalization and Industrialization and the accompanying Research Conference on Sustainability in Global Supply Chains.

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