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Virtual Conference 2022: Reality check on Responsible Sourcing

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Trends, obstacles and opportunities

The RE-SOURCING Virtual Conference 2022 is closed!

Thank you for your interest and all the great feedback we received from speakers and the audience!

Follow the recordings in case you have missed our exciting live programme:

Day 1 (November 8): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0Ql2UHpt_Y

Day 2 (November 9): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E5giz1r5m

Speaker slides are already available on this page – our conference report will follow soon!

Agenda

Tuesday, November 8

14:00 – 14:30 CET
Conference opening

Conference moderator: Ursula Kopp (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Welcome and opening note

14:30 – 16:00 CET
Session 1: Stress test for Responsible Sourcing – In-between our 2050 ambitions and economic resilience in view of rising geopolitical tensions

Session moderator: Patrick Nadoll (EIT Raw Materials)

The past weeks and months have been marked by rising geopolitical tensions and economic challenges. Businesses and the general public are struggling with the effects of rising inflation and uncertainties. In global supply chains, it seems that sustainability criteria are therefore taking a back seat and supply security and costs once again becoming the primary concern. With global challenges such as climate change, it is crucial that sustainability issues are not side-lined in global supply chains. Nevertheless, the question arises as to whether, in view of these changes in the framework conditions, adjustments to the EU climate targets and the upcoming supply chain due diligence are to be expected, or whether these targets can be achieved at all.

The roadmaps of the RE-SOURCING project for the renewable energy and mobility sectors provide a tight schedule for the implementation of sustainability measures to mitigate climate change and achieve responsible supply chains.

In this session, our experts will discuss whether sustainability is being forced into a secondary role in global supply chains, whether achieving the visions of the roadmaps seems realistic at all, and what further consequences can be expected in the future.

14:30 – 15:00 CET
Input presentations: Perspectives from the RE-SOURCING Roadmaps 2050

Roadmap 2050 on Renewable Energy

Roadmap 2050 on Mobility

15:00 – 16:00 CET
Panel discussion: Stress test for Responsible Sourcing

Panellists:

moderated by Patrick Nadoll (EIT Raw Materials)

16:00 – 16:30 CET
Break

Enjoy your break!

16:30 – 18:00 CET
Session 2: In Search of a Common Agenda – Aligning EU & Latin America Visions for Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing of Minerals

Session moderator: Emanuele DiFrancesco (World Resources Forum Association)

In recent years, mineral raw materials have become a high priority issue in the trading relationships between European and Latin American countries. On one hand, the EU relies on Latin America as a major trading partner to source base & critical minerals for the growth of key industrial sectors, such as renewable energy, e-mobility and digital innovation. On the other hand, mining is a fundamental sector for many Latin American economies, with a significant weight in exports and in attracting direct foreign investments. While there are clear mutual advantages behind this trading relationship, persisting differences between the two regions on the role of and vision for the mining industry, represents a challenge in achieving sustainable, resilient and secure supply chains.

In light of recent geopolitical developments that only intensify the search for both economic resilience and socio-ecological sustainability, a stronger collaboration between the EU and Latin America is highly needed. This calls for a deeper dialogue about perspectives and needs on both sides and how the relationship needs to evolve to become a true partnership for sustainable co-development.

16:30 – 17:00 CET
Input presentations: Perspectives from Latin America and the EU on Responsible Sourcing

Latin American perspective on responsible sourcing – What’s responsible in countries with high raw materials extraction?

European perspective on responsible sourcing – What’s expected of trading partners?

  • Dániel Krámer (European Commission, DG TRADE)

17:00 – 18:00 CET
Panel discussion: In Search of a Common Agenda

Panellists:

18:00 – 18:30 CET
Informal exchange – live day 1

registered participants only

After a short closing remark on day 1, join this informal opportunity to exchange and network with conference participants and the RE-SOURCING project!

The exchange will not be recorded or streamed.

Wednesday, November 9

09:00 – 09:15 CET
Opening day 2 of the live program

Conference moderator: Ursula Kopp (Vienna University of Econocmics and Business)

09:15 – 10:45 CET
Session 3: Digital Solutions for Supply Chain Due Diligence – A reality check for companies what to expect from blockchain & Co.

Session moderator: Alexander Graf (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Companies are increasingly held accountable by regulators, workers and consoumers for their responsibility to minimize negative impact on people and the planet not only in their own operations but throughout their supply chains. They are pushed to collect and assess vast amounts of reliable information about raw material and product flows, supply chain actors, and their sustainability performance.

A variety of digital systems and platforms, especially based on concepts such as blockchain, material passports and digital twins, are emerging to offer solutions for automatizing and managing these information flows. They are aimed at scaling transparency in order to assess sustainability risks in the supply chain.

Where do these technologies stand at the moment and what to expect from them as a company?

How to best get started and what is required for their implementation?

Are they the solution to all your problems of supply chain due diligence – what else is needed for their complementation?

09:15 – 09:45 CET
Input presentations: Current State and Major Developments of Blockchain and Supply Chain Due Diligence

The Role of Emerging Technology to Support Sustainable Development in Supply Chains

Digital Solutions for Supply Chain Due Diligence – Some business perspectives

09:45 – 10:45 CET
Panel discussion: Digital Solutions for Supply Chain Due Diligence

Panellists:

moderated by Alexander Graf (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

10:45 – 11:15 CET
Break

Enjoy your break!

11:15 – 12:45 CET
Session 4: Chasing Unicorns? How Able is the Mining Sector to Extract Responsibly Sourced Minerals for the Green Economy?

Session moderator: Masuma Farooki (MineHutte)

The Responsible Sourcing (RS) landscape has concentrated heavily on identifying RS problems and challenges in the extractive sector and outlined several standards and guidelines to overcome these obstacles. The flipside of this coin is the economic, technical and managerial capacity of the extractive sector to meet these ESG standards, particularly at a time where metal demand projections suggest that more raw materials well be required to pave the green roadmaps for renewable energy and e-mobility sectors. This panel brings together industry experts to discuss the mineral supply equation and industry capacity to supply responsibly extracted minerals. The panel addresses how realistic the chances are for the global mining sector to responsibly supply the minerals for a green economy.

11:15 – 11:45 CET
Input presentation

Efforts and Impact of Sustainability in the Mining Sector – Some Food for Thought

11:45 – 12:45 CET
Panel discussion: Chasing Unicorns?

Panellists:

moderated by Masuma Farooki (MineHutte)

12:45 – 13:00 CET
Closing of live program

13:00 – 13:30 CET
Informal exchange – live day 2

After a short closing remark of the live program, join this informal opportunity to exchange and network with conference participants and the RE-SOURCING project!

The exchange will not be recorded or streamed.

Thursday, November 10

10:00 – 11:30 CET
Consult the RE-SOURCING Team #1

No matter whether you are a business manager, policy maker, researcher or civil society representative, let us know your question and reserve your own informal 30-minute slot with experts from the RE-SOURCING team that we select based on your needs. Fully confidential and free of charge!

14:00 – 15:00 CET
Consult the RE-SOURCING Team #2

No matter whether you are a business manager, policy maker, researcher or civil society representative, let us know your question and reserve your own informal 30-minute slot with experts from the RE-SOURCING team that we select based on your needs. Fully confidential and free of charge!

15:00 – 17:00 CET
Project Networking Session

Join a selection of relevant projects in the sphere of Responsible Sourcing to network and learn from each other about the latest research, innovation and coordination activities in the EU’s Horizon programme and beyond.

Presenting projects and organisations:

ELLED

SUMEX

KamniChain

Green Dealings

AfricaMaVal

For registered participants only.

*For information about the event’s data privacy & protection, please read the Participant Information Sheet

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