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Welcome to the RE-SOURCING Virtual Conference 2021

On the Road to Responsible Sourcing – How to achieve lasting impact

November 8-10, 2021

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8

Supply Chain Due Diligence - How to move towards meaningful and holistic impact?

Supply Chain Due Diligence (DD) has gained traction over the last decade as a major means to increase transparency and accountability in companies’ supply chains. Led by foundational efforts such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, multiple actors continue to develop DD strategies and practices in order to work towards global sustainability agendas. However, the increased adoption also leads to a heterogeneous understanding and implementation of DD with differing outcomes and impacts. In this session, a diverse group of experts from business, policy and civil society will tackle different issues surrounding a major question in this regard: How does DD lead to change that is both effective and holistic in terms of the society and the environment?

Event moderator: Ursula Kopp (Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Session moderator: Tobias Kind-Rieper (WWF Germany)

13:45 - 14:00 CET
Conference opening
Welcome and opening note

Setting the Stage: Are sustainability and responsibility strategic success factors for corporations? by Prof. André Martinuzzi (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Institute for Managing Sustainability)

14:00 - 14:30 CET
Supply chain due diligence - How to move towards meaningful and holistic impact?
Keynote

Speaker:

14:30 - 15:30 CET
From due diligence and risk assessment to driving change on the ground in mineral value chains – Does DD work for businesses and local communities alike?
Panel discussion

Panellists:

moderated by Tobias Kind-Rieper (WWF Germany)

15:30 - 15:45 CET
Break

Enjoy your coffee!

15:45 - 16:45 CET
Expanding due diligence to the environment – How to achieve holistic impact?
Panel discussion

Panellists:

moderated by Tobias Kind-Rieper (WWF Germany)

16:45 - 17:30 CET
Project presentations

Projects:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9

Responsible Sourcing for the Green Transition – A Roadmap to 2050

The global transition of the energy and mobility sectors that is necessary to combat climate change requires vast amounts of raw materials. To be truly sustainable, ’green’ energy and transportation need to ensure that the sourcing of raw materials is conducted in a socially and environmentally responsible way. In this session, international experts will take a deep dive into the concrete targets and measures needed to realize this ambition, informed by the RE-SOURCING Project’s Roadmap for the Renewable Energy Sector and a preview of results from our Mobility Sector Roadmap.

Session moderator: Masuma Farooki (MineHutte)

09:00 - 09:55 CET
Responsible Sourcing for the Green Transition - The Roadmap for the Renewable Energy Sector
Keynote with expert statements

Speaker:

Experts:

  • Maria Nyberg (European Commission, DG Grow)
  • Raffaele Rossi (Solar Power Europe)
  • Isabelle Geuskens (Friends of Earth)
  • Benjamin Katz (OECD)
  • Estelle Gervais (Fraunhofer)
09:55 - 10:15 CET
Responsible sourcing for the Green Transition - Towards a roadmap for the Mobility Sector
Keynote

Speaker:

  • Stefanie Degreif (Oeko-Institut)
10:15 - 10:30 CET
Break

Enjoy your coffee!

10:30 - 11:45 CET
Procurement - Global perspectives on implementing a responsible supply chain
Panel discussion

Panellists:

moderated by Masuma Farooki (MineHutte)

11:45 - 12:15 CET
Project presentations

Projects:

  • tbc
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

Closing the Loop of Responsible Sourcing - How to make global raw material flows more sustainable through circularity?

The Circular Economy (CE) has become a major vehicle to deliver the ambitions enshrined in global and local sustainability agendas. Closing or at least narrowing the loop of product life cycles for decoupling economic activity from primary resource consumption is a promising proposition for business and sustainability alike. Naturally, CE has significant implications for the sourcing of raw materials both in primary and secondary raw material flows. However, a profound discourse on the precise interlinkages between Responsible Sourcing and Circular Economy is only emerging. This session will start by exploring Responsible Sourcing’s role for CE and vice versa, followed by a diverse selection of high-level experts that will zoom in on two concrete issues:  How to improve Responsible Sourcing in global secondary raw material streams and what is the responsibility of manufacturing companies to improve sustainable circularity in raw material flows?

Session moderator: Mathias Schluep (WRFA)

14:00 - 14:35 CET
Closing the Loop of Responsible Sourcing: How to make global raw material flows more sustainable through circularity?
Keynote

Speaker:

14:35 - 15:30 CET
Responsible Sourcing in global secondary resource streams – Current challenges and how to address them
Panel discussion

Speakers:

moderation tbd

15:30 - 15:45 CET
Break

Enjoy your coffee!

15:45 - 16:30 CET
From sourcing to recovery – What is the responsibility of producers to improve sustainable circularity of raw material flows?
Panel discussion

Speakers:

moderated by Mathias Schluep (WRFA)

16:30 - 17:00 CET
Project presentations

Projects:

17:00 - 17:15 CET
Conference closing

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 869276

Coordinated by:

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business,
  • Institute for Managing Sustainability
  • Welthandelsplatz 1A
  • 1020 Vienna
  • email: info@re-sourcing.eu