2021 Forum on Globalization and Industrialization

“Rewiring Global Production Networks for Sustainability”


2021 Research Conference “Sustainability in Global Value Chains”

December 6–7, 2021

Virtual Event


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.

FGI Agenda:

Monday, Dec. 06, 2021

09:40-09:55 (CET) Welcoming Remarks
Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, Deputy to the Director General, UNIDO
Ambassador Götz Schmidt-Bremme,
Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Office of the United Nations in Vienna
09:55-10:55 (CET) SESSION 1: Linking supply chain sustainability to the global sustainability agenda
11:00-12:00 (CET) SESSION 2: Sustainable supply chain governance systems and the role of (national) governments
12:00-13:55 (CET) Break
13:55-14:55 (CET) SESSION 3: Innovative approaches to achieving sustainability in global supply chains
15:00-16:00 (CET) SESSION 4: Measuring and monitoring the sustainability of global supply chains: current practices and future directions
16:00 (CET) Concluding Remarks


Detailed FGI program can be found here.

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Research Conference Agenda:

Tuesday, Dec. 07, 2021

09:00-09:15 (CET) Welcoming Remarks
09:15-10:15 (CET) KEYNOTE LECTURE: Trade Protection along Supply Chains
Paola Conconi (Uni Libre de Bruxelles)
10:15-10:45 (CET) Break
10:45-12:00 (CET) SESSION 1A: Trade in GVCs, reshoring and resilience
SESSION 1B: Sustainable governance of GVCs
12:00-13:00 (CET) Break
13:00-14:15 (CET) SESSION 2A: Greenhouse gas emissions, trade and GVCs
SESSION 2B: Mega trends and the future of sustainable and resilient GVCs
14:15-14:45 (CET) Break
14:45-15:45 (CET) Flash sessions (SESSION 3A/3B/3C)
15:45-16:15 (CET) Break
16:15-17:30 (CET) SESSION 4A: Actors in GVCs: Traders, households, and firms
SESSION 4B: Governance and CSR in garment value chains
17:30-18:00 (CET) Summary and Closing


Detailed program for the Research Conference can be found here.

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Conference organizers:

The FGI 2021 and the Research Conference are organized by the Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains in cooperation with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG). The newly created research network is a joint initiative by the German Development Institute (DIE-GDI), the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel), the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA Hamburg), and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). The network is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


Source: UNIDO