The Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum provides a platform to share experiences, promote sustainable trade practices, and showcase different ways to enhance transparency in supply chains. It enables discussion on voluntary sustainability standards and benchmarking approaches to improve standards implementation and usability to have a positive impact for suppliers and buyers.
This year, the Forum looks at current initiatives that connect small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to sustainable supply chains. The forum will take stock of the progress and lessons learned since the Trade for Sustainable Development principles were launched in October 2014. Promoting sustainability, transparency, and harmonization in supply chains while supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets, the principles encourage companies and institutions to embrace these core values in order to build more sustainable supply chains.
The event brings together over 200 representatives from multinational corporations, governments, international organizations and NGOs from national, regional and international backgrounds, as they all have a stake in more transparent and harmonized voluntary sustainability standards in international trade.
The Forum is organized by the Trade for Sustainable (T4SD) programme of the International Trade Centre (ITC). The International Trade Centre is the joint agency of the United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).