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Eliza Anyangwe, Writer, editor and moderator, The Guardian/The Nzinga Effect


Today, many leading firms in international value chains pursue sustainability strategies. Many developed country governments have green or sustainable public procurement policies. Voluntary sustainability standards are proliferating and consumer demand for sustainably sourced products is increasing. Each of these value chains involves hundreds, if not thousands, of suppliers from micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

Yet these small firms may not always have the information or capacity they need to participate in these value chains. Panelists will present where the bottlenecks and opportunities in data collection lie that lead to inclusive, sustainable value chains. Joined by public, business and NGO leaders, the International Trade Centre will present its work in sustainability data, generating new opportunities for SMEs globally.


  • Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director-General responsible for the coordination of Directorates C, G and H; Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), European Commission
  • Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • Nyagoy Nyong’o, Executive Director, Fairtrade Africa
  • Ian Hope-Johnstone, Senior Director, Agricultural Sustainability, PepsiCo
  • Karin Kreider, Executive Director, ISEAL Alliance
  • Henning Droege, Director of International Affairs, Asociacion de Azucareros de Guatemala – ASAZGUA