LEIZ Director, Prof Josef Wieland, co-lead of the T20 Working Group on „Sustainability in Global Value Chains“ and co-author of the corresponding Policy Brief, was invited by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to give a speech at a Reception at the Hamburg City Hall. He addressed the delegates of the 2nd G20 Employment Working Group Meeting with some remarks on the social impact of global value chains, on the role of corporate actors and on the significance of trade inclusiveness, sustainability, and legitimacy for the social acceptance of free trade. Being a member of the steering committee of the National CSR Forum, he also spoke about the „Berlin Consensus“ on risk-based due diligence which addresses the challenges of sustainability in global value chains and is coordinated by the National CSR Forum, involving various representatives of business, politics, and civil society.
The Keynote Address on „Sustainable Global Supply Chains“ was given by John G. Ruggie, Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. The 2nd Employment Working Group Meeting, taking place on February 15-17, 2017, assembled delegates and experts from the G20 states and was part of the preparation process of the G20 Summit that will be held in Hamburg in July 2017 under the German G20 presidency.