Notice: the conference has been moved from May 7 to September 14. Early bird offer is extended to May 30.

The Future of Ethical Trade: Towards a New Normal
Sep 14, 9:00 AM
Location: DOGA
Important information concerning the coronavirus +

Make sure you participate at the year's most important multi-stakeholder arena for ethical trade

Ethical Trade Norway invites you to our 2020 conference - The Future of Ethical Trade: Towards a New Normal


The aim of our conference is to accelerate solutions for sustainable trade that benefits people, society, and planet. 

How can we achieve sustainable consumption and production that benefits people, society and planet? 

Our house is on fire – that we know. Climate change, corruption, resource scarcity, and systemic violations of labour- and human rights are common challenges in global supply chains. 


Business as usual is not an option – that we also know. We need to establish a New Normal. This will require solutions at both the individual and structural level. Among these solutions – some already realised, while others waiting to emerge – there are enormous opportunities to secure sustainable development through innovative business models. 

Investors and consumers are waiting in line to support businesses that are part of the solution rather than the problem. According to The Business and Sustainable Development Commission, innovative solutions to meet our global goals can create business opportunities estimated at US 12 trillion

At The Future of Ethical Trade: Towards a New Normal, you will hear from national and international actors with innovative solutions and business models that deliver on sustainability. You will acquire knowledge and tools for developing a solutions-oriented culture within your organisation, and you will have the opportunity to engage in solution labs for collaborate problem-solving. 



NB: The program is continuously updated as speakers and topics are confirmed

The conference will be bilangual with a mix of English and Norwegian.


Moderator: TBA


Registration & coffee
Networking at the solution square
Welcome and opening remarks
Heidi Furustøl, Executive Director of Ethical Trade Norway
The future of business and human rights 
Iselin Nybø, Minister of Trade and Industry (TBC)
Panel discussion: Getting boardrooms aboard: The business case for due diligence and the multistakeholder-approach 
Ivar Horneland Kristensen, Virke
Hans Christian Gabrielsen, LO (TBC)
Geir Inge Stokke, Coop (TBC)
What role for responsible business in
development cooperation?
Bård Vegard Solhjell, Director General of Norad, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
Tackling the cause, not the symptom: How to get beyond standalone initiatives to deliver ethical transformation at scale?
Peter McAllister, Executive Director at Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
Not just green, but green and just: The
synergy of circular economy and due diligence
Claire Rodgers, Country Retail Manager CSO, IKEA Norway (TBC)
Coffee, tea, and mingling in the solution square
Climate resilience in global supply chains
Nora Backer Malm, senior consultant, EY
Yvonne Fadnes, consultant, EY
Sustainability and financial risk management: What matters to investors beyond legal compliance? 
Part 1: Setting the stage for a New Normal











Lunch and mingling in the solution square
Part 2: Solution labs for a New Normal





Two rounds x 60 minutes
Solution lab 1: How to identify and prevent modern slavery through stakeholder dialogue
Linn Aakvik, Ethical Trade Norway
Solution lab 2: Talk is cheap: How to facilitate and what to gain from worker representation and collective bargaining 
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Solution lab 3: It costs money: How to establish fair purchasing practices
Fair Wear Foundation & Ethical Trade Norway
Summary of solutions
Winner of the Ethical Trade Award and closing remarks
Heidi Furustøl, Executive Director of Ethical Trade Norway
20 years of Ethical Trade Norway
Celebration with light refreshments and speakers


Bård Vegar Solhjell

Director General

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)


Peter McAllister

Executive Director

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

Ivar H. Kristensen



Heidi Furustøl

Executive Director

Ethical Trade Norway



Nora Backer Malm

Senior Consultant

Ernst & Young (EY) 

Yvonne Fadnes


Ernst & Young (EY) 


Linn Aakvik






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Solution Square

At the solution square you will get the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders that can support your work with ethical trade and sustainability. The list of stakeholder organisations will be updated as organisations are confirmed. 



Ethical Trade Norway

Ethical Trade Norway is a unique non- profit alliance and multi-stakeholder initiative made up by a collective of 170 businesses, employers organisations, trade unions, NGOs and public entities.


We have 20 years of experience in promoting decent work, human rights and environmental protection in global supply chains. 

We receive good scores and feedback, from members as well as external stakeholders, on our practical and solutions based approaches, developed in close collaboration with businesses, NGOs, Trade Unions and employer organisations.

Thank you to our donor for supporting this conference


By foot

You can easily reach DOGA on foot from Oslo Central Station. It is a 15 minute walk. 

By bus or tram

Buses 54 and 37 stops at Jakobs church in Hausmannsgate, right outside DOGA. Trams 11, 12, 13 and 17 stops at Lilletorget, which is a five minutes walk from DOGA

By car

Parking is available at Anker Parking across the road from DOGA. 

Sep 14, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: DOGA,
Hausmanns gate 16, 0182 Oslo, Norway

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