Brussels, 2 June 2022 – TIC Council hosted the global TIC Summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday 1 June. The summit, which coincided with the first International TIC Day, marked TIC Council’s first in-person event in three years following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entitled “Journeying Towards Sustainability: is Greenwashing Avoidable?”, the event brought together policymakers, industry captains, NGOs, legal and technical experts to engage in a series of panel discussions addressing the growing political and legal challenges of embedding sustainability in business strategies, as well as what steps are needed to encourage sustainability within global supply chains and global best practices. The panels were moderated by Dr. Michael Fübi, TIC Council President and CEO of TÜV Rheinland, and Karin Athanas, TIC Council Americas Executive Director.
Panel 1, “Regulatory Framework: a Driver or a Hurdle?”, explored the challenges of implementing sustainability policies in business strategies and how the EU could serve as a leading example in this field at a global level, while in Panel 2, “Building an Ecosystem of Trust", our speakers exchanged the best practices to develop a robust conformity assessment system that will ensure sustainability in all stages of supply chains.
Following a set of polls throughout the event, 30% of the audience believed it is very realistic for companies to hold their supply chains accountable to sustainability requirements, while in another poll 58% agree that the role international standards play in supply chain due diligence is to build trust throughout the supply chain.
TIC Council thanks all the participants who attended in person or virtually, as well as the speakers for an insightful set of discussions.
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