Both the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia's unprovoked, unjustifiable, and illegal war of aggression against Ukraine have exposed pressure points in supply chains. Some of these points are known; many have yet to be better understood. Countries and firms alike are now reflecting on how to build-up greater supply chain resilience. This OECD Forum virtual event will aim to support these important efforts by allowing for a strategic and solution-oriented discussion between leading stakeholders, to explore how we may best continue harnessing the benefits of globalisation, whilst better addressing its risks.
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Thought leaders from the OECD and beyond share their perspectives on the COVID-19 crisis and other global challenges. What should decision-makers and policy-shapers do now and for the future? How can we meet unprecedented health, social, environmental and economic challenges, and be greater than the sum of our parts?
Critical Minerals: Responsible supply chains for a sustainable future
By Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicle batteries are all examples of technologies where demand is growing—and that require large quantities of minerals. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, takes stock of this critical sector for the clean energy transition.
What can the internet teach us about resilient food systems?
By Ricardo Salvador, Director and Senior Scientist, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
We are all experiencing the consequences of a food system that can be disrupted or completely cut off at a single point—the true test is how it performs under stressful and unexpected conditions, not just the optimum.
A Shot in the Arm: How Science, Engineering, and Supply Chains Converged to Vaccinate the World by Yossi Sheffi
By Yossi Sheffi, Professor & Director, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering & Center for Transportation & Logistics
An enduring lesson from the COVID-19 vaccine story is one that supply chains aren’t about doing one thing well—they are about doing every one of a multitude of things well. As the adage goes, they are only as strong as their weakest links.
How Can Trade Advance Sustainability? Smarter enforcement and modernisation
By Mitch Jackson, Staff Vice President, Environmental Affairs & Chief Sustainability Officer, FedEx Corporation and Ralph Carter, Staff Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, FedEx Corporation
When was the last time you really stopped to think about the interconnectivity of global supply chains?
Resilient Trade Starts with Sustainable Supply Chains
By Didier Bergeret, Director of Sustainability, The Consumer Goods Forum
The pandemic and its on-going impacts dictate that we focus on attaining resilience. But businesses with sustainability at the heart of their operations and supply chains have proved better equipped than those which had not.
The Drivers of Supply Chain Resilience
By Linda Yueh, Professor, St Edmund Hall, Oxford University
The pandemic has shown the vitality of supply chain resilience. Dr Yueh explains what trends should be considered going forward in building back supply chains around the world.
Restructuring ocean shipping and supply chains for the 21st Century
By Martin Stopford, Executive Director, Marecon Ltd
Maritime shipping lies at the heart of a global ecological transition. Martin Stopford discusses how maritime supply chains are addressing trends such as decarbonisation, digitalisation and de-globalisation, and presents tactics for building a new world economy.