Events

30 Sep 2019

2019 - International Congress on Social Sustainability

This day will bring together many world-class experts, including top representatives of FAO, International Labour Organization, GAA or Thai Union, as well as senior officials from the private sector.

The eighth edition of the Conxemar-FAO Congress will have once again the participation of speakers of international reference, to deepen the issue of social sustainability, which has become a major concern for the industry and, specifically, for the fishing sector . Due to work incidents, violations and abuses of human rights and workers appearing in different stages of the fishing sector, there are currently numerous national and international initiatives that are demanding a greater social responsibility and improvements in working and social conditions of the sector.

The Congress will take place on September 30, 2019 in the Centro Social AFundación (Policarpo Sanz, 24-26) in Vigo (Galicia, Spain) and plans to bring together about 400 attendees among agencies, government representatives, associations, academia, NGOs and professionals at the highest level of all over the world, in a meeting that has become a world reference for all the agents of the seafood value chain.

08:00-09:00 h. REGISTRATION. Centro Social Afundación. Policarpo Sanz 24-26, Vigo
09:00-09:40 h. OPENING
09:40-10:40 h. SESSION I: SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY ON THE AGENDA
  Moderated by Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
09:40-10:20 h.

Harald Tom Nesvik, Minister of Fisheries. Government of Norway. Host of Our Ocean 2019

Brandt Wagner, Head of Unit of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

Audun Lem, Deputy Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division of FAO

10:20-10:50 h. PANEL DISCUSSION
10:50-11:20 h. COFFEE BREAK
11:20-12:40 h. SESSION II: GOOD PRACTICES IN SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
  Moderated by Libby Woodhatch, Executive Chair of IFFO RS, the global standard for marine ingredients
11:20-12:10 h.

Juliana Herrera, Seafood Standards Manager at Fair Trade USA

Bèatrice Gorez, Coordinator of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA)

Julio Morón, Managing Director of OPAGAC

Javier Garat, President of Europêche

Valeska Weyman, Senior Expert Aquaculture at Global G.A.P.

Francisco Leotte, Group Sustainability Manager at Thai Union (Europe)

12:10-12:40 h. PANEL DISCUSSION
12:40-13:50 h. SESSION III: MAIN CHALLENGES FOR ADRESSING CURRENT PROBLEMS
  Moderator: Bèatrice Gorez, Coordinator of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA)

12:40-13:20 h.

Alastair Dingwall, Aquaculture and Fisheries Manager at Sainsbury's Supermarkets

Didier Begeret, Social Sustainability Director at The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)

Melanie Siggs, Director of Strategic Engagements of Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA)

Fabrizio De Pascale, National Secretary of the Italian Workers Union of fishing and aquaculture workers (UILA Pesca)

Luisa Álvarez, General Manager of Fedepesca

13:20-13:50 h. PANEL DISCUSSION
13:50-15:00 h LUNCH
15:00-16:10 h. SESSION IV: INDUSTRY AND NGOs WORKING TOGETHER TOWARDS SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
  Moderated by Audun Lem, Deputy Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division of FAO
15:00-15:40 h.

Lamia Znagui, Director of the National Federation of Seafood Processing and Valorization Industries (FENIP)

Libby Woodhatch, Executive Chair of IFFO RS, the global standard for marine ingredients

Peter Horn, Project Director Ending Illegal Fishing, International Fisheries", The Pew Charitable Trusts

Toshiya Yabuki, Deputy General Manager CSR  Department at Nippon Suissan

Friðrik Friðriksson, Chief Human Resources Officer at Brim 

15:40-16:10 h. PANEL DISCUSSION
16:10-16:25 h SUMMING UP
  "Looking into the crystal ball",  Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department​
16:25-17:00 h. CLOSING SESSION