Sydney, March 6, 2019 - Ferrero Australia were invited by Fairtrade to be the sole company guest presenter at their forum: “The Future of Trade: Can it Work for Everyone?” This interactive forum brought together over 80 thought leaders across Government, NGO and Corporate sectors to discuss the transformation of global trade to make it sustainable and profitable for all.

The keynote speeches and panel sessions discussed a holistic view of sustainability, assessed the long-term viability of value chains and debated critical topics such as traceability and transparency, human rights due diligence, climate change and gender equality in global trade.

The Keynote Speaker: Lord Mark Price, the former UK government Minister of Trade, former Managing Director of Waitrose and new Board Chair of Fairtrade Foundation UK drew on personal experiences to highlight the reality for businesses today and make the case for a collective response based on an ethical and values-based approach to business and the role each attendee can play.

Roberto Grasso, Ferrero Australia’s Managing Director presented Ferrero’s approach to business with content from our current Corporate Social Responsibility report. The presentation covered our company principles, our code of business conduct, our approach to sustainable agriculture featuring our current sourcing of 70% certified sustainable cocoa and being on track for 100% by 2020, and an overview of the Ferrero-Fairtrade ECOOKIM partnership. Details of which can be found on pages 126-137 of our current CSR report.

Notable speakers and panellists also included: John Hewson AM, Professor at the Crawford School, ANU and former leader of the Australia liberal party; Dr. Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director The Ethics Centre; David Pine, Chair of the recently established New Zealand Government Trade for All Advisory Board; Vanessa Zimmerman, CEO Pillar Two and Human Rights expert; Daniel Baker, Corporate Responsibility Director ALDI Australia, John Thwaites, Chair Monash Sustainable Development Institute and former Deputy Premier of Victoria and Molly Harriss Olson, the CEO of Fairtrade ANZ.

Ferrero’s approach to business was congratulated and widely recognised with positive feedback from the delegates, speakers and panellists attending the event.