November 23


3rd EU-Japan CSR Business Dialogue Meeting

Responsible Global Sourcing:
A Collaborative Approach to Achieve the SDGs:
The challenges and the way forward

Globalisation has transformed the way in which supply chains operate. With the support of technological developments, together with a rise in regional trade agreements, companies source products from all parts of the world. While providing extensive trading possibilities, companies also have the potential, and the obligation, to contribute to global sustainability. The question is how to better engage and support businesses in their sustainability efforts towards achieving the SDGs?

The EU-Japan CSR Business Dialogue enables companies to discuss challenges, share best practice and explore opportunities for business collaboration and leadership.

Join us to:

  • Identify key issues affecting industry and broader society with the EU and Japanese authorities, with the aim of shaping future public policy
  • Examine global supply chain sustainability challenges and potential solutions for companies; including how to translate SDGs into supply chain management
  • Forge potential new partnerships and alliances with key business and stakeholders

This day will bring together business organisations and company representatives, including procurement, sustainability, advocacy or strategic issues. The discussion will be moderated by Veronica Rubio, Executive Director at the ProTerra Foundation.

More information

This event is for industry only. If you work in industry and would be interested in attending, you can apply for a place via this webform. The JBCE will contact you to confirm whether or not you can have a place. The application deadline is 12 p.m. on Thursday, 22 November. For more information please contact Ryota Tsunemi at the JBCE - or tel. +32 2 286 5330.


Registration and Welcome Coffee (from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.)
Morning – 3rd EU-Japan CSR Business Dialogue Meeting (from 9:00 a.m.)
  • Opening statements from business
    • Japan Business Council in Europe - Mr Toru Morita, President, JBCE (President & CEO, Mitsui Chemicals Europe GmbH)
    • Council for Better Corporate Citizenship - Mr Masaya Futamiya, Chairman, CBCC (Director, Chairman, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.)
    • Business Policy Forum, Japan - Mr Hidemi Tomita, CSR Committee Member, CSR Forum, Japan (Senior Project Principal, Director, Lloyd's Register Japan K.K.)
    • CSR Europe - Mr Stefan Crets, Executive Director
    • amfori - Ms Stéphanie Luong, Vice President - Public Affairs
  • Scene-setting – "Responsible Supply Chains in Asia": Findings and observations on opportunities and challenges for companies
    • Ms Sarah Gondy, Policy Officer, DG TRADE, European Commission
    • Ms Yukiko Arai, Senior Specialist, Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Company experiences – case studies by European and Japanese companies
  • Discussion: "Responsible Global Sourcing: A Collaborative Approach to Achieve the SDGs - The Challenge and the way forward"
    • Moderator: Ms Veronica Rubio, Executive Director at the ProTerra Foundation
  • Policy response and the next steps
    • Ms Kristin Schreiber, Director, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission (TBC)
    • Ms Kayo Matsumoto, Director, Corporate Accounting, Disclosure and CSR Policy Office Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI
  • Closing statements from business
Networking lunch (12:45 - 1:45 p.m.)
Afternoon – EU-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility (from 2:00 p.m.)

The Industrial Policy Dialogue is an annual dialogue between the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI). This year's Working Group meeting will address various issues including the EU policy on SDGs and CSR; Sustainable Finance and Transparency & Disclosure; Trade and Sustainability.

DG GROW and METI have agreed to open some parts of their Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility meeting up to participants from the morning 3rd EU-Japan CSR Business Dialogue Meeting. 

Background and Event Objectives

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), contains provisions for EU-Japan cooperation on CSR, notably through the exchange of information and best practices, including on adherence, implementation, follow-up, and dissemination of internationally agreed guidelines and principles.

Looking beyond the bilateral Japan-EU relations, our event will provide a platform for discussion to identify challenges and opportunities and explore ways of increasing joint impact of European and Japanese companies in sourcing markets and international supply chains.

A 2017 study found that whilst 71% of businesses are planning to engage with the SDGs, only 13% have already identified the tools they need to assess their impact against the SDGs (see here).

Following a scene-setting presentation of the interim findings of the EU-ILO-OECD joint action on responsible supply chains, the meeting will focus on a roundtable discussion.

This morning event takes the form of a business-to-business roundtable discussion and its conclusions will be fed into the afternoon's EU-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue Working Group on CSR meeting between the European Commission and Government of Japan. Participants from the morning event will be able to attend the first part of the afternoon government-to-government discussion.

The 2018 event is co-organised by the Japan Business Council in Europe; Council for Better Corporate Citizenship; Business Policy Forum, Japan; amfori; CSR Europe and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.

2nd Japan-Europe CSR Business Dialogue Meeting in 2017

Tokyo hosted the 2nd EU-Japan CSR Business Dialogue Meeting in 2017.

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