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    What Is BEPI Services Benefits BEPI Approach 11 Environmental Performance Areas One Implementation System BEPI Platform About Services Get Involved Network Mission Members Governance Board of Directors Our Team ITP Services Sustainable Supply Chains Become a Member Join Our Network FTA Foreign Trade Association Toggle navigation Menu FTA Presents its 2014 Annual Report The Foreign Trade Association FTA launched its 2014 Annual Report a publication that showcases the key achievements in a landmark year for the organisation as it continued to consolidate its position as the leading international association of retailers importers brand companies and national associations advocating for free trade and sustainable supply chains During 2014 FTA strengthened its advocacy activities towards the European institutions to voice the interests of its over 1 500 member companies and assisted them in driving sustainable business practices trough the implementation of significant updates to the two services that support improved performance of global supply chains 2014 saw two important milestones the upgrade of the services of its Business Social Compliance Initiative BSCI supporting companies to improve working conditions in factories and farms worldwide in response to increasing demands for improved responsibility and greater accountability In addition during this year FTA launched additional services to help companies reduce environmental risks in their supply chains under the Business Environmental Performance Initiative BEPI Key highlights of the association s performance In light of the new political leadership at EU level FTA promoted a progressive European trade policy strategy through the launch of its Road Map for EU Trade Policy a publication outlining the crucial steps to be taken to develop the full potential of EU trade and to secure commerce s continued growth BSCI published its upgraded Code of Conduct to include 11 principles that aim at the highest labour protection and upgraded its tools

    Original URL path: http://www.fta-eu.org/news/fta-presents-its-2014-annual-report (2016-02-16)
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    BEPI Platform News Events Resources Press Room Contact Login Search form Search Foreign Trade Association Search form Search Search News Events Resources Press Room Contact Login FTA Foreign Trade Association ITP International Trade Policy Our Work What We Do What Is ITP Services Focus Areas International Trade Policy Customs Procedures Legal Affairs Environmental Consumer Affairs Sustainable Supply Chains BSCI Business Social Compliance Initiative About What We do What Is BSCI Services Benefits BSCI Approach The BSCI Code of Conduct The Implementation System BSCI 2 0 Focus Areas Labour Issues Programmes FTA Academy BSCI Platform BEPI Business Environmental Performance Initiative About What We Do What Is BEPI Services Benefits BEPI Approach 11 Environmental Performance Areas One Implementation System BEPI Platform About Services Get Involved Network Mission Members Governance Board of Directors Our Team ITP Services Sustainable Supply Chains Become a Member Join Our Network FTA Foreign Trade Association Toggle navigation Menu FTA Appoints New BSCI Managing Director FTA has announced today the appointment of Darrell Doren as the new Managing Director of the Business Social Compliance Initiative BSCI the flagship initiative created by FTA to support companies in improving working conditions in sourcing factories and farms worldwide Mr Doren will take over from Lorenz Berzau whose role has been crucial to the launch and successful development of the BSCI initiative Mr Doren brings on board significant experience within the world of corporate sustainability most recently as the Hong Kong based Global EHS Global Social Compliance Director for Avery Dennison a US based global manufacturer and distributor of pressure sensitive adhesive materials apparel branding labels and tags Christian Ewert FTA Director General thanked Mr Berzau for his professional dedication and commitment to BSCI which have been a key ingredient in the initiative s growth to over 1 500 participants during the last

    Original URL path: http://www.fta-eu.org/news/fta-appoints-new-bsci-managing-director-0 (2016-02-16)
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    About Services Get Involved Network Mission Members Governance Board of Directors Our Team ITP Services Sustainable Supply Chains Become a Member Join Our Network FTA Foreign Trade Association Toggle navigation Menu FTA Concludes Trade Visit to China and South Korea Beginning of December representatives from the Foreign Trade Association FTA including Ferry Den Hoed FTA President Christian Ewert FTA s new Director General and Jan Eggert in his new capacity as FTA Senior Consultant for International Trade concluded a successful business trip to strengthen commercial ties with business partners in China and South Korea In China several meetings on trade barriers and challenges were held with partners including the China National Textile and Apparel Council CNTAC to discuss ways for China to increase its competitiveness for European markets During a meeting with Mr Ma She Deputy Director General Department of European Affairs Ministry of Commerce FTA emphasised the importance of speed to market social compliance and environmental performance as the key to success Christian Ewert said We are pleased to see how through FTA s sustainability initiatives businesses can encourage their Chinese producers to make progress towards developing sustainable supply chains This will reinforce their appeal as commercial partners for European retailers importers and brand companies long term The visit was the occasion for FTA to present its new Business Environmental Performance Initiative BEPI and launch a series of producer workshops in different cities of the country Additionally on 27 November FTA participated in the 11th Sino European CSR Round Table Forum which brought together stakeholders working to improve labour relations in China Following this on 5 December the 5th Multi Stakeholder Advisory Committee MAC meeting was held giving various social compliance initiatives the possibility to share best practices on increasing auditor competence to meet demand for high quality social

    Original URL path: http://www.fta-eu.org/news/fta-concludes-trade-visit-china-and-south-korea (2016-02-16)
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    Filter Filter Section Remove FTA filter FTA ITP 78 Apply ITP filter BSCI 68 Apply BSCI filter BEPI 20 Apply BEPI filter news 01 12 2014 FTA welcomes Christian Ewert as new Director General On the 1 December the Foreign Trade Association FTA the mother organisation of BSCI has wel read more news 01 12 2014 FTA welcomes Christian Ewert as new Director General On the 1 December FTA has welcomed Christian Ewert as the association s new Director General read more news 09 09 2014 FTA Participates in Commission s Public Consultation on CSR The Foreign Trade Association FTA has contributed to the survey on Corporate Social Responsibility launched by the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission read more news 08 09 2014 FTA Signs EU Trade Manifesto Calling for Free International Trading System The Foreign Trade Association FTA the European Retail Round Table ERRT and the European Branded Clothing Alliance EBCA have co signed the EU Trade Policy Manifesto with the objective of promoting an ambitious EU commercial policy read more news 15 07 2014 FTA Congratulates Jean Claude Juncker on his Election as President of the European Commission The Foreign Trade Association FTA warmly congratulates Jean Claude Juncker on his election as the new president of the European Commission the first being designed according to the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty read more news 04 07 2014 FTA General Assembly 2014 and Stakeholder Panel Debates On 25 June 2014 the FTA General Assembly took place in parallel to afternoon stakeholder panel discussions Following the morning internal updates which were exclusive for FTA members external stakeholders joined panel debates under the theme Integrating Sustainability into Global Sourcing read more news 02 07 2014 FTA Releases its Annual Report 2013 2014 FTA is pleased to present

    Original URL path: http://www.fta-eu.org/node/221/domain_access/1?search_api_views_fulltext=&field_news_date_from=&field_news_date_to=&page=1 (2016-02-16)
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    Shenzhen and Wenzhou This new series builds on the success of BEPI producer workshops held in China in December 2014 and represents a great opportunity for producers from all sectors to have their questions answered directly by the BEPI team and local environmental experts read more news 12 08 2015 One Year Anniversary BEPI Shares Achievements During FTA General Assembly 2015 One year after the launch of FTA s Business Environmental Performance Initiative BEPI during the 2014 FTA General Assembly Stuart Harker BEPI Managing Director took to the stage to deliver a progress report highlighting BEPI s concrete achievements and next steps with members As part of the 2015 FTA General Assembly which took place on 11 June in Brussels a presentation shared the achievements over the past year read more news 12 08 2015 BEPI Newsletter No 3 Now Available FTA s Business Environmental Performance Initiative BEPI has just published the Summer 2015 edition of its quarterly newsletter Read more about its recent efforts to support companies to enhance environmental performance in their global supply chains read more news 22 06 2015 Get to Know BEPI New Corporate Video Launched FTA is proud to present BEPI s new dynamic video highlighting the process and benefits of joining the initiative This short corporate presentation takes viewers onto the factory floor to explore the types of environmental issues that are affected during the production process of products read more news 10 06 2015 The New BEPI Brochure is Out The BEPI brochure higlights the various benefits BEPI participants enjoy as well as describes how the BEPI process assists producers to identify and address key environmental risk factors Learn more bow the BEPI services help to support the work of retailers importers and brand companies towards making improvements to the environmental performance

    Original URL path: http://www.fta-eu.org/news/bepi?search_api_views_fulltext=&field_news_date_from=&field_news_date_to=&page=1 (2016-02-16)
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    be aware of the illegal measures FTA has issued a statement co signed by FESI and EBCA that includes details of the cost of the duties and tests during the first year of the measures and once more specifies how the measures contravene the Customs Union read more news 22 12 2015 WTO FTA Welcomes Historic Deals Reached in Nairobi On Saturday 19 December at the World Trade Organisation s 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi Kenya Members reached a series of agreements on the elimination of agricultural export subsidies phasing out of tariffs on IT products and other deliverables on farm trade and least developed country issues read more news 22 12 2015 FTA Welcomes the Opening of Negotiations Between Philippines and the EU On 22 December 2015 following the green light given by the EU Council to the Commission on 16 November 2015 EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Philippine Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo agreed to start negotiations for an EU Philippines Free Trade Agreement read more news 21 12 2015 Check the Latest FTA Trade Perspectives The latest issue of FTA s Trade Perspectives is now available In this edition this quarterly newsletter focuses on the lack of transparency in EU anti dumping and anti subsidy investigations read more news 09 12 2015 FTA Discusses Transparency in Anti Dumping with Key Stakeholders in Brussels On 24 November FTA held its fifth Round Table on international trade issues where attendees discussed the need for greater transparency in the EU s anti dumping system read more news 07 12 2015 Fresh momentum for the WTO MC10 Nairobi must deliver Eurocommerce European Services Forum ESF and the Foreign Trade Association FTA have gathered the support of 23 business associations worldwide to call upon the WTO to deliver on

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    20 Apply BEPI filter news 10 12 2015 BSCI Receives Excellent Partner of CSR Award from CNTAC in China On 10 December 2015 the China National Textile and Apparel Council CNTAC honoured BSCI with the Award of Excellent Partner of CSR read more news 19 10 2015 BSCI Launches New Producer Workshops on Remediation and Grievance Mechanisms The BSCI Academy the training centre for participants and producers of BSCI now offers new capacity building workshops for BSCI food and non food producers read more news 14 09 2015 BSCI Integrates Quality Control Checks to Improve Audit Quality BSCI has introduced as part of its Audit Integrity Programme a new Quality Control QC audit to evaluate the performance of auditing companies conducting BSCI audits read more news 14 08 2015 BSCI and its Participants Take Action in Support of Andy Hall BSCI has joined an international movement in support of human rights activist Andy Hall by asking its participating companies to use their influence and request Natural Fruit Co and subsidiaries to drop the charges against Mr Hall read more news 03 08 2015 BSCI Echo Summer 2015 Focus on Worker Health and Safety The Summer 2015 issue of the BSCI Echo is now online In this issue we focus on Occupational Health Safety OHS of workers in sourcing countries read more news 12 06 2015 Christian Ewert Joins SAI Advisory Board FTA is delighted to announce that its Director General Christian Ewert has joined the Advisory Board of Social Accountability International SAI read more news 02 06 2015 BSCI Engages in Living Wage Discussions in China On May 11 BSCI China Representative Joyce Chau and BSCI participants joined the ACCA Forum on Sustainability Global Perspectives on Living Wage co organised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and The Living

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    in Bangladesh On 12 October 2015 The Foreign Trade Association FTA held a stakeholder roundtable discussion in Dhaka Bangladesh under the title Capacity Building Blessing or Curse for the Bangladesh RMG and Leather Industry to analyse the status of capacity building activities in the country and discuss measures to improve its impact on these two key sectors for the country s economy read more news 08 10 2015 FTA Focus Is Bangladesh a Success Case FTA is pleased to present FTA Focus Is Bangladesh a Success Case a new publication that highlights the extraordinary social and economic development experienced by Bangladesh in recent years and the challenges that the country needs to address to work toward a bright future read more news 01 10 2015 Minimum Wage in Myanmar Supports More Sustainable Labour Practices The approval of a minimum pay in the country is one of the last steps taken by Myanmar towards improving social compliance and promoting better business practices read more news 28 09 2015 FTA Introduces its Sustainability Services to Spanish Businesses and Stakeholders FTA and the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations CEOE held a meeting in Madrid to provide an overview and updates on the work done by FTA and its initiatives in the field of sustainable supply chain management read more news 22 09 2015 FTA Contributes to EU Debate on Bangladesh s Sustainable Development On 22 September FTA was invited to take part in a meeting at the European Parliament to exchange views on the progress made by the country and to assess the implementation of the Sustainability Compact established by the European Commission in 2013 read more news 03 09 2015 FTA Goes Social FTA is pleased to announce its new presence on social media platforms to improve and increase its outreach read

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