Beyond making a call to action, the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) export promotions arm, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) takes things further in bringing sustainable solutions available for Filipino entrepreneurs. DTI-CITEM is launching its newest signature brand, Sustainability Solutions Exchange (SSX).
The trade event and conference encompass a multichannel approach to sustainable development—a brand with a global panel, an online platform to connect businesses to vetted sustainable suppliers both locally and abroad, and support programs that help facilitate the transition to sustainable processes for SMEs.
Championing sustainability for the food and lifestyle sectors
SSX will have an exhibition component that promotes solutions and best practices from around the world. The conference component, on the other hand, converges stakeholders to discuss sustainability challenges and opportunities. The event will also provide a platform for business-matching activities and an avenue to champion sustainability with other key players through the website, sessions, and networking.
Carrying the same name as the brand, the digital trade event will be held on the Hopin platform from 23-25March 2022. Its maiden edition will focus on promoting solutions, products, and services, and provide a platform to exchange ideas on sustainable consumption and production for local food and lifestyle companies.
Opening the ceremony will be DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez with Undersecretary Abdulgani M. Macatoman, and CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.
Highlighted in this event are policymakers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, sustainability experts, and advocates from the local and international sustainability community, including Dr. Selva Ramachandran of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Philippines), Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda from the Lone District of Antique, DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo, Kelly Bird, the Country Director of Asian Development Bank (ADB), Filippo Gavazzeni of Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, Journalist Whitney Bauck of Unwrinkling, Georg Platzer of IKEA, Amelia Juhl of IDEO Tokyo, Reese Fernandez of Rags2Riches, Pacita “Chit” Juan of Echostore, Arch. Christopher Dela Cruz of Philippine Green Building Council, and many others.
The digital expo, one of the key components of SSX, will highlight different sustainable solutions, products, and services that participants can discover and engage in. The Sustainable Solutions and Advocates zone will feature packaging solutions, green technology, sustainability programs, and more.
The Marketplace zone will showcase businesses from both the food and lifestyle sectors for guests to meet and immerse themselves with sustainable brands during the exhibition. The food category will offer natural and healthy food, food supplements, and organic farms. The lifestyle category is composed of a wide selection of products such as personal care items, accessories, home decor, and furnishings.
From exclusive Q&As with panellists to co-branded sustainability talks by local companies, the sessions room contains multiple on-demand content such as keynote and panel discussions.
Resource persons from the sustainability sector will discuss topics such as circular food, design for responsible consumption and production, ethical business policies, responsible innovation, and more. In case you miss the talks on the Stage, there’s a replay of the different segments the following day on the Replay section.
There is a growing number of conscious consumers that have created a large demand for responsible consumption and production. This has likewise made a ripple for businesses to shift to greener practices.
The first sustainability directory in the Philippines
CITEM is proud to develop the very first online resource hub to house a directory of vetted sustainable solutions, products, and services to allow business sourcing and pitching between companies looking for sustainable options.
Sustainability.ph stands as the first of its kind as a one-stop-shop offering multiple touchpoints for the sustainability sector. The website will house stories, news, and resources for participants looking for ways to make sustainable choices every day or to lead their business’ sustainability transformation.
There are data stories that help visitors digest information in a more visually engaging format. The Solutions portion of the website will be a directory of suppliers offering sustainable products or solutions that has been vetted by a panel of experts and are subject to continuing compliance requirements.
As CITEM partners with more international organizations geared towards achieving a more circular world economy, a growing list of local and international events is made available on the website. This helps our local community be more in touch with the pulse of the global sustainability community.
Not a one-man job
It is a collective effort from different sectors, and SSX wants to spark the conversation of this global action in the Philippine setting. CITEM, the organizing team of SSX, as well as its supporting government agencies, the DTI’s Regional Operations Group (ROG), Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC), Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), and Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines-Socially Relevant Technologies Project (IPOPHL-SRT), and event partners United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines (WWF-PH), German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (GPCCI), Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, inc. (ICCPI), and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) aspire to create export-ready and sustainable Filipino companies through this digital event.
Guiding CITEM in its efforts is its program director, Carlo Delantar, the co-founder and managing director of Altum Concepts. He stands as one of the country’s top advocates of building a circular economy and is known for many things including being the head of circular economy at Gobi Partners, country director for Waves for Water, co-chair of the Global Shapers Climate Action Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum, and circular economy pioneer of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.