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40th UN/CEFACT Forum: Seminar: The Future of Digital Standards for Sustainable Supply Chains

40th UN/CEFACT Forum: Seminar: The Future of Digital Standards for Sustainable Supply Chains

Hybrid Event - Virtual Details link below

12 May 2023 9:30 - 14:00
on-line and Salle XVII, Palais de Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Join us for a seminar on the role of UN/CEFACT in driving the future of digital standards for sustainable supply chains.  Hear about the impressive momentum already achieved in the garment and footwear industry as well as the emerging activities in the critical raw materials sector.  The impact of national and regional policies such as the EU digital product passport (DPP) and carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) will also be discussed.  Finally, hear from leading digital trust experts on the underlying technology (verifiable credentials) including live demonstrations of UN free open source software and credential data standards.

For on-line participation, please click here


Policy & regulatory drivers and real-life experience

 09:30 - 09:45, Maria Theresa: The UNECE vision for digital standards for sustainable supply chains

  • The role of UN/CEFACT in driving the future of digital standards for sustainable supply chains (use the diagram we've been discussing and focus on partnerships, not competitions)
  • Successes and lessons from the UNECE textile & leather traceability project
  • Next steps for sustainability projects (continuing textile & leather, and adding agri-foods and critical minerals

09:45 - 10:10, Nancy Norris, Director, BC Ministry of energy mines & low carbon innovation: The British Columbia experience with digital trust and critical minerals.

  • Background on British Columbia and Canadian national regulatory framework for sustainable development
  • The digital trust pilot activities currently underway in the BC critical mineral sector
  • Plans for the future

10:10 - 10:30, Michele Galatola, Senior Policy Officer at European Commission DG GROW: Recent developments concerning the EU Digital Product Passport (DPP)

  • EU sustainability policy framework
  • The Digital Product Passport
  • The work of the Technical Working Group DPP

10:30 - 11:00: Coffee Break    

 WHY & HOW? Recommendations for policymakers… 

 11:00 - 11:45, Steve Capell: Implementing Digital Trust - guidance for national policymakers

  • What is digital trust and why does it matter for sustainable supply chains
  • Overview of the white paper "Verifiable credentials for cross border trade"
  • Lessons learned from real implementations in Australian cotton, wool, and agri-food sectors

11:45 - 12:30, Chris Gough: Using the UN tools, a live demonstration

  • How UN tools can help accelerate your digital trust implementations and lift access to ESG-regulated markets
  • As an implementer, deploy a new Verifiable Credential issuer/verifier platform using UN VC Kit
  • Configure the new platform to issue & verify certificates of origin using the UN standard schema
  • Register as an implementer for UN test services and test my new implementation to confirm interoperability
  • Also, show interoperability with a third platform (transmute or trade trust) - it's the standards that matter, you can pick your own platform

12:30 - 13:00, Rudy Heemleers, Policy and Strategy Advisor 51Biz Luxembourg: The eCMR as a verifiable credential

  • The last presentation showed how easy it is to set up.  In this presentation, we will demonstrate how to add a new document standard to your implementation
  • The eCMR context - road transport in the EU region. Borders as the enforcement point for sustainable goods
  • Define an eCMR standard schema using UN tools and deploy it to a test VC issuing platform
  • Demonstrate eCMR credential exchange using truck-at-border persona

13:00 - 13:30, Nis Jespersen: Digital trust to the next level, Linked Data Graphs as a sustainable supply chain digital twin

  • The previous presentations focused on issuing and verifying single credentials, but a supply chain from cotton farm to t-shirt is more complex than that
  • Linked data trust graphs - an overview for business people
  • An example of a trust graph as a digital twin of a sustainable supply chain

13:20 - 13:45, Q&A