Vietnamese and Indonesian BSOs exchange on SIPPO phase 2 toward sustainability

November 17th, 2021

On November 17, 2021, SIPPO Vietnam and SIPPO Indonesia organized an online discussion to inform BSOs in the Technical Wood sector about current and future developments in sustainability. This is an important cross-cutting theme for Phase 2 of the SIPPO programme.

On November 17, 2021, SIPPO Vietnam and SIPPO Indonesia organized an online discussion to inform BSOs in the Technical Wood sector about current and future developments in sustainability. This is an important cross-cutting theme for Phase 2 of the SIPPO programme.

In the first part of the dialogue, technical wood expert Juliane Lemcke and SIPPO sustainability manager Jacqueline Salami provided information on SIPPO's general understanding of sustainability and the purpose of Guiding Principles for Sustainable Trade. Important topics were the Environment, Social and Governance Criteria (ESG), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and related legislations and compliance regulations.

In a breakout session, three BSOs from Vietnam: Binh Duong Furniture Association (BIFA), Forest Product Association of Binh Dinh (FPA) and Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Hochiminh City (HAWA) and two BSOs from Indonesia: The Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia (MOIT) and Indonesia Light Wood Association (ILWA) reviewed and commented on the direction of SIPPO in Phase 2 and the principles that could be applicable to BSOs and their customers. They brainstormed ideas about their specific roles and possible joint activities between BSOs and the SIPPO country teams.

Following these presentations and discussions, the SIPPO teams can now plan first milestones and design corresponding project activities linked to sustainability and the Guiding Principle for Sustainable Trade.