ABOUT THE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

During the conference, Presentations and Panel Sessions will provide key insights and valuable solutions on how the rubber economy could realise a global transition towards a sustainability approach that can open doors to further development and enhance opportunities for all. The World Rubber Summit (WRS) is an unique and exclusive opportunity for the global rubber industry to discuss the current challenges that the industry is facing but also the future opportunities that might arise from the disruptive trends that are transforming the automotive industry and the extensive use of innovative solutions to improve rubber quality and productivity.

The two-day World Rubber Summit (WRS) is a unique and exclusive opportunity for global leaders to meet, share best practices and lay the foundations for future collaborations.

From Evolution to Revolution: New Paths for the Rubber Economy

Time Description
08:00 - 09:00

Registration/Welcome Coffee

09:00 - 10:00

Opening Ceremony – Keynote Speaker

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:30

Governmental Summit (Panel Discussion)
Private-Public Partnerships for Sustainable Rubber

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in shaping consumer preferences in today's global market. The economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development stipulate and encourage public-private partnership inclusive of host of actors- government, businesses, and civil society- to promote synergies between their actions to foster sustainability in the global value chain of primary commodities. There is a call for government and business leaders to adopt responsible sourcing policies for inclusive growth, promotion of sustainable rubber, value chain competitiveness and market access.

Session Chair:

Mr NICOLAS PETIT

Senior Commodities Adviser, UNDP Green Commodities Programme Sustainable Development Cluster

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

A Global Approach for Long Term Sustainable Supply

For longer-term supply of any agricultural commodity, there is a need for assurance on sustaining subsistence income for small farmers and margin for SMEs operating in the supply chain. Innovation, technology transfer and cost reduction foster efficiency in production for a long-term sustainable supply. However, a good business model for farming is a key factor for keeping farmers on land successfully. New approaches for supply chain alliance and agri-business partnership through the whole rubber value chain is the way forward for a long-term market balance.

Speakers:

Mr GUNTHER LOTTMANN

Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Fortaleza Guatemala

Presenting Title: "Real" Sustainability Performance Index

Mr STEFANO SAVI

Director, Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber

Presenting Title: Natural Rubber Sustainability: Together Forward

15:30 - 16:45

Women in Global Value Chain for Rubber: Panel Discussion

Women play a major role in the global economy. They invest more in their families than men do. Women producers and entrepreneurs are largely invisible in global value chain and in corporate supply chain for rubber. So empowering women economically and connecting women in the global value chain will create more opportunities for women. There is a call for policy makers and business leaders to implement strategies to increase competitiveness of women to enjoy greater economic benefits.

Session Chair:

Mr DAR WONG

Chief Strategic Advisor, Bain Partners & Management Ltd

Panelists:

Mrs GEORGETTE TAN

President, Singapore Committee for UN Women

Ms ELLEN TAN-GO

Chief Operating Officer/ Vice President, Farma Rubber Industries Inc.

Ms BEH KOK FONG

General Manager, Bridgestone Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Ms ELOK MULYOUTAMI

Independent Consultant,

16:45 - 17:45

Coffee Break

17:45 - 18:45

Managing Sustainability Performances in the Rubber Value-Chain

Innovation and technology transfer have always played a crucial role in developing rubber industry, a sector that has constantly evolved adapting worldwide changes. In a changing market nourished by the new wave of innovative technologies and revolution in mobility, industry has to make aggressive choices to sustain and improve competitiveness. How will these changes impact the rubber value chain?

Session Chair:

Mr SANDANA DASS

Managing Director & CEO, R1 International

Speakers:

Dr VINCENT GITZ

Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Presenting Title: Sustainable development of rubber plantations in a context of climate change

Prof FATIMAH MOHAMED ARSHAD

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Analysis Universiti Putra Malaysia

Presenting Title: Inclusive supply chain for rubber smallholder for sustainability: A proposal for Malaysia

Dr CHAMI AKMEEMANA

Chief Executive Officer, Blockscale Solutions Inc

Presenting Title: Impacting Value Chains with Decentralised Technologies

Mr ERIC NIETSCH

Associate Director Corporate Ratings, S&P Global

Presenting Title: Discovering Business Value in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr ERIK CHRISTIANTO

Account Manager, Trucost, ESG analytics division of S&P Global

Presenting Title: Discovering Business Value in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

19:00 - 21:00

Welcome Reception

Information accurate as of 14 December 2018.
Please note that Conference programme and Speakers are subject to change.