2017 Global Sustainability Standards Symposium

2017 Global Sustainability Standards Symposium

3rd May 2017 | Jakarta, Indonesia
A one-day event to explore the role of standards in helping companies operationalise sustainability and reach new markets.

The roadmap for sustainable value chains


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The Global Sustainability Standards Symposium is a platform for provocative conversations about the challenges businesses are facing in terms of strengthening competitiveness and accessing new markets, with a particular focus on how sustainability standards can play a role.

In 2017, the Symposium focused on Southeast Asia and explored the theme of sustainable value chains. It examined the common challenges faced by multiple sectors including fisheries, palm oil, cocoa and forestry, as well as the widespread economic, social and environmental benefits of incorporating responsible practices into value chains.

Over 200 business and sustainability leaders and experts came to Jakarta, Indonesia, on 3 May 2017 to discuss how standards can be useful tools to help companies operationalise sustainability while improving their resilience and competitiveness in international markets. They heard from experts based in Europe, the US and other markets on their use of standards and certification, and networked with others working in Southeast Asia.

Delegates participated in conversations around the following topics:

  • Global trends driving sustainable value chains
  • The benefits of incorporating responsible practices and sustainability standards into value chains
  • How to respond to the growing demand for sustainable products
  • How to operationalise sustainability in different sectors

The Symposium was composed of a series of plenary speeches, interactive panel discussions and two streams of breakout sessions focused on landscape and seascape approaches.

Alongside the symposium, ISEAL also hosted a series of workshops:

The Global Sustainability Standards Symposium was hosted by the ISEAL Alliance, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) and the Indonesia Ministry of Industry.


Ministry of Industry





The Symposium was held in collaboration with Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MOEF) and SMART-Fish Indonesia.


The Symposium was supported by the UK government, the Swiss government, Fisheries Association (AP51) and the Indonesian Cocoa Association (ASKINDO). 

Swiss Confederation