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What is International Trade & Prosperity Week?

ICC’s International Trade and Prosperity Week (ITPW) is our free, flagship event of the year, drawing an online audience of more than 1000 attendees and over 3000 viewers across 250 businesses and 100 countries.

This year’s conference, Building resilience in global value chains will be held virtually from 17th-20th October 2022. Once more we’ll be exploring the latest global economic trends by sharing views from international boardrooms, an expert roundtable on the roadmap for digital trade in 2023, as well as dedicated sessions on the new global biodiversity framework being agreed this year. Finally, we’ll be reviewing best practice from around the world on responsible business conduct, and how best to champion a global culture of integrity.

DAY 1 – Global trends, priorities and analysis

DAY 2 – Preserving nature for future generations

DAY 3 – Connecting the digital trade ecosystem

DAY 4 – Championing a culture of integrity


Why attend?

Join us for this free, online and global conversation on key international business priorities during this critical juncture of the world’s economy. This discussion is more important than ever as we shift towards a more sustainable, inclusive and green global economy and as global value chains continue to feel the strain of real-world challenges.

You’ll also have the chance to:

  • Be part of an international audience – hear experts share insights from across the world
  • Network with attendees – make global connections easily with our new virtual platform
  • Create your own agenda – select the webinars most relevant to you and join the conversation

About ICC

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) brings together the global perspective and is the only business organisation with UN Observer Status, being a B20 Co-founder/Network Partner, strategic partner to the WTO, UNFCCC business focal point for climate change and convener of the UN SDG Business Forum.

ICC’s International Trade & Prosperity Week 2022 specifically addresses “how” companies, organisations and governments are addressing real-world challenges, and implementing solutions that deliver more inclusive, sustainable and greener outcomes for Building resilience in global value chains.


Gonzalo Guzman
Gonzalo Guzman
Chief Counsel – Ethics & Compliance, Unilever
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Chris Southworth
Secretary General, ICC United Kingdom
María Fernanda Garza 2022
Maria Fernanda Garza
Chair, ICC; Chair / CEO, Orestia
Paul Drechsler CBE
Chair, ICC United Kingdom

International Trade & Prosperity Week

17 – 20 October 2022
7 webinars | 4 days  | 50+ international speakers


17 October 2022
*all times BST

Global trends, priorities and analysis

Webinar 1: A view from the boardroom

09.00 – 11.15AM BST

09.00 – 09.05 | WELCOME REMARKS
Chris Southworth Secretary General, ICC United Kingdom
Maria Fernanda Garza, ICC Chair, ICC Mexico
Melanie Laloum Lead Economist, ICC
09.35 – 10.50 | PANEL DISCUSSION

Technology development, changing demographics, climate change, COVID-19 and the Ukraine conflict are exposing fragilities in global value chains and forcing decision makers to think again about how to move goods, services and finance across the global trading system.

The disruption caused by these challenges has impacted economic growth, price stability, supply and demand, food security and the social fabric of our communities. It has also underlined the importance of trade, decarbonisation, digitalisation and responsible business conduct to our economic well-being.

 Resilient global value chains are essential to underpinning a sustainable economic recovery. Join our esteemed panel as they share insights into the opportunities and risks facing global boardrooms.

MODERATOR: Paul Drechsler CBE Chair, ICC United Kingdom


Chris Gaunt OBE British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey
Paul McComb Director of Exports, Department of International Trade (DIT)
Dr. Holger Bingmann President, ICC Germany

10.50 – 11.05am – SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Chris Woods Corporate and Fiscal Affairs, Global Vice President, JTI


18 October 2022
*all times BST
Preserving nature and the environment for future generations

Webinar 2: Preserving nature for future generations


The world’s natural ecosystems underpin the production of the most common goods we buy and much of our way of life. The consequences of biodiversity degradation and loss can lead to higher input costs or the disruption of global value chains. Companies are increasingly under pressure from investors and consumers to address biodiversity loss and account for their biodiversity impacts. Now is the time to strengthen the business case of biodiversity and fully embed biodiversity into business decision-making and operations.

In the run up to COP15 in December, business experts and government representatives will discuss expectations for the global biodiversity framework, and the importance of a coordinated approach for implementation. These thought leaders will share what the new framework will mean for industry, and how it could support the integration of biodiversity into business supply chains. Panellists will also discuss current challenges and share best practices around the implementation of biodiversity targets, including governance, practical application, and disclosure.

OPENING KEYNOTE: Will Lockhart Deputy Director of International Environment Negotiations, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
PANEL MODERATOR: Dr Mark Johnston Strategy Lead
for Nature-based Solutions, BP

Kat Bruce Director, NatureMetrics
Alex Pelton
Group Biodiversity Manager, Barratt Developments
Rebekah Braswell CEO, Landlife Company / ICC Netherlands
*Others to be announced soon

Webinar 3: Leveraging digital innovation to empower sustainability journeys for SMES

12.00 – 1.00PM

The world is facing unprecedented and interconnected environmental challenges.

Issues of climate change, clean water, and biodiversity protection need collective actions and policy changes to increase stewardship of natural resources, implement innovative solutions, and contribute to sustainable development.

As a result, many businesses are joining the green transition journey, setting targets to include sustainability in their company’s strategy and objectives.  In order to reach an inclusive and effective effort towards the building of a sustainable economy, small and medium enterprises (SME) need to be considered as key drivers of eco-innovation, and as essential players of emerging green industries.

To facilitate this, digital and technological innovation provides the necessary solutions for SMEs and other companies to start their green transition journey in a scalable and efficient way. SME360X offers a digital tool that helps SMEs benchmark and measure their impact on the environment. On top of this, it guides SMEs towards the first steps of setting environmental targets, escorting them towards collective efforts to diminish climate change and achieve Net-Zero emissions.

Our fireside conversation will bring together key representatives from the public, private, and financial sectors to discuss the importance of sustainability, the role SMEs play in this green transition and the necessity of digital market-driven solutions to facilitate the journey.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Why is sustainability everyone’s business?
  • Why is it important for supply chain leaders to improve their procurement policies to support sustainability performance for SMEs?
  • What are the main obstacles of an SME to become a sustainable enterprise?
  • What is the role of digital innovation at facilitating and supporting the journey of SMEs?
  • How can a small business start its green transition?
  • Who are the key players in the collective action towards an inclusive green economy?
  • How can industry stakeholders support?

MODERATOR: Nick Byrne Head of Digital Products – Global, SME360X, ICC

Ana Bernal Business Development Coordinator, SME360X, ICC
Elyse Myrans SVP, Strategy & Partnerships, GIST
Nln Swaroop Director – Alternate Distribution & Sustainable Trade Finance, HSBC
Maria Luisa Boyce Vice President, Global Public Affairs, UPS



19 October 2022
*all times BST

Connecting the ecosystem for digital trade

Webinar 4: The modernisation of world trade

09.00-10.15 | PANEL DISCUSSION

The ICC Digital Standards Initiative is at the vanguard of modernising the digital trade ecosystem: setting common digital standards, providing new rules for digital trade, connecting public and private systems and harmonising laws. It is the most ambitious and transformative programme in world trade, cutting trade costs by 80%, reducing border compliance times from 25 days to 1 day and delivering trillions in SME exports and economic growth.

This session will provide all the latest updates, insights and achievements from G7, G20, The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, WTO, regional trade groupings and standard setting bodies.

MODERATOR: Deepesh Patel Editorial Director, Trade Finance Global


Luca Castellani Legal Officer, UNCITRAL Secretariat
Hannah Nguyen Director of Digital Ecosystems, ICC DSI
Sin Yong Loh Director, TradeTrust, MDA / Digital Utilities Cluster
Nick Davies Director, Centre for Digital Trade and Innovation, ICC United Kingdom
Patrik Zekkar CEO, Enigio

SESSION 5, ROUNDTABLE: The roadmap for 2023

12.00-13.30 | by invitation only – ROUNDTABLE

This exclusive roundtable will provide a unique opportunity to share the latest thinking and discuss plans for 2023 with some of the movers and shakers of the digital trade world. It will be a chance to hear what has been achieved, what the priorities will be and what success will look like going into 2024. Those present will include senior global decision makers from international institutions, G7 governments, ICC, regional development banks and industry.

  • Pamela Mar – Managing Director, Digital Standards Initiative
  • Kobsak Duangdee – ASEAN-BAC Member and Head of ASEAN-BAC Digital Trade Connect Legacy Project
  • Gerard Hartsink – Chair, ICC DSI Industry Advisory Board
  • Tod Burwell – President and Chief Executive Officer, BAFT
  • Filip Koscielecki – Senior Claims Executive / Innovation Ambassador at Thomas Miller
  • Sean Edwards – Chair, International Trade and Forfaiting Association
  • Emmanuelle Butaud-Stubbs – Secretary General, ICC France
  • Steve Armitage, Head of Innovation, Heathrow Airport
  • Lars Karlson – Global Head of Trade & Customs Consulting, Maersk
  • Peter Friedli – Glencore
  • Matthew Bradley – DP World
  • Vashti Maharaj – Adviser, Digital Trade Policy, The Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Harald Schoen – Federal Ministry of Justice, Head of Unit for Transport Law and Commercial Transactions
  • Graham Floater – Chief Digital Trade Negotiation, Department for International Trade
  • Peter Sissons – International Engagement Director, DSI
  • Niels Nuyens – Program Director, Digital Container Shipping Association
  • Ulf Eggefors – Head of Sales Transport & Logistics, Enigio
  • Craig Burchell – Senior VP, Global Government Affairs, Huawei
  • Nick Ashton-Hart – Special Adviser, International Internet Policy, ICC United Kingdom
  • Yann Duval – Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, ESCAP
  • Emmanuelle Ganne – Senior Analyst, Economic Research Department, WTO
  • Michelle Chivunga – CEO and Founder, Global Policy House
  • Luca Castellani – Legal Officer, UNCITRAL Secretariat

By invitation only

Webinar 6: Tackling fraud; market solutions

14.00-15.15  PANEL SESSION

This session will be the global launch of a new ICC report on the scale of international fraud in the current system. In discussing the findings of this report, we’ll share how smarter use of technology and better quality data systems are foundational to preventing fraud in the trading system. We’ll also review current market failures acting as barriers to reducing fraud, such as over reliance on paper documentation and lack of centralised fraud alert systems. Finally, we’ll highlight potential solutions with case studies of successful action by governments and industry.

MODERATOR: Eleanor Wragg, Journalist, Global Trade Review


Ben Arber Managing Director, US and Canada, MonetaGo
Tod Burwell President, BAFT
Sean Edwards Chair, International Trade and Forfaiting Association
Samuel John Mathew Managing Director, Global Head of Trade (Documentary & FI) & CPO – digital & platform transformation, Standard Chartered
Stephan Wolf, Chief Executive Officer at Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation, GLEIF



20 October 2022
*all times BST

Championing a culture of integrity

Webinar 7: Responsible business conduct in times of turbulence


Enforcement of corporate liability and anticorruption by governments have become strong incentives for businesses to improve their compliance. Today, investors both public and private increasingly demand better governance and integrity from their clients. Due diligence by multi-national corporates also affects domestic SMEs participating in their supply chain.

Despite this, corruption remains widespread and many countries have yet to introduce/enforce corporate liability. Compliance officers often struggle to convey their challenges to company owners or managers, even though international standards are multiplied. As such, creating a true culture of integrity remains a challenging task, with the Covid-19 pandemic further contributing to these challenges by creating more opportunities for corruption, and reducing resources for compliance.

Bringing together leading global experts, this session aims to convene a high-level discussion on ways to incentivise businesses to operate with integrity. It will discuss how to level up the global playing field, improve business codes of conduct, effectiveness measurement, and other proactive actions that can be driven to entrench a culture of integrity within businesses in this post-pandemic landscape.


Gonzalo Guzman
  Chief Counsel, Ethics and Compliance, Unilever
Hentie Dirker
Chief ESG and Integrity Officer, SNC-Lavalin
Louis Maréchal Senior Advisor, Minerals & Extractives, Centre for Responsible Business Conduct, OECD
Zachary Coseglia Managing Principal and Head of Innovation, Ropes and Gray Insights Lab


We’re grateful to our global ICC colleagues and media partners for supporting this event:

International Trade & Prosperity Week
ITPW Media Partners

Become a sponsor

Last year, International Trade & Prosperity Week attracted an audience of over 1000 registrations from more than 70 countries and 250 global businesses, with over 360,000 reached on social media, 3000 viewers and 40+ global ICC offices supporting the event.

ITPW 2022 will build on the success of our 2021 event and attract an international audience representing various stakeholders in global value chains, including tier 1 and 2 corporates, tier 2 and 3 supply chain companies, governments (G20, G7), international institutions (WTO, UN, OECD, Commonwealth), NGOs, consumer groups and unions.

Please reach out ASAP if you’d like to discuss sponsorship opportunities with us.

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