22 April 2021
On 21 April, representatives of civil society organizations, conscious businesses, opinion leaders, and everyone who shares a socially responsible lifestyle gathered at the online conference Svidomo Made, organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission in Ukraine, in cooperation with the Public Association “Made in Ukraine” with funding from the IOM Development Fund (IDF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID Ukraine).
The event brought together those who support and promote social responsibility in helping Ukraine achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): from the corporate social responsibility of the “Auchan” supermarket chain to the culture of conscious consumption promoted by “No Waste Ukraine” NGO, from countering human trafficking to women's rights in labour relations.
For 7 hours 18 international speakers, national experts, eco-lecturers and influencers shared their experience, talked about international and Ukrainian cases of conscious business and its advantages, and advocated for responsible production and consumption. The event covered the main principles of corporate sustainability across six panels:
- Ethical employment, decent pay
- Safe working conditions
- Refusal from exploitation and use of child labour
- Respect for human rights, non-discrimination in the workplace
- Protection and preservation of the environment
- Ensuring the transparency of supply chains
More than 700 people participated in the online conference on YouTube, asked questions to speakers and shared their own experiences.
“Now, there is an opportunity to showcase our joint adherence to the principles of sustainable and responsible production, which in its turn will promote responsible consumption among the wide public, teaching people to make grounded choices and transforming their outlook on what each of us can do for a better world, better future and better today,” said Anh Nguyen, Chief of Mission at IOM Ukraine, opening the conference. “We all, as consumers, can change the situation. By being aware, by consuming responsibly, by looking into the ways the goods we use were produced, by demanding transparency in supply chains,” he added.
You can watch Svidomo Made conference on the “Made in Ukraine” YouTube channel at the following link: http://bit.ly/SvidomoMade_ENG
The conference is a part of an IOM project, implemented in partnership with the Public Association “Made in Ukraine”, promoting responsible production and consumption to help Ukraine achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).