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The Ethical Trade and Human Rights Forum NYC will take place virtually next month in light of the public health concerns around Covid-19.

The interactive virtual conference will be held on the originally scheduled dates of 5-6 May (EST) with organisers promising to ensure an engaging and interactive experience that best replicates the value of a physical conference, through the use of a “sophisticated” online platform.

“At Innovation Forum, we understand as well as anyone the value of a physical conference. However, during these difficult times, it is clear that physical meetings are simply not possible and will not be for a number of months,” organisers said. 

The virtual platform will enable participants to pre-plan one-to-one meetings and group discussions via video link, while session formats with speakers and moderators are designed to ensure audience participation.

In addition, online working groups and small group workshop discussions, carefully facilitated by IF experts, will help drive progress on important practical challenges.

Among the speakers are Michael Beutler, director of sustainability operations at Kering, and Colleen Vien, sustainability director for Timberland, who will discuss how to ensure social issues remain a priority for consumers and business alongside Greenpeace USA.

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Representatives from New Balance and IBM will also share methods to increase supply chain traceability and prioritise high-risk areas.

A raft of trade shows and fairs have been cancelled on the back of health and travel concerns, encouraging organisers to consider virtual and other digital alternatives.

UK sourcing expo Make it British is among those planning a virtual event to replace its ‘Make it British Live!’ sourcing show, while Kingpins Amsterdam is replacing the April physical event of its denim sourcing show with an online version on the same dates.