Sustainability is fast becoming a priority for every sector in the UK economy. A combination of public pressure, business resilience and regulation are leading businesses to consider how they can improve their ESG credentials. This comes with many challenges which technology strives to address, but these challenges are compounded when the complexity of international trade relations are factored in.  

Countries across the world are all at different stages on their sustainability journey and all have competing domestic priorities which they have to contend with. We believe that the deployment of digital technology can improve the adoption of sustainable trade practices across the world. Policy can also be designed to scale the trade in clean tech globally, helping to decarbonise other sectors like energy and agriculture.  

This event will look at international trade in the tech sector through the lens of sustainability. The day’s agenda will include:  

  • Free Trade Agreements and the role of sustainable trade chapters for sustainability  

  • Increasing the trade of clean tech between the UK and Non-EU countries 

  • Digital transparency for sustainable trade and supply chain digitalisation.  

We will hear from academics, NGOs, the business community, and Government on the current trends in these three areas and discuss implications and opportunities for the tech economy in the UK.  


13:30 – 14:30 

5 mins intros 

40 min panel 

10 min Q&A 

Panel: International Trade and The Sustainability Agenda

  • Review the role of Sustainable Trade Chapters in driving sustainability in new and existing FTAs. 

  • Sustainability challenges when establishing new FTAs: Countries with poor ESG credentials, supply chain risks inc. forced labour and environmental harms. 

  • Lessons learned in promoting sustainable trade: Tech supply chains/leveraging FTAs 

Chair: Emily Reid (University of Southampton)

George Riddell (EY)

Ana Nishnianidze (Austrade)

Chris Southworth (ICC)




Short Break 


14:45 – 15:15 

Presentations: Tech against exploitation in the DRC

Toby Fenton (Trilateral Research)

15:15 – 16:15 

5 mins intros 

40 min panel 

10 min Q&A 

Panel: The Role of Tech in Trade Sustainability  

  • Digital Transparency in supply chains 

  • Tackling exploitation in country (Voice Recognition Tech) 

  • Trade “wins” for clean tech  

  • How can clean tech be targeted in new FTAs 

Joshua Rayer (Ecologi)

Carl Kirchhoff (

Patrice Bendon (Dun & Bradstreet)



Close & Networking 



For more information please contact:

Lucas Banach

Lucas Banach

Programme Assistant, Data Centres, Climate, Environment and Sustainability, Market Access, techUK


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Join us at London Tech Week 2023
London Tech Week (12-16 June) is a global celebration of tech, uniting the most innovative thinkers and talent of tomorrow in a week-long festival. Showcasing how tech is transforming business and society, London Tech Week drives thought provoking conversations around innovation, diversity and transformation, providing a platform for the tech ecosystem to come together to drive change. 

techUK will be running a number of fringe events throughout the week, click on the links below for more information:

6 June: Tech Policy Leadership Conference 2023
7 June: Launch of the DSIT Portfolio of AI Assurance Techniques
12 June - International Telecoms Conference – In Partnership with DSIT
13 June - How can the energy sector leverage digitalisation for long-term energy resiliency?
14 June - Recruiting top talent as an SME
14 June - UK-Vietnam Tech Workshop
14 June - Report Launch: State of the Connected Home 2023
14 June - What makes the West Midlands a leading UK location For Emerging Tech?
15 June - Connected cars in London – the key to a smart city?
15 June - Tech Trade and Sustainability Conference
15 June - Supporting SMEs to partner with System Integrators