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Enabling Sustainable Investment for Inclusive Growth

29 September 2016 , Room S2, WTO Headquarters - 09:00 - 10:30

On 29 September, ICTSD and the World Economic Forum organised a session at the WTO Public Forum to explore options for enabling sustainable investment for inclusive growth.

Sustainable investment and responsible supply chains practices can contribute to upgrading physical infrastructure, developing the technology and innovation capacity required to expand companies participation into the global markets, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and creating employment to ultimately increase prosperity for all.

Discussions addressed the following key questions:

  • What is the status of sustainable development principles inclusion into investment agreements?
  • How to increase the flow of sustainable investment, particularly to poorer countries, and is there a role for the WTO to facilitate such flows?
  • What can the private and public sectors do to encourage and monitor responsible supply chain practices?

The objective of the workshop was to further define and discuss sustainable and inclusive investment programmes in light of the global value chain reality.


  • Richard SAMANS, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum


  • Álvaro CEDEÑO MOLINARI, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the WTO
  • Ratnakar ADHIKARI, Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework, Executive Secretariat, WTO
  • Kruti INDANI, Group Director, Indani Global
  • Githa ROELANS, Head, Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Marcela MANUBENS, VP for Social Impact, Unilever (TBC)