Welcome and introduction by Dr. Patrick Sommer (CMS Switzerland)
Presentations and panel discussions will include the following:
Panel: The Economic Impact of Retail Alliances
European Retail Alliances, which combine the national retail champions from various European countries, are growingly powerful. The EU institutions and several national instances are investigating whether retailers’ buying power leads to significant harm to consumers and/or competition in general. Industry players complain about lower profitability and their decreasing ability to invest in new products while competition experts discuss the risk of market tipping.
> Dr. Charalabos Klados, Colgate-Palmolive
> Dr. Michael Bauer, CMS Brussels
Sustainability entails among other things the process of people maintaining change in a balanced environment. In view of the growing demands of consumers and society, the panel will discuss about how to accomplish the transition to sustainability and the difficulties we face in achieving this. Topics will include inter alia supply chain management, circular economy, the purchase of raw materials, the use of plastic and the advertisement of sustainable products.
> Paula Lum Young-Bautil, Better Cotton Initiative
> Pascal Lüthi, BHP Brugger und Partner AG
> Esme Saynor, CMS UK
> Dr. Simone Brauchbar Birkhäuser, CMS Switzerland
> Fabian Martens, CMS Switzerland
> Dr. Heike Blank, CMS Germany
In the last years, electronic commerce has evolved into a crucial global distribution channel for consumer product offerors while stationary trade has to a substantial degree declined. Furthermore, mobile applications (Apps) have emerged as a new distribution sub-channel enabling consumers to view and order products off-line. We look forward to discussing various new trends in the e-commerce field, such as personalised services, interactive product presentations, trading platforms for luxury goods (e.g. Chrono24), artificial intelligence and big data analytics, social commerce and voice commerce.
> Dr. Dirk Spacek, CMS Switzerland
Panel: EU new class action directive
In Summer 2019, the main part of the EU New Deal for Consumers (package) was formally adopted. But part of it remained subject to discussion: namely, the Representative Actions Directive dealing with collective redress. Is this new EU legislation controversial? If so, why? This panel will provide you with insights into the legal, political and practical aspects of this potential game-changer for consumers and businesses.
> Sebastian Stolzke, European Justice Forum
> Roderick Nieuwmeyer, CMS Brussels
Why should you care about diversity and inclusion? Going beyond political correctness and acknowledging what diversity truly means is a step that many companies have been struggling with. Diversity is not about tolerating difference; it is a set of conscious practices to involve people from all backgrounds and create a fair, balanced workplace. This is not an end goal either, but it should be part of the organisation vision as a key to innovation and growth. Diversity appears as a way to produce a rich array of ideas and creative solutions thanks to a mix of diverse talents with different thinking styles and perspectives, which wouldn’t exist in homogeneous environments. We will discuss benefits but also challenges organisations may face to create truly inclusive workplaces.
> Dr. Silke Engel, Coca-Cola European Partners
> Marta Plana, Barcelona Football Club
> Carlos Peña, CMS Spain
FMCG and Brexit - What next?
Our session will cover the most topical implications for FMCG companies arising out of the then current status of Brexit.
> Louise Wallace, CMS UK