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Sustainability in the Age of Platforms

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CEPS, the Academy of Internet Finance of Zhejiang University and the Emerging Market Sustainability Dialogues (EMSD) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) are organising a high-level workshop on the challenges and the opportunities posed by digital platforms when it comes to sustainability.

The digital economy is changing business around the world, creating a more efficient intermediation of supply and demand for goods and services. It is disrupting sectors from commerce to transportation and accommodation to finance, while allowing consumers unprecedented connectivity and convenience.

At the same time as changing the nature of work around the world, the digital economy is generating new job opportunities. Online platforms have the undoubted potential of creating new solutions as well as new risks in the field of social sustainability – including decent work, empowering women, anti-discrimination, and inclusiveness. In this regard, platforms may result in new opportunities – particularly for people facing marginalisation in the traditional labour market and workers in the informal sector in emerging economies – to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities, participate in more formalised and secure work, and empower themselves. On the other hand, platforms may sidestep responsibilities that are typically the domain of employers, such as non-discrimination practices and safe working standards. Workers and the wider society will really benefit if the rules of the games are fair and platforms do not lead to a ‘race to the bottom’.

By enabling new forms of sustainable consumption and fostering behavioural change among consumers, the platform economy can also play a pivotal role in the field of environmental sustainability, leading to a more efficient use of resources and to a better functioning of supply chains. For instance, digital platforms can increase consumer awareness about their environmental footprint and contribute to improving their consumption choices; they can also become central actors in the shift towards a more circular economy. On the other hand, the platform economy may also entail negative effects for the environment, leading to more consumption and waste and more goods travelling long distances, as well as higher energy consumption due to its data-intensive nature.

Against this background, the Emerging Market Sustainability Dialogues (EMSD) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Academy of Internet Finance of Zhejiang University and CEPS are gathering policy-makers, businesses and academics to answer some fundamental questions:

  • Is the platform economy sustainable? And if not, how can its sustainability be ensured?
  • What are the social and environmental impacts of the platform economy?
  • How do impacts vary across different parts of the world?
  • What lessons and best practices from the platform economy can help achieve the SDGs?
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Discussants &
Speakers

Below is our list of speakers and discussants.

Host
Felice Simonelli Felice Simonelli

Felice Simonelli

Senior Research Fellow, Head of Policy Evaluation and Head of Project Development

Speakers list
Mark Graham

Professor of Internet Geography, Oxford Internet Institute

Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and Digital Economy, CEPS

Sabina Dewan

President and Executive Director, JustJobs Network, Washington DC/New Delhi

Karolien Lenaerts

Research Manager, KU Leuven

Marianne Haahr

Director, Sustainable Digital Alliance

Samuel Laurinkari

Head of EU Affairs, eBay

Siegfried Leffler

Head of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Brussels

William Echikson

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Digital Forum, CEPS

Stefanie Zinsmeyer

Emerging Market Sustainability Dialogues of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Ramiro Albrieu

Principal Investigator for Sustainable Economy, CIPPEC, Buenos Aires

Herman Smit

Director, Cenfri; Head of Client Insights, i2i facility, Cape Town

Elisa Tonda

Head of Consumption and Production Unit, Economy Division, UN Environment, Geneva

David Jensen

Head of Environmental Peacebuilding Programme, UN Environment, Geneva

André Reichel

Professor for International Management and Sustainability, International School of Management (ISM), Stuttgart

Kanav Arora

Vice President, UrbanClap, India

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Event Details

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Sustainability in the Age of Platforms

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1 Congresplaats
1000 Brussel
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Event Date

Day 1 - Tuesday
Organiser
Ada Modzelewska Ada Modzelewska
Ada Modzelewska
+32 (0)2 229 39 75
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