The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (Icfpa) eighth biennial International CEO Roundtable last May took place in Berlin, Germany. More than 20 forest based industry CEOs and association leaders from around the world met to discuss industry innovation, sustainability aspects, current political aspects and future trends that may impact the industry at local and international levels. «The global forest and paper industry stands firm in achieving its sustainability commitments based on its common values. Today’s conference provides us with an opportunity to reaffirm these values in today’s interconnected and fast-paced world» said Peter Oswald, Mondi Group CEO designate, who chaired the roundtable.
The CEOs discussed industry improvements in sustainability practices and innovation. They also watched the three global finalists of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovations Award presenting their projects in a wide range of activities relevant to forest-based science, products using forest-based raw materials, process improvements or other innovations throughout the value chain. The global finalists of the Award and their respective projects can be found at www.icfpa.org/who-we-are/blue-sky- young-researcher-and-innovation-award.
Keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Michael Huether, economist and director of the Institute der deutschen Wirtschaft, provided insights about the effects of Global Political Disruption on the forest based industry.
The next Icfpa International CEO Roundtable will take place Canada in 2019. The Icfpa represents more than 30 national and regional forest and paper associations around the world.