The text of the following statement was released by the governments of the United States of America and the 17 Partner Economies on the occasion of the Ministerial Forum on the Supply Chain.
Shocks to global supply chains caused by pandemics, wars and conflicts, extreme climate impacts and natural disasters have highlighted the urgent need to further strengthen supply chains, work to reduce and put end short-term disruption and build long-term. long-term resilience. This is a global challenge that we intend to tackle resolutely and cooperatively.
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom and United States ( hereinafter the “Participants”), following their engagement at the 2022 Ministerial Supply Chain Forum, intend to work together on crisis response to mitigate disruptions and bottlenecks short-term bottlenecks in transportation, logistics and supply chain as well as long-term issues. the long-term resilience challenges that make our supply chains vulnerable and impact consumers, large and small businesses, workers and families. To ensure that this effort is effective and reaches those most in need, we intend to engage in this work with business, workers, academia, trade unions and civil society, including women, representatives of local communities and others, in accordance with the national and international laws of the participants. obligations and the various levels of government.
Building collective and resilient long-term supply chains based on international partnerships is critical to the success of this effort. To achieve this, we aim to follow these global supply chain principles:
Transparency: We intend to promote transparency in consultation with the private sector, civil society, different levels of government and other relevant stakeholders, in accordance with national laws and participants’ international obligations, in order to build the resilience of supply chains. Civil society consultations, in accordance with national laws and participants’ international obligations, are an important element of transparency. We intend to advance information sharing and, where possible, common approaches and early warning systems, on potential, emerging and systematic supply challenges. We intend to undertake this cooperation in accordance with national laws and the Participants’ international obligations and with the utmost care to protect non-public information, including information necessary to protect essential security interests.
Diversification: We aim to promote diversification and increase global capacities for multiple, reliable and sustainable sources of materials and inputs, intermediate goods and finished products in priority sectors, as well as logistics infrastructure capacities, by increasing the resilience of supply chains to make our economies less vulnerable to disruptions and shocks. We intend to explore opportunities to promote public and private investment in priority sector supply chains and encourage partnerships and co-investment for access and development of materials and inputs environmentally and socially responsible origin.
We aim to promote the involvement of small and medium enterprises in priority supply chains. We aim to promote the adoption of digital technologies by micro, small and medium enterprises. To advance the principles of equity and inclusion, we aim and strive to ensure that investments are made in a wide range of communities, in accordance with national laws and participants’ international obligations, in all our economies.
Predictability is important for resilient supply chains, and we will strive to work together to promote predictability, openness, fairness and non-discrimination in our economic relationships as they impact our supply chains. supply. We will strive to strengthen and foster our longstanding rules-based economic partnerships and supply chain relationships.
Security: To promote supply chain security, we intend to deepen our consultations to identify and address risks arising from supply dependencies and potential critical infrastructure vulnerabilities. We intend to work together to address our mutual vulnerabilities and work to eliminate corruption to support supply chain security. We encourage participants to undertake this cooperation in partnership with industry, labor and civil society, and other relevant stakeholders, in accordance with national laws, in order to better understand and manage safety risks for supply chains. supply.
Sustainability: We intend to promote global sustainability and responsible business conduct across supply chains, as well as the objectives set out in relevant multilateral environmental agreements to which we are party, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement. We encourage the adoption of responsible business practices and recognize the importance of implementing our respective obligations under the international labor conventions ratified by the respective countries throughout the value chain in order to ensure that the opening of new sourcing or supply chain options do not compromise existing commitments to respect human rights. . This includes our intention to work together to eradicate the use of forced labor in global supply chains. We aim to encourage the increased use of recycled materials and product components. We also aim to foster and support the fair and sustainable manufacturing and trade of products, in accordance with national laws and participants’ international obligations, including through the circular economy, bioeconomy and other approaches, that advance the fight against climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, and advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
We welcome all economies and invite all industries, businesses, women, workers, officials from different levels of government, trade unions and civil society, and other stakeholders to join us in pursuing chains of resilient procurement, guided by these principles. We recognize that the key to solving the next global supply chain crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place.