2023 Brochure released!

EU Policies for Sustainable Trade

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 14:30 - 14:50

Location: Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote)

Redefining Value


The EU aims to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050, by decoupling economic growth from the use of resources and making sure nobody is left behind. Partnership with our trading partners and industry is crucial for this. How?


  • How can the European Green Deal and EU’s trade policy make a difference – and is it enough? Ways to ensure climate action and trade policy in Europe makes a global impact.
  • What and which values should be part of a sustainability agenda?
  • Sustainable Corporate Governance: a business model in its own right?
  • Areas to engage with decision makers and create partnerships

Post Event Actions

  • Support an ambitious sustainability agenda for the upcoming WTO Ministerial
  • Discuss and assess EU standards and policies and see how they fit locally and internationally
  • Partner up with local industry to explore sustainable business opportunities, and advocate for change


Walter van Hattum

Head of Trade and Economic

EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao

Walter van Hattum

Head of Trade and Economic

EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao

My career combines commercial with sustainability policies. I worked for the ILO in Nigeria; the Dutch MFA and for the EU on nuclear fusion, humanitarian aid and health policies. Recent postings include Indonesia and the Philippines, where I served as head of the trade section of the EU Delegation, following which I was responsible for leveraging EU’s trade (preferences) for improving labour, human rights and environmental standards. In January 2021, I was appointed head of the trade section of the EU office to Hong Kong and Macao.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Awareness, ambition, cooperation