Geneva, 23 January 2024 – FIATA and the GSCC have announced a visionary Memorandum of Understanding to jointly promote sustainability and academic excellence in education in the global freight forwarding and logistics sector with a focus on making UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) a reality and promoting the GSCC Global Sustainability Supply Chain Student Competition
The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the Global Supply Chain Classroom (GSCC) have entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in which they express their mutual commitment to promoting sustainability and academic excellence in education in the global freight forwarding and logistics sector. The MoU affirms the commitment of both organisations to ignite change by capacity building and educational programmes, targeting low- and middle-income territories which do not have access to established supply chain education programmes at the university level.
Under the MoU, FIATA and the GSCC commit to cooperating on the GSCC Global Sustainability Supply Chain Student Competition, an initiative bringing together university students to address supply chain challenges, actively involving young talents and developing sustainable solutions to shape the industry’s future. This competition, organised by the GSCC and the ICTD (International Center for Transport Diplomacy), has been endorsed by the UN Group of Friends of Sustainable Transport. The dynamic collaboration between the two organisations is envisaged to foster innovation, creativity and sustainable practices for future supply chain industry leaders.
FIATA and the GSCC previously worked together on the highly successful webinar series on ‘Market Structure and Maritime Competition’ held in Spring 2022, with three sessions bringing together high-level panellists representing national and international commissions and organisations. The third and final session was entitled “Moving Forward: What are the Solutions to the Maritime Crisis”, featuring Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye of the Federal Maritime Commission, Dr Wang Wei, Director General of the Institute of Market Economy, Development Research Centre of the State Council, China, Mr Henrik Morch, Director for Transport, Post and other services of the European Commission, and Ms Raissa-Julie Ada Allogo, Senior Policy Transport Officer of the African Union Commission. The success of this collaboration laid the groundwork for their current venture, demonstrating their shared dedication to shaping the future of global logistics and promoting ESG jointly.
FIATA’s Director General Stéphane Graber said of the MoU "As we stand at the crossroads of globalisation and sustainability, FIATA is thrilled to join forces with the Global Supply Chain Classroom in a commitment to promote excellence in freight forwarding and logistics sector academic education with a focus on making the UN SDGs a reality”. He continued “The collaboration signifies a pivotal moment, where education becomes a force for change, and sustainability takes centre stage in shaping the future of global trade. Together, we aim to empower the next generation of supply chain leaders, ensuring that no corner of the world is left behind."
GSCC President Chung Tam stated, 'We are very excited about the opportunity to further our collaboration with FIATA. Global supply chains have evolved rapidly to become knowledge-based, technology-driven, and sustainability-focused. Access to quality supply chain education programs is more critical now than ever. By working with FIATA members and member national associations, we will leverage GSCC’s experience and resources to deliver university-level educational programs, preparing the next generation of supply chain leaders to succeed in our diverse, globalized economy.”
FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations is a non-governmental, membership-based organisation representing freight forwarders in some 150 countries. FIATA’s membership is composed of 114 Associations Members and more than 6,000 Individual Members, overall representing an industry of 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms worldwide. Based in Geneva, FIATA is ‘the global voice of freight logistics' and has proven expertise in vocational training with its internationally recognised Diploma in Freight Forwarding. www.fiata.org
The Global Supply Chain Classroom (GSCC) is a sustainable platform for global educators, professionals, and academic institutions for delivering global supply chain education at the college and university levels. GSCC’s education, training, and certification programmes leverage its international network of educators to provide global perspectives and resources to enhance the supply chain industry www.gscclass.com