F&L’s creates dialogue between a genuinely different audience of leaders who are active in the supply chain and international trade. This brings a great diversity of experience and opinion, which breaks down silos, sparks ideas and innovation, gives decision makers a real opportunity to learn, and builds understanding between stakeholders. We cultivate excellent relationships with academia, global agencies too numerous to list, and with regulatory bodies and policy-makers. We are in dialogue with leading scientists to exchange information on sustainability issues.
F&L is set up as a not-for-profit, and retains a neutral perspective by not engaging in lobbying. We create an informal and welcoming atmosphere for our members and participants who utilise the network throughout the year. Members of the press and journalists are not included in our meetings so that discussions can be open. F&L member companies are spread across Council of Europe 47 countries.
Every jurisdiction throughout Europe provides for the fundamental right to assemble. Members and participants at F&L behave at all times in compliance with competition and anti-trust laws and this obligation is stated in Articles 6 and 9 of the F&L Articles of Association (English).
F&L members debate all aspects of logistics and transport supply, based on the principle that “best practice can be shared at a high level”. Members take an important and active part in the use, development, harmonisation and modernisation of multimodal freight transport systems in Europe. This exchange of professional experience during the F&L meetings results in business optimization and consumer benefits and perfectly fits the goals of competition and anti-trust policies.
F&L’s Articles of Association state that the Forum groups entities which use, manage, service or organise freight transport to:
F&L is not a lobby organisation; it is a Forum that looks to the future of international trade and the supply chain, considering often how learning from one country or industry can find application in another. F&L does not at any time recommend specific courses of action to the European Commission or any other Institution, however institutions and policy-makers do use F&L as a sounding board for new initiatives or legislative priorities.