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About Us

Our mission

Senior business leaders across industrial sectors and country borders find dialogue, networking, learning and interest at F&L.  Individuals representing brand owners, manufacturers in different industries, logistics (all modes), retail and suppliers come together with technology, insurance, finance, academics, NGOs, policymakers, scientists, high-ranking politicians and experts.

Why?  To inform themselves about what other industry leaders are doing, to listen to and question scientists, academics, thought-leaders and industry stakeholders on issues that concern them, and to exchange experiences – what’s going well, not so well and what’s coming next?  

Why does it matter?

“F&L’s format is super-good because it’s not too big and not too small; you have the ability to  connect with nearly everyone – and it’s the right insight between critical topics and current market developments” 

  • The pace of change across the business landscape is accelerating and there is a need for all participants to be proactive.  But to be effective any actions need to be taken in collaboration with other stakeholders so that we are building harmony across countries and industries, driving efficiencies and improving sustainability.
  • We all face moving targets: the challenge of sustaining our organisations into the future, delivering value for all stakeholders, is vast and the scale, scope and complexity of transformation is considerable.  By sharing ideas, information, learning and even resources we can achieve things together that we could never do alone.
What makes us unique?

“F&L has always driven a breadth of participation which crosses industry sectors, country borders and job function.  We focus on our network and look always for expertise, experience, insights and new perspectives on the strategic topics that are critical for today’s senior business leader to engage with – regardless of role or industry”  Philip Evans, Secretary General

F&L is a members’ organisation with a small and highly engaged team.  We are funded by annual membership fees and by conference participation fees.  This means that we can retain a neutral perspective and focus 100% on maximising benefit for the individuals and organisations in our network.  F&L was founded in 1994.  

Here at F&L you have the largest cargo owners on earth, the people with the solutions, and bringing that together in a dialogue is what the modern economy is all about – how do you create networks, and through those conversations, how do we create solutions for the future?

How do we deliver results?

“If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect“

Steven Johnson (born 1968), Science author & media theorist

  • Shippers (manufactures) drive F&L because they drive international trade and the supply chain.
  • Dialogue, discussion and debate is always confidential.  This means discussions are open and honest. 
  • F&L looks to solutions.  How can we move forward?
  • This is an international network because the supply chain is global.
  • F&L is not-for-profit and non-lobby organisation, so that we can retain a neutral perspective.

We prioritise keeping the network current with new participants and a strong core of regular contributors, who all appreciate the relaxed yet highly professional atmosphere we create.  

What does F&L offer me and my organisation?

F&L an easy and efficient way to connect with leaders across other industries and 47 countries in Europe.  Networking is a given.  But members use F&L to learn, build understanding, to ask better questions and seek better answers, to debate and deep dive into topics with other industry leaders whom they would not normally meet.  Listen to and question experts, thought-leaders, industry practitioners, scientists, academics, policymakers and regulators.  Find out what works,, what doesn’t work and why. 

“There are so many takeaways that I cannot summarise – F&L is an amazing platform for networking, inspiration, learning what works for others and what we should maybe avoid.  I have a lot of new contacts and look forward to the next event”

Supply chain evangelist and thought-leader

F&L engages with its network year-round to help supply chain leaders meet their business objectives.

  • Weekly 45-minute Friday Focus: dialogue with other supply chain leaders, what is business seeing, market updates.
  • Networking conferences in May and November.
  • Video interviews with global personalities.
  • Collaboration on strategic topics year-round.

Membership costs €1,950 per organisation per year.