F&L welcomed a multi-stakeholder community of international business leaders to the Hague on Tues 25 April 2023. Leadership teams drove discussions throughout the day on risk, sector structural change, where our businesses fit in & the value they create against the backdrop of economic & environmental uncertainty.
Mon 24 April, networking dinner 19:30
Key day: Tues 25 April 2023, round-table workshops & networking
Wed 25 Apr, morning only, choice of visits for those still in Netherlands
F&L discussions are practical and always in confidence. This was an in-person meeting. We do not record, and press/media are not permitted. F&L is independent, and the benefit for participants of discussions at F&L is built around the network present.
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Senior business leaders expanded their knowledge and supported each other and themselves with today’s challenges. There is urgency. The colour doesn’t matter if you are left behind.
Turbulent times: the business case & controllable risks, hedging and mitigating against risks we can’t control, and seizing opportunities to create sustained competitive advantage for our businesses
Complex, global, high specification supply chains – what can different sectors learn from each other? Criteria, tools & people to drive change
… because the colour doesn’t matter if you’re left behind. Reflecting on value positioning for our businesses as a multi-stakeholder community. Who/what are the change-makers?
Private museum visit & networking dinner
Visits 09:00 – 12:00 Wed 26 April
Adding value to local organisations and to those with a open mind who are interested in learning and understanding the detail behind headlines, small groups investigated:
09:00 – 11:00, there are 8 hyperloop centres across the world which are located in USA, Canada, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, India and, of course, Hardt Hyperloop in the Netherlands who won Elon Musk’s SpaceX competition in 2017. Now building an open test track in the Netherlands and viewed as the main player in Europe, we go behind the scenes to undertstand how hyperloop could contribute to a sustainable future of transport for passengers & logistics. First pilots are already coming. We discuss the 12 current transportation challenges that hyperloop could address, when and if we can expand the vision we have for our own companies.
09:00 – 12:00, RDM innovation dock in the M4H makers’ district hosts >60 innovative companies who work together and share knowledge, because none of us can innovate alone. F&L took a special tour to find out what’s happening.
F&L is independent, not-for-profit and international. We engage business leaders and decision-makers in global manufacturing, logistics (road, rail, sea, waterways, air), academia, policymakers and science. All discussions are focused around freight logistics.
A2B Online Container
Billiet & Co
Combined Cargo Terminals
Corporate Ventures Advisory
Erasmus Commodity & Trade Centre
Forwarding Advisory EU
Freight Leaders’ Council Italy
Herchenbach Industrial Buildings
IRU International Road Union
Julius & Clark
Klaipeda Free Economic Zone
Kuehne + Nagel
Marsh Insurance & Risk
Offshore Wind Growth Partnership
Port of Amsterdam
Port of Antwerp-Bruges
Port of Calais
Port of Rotterdam
SBB Cargo International
Smart Freight Centre
Smart Join Logistic
Technical University of Delft
Vos Bulk Logistics
World Energy Council
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Who was the meeting for? This event was for business leaders and decision-makers in manufacturing, retail, supply, all modes of logistics, ports, technology companies including startups, insurance, finance, academics, NGOs, policymakers, politicians and experts – all those who are actively working in, or with, the international supply chain and logistics.
Because F&L is a community which helps business leaders move their own strategies forward through collaborative discussion with practitioners, sector experts and industry leaders across the supply chain.
Why should I have attended? Discussing trade and supply chain strategy in an open, professional and social atmosphere so that we can listen and learn from each other is a strong fundament for further growth.
Your input is encouraged. Speakers, dialogue, debate and a chance to engage with peers and experts on topics which are helpful to “building your better 2023-25” as well as opportunity to talk to innovators and disruptors. Together we can progress faster than we can alone and you will meet each other as well as many from the F&L network which represents significant players across Europe.
What is F&L? F&L is an active international non-profit Forum. We do not lobby as that would imply there was one right answer, and we welcome leaders who are active in the sector across Council of Europe 47 countries and the globe.
What could I expect? We do not hear speakers trying to sell, or sharing long complex plans for their company’s development. You:
Is there anyone who may not attend? Journalists and press are not permitted because discussions were open throughout the meeting.