WEBINAR+REPORT: Amplify the transformative power of sustainable and inclusive business models through EU external action’

1 December 2020, 14:00 – 15:30 CET. CONCORD, FTAO and Cooperatives Europe launch its new report

MIND OUR BUSINESS – Amplify the transformative power of sustainable and inclusive business models through EU external action‘ November 2020. 40 pages.


This report illustrates, with concrete examples, how a focus on sustainable and inclusive business models (SIBMs) can help the EU advance on its various objectives, whether creating decent work opportunities, in particular for young people, empowering women, reaching out to more marginalised people or contributing to the ecological transition. 

  • Moderator: Lonne Poissonnier, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, CONCORD Europe 
  • Welcome and introduction by Tanya Cox, Director, CONCORD 
  • Mr. Diego Isabel la Moneda, Co-Founder and Director of the New Economy and Social Innovation (NESI) Forum (Spain)
  • Ms. Margarita Hernández Naranjo, Superintendent for the Popular and Solidarity Economy, Government of Ecuador 
  • Ms. Yetnayet Teklewold, Manager of the International Cooperative Development, Relations, and Research Office of Awach Saving and Credit Cooperative Society (SACCOS), Ethiopia 
Presentation of the main findings and recommendations from the new CONCORD, FTAO-Cooperatives report ‘MIND OUR BUSINESS. Amplify the transformative power of sustainable and inclusive business models through EU external action’ 
Heleen Heysse, Policy Officer, Cooperatives Europe 
Luisa Fondello, Policy and Advocacy Officer, Caritas Europa 
Exchange with EU decision makers 
  • Mr. Antti Karhunen, Principal Adviser Trade and Development, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission 
  • Ms. Manon Aubry, Member of the European Parliament 
  • Mr Michele Cervone, Head of Development Cooperation Coordination Division, European External Action Service 
  • Mr. Michael Krake, Director Private sector, trade, employment and digital technologies, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Moderator: Lonne Poissonnier, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, CONCORD Europe 

Concluding remarks and upcoming political opportunities 

  • Sergi Corbalan, Executive Director, Fair Trade Advocacy Office
Case study:
This Coalition, a partner of ActionAid Malawi, brings together 300,000 women farmers from across the county. 
  • As a response to inappropriate public support and the failure of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers and chemical pesticides subsidised or distributed by the government to support conventional agriculture, COWFA champions agroecology. 
  • New practices are shared with fellow women farmers through seed fairs and learning visits. COWFA pleads with the authorities for extension services focusing on agroecology and for the effective implementation of women farmers’ land rights. 
  • It uses collective marketing and bargaining approaches to secure greater market access for its members. 
  • It also trains its members on violence against women and set up a help system as women’s economic rights are intrinsically linked to their bodily integrity. 
Supporting climate-resilient agroecology in Malawi – Ellen Matupi, President, Coalition of Women Farmers (COWFA)

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