Greening EU Trade: with Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice | Brunswick

Greening EU Trade: with Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice

How can businesses recover sustainably under the European Green Deal? Part III of our webinar series on navigating the European Green Deal and how businesses can engage in the green transition.

2 June at 15:30 CEST / 14:30 BST

Speakers:

  • Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice
  • Paul Lister, Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary, Associated British Foods

The third edition of our webinar series was again hosted and moderated by Geneviève Pons, Director General of Europe Jacques Delors in Brussels, and Pascal Lamy, Vice President of Europe Jacques Delors and Chair of Europe at Brunswick Group.

 

Click here to download our report on this event.


Didier Reynders is European Commissioner for Justice in charge of rule of law and consumer protection, a position he has held since December 2019.

Prior to joining the European Commission, Reynders has been a guest lecturer at the Belgian universities of Liège and Louvain. Previously, he held several high-level political positions in Belgium’s federal government, including minister of defence (2018-2019), minister of foreign affairs (2011-2019), minister of finance (1999-2011) and deputy prime minister (2014-2019). From 2004 to 2011, he was chairman of Belgium’s Mouvement Réformateur party. In 1992 he was elected as a member of the Belgian Parliament. He started his career as a lawyer in 1981, before serving as Chairman of the National Railway Company of Belgium from 1986 to 1991. He holds a degree in law from the University of Liège.

Paul Lister is the Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary for Associated British Foods

Paul Lister is Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary at Associated British Foods (ABF), the FTSE 100 international food, ingredients and retail group which employs 133,000 people and has operations in 53 countries across the globe. Prior to joining ABF in January 2001, Paul was Associate General Counsel of Diageo plc. He holds a law Degree from University College London and is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales.

Paul leads ABF’s legal department around the world, with over 80 lawyers in the team and lawyers in 15 countries. As such, he is responsible for the legal affairs of ABF. ABF is the parent company of Primark, a global retailer widely recognised as the destination store for the latest fashions at the best value. As a growing international business with a global supply chain, Primark works hard to ensure that its products are made with respect for workers’ rights and the environment.

Paul was responsible for establishing and leads Primark’s Ethical Trade & Environmental Sustainability Team, a team of over 120 experts based in Primark’s key sourcing countries. Primark’s Ethical Trade & Environmental Sustainability Team carries out over 3,000 audits of its suppliers’ factories every year against the internationally-recognised standards as set out in the Primark Code of Conduct, monitoring that Primark products are made with respect for workers’ rights and the environment.


Primark has been a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative since 2006 and achieved ETI Leadership in 2011; ranking it in the top 5 per cent of member brands.