The 1st Sustainability Forum~Towards 2020: Achieving Sustainable Development through Decent Work~(21st September)

[This Forum has finished.]

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that sets international labour standards, develops policies and devises programmes promoting decent work for all women and men. Procurement policies and practices in relation to mega-sporting events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games can be an important leverage for decent work and sustainable development.  

In the preparation as well as staging of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Games of the XXXII Olympiad), sourcing for goods and services will become necessary at a large scale. The “Sustainable Sourcing Code” developed by Tokyo 2020 also places high importance on the need for respecting international labour standards set by the ILO. In this connection, Tokyo 2020 and ILO recently decided to partner to jointly advance decent work in the Games’ sourcing process, through engagement with the Games’ delivery partners for an effective roll-out of the Code.

This Sustainability Forum organized by the ILO and supported by Tokyo 2020 therefore aims at raising awareness amongst the Games’ stakeholders on the international labour standards and their principles, especially how they relate to business policies and practices.

The Forum will provide information on sustainable sourcing, international labour standards and principles, as well as business opportunities and risks. The ILO will present practical examples of socially responsible labour practices. Tokyo 2020 will provide guidance for operationalizing the Sustainable Sourcing Code. With the participation of the Games’ delivery partner companies, the panel will discuss the roles of business as well as the labour-related risks arising from the sourcing process. Good practices will also be shared as inputs into the interactive discussion.

Save the date and join the discussion on 21 September!

Date& Time Thursday 21st September, 2017   13451730  Registration starts at 13:20

Venue Iino Hall & Conference Center 4F Room #B (2-1-1, Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku)

  • Access Kasumigaseki (Tokyo Metro Hibiya-line /Chiyoda-line) directly connected from Exit C4 MAP (in Japanese)
  • First 200 applications will be accepted. / Free Admission Registration in advance required.
  • How to apply: Please send your name and affiliation to  Please write down the question regarding the issue of the forum, if any, that you would like to submit in advance.
Programme: Simultaneous interpretation will be provided

-1st session 13451500-

Opening Ceremony

Plenary Address 1: “Business, Sustainability and Decent Work: Our Common Agenda for 2020 and 2030”

  • Ms. Githa ROELANS, Head, Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit, Enterprises, ILO Geneva
*Ms. Roelans' presentation is available on ILOTV.

  • Presentation: “Guidance for the Tokyo 2020 Sustainable Sourcing Code”  Tokyo 2020 Sustainability Department


Break (15:00-15:10)

-2nd session (15:10-17:30)- 

Moderator by Mr. Hiroyuki MATSUI, ILO Governing Body Member of the Employers’ Organizations (Keidanren)

Panel Discussion: Translating the principles into action: Case Studies of socially responsible labour practices (ILO's and enterprises' activities)
  • Ms. Yukiko ARAI, Senior Specialist, Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit, ILO Geneva
  • Tokyo 2020 Games partners

Break (16:40-16:50)

Comment from Workers and Employers’ organizations and civil society: Reflection and the roles of the workers and civil society towards 2020

  • Mr. Hiroki KAWAI, Department of General Planning, JTUC-RENGO
  • Ms. Kaori KURODA, Executive Director, CSO Network Japan
  • ILO

Summary and the Way Forward: Summary of the discussion and future activities towards 2020


  • Ms. Githa ROELANS, Head, Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit, Enterprises, ILO Geneva
  • Tokyo 2020

Closing remarks: Ms. Akiko TAGUCHI, Director, ILO Office for Japan