At the COP26 summit in Glasgow held in November 2021, there was a consensus that it was time to finish with the talk and get on with “walking the walk” of sustainability transition.
This is already underway to some extent in West Africa, where GPS data is being used to check that commodities producers are not engaging in deforestation or deploying child labour.
Joining us in the Trade Finance TV studio is Africa and commodities specialist Dr Tedd George, Founder and Chief Narrative Officer of Kleos Advisory. He was formerly Head of Research at Ecobank, the pan-African bank and a Senior Economist at the former Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) – now Economist Impact.
In West Africa, George explains, technology is being used to analyse data and check that commodities have been produced in line with ESG principles. Examples include cocoa and coffee farms, but the technique is also being applied to minerals such as diamonds and cobalt.
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- Dr Tedd George, Founder and Chief Narrative Officer of Kleos Advisory Ltd
- Clarissa Dann, Editorial Director, Trade Finance TV