Trade Day 2020
May 14 - May 15
For several weeks, we have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. With yesterday’s announcement of the first presumptive positive case in Maine, Governor Mills’ recommendation regarding postponement of large indoor events, and the compelling explanation from Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah that social distancing is most effective when implemented before community transmission occurs, we have made the decision to cancel Trade Day 2020 on May 14 & 15. The safety of our communities and health of our members, clients, and partners are our top priorities.
We are exploring virtual alternatives to offer key elements of our event – celebration of our award winners, New Product Global Showcase, Innovation Pavilion, and a global sustainability panel discussion – to recognize and share the exciting work and international success of Maine companies. We’ll share more information as we work out the details.
In the meantime, take care of yourself, stay informed, and prepare but don’t panic. You can find additional information and resources here: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml
Global challenges ranging from climate and food crises to poverty need bold, transformational solutions that represent a large and growing market for business innovation.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by 193 states at the United Nations in September 2015, set an agenda for achieving a prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable society for all by 2030. A call to action, the goals could generate $12 trillion in business savings and revenue and create 380 million new jobs across four sectors: energy, cities, food and agriculture, and health and well-being.
Join us at Trade Day 2020 to explore how your business can benefit from global sustainability goals as a shared framework to attract talent, spark innovation, and increase international sales.
No matter how large or small and regardless of industry, all companies can contribute. The benefits of aligning your business with the global sustainability goals include new opportunities for market differentiation and growth, optimized workforce, and more resilient supply chains.
Corporate social responsibility continues to grow in importance around the world. Two thirds of consumers will buy or boycott a brand based on personal values. Younger generations especially are drawn to organizations that demonstrate responsible business practices. As the competition for talent intensifies, a company’s sustainability performance will impact employee morale and productivity.
“By 2030, Maine will be an international leader with a vibrant, sustainable, environmentally-responsible economy. All across the state, the people of Maine will have access to an unmatched quality of life and good-paying jobs.” – Maine Economic Development Strategy 2020-2029