Canton and Hong Kong meetings
23 May 2013

 The IPPAG Cooperative and its members were once again reunited for a series of meetings held in coordination with the 113th Canton Trade fair and the annual HKTDC Gifts and Premiums fair.

Events kicked off with IPPAG’s traditional ‘PPP supplier’ reception in Canton: giving the assembled members an opportunity to develop existing ties and create new ones with our network of preferred suppliers. This event is also used to update suppliers on IPPAG’s CSR program and supplier capacity training program and also serves to remind them of the duties and responsibilities that are linked to their strategic role in IPPAG’s Responsible Sourcing Platform.
This was followed by the Cooperative’s annual General Assembly and General Managers meeting. Board elections were held: confirming the renewal of Mr Soeren Langhoff’s (Langhoff Promotion AS, Denmark) position as Chairman of the Board, and electing new Board member Mr Suvir Khullar (Gifting Ideas, India) for a three year term.
IPPAG ‘s newest member: ERHAS (www.erhas.net) was also introduced to the members and confirmed as the new IPPAG representative for Turkey.
The meeting then covered a series of IPPAG updates:
1) CSR: New Code of Conduct / Policy of Commitment to UN Guiding Principles, updated Global Compact COP / SAI Socialfingerprint training program
2) Responsible Sourcing Platform: Global supplier agreements 
3) Newly improved Intranet platform: with new interface, features and design 
4) New 'Cloud' platform: 'Smartcloud' Communities
And as usual, the highlight of the meeting was the members ‘case story’ presentations: showcasing the best of member’s sales operations, products, and creative ideas over the last few months. Congratulations to our ‘best case story winner’: Lagardere SA, France
Last but not least, the meeting also focused on the exchange of best practices with the following member chosen topics: developing and selling digital mobile apps / HR: attracting top talent
Events were rounded off with the official IPPAG gala dinner in Hong Kong: with a record number of participants as IPPAG had the honour of welcoming additional guests from various IPPAG GLOBAL PROMOTIONS (www.ippag-global-promotions.com) service partner companies. 
And as per tradition: members met up one last time in Hong Kong during the Gifts and Premiums fair to exchange and share their best ideas and suppliers.