Realising Paperless Trade Webinar 2: The Role of Verifiable Credentials in International Trade RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE

September 28, 2023

In this Second webinar in the ACITI Realising Paperless Trade series, Steve Capell from Go Source to talks about how Verifiable Credentials (VC) and Decentralised Identifiers (DID) can be used in trade for addressing regulator and consumer demands for surety in supply chains, and for managing risks and opportunities related to environmental, social and governance criteria.

The recording of the webinar is available HERE.


As a member of the Australian delegation to UN/CEFACT, Steve Capell has been contributing to digital standards for trade facilitation for around 20 years. In that capacity he has recently led three projects that are relevant to this discussion

1.     Re-publishing of the UN/CEFACT Buy-Ship-Pay reference data model as a modern web vocabulary

2.     A white paper that provides guidance for nations on the use of verifiable credentials for cross-border digital trust use cases including sustainable supply chains  

3.     An interoperability and scalability framework for the UNECE textile & leather traceability project that will permit data to flow though long supply chains and across multiple different traceability platforms.

Whilst working on these projects, Steve has encountered a number of challenges (and some potential solutions) to the implementation of sustainable supply chains including concerns such as mass-balance, greenwashing, data privacy, paper compatibility, and commercial incentives. This has led to the launch of a UN recommendation project “Transparency at Scale” that Steve is leading. Steve is also lead editor for the critical minerals traceability project .

When not working on UN/CEFACT projects, Steve runs a boutique consultancy in Canberra, Australia that provides digital strategy and implementation services to Australian government agencies including the Australian Border Force, the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment & Water, and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry.

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