ICC Webinar ‘EU Competition Law and Sustainability’ Thursday 4 November 2021, 15.00-17.00 hrs., online.

The European Green Deal will transform the EU into a resource-efficient and competitive economy. The Netherlands is a frontrunner within the EU when it comes to establishing parameters pertaining to sustainability and antitrust objectives. The most impactful sustainability efforts are often only economically viable if competitors bundle their resources. But what are the boundaries pertaining to collaboration between these competitors? The tension between fair competition and sustainability creates a need for general guidance on agreements that will not be considered restrictive and the need for clear conditions on which restrictive agreements may be allowed. In an effort to strike a balance, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (‘ACM’) has taken the lead and established guidelines in 2021 to facilitate more sustainability collaborations.

In this webinar the practical implications of the sustainability objectives for businesses will be discussed. Which considerations should be part of a solid antitrust compliance programme? During this webinar the experts will address the question of when competitors are allowed to work together to achieve sustainable goals. They will further discuss the benefits of a more proactive approach to promote sustainability through EU competition policy, analyze whether sustainability agreements can in principle qualify for exemption under Article 101(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (‘TFEU’) and elaborate on the impact and the consequences thereof for businesses.

Learning goals
• Gain insights in guidelines proposed by ACM in regards to competition law and sustainability;
• Learn how to avoid cooperation in the field of sustainability that may go beyond antitrust regulation;
• Find out how private antitrust litigation affects compliance for businesses;
• Hear how the application of competition law could accelerate corporate action to fight climate change.

• Martijn Snoep, Chairman Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets, The Hague
• Anne Riley, Former Head Global Antitrust Group Royal Dutch Shell, Chair ICC Task Force on Antitrust Compliance and Advocacy
• Tim Raats, Lawyer BarentsKrans, EU Competition law practice, The Hague
• Mirjam Bakker, Chair ICC Netherlands, Chief Compliance Officer ABN AMRO, Amsterdam (moderator)

Preliminary programme


Digital platform opens


Welcome and introduction
By Mirjam Bakker, Chair ICC Netherlands



The ACM antitrust vision on sustainability
By Martijn Snoep 

Sustainability for businesses and their compliance policies
By Anne Riley

TFEU exemptions & the broader interpretation of the EU rules for specific situations
By Tim Raats

Panel discussion on the recent changes and developments in EU competition policy
By the entire panel, moderated by Mirjam Bakker





Target audience
Anti-trust professionals, in-house counsel, corporate lawyers and legal and compliance officers.

It is possible to request your certificate of participation in order to receive your ‘PO-point.’ Upon receiving a passing grade for a short quiz you will receive the certificate. This is conform the requirements by the Dutch BAR, the NOvA. Click here to read more about this subject. Please send an e-mail message to smits@icc.nl to request the quiz after the webinar has been presented.

For all national and international ICC members: free
All non-ICC members: free

Registration for this event is mandatory. Registration will close on Friday 29 October 2021, end of day. For questions please contact the ICC Netherlands office, Mrs. Pip N. Smits, Esq. at smits@icc.nl.