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EVENT PROGRAMME AND SPEAKERS
For those attending in person: HUB Westminster, 1st floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1
2 – 4.30pm
Presentations from sector leaders: Hear from experts and business owners who are driving forward the sustainability agenda and combining that with commercial and sales success. Includes brief presentations by each speaker under our four event themes, IMPACT, VISIBILITY, EDUCATION, TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES.
PANEL 1 : IMPACT AND VISIBILITY 2-3.15pm
Introduced and chaired by Clare Lissaman
Clare is a Founding Director of SOURCE Consultancy, and one of the UK’s foremost experts when it comes to ethical sourcing and supply chains. Clare has worked closely with many leading fashion retailers as well as smaller businesses, and delivered training all over the world.
Clare will introduce the IMPACT and VISIBILITY themes.
Impact: Dr Emma Neuberg: Sustainable textiles: Minimising environmental footprint, maximizing cultural, community and social benefits
Fellowship 500 member Emma Neuberg is the founder and CEO of The Slow Textiles Group, an international platform for design, community, dialogue, reflection & dissemination of textile methodologies that are sustaining as well as sustainable. Emma has been recognised for her work and pioneering vision, achieving many prestigious awards throughout her career.
Impact: Prama Bhardwaj: Impact on the ground
Prama Bhardwaj, Fellowship 500 member and founder of Mantis World, will introduce the triple bottom line impacts achieved by Mantis World, in Africa and beyond, and offer insight into how these can be built upon and become more widespread.
Mantis World is an ethical clothing manufacturer working primarily with their family-owned vertical mill, Sunflag Tanzania employing over 1500 workers. Other supply routes include textile mills in Turkey, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, operating on the same criteria of sustainability and transparency. The company supports community projects in East Africa including training, education and homes for children and disadvantaged groups. Their mission is to make ethical and organic cotton clothing affordable and easy to order with no minimum order quantities.
Visibility: Alana James: Mainstreaming Sustainability in the Fashion Sector
Fellowship 500 member Alana James is carrying out PhD research focusing on consumer and retailer behaviour in an ethical fashion context. Her research studies the consumption of High Street fashion, and aims to investigate the opportunities to mainstream sustainability in the fashion sector. She will present Consumer insights – taken from research conducted with ethically conscious consumers during 2011, retailer and consumer communication on the UK high street – the influential factors that give retailers the power to control consumer purchasing behaviour, and more.
Visibility: Ceri Heathcote: Marketing, promotion, and profile for Sustainable Fashion
Fellowship 500 member Ceri Heathcote is Founder and Director of Heathcote Communications, an Internet Marketing agency, and architect of fashion websites Style Eyes, Posh Swaps and the Ethical Fashion Bloggers Community. Her latest project aims to change the way people shop by making sustainable and ethical fashion more visible and accessible online. Ceri will offer insights into what is needed for sustainable fashion products to become more visible, available and desirable to all.
PANEL 2: EDUCATION AND SYSTEMS 3.15-4.30pm
Introduced and chaired by Tamsin Lejeune
Tamsin Lejeune is Founder and Managing Director of the Ethical Fashion Forum, and has over 10 years experience at the forefront of developments in fashion and sustainability. Since founding the Ethical Fashion Forum Tamsin has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs and businesses in the fashion and design sectors and is behind a raft if initiatives by the Ethical Fashion Forum including the SOURCE and the Fellowship 500. Prior to her role with the EFF Tamsin launched and ran a successful fair trade fashion label and co-ordinated the launch of FEI, a project to integrate workers rights issues at the core of fashion education in the UK and Europe.
Education: Liz Parker: Integrating sustainability at the core of fashion education
A commitment to social and environmental justice underpins Fellowship 500 member Liz Parker’s work as a freelance researcher, consultant, facilitator and educator. For over a decade, the focus of her work has been corporate practices, supply chains, labour and environmental standards and international trade policy in the garment and agriculture sectors. Between 2006 and 2010 she was joint project coordinator of Fashioning an Ethical Industry, (FEI) a project of Labour Behind the Label.
Liz will introduce developments in the fashion education sector to integrate sustainability and opportunities to build on this and inspire students.
Systems: Ngaire Takano: Sustainable Sourcing
Fellowship 500 member Ngaire is a sourcing consultant, educator and connector for artisans, clean supply chains and sustainable sourcing. She supports and works with the craftsmen, women, and artisans who nurture traditional skills and methods of production, connecting them with designers and brands.
Ngaire will offer insights into sustainable production and fabric sourcing, building on opportunities, overcoming challenges, and examples of best practice.
Systems: Christopher Stopes: Global Organic Textiles Standard
Christopher Stopes, Fellowship 500 member and UK Representative for GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) International Working Group, will introduce latest developments with GOTS.
Christopher has over 20 years experience working with governments, NGOs and private clients, and is an expert in the development of organic agriculture policy, strategies, action plans and innovative techniques for production, processing and supply chain development.
Systems: Emily Huc: Building a sustainable production model
Fellowship 500 member Emily Huc is founder if In bloom, a high quality organic cotton lingerie brand. All women’s underwear is made in France in a family run factory, helping to safeguard traditional craftsmanship and significantly decrease the carbon footprint of each product. In Bloom use a wide range of environmentally conscious fabrics and materials, ranging from GOTS certified organic cotton and lyocell to OEKO TEX 100 fabric and trimmings.
Nina will offer insights into how she built the supply model for In Bloom, challenges and opportunities.
Systems: Sarah Ditty: Trends, Tools and Techniques, insights from SOURCE Intelligence.
Sarah Ditty is Deputy Editor of SOURCE Intelligence. She has ten years experience as a freelance fashion writer, has played an instrumental role at the heart of pioneering fashion businesses such as Worn Again and Trading for Development, and holds a master’s degree in Globalisation and International Development. She will present a summary of latest trends and developments covered on SOURCE Intelligence.
4.30 – 5.00pm Break and networking
5.00 – 5.45pm Breakout groups
Please note that as well as the below, the opportunity will also be offered to participants to chair working groups on other themes pertinent to their expertise.
Impact: Changing lives through fashion, fair trade, and poverty reduction
Impact: Environmental innovation
Impact: Major retailers: Building on best practice
Visibility: Mainstreaming sustainable fashion
Visibility: Sustainable fashion, success in multibrand retail
Visibility: Sustainability at Policy level
Education: Integrating sustainability: Inspiring the next generation
Systems: Tools and techniques: Certification and standards
Systems: SOURCE: Maximising reach and impact
Country or region specific working groups
5.45-6.30pm Plenary session
Spokespeople present feedback from breakout sessions.
Discussion and debate.
Nomination of topical and regional leaders and ambassadors.
Announcements by fellows.
6.30 – 7.30pm
Drinks and networking