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Promoting decent work
Eliza Ward, Ethical Trading Initiative

Eliza Ward, Senior Advisor, Business Development, Ethical Trading Initiative

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and its members has been a driving force in ethical trade. It is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe.

Experienced in assisting industry understand modern slavery legislation, human rights due diligence, grievance mechanisms and worker empowerment, the ETI is a trusted resource and partner to many.

State of Fashion Report 2019

Jenny Cermak, Partner, McKinsey & Company

The Business of Fashion, McKinsey & Company State of Fashion 2019 report found that companies need to take an active stance on social issues and satisfy consumer demands for radical transparency and sustainability.

For the first time, sustainability broke into the list of the most important challenges executives are facing, moving from a tick-box exercise into a transformational feature that is engrained in the business model and ethos of many recent success stories.

Nine in ten Generation Z consumers believe companies have a responsibility to address environmental as well as social issues, the latter a new addition to the greener focus of the previous generation of millenials. With Gen Z’ers accounting for 40% of global consumers by 2020, this is a cohort worth listening to.

2019 is touted as the year the number of brands getting into the rental, resale and refurbishment business will increase markedly. The theme of ‘self disrupt’ has never been higher on the agenda.

New business models shaping the future of fashion

Fanny Moizant, Co-Founder, Vestiaire Collective, Dean Jones, CEO, GlamCorner, Bryce Alton & CEO Nudie Jeans Co Australia

Disruption is all around. No more so than in the model of the fashion business itself.

As the movement for access over ownership gains ground, hear how rental, re-commerce and re-sale are growing fast and claiming market share.

Is this the solution to reducing textile waste and fighting resource scarcity? How can traditional retailers get in on the act.

Heating Up: Climate Change and the fashion industry. Time for CEOs to step up to the challenge

Kit Willow, Founder KITX and Martin Rice, Acting CEO and Head of Research, The Climate Council

The race is on.

Climate change is trending in all the wrong ways. With levels of emissions going up rather than down, the baton for action is firmly in the hands of industry and the nation’s business leaders to lead the charge of keeping global warming to below 1.5 degree Celsius.

Currently responsible for close to 10 per cent of carbon emissions, the apparel sector is predicted to lay claim to twenty five percent by 2025. Drastic action is required to reverse this trend.

Brands big and small can start today in reducing their footprint and addressing the greatest challenge of our time. From raw material substitutions to energy saving measures, the tools to change are here.

All that’s needed is the will and leadership to take action.

Sustaining traditional artisan communities through genuine brand partnerships

Caroline Poiner, Founder Artisans of Fashion, Jacqueline Wessels, Production Manager, MIMCO & Yatu Widders Hunt, Director, Cox Inall Ridgeway

The artisan sector is the second largest employer in the world, yet with 65% of artisans residing in developing economies, one that is challenged by limited access to global markets.

Partnering with brands is one-way communities can keep age-old techniques and traditions alive whilst preserving culture for future generations.

But what makes for a genuine, sustainable partnership that goes beyond the one off capsule collection? What does it take to have a truly beneficial outcome for the long-term benefit of artisans?

Driving positive impact: Developing a best practice ethical sourcing programme

Jaana Quaintance-James, Head of Sustainability & Ethical Sourcing, THE ICONIC

What are the considerations and steps that go into creating a forward thinking responsible sourcing vision?

 The Iconic has just launched an ambitious 2020 strategy establishing minimum standards for their own suppliers and that of their stable of over a thousand third party brands.

Taking a collaborative approach engaging various stakeholders, the programme is designed to take responsibility for delivering positive impact to garment makers whilst reducing it’s shared environmental impact.

Beyond compliance: Addressing prevailing trends in the apparel sector

Dr Kevin Franklin, ELEVATE

What are the systemic issues in garment supply chains?

Issues such as social insurance underpayment, excessive overtime and unauthorized subcontracting can routinely appear when undertaking supply chain due diligence.

How does a brand engage their suppliers in capacity building to tackle these challenges and what role does responsible purchasing practices play?

Investing in responsible sourcing programmes which include worker voice and effective remedy can see positive results for garment workers.

#metoo for garment workers

Dr Anu Mundkur, Head of Gender Equality, CARE Australia

How are we standing in solidarity with the women who make our clothes?

One in three female garment workers in Cambodia experienced sexual harassment in the past year. With 85% of the global garment workforce being female, sexual harassment and gender based violence is an issue that needs recognition and attention.

Hard to detect through audits, how do brands identify this behaviour In their workforce and go about addressing it? How as an industry can we challenge systemic behaviour doing harm to those we seek to empower?

CARE has been working with brands and their suppliers achieving some groundbreaking results. Giving women a voice to be heard, reducing absenteeism levels and proving the business case for a safe and dignified workplace.

Attendees will also learn about CARE’s campaign ‘This is Not Working’ and the STOP initiative and how these can help change the narrative for the women making our clothes.





Decarbonising your operations & supply chain AKA: tackling climate change

Kristian Hardiman, Head of Ratings, Good On You

To combat climate change, brands need to decarbonise their operations and supply chains.

If your company doesn’t have someone managing sustainability, how do you get started on reducing your carbon emissions? What does Scope 1, 2, and 3 mean? What part of the supply chain do they come from and how can you join the climate fight by reducing yours?

Good On You breaks it down with their ‘Climate Change Toolkit’ (available to attendees) and will also explain how they rate brands on their climate change efforts. Essential if you are already being rated by this app!


How to read a social audit

Rona Starr, APSCA & Rebekka Carey-Smith, Ethical Sourcing Manager, THE ICONIC

How do you read a social audit? Audits are only as good as how they are conducted and then interpreted.

How do you interpret audits effectively so they serve as a useful tool in your ethical sourcing strategy? This session will be an interactive workshop where participants will assess audit findings and determine a response.


Retail packaging obligations

Meredith Epp, Industry Partnership Manager, Australian Packaging Covenant

The war on waste has brought the issue of plastics and packaging stewardship into sharp focus for not only the retail industry but the general public too. Front of mind for customers is what their favourite brands are doing to address the waste crisis.

Coupled with increased media attention and China’s ban on importing waste, the government has responded with state based plastic bag bans and federal National Packaging Targets to be achieved by 2025.

The Australian Packaging Covenant (APCO) will advise attendees what these targets are, how they are expected to meet them, and explain current obligations under the National Environment Packaging Measures.


Navigating certifications: determining credible standards

Kate Harris, CEO, Good Environmental Choice Australia

The market is flooded with certifications and accreditations. What makes a credible claim, one that you can trust your brands reputation with? Are they the key to consumer trust?

Attendees will also be introduced to the Positive Procurement Pledge and learn how a robust procurement policy can address sustainability challenges in their supply chain.


Introduction to the Ethical Trading Initiative

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and its members has been a driving force in ethical trade. It is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe.

It’s members include H & M, ASOS, Marks & Spencer, Li & Fung, Inditex, Burberry, The Body Shop, Seafolly, Whistles and more.

Hear how the ETI partners with brands and other key stakeholders in the fashion sector to strengthen outcomes for workers and increase capabilities across the industry.


Introduction to SEDEX and SMETA

Michael Bradley, Head of Office - Australia, SEDEX

What is SEDEX?

What is the SMETA audit methodology? Learn how the two relate and how the SEDEX platform can assist with audit management and reduce audit frequency through industry collaboration.

Attendees will be shown an overview of how the SEDEX platform works.