Programme topics

Keynote and Panel discussion topics include

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

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% of carbon emissions, the apparel sector is predicted to lay claim to 25% 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.

Panelists include Kit Willow, KITX and others to be announced

Responsible materials sourcing

Natural resource depletion is increasing at an alarming rate. With the fashion industry responsible for large tracts of deforestation and high levels of water consumption, brands are looking to alternative material sources to lower their impact.

Enter the circular economy and textile innovation. Reconfiguring fibre supply chains to sustainable and circular solutions is no small commitment though. Hear from some of Australia’s leading brands transitioning from conventional to low impact fibres. Learn how they got started, their challenges, the easy wins and what’s to come.

Panelists include Country Road Group and others to be announced

Traceability 2.0

Tracing fibres to their country of origin has long been the holy grail of the apparel industry. With the possibility of substitution and blending along the supply chain and the added risk of raw materials being tainted by forced labour, the ability to reliably prove provenance and authenticate claims has been missing.

All along, nature has held the answer and now forensic science is bringing it to the fashion industry. Hear how Oritain is working with brands including The Kering Group (Gucci, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent) and Marks & Spencer to verify cotton and wool traceability from the field to the final product.

A game changer for consumer trust and supply chain integrity, its application has endless possibilities.

How does it work and which fibre is next?

Presentation by Sandon Adams, Managing Director, Oritain Australia

New business models shaping the future of fashion

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 and recommerce 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

Panelists include GlamCorner others to be announced

On-shoring and the revival of Australian made: Beyond the rhetoric

Proximity to market, the ability to backfill popular styles at speed, oversight of working conditions and quality control. The pride in being Australian made. Demand for local production is on the rise for good reason. But can we meet it?

An ageing workforce and antiquated equipment are vivid challenges Australian designers struggle with each collection.

With investment needed to modernise factories and training required to upskill the next generation of makers, who is stepping up to ensure the future of local manufacturing thrives again? Or will we watch its demise?

Panelists include Bianca Spender, Waverley Mills and others to be announced

Sustaining traditional artisan communities through genuine brand partnerships

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?

Panelists include Artisans of Fashion and MIMCO

Breakout session topics include

Managing hazardous substances

The dyes used in production are just as important as the choice of fibres.

Safe dyes protect garment workers, consumers and the environment and are increasingly the subject of regulation around the world.

Learn about the suite of Oeko-Tex standards for raw materials including leather and how Oeko-Tex certification aligns with the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) Roadmap to Zero Programme.

Presented by TESTEX

Introduction to SEDEX and SMETA

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 frequency through industry collaboration.

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

Presented by SEDEX

Sustainability storytelling: communicating value

Communicating value isn’t easy. Finding a genuine, engaging voice with customers is essential for any brand sharing their sustainability journey. As consumers become more sophisticated in their understanding and hold the industry accountable for it’s impacts, ensuring the message is honest and accurate is essential.

Attendees will learn customer insights from the Well Made Clothes values framework, how messages translate, and be guided through a process of value setting and transparency to assist brands with their own communications strategies.

Presented by Well Made Clothes

Navigating certifications: determining credible standards

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.

Presented by Good Environmental Choice Australia

Retail packaging obligations

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.

Presented by Australian Packaging Covenant

How to read an audit

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.

Designing with circularity

The power of circular fashion starts in the design phase.

 By designing for circularity and disassembly, repair, reuse and the designing out of waste becomes possible.

Attendees will learn the principles of circular design thinking and why the post use phase of a product and it’s repurposing can only be effective when circularity is applied at the start.

More to come!