Westminster Business Forum

Sustainability, ethics and the UK fashion industry - next steps for business practice and options for policy

Morning, Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR


This conference examines the way forward for sustainability in fashion, focusing on industry responsibilities, and practices - and options for policy and regulatory reform.

Areas for discussion include:

  • The policy focus on sustainability in fashion;
  • Reducing waste and environmental impact;
  • Ensuring supply chain traceability and transparency; and
  • Improving working conditions.

It takes place with the issues assuming an increasing priority for consumers and policymakers - and with a range of developments that are likely to have a significant impact on the fashion industry, its partners, and customers.

These include:

  • Far-reaching recommendations from the Environmental Audit Committee following their inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry;
  • New funding from government and private investment for development of more sustainable clothing;
  • Companies such as Nike, H&M Group and Adidas signing the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action;
  • Organisations such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation calling for a move towards circular fashion; and
  • The fashion industry being listed in the Global Slavery Index as one of the five key industries implicated in modern slavery.

Keynote contributions

  • Lucy Shea, Group CEO, Futerra;
  • Tamara Cincik, Founder & CEO, Fashion Roundtable; and
  • Professor Dilys Williams, Director, Centre for Sustainable Fashion - on embedding sustainability into fashion education, business and research.

The agenda

  • Embedding sustainability into fashion education, business and research;
  • How to ensure the future growth of UK fashion alongside increased sustainability;
  • Minimising the impact of fashion on the environment - reducing waste and micro-plastics, and moving towards a circular economy;
  • Improving ethical practices in the fashion industry - supply chain transparency and traceability, working conditions, and combating modern slavery; and
  • The UK fashion industry - improving social and environmental impact, and priorities for the sector moving forward.

Case study

  • Moves that H&M are taking to become more ‘climate positive’ and reduce waste - from Giorgina Waltier, Sustainability Manager, UK & Ireland, H&M.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Dilys Wiliams

Director, Centre for Sustainable Fashion and Professor, Fashion Design for Sustainability, London College of Fashion

Supported by

Keynote Speakers

Lucy Shea

Group Chief Executive Officer, Futerra

Professor Dilys Wiliams

Director, Centre for Sustainable Fashion and Professor, Fashion Design for Sustainability, London College of Fashion

Tamara Cincik

Founder & CEO, Fashion Roundtable


Lord McNally

Lauren Indvik

Chief Editor, Vogue Business


Sarah Ditty

Policy Director, Fashion Revolution

Emily Dorotheou

Associate, Mishcon de Reya

Giorgina Waltier

Sustainability Manager, UK & Ireland, H&M

Professor Tim Cooper

Head, Clothing Sustainability Research Group, Nottingham Trent University

Chloe Cranston

Business & Human Rights Programme Manager, Anti-Slavery International

Councillor Celia Hibbert

Penn Ward, City of Wolverhampton Council and Part-time Model

Dr Adam Read

External Affairs Director, Suez Recycling and Recovery UK

Chidubem Nwabufo

Consultant, Ricardo Energy and Environment

Leah Riley Brown

Sustainability Policy Advisor, British Retail Consortium