Westminster Business Forum

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


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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Business Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates