Westminster Business Forum

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

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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
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


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

Presentations

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


Delegate Pack

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

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates