Our industry does a lot of talking about sustainability. Be it low-impact collections, lower-emissions goals and forecasts or the holy grail of carbon neutrality.
The second edition of the Road to 2030 Sustainability Summit will build on the topics and themes of last year’s inaugural event. Titled “Promises vs. Progress” the day’s program will examine the often large disparity between ambitions and action. While 80 percent of companies in a recent Sourcing Journal poll stated they had defined sustainability targets, a mere 20 percent have any measuring tools in place. For true progress to occur, this must change. Let’s foster that change together.
WHAT TO EXPECT
It’s time to ask yourself once and for all:
Want to get closer to achieving your aggressive sustainability targets?
Want to learn how to become sustainable and financially prosperous?
Want to celebrate industry successes?
Want to engage with friends, colleagues and like-minded individuals working to sift through the noise and information overload?
Hear how industry experts, brands and retailers are navigating the daunting challenge of becoming more sustainable, and listen to peers get real as to how close (or far) they are in achieving their goals.
This full-day, in-person event will provide insights into the technologies and services to get you to your own goals, and how we can collaborate to plow a path forward.
Who Should Attend
Regardless of whether “sustainability” is in your job title, you need to be up to speed on the latest developments in this space. This summit will provide an industry-wide look at how environmental and social responsibility are shaping sourcing, product design, raw material development and choices, manufacturing, compliance, financing, operational decisions and more.
PANELS & PRESENTATIONS
RANA PLAZA, TEN YEARS LATER It’s been 10 years since the Rana Plaza tragedy that took the lives of more than 1,200 garment workers rocked the industry and provided a wake-up call for better working conditions and treatment of staff throughout the supply chain. This panel will mark the somber anniversary by taking a look at what’s changed since (for the better or worse) and what can and needs to be done going forward.
GREENWASHING, THE ULTIMATE DISCONNECT Sustainability claims across the industry have increasingly come under fire. In tandem, legislation, both old and new, is adding increased regulation and accountability in labeling and marketing. Where’s the disconnect? This panel will provide an in-depth look at where we’ve gone wrong, the pitfalls of unsubstantiated assertions and the best practices to stay on the right side of new laws.
LEGISLATION & REGULATION The days of being taken at your word for your sustainability efforts are a thing of the past. Governments across the world have stepped up their efforts to put new (or updated) laws on the books regarding everything from packaging, to labeling, to marketing and emissions. Whether it be the UK, Germany or the U.S., stricter and more enforceable regulations are heading your way. This panel will update where the legislation stands and what needs to be done to foolproof your business.
ESG INVESTMENTS AND FINANCING Putting your money where your mouth is has taken on a whole new meaning with green loans. Whether tied to performance or aims, these financial instruments place a direct correlation on a company’s actions and the payment terms of the financing. Find out who is offering them, who is using them and most importantly, why? CIRCULARITY NOW From buzzword to part of the lexicon, circularity is often bandied about in the fashion and textiles industry. The facts however tell a different story of fits and starts, progress and setbacks. This panel will discuss what it really means to be circular, from design to end of life, and what steps need to be taken to integrate it into your current way of doing things. A SEAT AT THE TABLE: SUSTAINABILITY IN THE C SUITE While many companies talk a big game over their environmentally friendly progress, perhaps the biggest shift is in representation. Once a niche position at major firms, sustainability executives now wield growing power and responsibility. Join this panel to hear from those serving on the front lines on the shift in perspective and how they are steering the course toward a greener future. NEXT GEN RAW MATERIALS As we move toward a more sustainable future, the industry has turned to innovation to boost its efforts. Inputs, where it at all starts, have been put in the spotlight, as the design process and start of a product’s journey become seen as just as important as end-of-life use. This panel brings together companies on the cutting edge, whose products are revolutionizing the landscape. FOLLOWING THE FORENSICS As more and more legislation becomes law around the world, understanding the chain of custody of goods and the source of raw materials has gone from an interesting idea to a must have. Businesses can no longer simply claim the origin of their raw materials, but rather the onus is on them to show proof. This guilty-until-proven-innocent environment puts everyone at risk and has thrust traceability to the fore. Learn from leaders in the space how you can protect yourself and your goods.