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.
GREEN MONEY What do Alt Tex, Cyclo and Aware all have in common? Besides working at the forefront of the circular economy, they are all backed by sustainable fund Presstar. This panel brings them together to take you through a 360 overview of their process, from investment to finished product and all the steps in between. Find out how ideas and imagination are turned into reality. 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. SCALING UP NEXT-GEN RAW MATERIALS From apple, cactus and mushroom leathers to algae and bio-created textiles, the fashion industry is discovering that the most innovative materials can be developed sustainably from Nature’s bounty. But are they viable? Durable? Sustainable? This panel will explore the latest alt material creations—both proven with consumers and those still under development—and how they can be incorporated into your material mix and scaled for the future. THE AFTERLIFE- A LOOK AT FASHION'S 2nd ACT While the industry as a whole amps up its focus on sustainability, one area of great interest and possibility is the “second life” of garments. Whether that be resales, reuse, recycle, rental or donation. This panel will talk with leaders in this space about how the movement has gained steam, the benefits of the practices, and the challenges that lie ahead for wide scale adoption.
THE BUSINESS IMPERATIVE OF TRACEABILITY As regulatory requirements, legislative measures and consumer knowledge about supply chains grow, traceability is transitioning from a nice-to-have to a business imperative. Brands and suppliers can no longer make sustainability claims about their goods without adequate evidence. This new operating environment presents a host of challenges and opportunities. Learn from leaders in the space about how they are leveraging tools and strategies to strengthen their supply chains.
REROUTING FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE IN TIME On the journey to a more sustainable future, the industry is moving in the right destination, but it needs a reroute to reach its targets in time. Countless companies have made preferred material commitments a major pillar of their sustainability plans. However, while inputs have a role to play, fiber choice alone cannot get them to their end goals. In this candid conversation, thought leader Dr. Jesse Daystar, Chief Sustainability Officer at Cotton Incorporated, highlights the opportunity for cotton to help meet brand sustainability goals and where the most important levers are for reducing climate impacts in time to meet our collective goals.