Overview

Now in its third edition, the Sourcing Journal Sustainability Summit brings together the executives and leaders in our industry who are at the forefront of change.

Building upon our inaugural theme, “The Road to 2030,” this year’s event is titled “A Need for Radical Cooperation.”

In the years we have put together our summits, as well as through our tireless day-to-day coverage of the industry, it has become apparent that the only way forward is together. It is a call to action. It is simply impossible to achieve a greener future in a silo.

From brand commitments, to cutting-edge tech, to traceability tools, all facets must work in concert to bring about a true evolution.

Join us as we convene players from all of these sectors, along with legal experts and thought leaders, and help define the course of our industry for the remainder of the decade.

TOPICS

  • Responsible Purchasing Practices
  • Logistics Goes Green
  • Climate Mitigation vs. Adaptation
  • The Latest Laws Impacting the Apparel Industry
  • Digital Passports & Labeling: What Lies Ahead
  • End-of-life Product Management
  • Material Innovation
  • Reuse, Resale, Recycle: Business Update
  • Certification Mania: What You Need to Know
  • Tracing Your Supply Chain 
  • Failure to Comply: The Risk of ESG Mishaps
  • The Business of Sustainability
  • The Consumer Disconnect 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Hear industry experts detail how they are navigating the daunting challenge of becoming more sustainable. Listen to brands and retailers 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, services and developments aiding companies in their plight to achieve their aggressive sustainability targets.

  • Engage with like-minded individuals who are working to sift through the noise and the inundation of information to help their companies become not only more sustainable, but also more financially prosperous. 

  • Network with friends and colleagues, celebrate successes and collaborate on how we can partner to plow a path forward.

Who Should Attend

 

  • You are a CEO who needs better visibility into what sustainability means for your entire operation 
  • You are a sourcing manager responsible for raw material procurement for your organization who is curious about the latest innovations in alternative textiles and raw materials 
  • You are an executive seeking clarity on what existing (and potential) legislations mean for your brand
  • You are a creative director designing with circularity in mind
  • You are a logistics executive searching for more sustainable solution
  • You are a CFO weighing the cost vs. benefits of green investments
  • You want to understand the nuances, challenges and solutions of recycling 
  • You are a compliance executive trying to create full transparency along the supply chain 
  • You are interested in how technology can help address and solve complex sustainability issues
  • You want to know what’s next in sustainable fashion

 

 

PANELS

CSR & ESG: Obligation or Opportunity?
Strong Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives don’t just empower employees, they improve a company’s standing with the industry and consumers. But tough economic times can strain a brand’s financial commitment, impacting upstream wages and workers the most. This panel will offer actionable insights to see CSR and ESG as a permanent asset to the long-term growth, and how to make it stick.

Scaling Up Material Innovations
While there’s no shortage of ideas driving material innovations, the ability to bring next-gen materials to scale is often in short supply. The R&D needed to create new fibers and textiles can be lengthy and expensive, and consumers just don’t want to pick up the tab. This panel will explore how everyone from brands to investors to scientists can collaborate to make next-gen materials more acceptable and accessible.

Circularity Begins with Design
A brand can never be truly sustainable without considering the full life cycle of every garment. Whether that means creating extended-wear merchandise that puts less into landfills, using materials that biodegrade at end of life or considering the secondary market, companies must rethink their traditional design process. This panel will delve into the pivotal role that design plays in fostering sustainability within the fashion industry, with real-world examples (and challenges) that brands have faced.

Sustainability: The Consumer Disconnect
Ask ten consumers to define sustainability and you’ll probably get ten answers. Now ask ten consumers if they’re willing to pay more for sustainability and you’ll most likely get one response. Consumers just aren’t putting their money where their mouths are when it comes to sustainability, but are they to blame? Are the brands? This panel will explore how brands and retailers can better justify sustainable fashion to their customers and get everyone on the same page.

Thinking Outside the Box
When it comes to packaging, the fashion industry needs to think big to think small. This session will focus on the outsized role that boxes, polybags, wrappings, plastics and more play in a brand’s overall carbon footprint, and how to minimize waste with out-of-the-box ideas, biodegradable materials and practical strategies. As certain major retailers aim to get rid of single-use plastic, the fashion industry will need creative solutions to adapt.

Lost Without a Trace
As consumers become increasingly conscious of their choices, and government’s enact new laws and legislation on their behalf, traceability has risen to the forefront. From raw materials and inputs to every link in the supply chain, the genesis of a final product is becoming more crucial than the price tag. This panel will discuss the latest measures affecting the industry and shine a light on how some of the biggest players are navigating these uncharted waters.

Have Passport, Can Verify
This critical panel will explore the burgeoning concept of Digital Product Passports and their impact on the fashion and retail industry. As new legislation, particularly in Europe, makes a digital record of your products journey mandatory, these “passports” are becoming an integral part of doing business. Find out how the first movers are adopting this tech and if you’re prepared for changes ahead.

Legal Lessons
Long gone are the days when tariffs and trade pacts where all you needed to know when doing business internationally. The sustainability revolution has brought with it a plethora of new laws and legislation to keep abreast of. Whether it’s the UFLPA, the Green Deal or the Fashion Act, find out what’s happening now, and just as importantly, what’s coming next.

The Growing Problem We Can’t See
Already battling a tarnished image due to its environmental impact, the fashion and garment industry is taking the blame for another growing problem. Microplastics. It’s estimated that there are 1.4 trillion tons of plastic fibers currently in the ocean and more being added with each load of laundry. This panel will look at the scope of the problem, how it can be addressed and ways we can prevent more damage in the future.

Are the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Reach?
In January of 2016 the UN released its Sustainable Development Goals. Ahead of their time, they have become a blueprint for change, adopted and followed by many in our industry. This panel will look at how these guidelines are used by everyday businesses, where we are making progress and where the shortfalls on the Road to 2030 lie.

Something’s Not Adding Up
Sustainability has an accountability problem. While there is no shortage of promises and goals, tangible results are another story. Why the disconnect? This panel will look at ways we can hold ourselves to task for our ambitions, as well as provide insight into successful progress and those walking the talk.

The Natural Difference
No matter how durable a garment or textile is, it will eventually reach the end of its usable lifecycle. Here is where natural fibers like cotton come out ahead due to their biodegradability and compostability. Cotton also lends itself to textile-to-textile recycling, and Cotton Incorporated has developed a process that transforms cotton into glucose that can then become the building block for fuel, bio-based chemicals and more. Discover more about why choosing cotton fibers leads to a lower impact end of life.

 

 

*Additional panels to be released soon.

Agenda

Breakfast8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Session I9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Morning Break11:15 AM - 11:35 AM
Session II11:35 AM - 12:45 PM
Lunch12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Session III1:45 PM - 3:10 PM
Afternoon Break3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
Session IV3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Cocktails & Networking5:20 PM - 6:30 PM

 

 

Connect to an Ideal Industry-Leading Audience

70%

Brands / Retailers

25%

Industry Service Providers

80%

C-Suite Executives, Founders, Partners, Principals

15%

Senior Level Executives, EVPs, SVPs, VPs

ticket Rates

SUBSCRIBER

Regular: $849

NON-SUBSCRIBER

Regular: $999

Presented by

partners

Brands who have attended

Venue

Tribeca Rooftop Event Space

2 Desbrosses St, New York, NY 10013

Contact Us

EVENT PARTNERSHIP

Rebecca Goldberg

VP Strategy & Business Development

rgoldberg@sourcingjournal.com

ATTENDEE & TICKET INQUIRIES

Allix Cowan

Manager, Audience Development

acowan@sourcingjournal.com

Interested in group tickets?

Are you press?

ARE YOU A START UP THAT WANTS TO ATTEND?