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Seminar format: Some of our exemplary suppliers, at the SOURCE Expo, provided short presentations, followed by a chaired question and answer session. The session lasted approx 30 mins.

To find out more about the 2010 speakers click here

2010 programme summary:

10am – Sourcing and production to ethical standards from China: Learn from the pioneers
11am – Certification and Standards: What the market is responding to, which certification and standards are right for your business, and how to make them work for you
12pm – INNOVATION: The latest inspirational products and processes in the sustainable sourcing sector
1pm – Production to high ethical standards in the UK: Best practice, taking advantage of the opportunities, and overcoming the challenges
2pm – South America: Exemplary production models that are changing lives and safeguarding the environment
3pm – Sourcing from India: Groundbreaking initiatives- and how your business can engage with them
4pm – Africa: The ethical fashion sourcing destination of the future
5pm – Sourcing Excellence: Combining exemplary sourcing practices with commercial success: lessons from the leaders

2010 programme in detail:

10am – Sourcing and production to ethical standards from China: Learn from the pioneers
China is the world’s runaway leader in clothing manufacture, with exports of $115 billion in 2007. This seminar looked at the complex challenges facing ethical production of fashion and textiles in China. Highlighting the latest best practice by industry pioneers as well as the pitfalls and how to avoid them, this seminar was not to be missed by fashion professionals currently sourcing from or planning to source from China.
Bringing together leading fashion professionals producing in China, chaired by Clare Lissaman, Director, Ethical Fashion Consultancy

11am – Certification and Standards: What the market is responding to, which certification and standards are right for your business, and how to make them work for you
As consumer awareness and expectations around ethical sourcing grow, the way fashion brands and suppliers communicate their ethical credentials is increasingly important. This presentation included an overview of the certification and standards options for fashion businesses, and an analysis of which are delivering the most benefits when it comes to product and brand profile and sales as well as social and environmental goals. With contributions from leading certification professionals and a summary of latest research from the Ethical Fashion Consultancy. An essential update on the certification issue relevant to all fashion professionals seeking to source and produce sustainably.
Speakers include Georgina Thomas, Textile Specialist Certification Officer, Soil Association, Martin Buttle, Supply Chain Manager, MADE BY and Clare Lissaman, Director, Ethical Fashion Consultancy

12pm – INNOVATION: The latest inspirational products and processes in the sustainable sourcing sector
An inspiring introduction to how pioneering entrepreneurs in the ethical fashion sourcing sector are using creative thinking to turn challenges into opportunities. From innovative new products to supply and production processes to designers at the cutting edge. A seminar that wasn’t to be missed if you were looking to be inspired.
An introduction and overview by Emily Pearce, EFF’s Excellence in Ethical Fashion Project Manager, and a panel including Pieter Theron, founder of Norman Hangers, Julia Gash, Company Director, Bagitdontbinit and Ben Ramsden, founder Pants to Poverty and PI Foundation and several other leading entrepreneurs.

1pm – Production to high ethical standards in the UK: Best practice, taking advantage of the opportunities, and overcoming the challenges
“Between 2001 and 2008, there has been a drop of 60,000 people employed in the UK Textile and Clothing industry….Opportunities for improved competitive advantage in the UK include improving the environmental performance of products, reducing costs, exploiting innovations in technical fibres, developing higher value products and providing new functionality” (UK Institute for Manufacture)
The most pioneering suppliers and manufacturers in the UK are taking advantage of these opportunities and integrating sustainability at the heart of what they do. Leading brands are forming effective partnerships to produce products to high ethical standards in the UK. This seminar brought together industry leaders in sustainability from the UK’s fashion manufacturing sector.
An introduction and overview once again by Emily Pearce, EFF’s Excellence in Ethical Fashion Project Manager, and a panel including Benedikt Luedke, Head of Design, IZZY LANE, Cyndi Rhodes, founder of upcycling pioneer Worn Again and the UK RE: FACTO, and several other leading representatives of UK sustainable manufacture

2pm – South America: Exemplary production models that are changing lives and safeguarding the environment
Brazil is the sixth most important textile producer in the world. Brazil was a pioneer in developing environmental reports and indicators, cultivating colored cotton, using natural national flora dyes and certifying organic manufacturing processes. Brazilian designers were amongst the first in the world to produce high fashion products in partnership with slum cooperatives, transforming lives and opportunities. In Peru, textiles and apparel are the third most important export industry. Peru is the number one producer of the high-end wools alpaca and vicuna, and also produces pima cotton. Perumoda, Perus fashion week, now includes a dedicated showcase of ethical fashion. Hundreds of inspirational initiatives are gathering pace across the supply sector in South America.
This seminar gave an overview of latest developments, including a more in depth analysis of several pioneering initiatives in the fashion and textiles sector across this vibrant continent.
Introduction and overview by Ilaria Pasquinelli, Marketing Director of SPINNA – the Women’s International Textile Alliance, and board member of the Ethical Fashion Consultancy. Including presentations by Claudia Suarez, Artisan Life and Adriana Marina, Founder, Animaná and NGO Hecho x Nosotros, and other sector leaders.

3pm – Sourcing from India: Groundbreaking initiatives- and how your business can engage with them
The value of clothing exported from India was $9.7 billion in 2007. With a long history of fair trade and cooperative production, the fashion production sector in India is vast in its variety, impact and innovation in relation to both social and environmental initiatives.
Add to this a well established and world class design sector, with Indian fashion designers, increasingly hitting the international catwalks, and one of the largest ethical fashion professional communities in the world, and India is already leading the world as an incubator for ethical fashion. The Ethical Fashion movement and India’s role in it have the potential to transform the way the fashion industry operates over the next decade.
At the same time, Asia represents 1.8 billion people living below the poverty line- the largest number in the world. By building long term partnerships with exemplary Indian suppliers, hundreds of fashion brands are transforming lives and opportunities for communities in India.
This presentation was extremely valuable to those already sourcing fashion products from India or those planning to.
With an introduction and overview from Alex McIntosh, Project Manager for Shared Talent India and Business Support Manager, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion and including presentations by Ruth Cox, Oasis (Jacobs Well), and Mary King, Panchachuli

4pm – Africa: The ethical fashion sourcing destination of the future
The Textile and Clothing industry in Africa, in particular in Sub Saharan Africa has suffered major decline in recent years. This is largely due to inability to compete in the face of low cost, high quality production in Asia, notably China- as well as limitations in local infrastructure, equipment, skills and supply structures.
However, over the last 5 years a raft of groundbreaking initiatives have proven Africa’s potential as a future fashion sourcing destination- offering gold standards in ethical production. Businesses from the largest High St retailers to leading designers are taking notice- and building long term partnerships with suppliers in Africa.
This seminar gave an introduction and overview of the latest developments in Africa, why and how it will become the ethical fashion sourcing destination of the future, and an analysis of some or the designers, brands and initiatives that are turning challenges into opportunities and changing lives across this inspirational continent.
With an introduction and overview by Tamsin Lejeune, Managing Director of the EFF and specialist in fashion made in Africa, and panel presentations from Prama Bhardwaj of Mantis World, Stephan Engel of Cotton made in Africa, and other African fashion sector leaders.

5pm – The Ethical Fashion Source: How you can integrate sustainable sourcing with commercial success
“Ethical Fashion is the next big thing” Jane Shepherdson, “the most important woman in fashion”
There is an increasingly close correlation between the fashion businesses that are seeing ongoing commercial success – despite the recession- and those which are integrating sustainable sourcing and business practices at the heart of what they do.
This seminar will evaluate how a range of fashion sector businesses- from multinational retailers to medium sized brands, design led and innovative new business- are achieving commercial success alongside exemplary sourcing practices. How have they built effective supply chains, business and marketing models and turned the challenges of ethical sourcing into commercial, social and environmental opportunities?
The seminar introduced the Ethical Fashion Source programme of the Ethical Fashion Forum including a range of tools available for fashion businesses to support them towards Ethical Fashion Excellence- combining sustainable practices with commercial success.
Presented by Tamsin Lejeune, Managing Director of the Ethical Fashion Forum, with input from the EFF’s Excellence in Ethical Fashion research team

To find out more about the 2010 speakers click here

2010 Seminar Programme

The full seminar program at the SOURCE Expo 2010

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