programme 2018

14 March 2019 Studio Spaces, London

Drapers Sustainable Fashion 2019

How sustainability can make a difference to the world we live in – and your bottom line? 

We want to change how we think about fashion and how to make great clothes without creating damage. Drapers Sustainable Fashion will bring together the most sustainable brands and retailers, trailblazers and disruptors, progressive thinkers and pioneers to discuss how this can be done – and why change is not optional. The programme of this unmissable event will go to the heart of what it takes to change fashion for good.

8.00

Registration and refreshments

9.10 - 9.30

Opening Address: Why sustainability must become a byword for fashion
The fashion industry is starting to improve its sustainability credentials, but there is still a long way to go – and doing nothing is no longer an option. One of ethical fashion’s most powerful advocates will tell us how the industry can become a standard bearer for sustainability.

9.30 - 9.50

Power talk
THE BUSINESS OF SUSTAINABILITY

How can fashion businesses manage the transition to sustainability without compromising the bottom line? What are the long-term gains of responsible fashion vs short-term wins of business as usual? What is the role of investors and shareholders in the sustainability journey?
Martino Scabbia Guerrini, group president - EMEA, VF Corporation

9.50 - 10.20

Power talk
FUTURE FASHION SCENARIOS

Climate change, the circular economy and competition for land (food vs fibre crops) – how will these three key forces shape the fashion industry in the coming years?
Sally Uren, chief executive, Forum for the Future

10.20 - 10.50

Panel discussion
Circular fashion – an antidote for a throwaway culture?  

A circular business model – that eliminates waste, minimises negative impacts, and is ultimately restorative and regenerative – is seen by many as a viable, clean alternative to process-intense, disposable fashion. As an industry what do we need to move to a circular economy? 

Oya Barlas Bingul, business development manager UK and Benelux, Lenzing

Tara Luckman, senior sustainability manager, ASOS

Elin Larsson, sustainability director, Filippa K

Camilla Skjønning Jørgensen, sustainable materials manager, Bestseller

10.50 - 11.20

Coffee break

11.20 - 11.35

In conversation with... 
Kering was named the world’s most sustainable textile, apparel and luxury goods corporation by the Corporate Knights Global 100 index published during the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. 

Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs, Kering 

11.35 - 12.00

Panel discussion
Selling sustainability: what’s in it for the consumer?

Most customers want fashion companies to have good environmental and ethical credentials, yet few actively seek out sustainable products and brands. How can fashion companies change the narrative around sustainability? As an industry, what do we need to do to bring consumers on board?

Lucy Shea, chief executive officer, Futerra 

Wilson Oryema, artist and writer

Giorgina Waltier, sustainability manager for UK & IE, H&M

12.00 - 12.30

Panel discussion
Cleaning and greening the supply chain

The fashion supply chain is highly fragmented, which makes tracing the provenance of materials and their environmental impact difficult to track. As the industry starts to take responsibility for its environmental footprint, what will the supply chain of a future-proof business look like?

Baptiste Carriere-Pradal, vp transparency, The Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Lavinia Muth, corporate responsibility manager, Armedangels

12.30 - 12.50

Panel discussion
Transparency in fashion: are we doing enough?

Suppliers can run factories on tight margins and subcontract work out to third parties – but retailers and brands need to look all the way along the supply chain to ensure it is free from exploitation. The Rana Plaza tragedy was a wake-up call, but can we be sure it will never happen again? 

  • Orsola de Castro, founder and creative director, Fashion Revolution
  • Mostafiz Uddin, managing director, Denim Expert

12.50 - 13.10

IN CONVERSATION WITH...

Katharine Hamnett, designer, activist and pioneer for sustainable fashion

13.10 - 14.10

Lunch

14.10 - 16.10

InAction! showcases

The afternoon will be all about turning ideas into practice – and we will do that by showcasing the projects and initiatives that are pushing the boundaries for sustainability. We are looking for companies that will bring innovation to life through real-life application – this could be anything from recycling and re-use/repair to ground-breaking business developments and new technology.
There will be two sets of showcases running concurrently on two specially configured stages with interactive elements and audience engagement. Six 20-minute presentations will take place on each stage, including:

Stage 1 will be about responsible innovation. It will showcase the best sustainable materials – often from unexpected sources – and best re-engineering, recycling and processing techniques.

Phil Townsend, sustainable raw material specialist, Marks & Spencer
Phil is responsible for delivering the environmental sustainability programme for M&S’s clothing and home division. He will take us behind the scene of the M&S sustainable cotton initiative.

Bleue Wickham-Burnham, head of sustainability, Oliver Spencer
Bleue will discuss how smart sustainable initiatives can make a difference for brands, focusing on fabrics, energy, packaging, repair, and communication.

Marianella Cervi, head of sustainability and responsibility, Timberland
Marianella will talk about the circular economy and how Timberland is implementing it at the product level. 

Amanda Johnston, curator and education consultant, The Sustainable Angle

Amanda will take us through a journey along a selection of materials. She will explain their background and why they are the most sustainable ones, and how they meet our environmental criteria. 

Fredrik Ekstrom, brand director and head of sustainability affairs, Europe, Tretorn 

Julian Lings, sustainability manager, The North Face in Europe, Middle East and Africa

Outline tbc

Stage 2 will be about responsible business. It will showcase business models, supply chains, and new tools and initiatives – technological and others – that centre on sustainability.

Agatha Lintott, founder, Antibad
Agatha will tell us how her sustainable fashion marketplace, Antibad works, and why sustainable and ethically focused etailing is the way forward.

Nicolaj Reffstrup, CEO, Ganni
Nicolaj will explain how Scandi womenswear brand Ganni has started its sustainable journey by mapping and offsetting its carbon footprint.

Shafiq Hassan, co-founder, Ninety Percent
Shafiq will describe his pioneering ethical business model, which distributes 90% of profits to charitable causes and the people who make the clothes.

Thomas Berry, global director sustainable business, Farfetch
Thomas will outline the practical steps – and the challenges – of embedding sustainability for international high-volume online retailers.

Amy Hall, vp social consciousness, Eilleen Fisher

16.10 - 16.30

Coffee break

16.30 - 17.00

Drapers’ Den
Fashion business start-ups will pitch their innovations to a panel of industry luminaries in front of a live audience, who will then vote for the winner. Whether working on the area of transparency, technology or circular fashion, this is the opportunity for trailblazers and disruptors to scale up their business. 

17.00

Closing remarks and drinks reception

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