ASBCI SPRING CONFERENCE
‘Time for Change – facing up to fashion’s sustainability and ethical challenges.’ – Wednesday 8th May at the Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel, M3 2EQ
We are pleased to announce that the ASBCI Sustainability and Ethics conference will take place on Wednesday 8th May 2019 at the Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel.
Public interest in sustainability issues has never been higher yet consumers’ demand for newness in fashion continues to fuel a cycle of more styles, more often, and available through an increasing array of channels that is predicted to see clothing consumption rise by up to 60% in a little more than 10 years. As the UK Government conducts its first ever full-scale enquiry into the environmental and social impact of fast fashion, what can the fashion industry do to resolve the contradiction inherent in catering to its customers’ insatiable desire for new clothes while producing these in an eco-friendly and socially responsible manner? And, more importantly, how can brands and retailers make sustainability pay and ensure that doing the right thing benefits their bottom line as well as people and planet? The ASBCI’s latest conference will examine sustainability and ethics in the fashion supply chain with the aim of finding practical solutions to difficult problems. From carbon footprints to modern slavery, and from wasteful retail practices to landfill, the conference will address the big issues and ask: is it up to the industry to change the way consumers shop, or up to consumers to change the industry?
ASBCI are regarded as one of the UK’s most active and influential not-for-profit fashion trade forums with a membership that represents key sectors of the clothing and textile supply chain. The association organise renowned industry events for fashion professionals that always attract top-tier speakers.
We are delighted that our high profile speakers for this conference include Michael Spenley and Colin McDowell OBE; UL Consumer Retail Services; GreenEarth; M&S; Recyclatex; Shop Direct Group; Coats; Shirley Technologies; Alvanon; Eurofins|BLC Leather Technology, Missguided and Dr. Mark Sumner, University of Leeds. Please keep checking our website for updates.
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