April 2019 marks six years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1138 people and injured many more. Join us during Fashion Revolution Week to ask #whomademyclothes, and learn from those working to improve transparency and rights within the fashion supply chain.
The fashion industry is the world’s second most polluting industry, and the textile industry uses more water than any other industry after agriculture. Not only is the glamorous facade of the fashion industry in many cases founded upon exploited workers in low-paid and unsafe working conditions, but it also harms the environment through intensive cotton crops, polluting dye processes and the impact of fast-fashion on landfills, to name a few of the issues at hand.
With the signing of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action in December, and industry-leading fashion councils supporting sustainable initiatives, progress is being made — but is it enough? In this summit we will explore the many issues of fashion supply chains and hear about innovative ideas to improve transparency, ensure workers rights and reduce the extent of fashion’s footprint on our precious planet.
Christian Smith, Leader and advocate of sustainable business practices in the fashion industry