SAVE THE DATE: Next year's Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference will be taking place on the 28th-29th April 2020 in Amsterdam.
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Through focused and challenging discussions, this two-day conference will address the most pressing issues relevant to the apparel industry. It will equip delegates with the best-practice and know-how relating to the biggest opportunities – and challenges - in transforming apparel supply chains. 
With a focus on how consumer expectations are shaping sustainability in fashion, we’ll look at how brands can implement circularity in their supply chains, transform factories and ensure safe and equal treatment of workers. 

2019 Speakers Included

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François-Ghislain Morillion


Co-Founder and Managing Director

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Frouke Bruinsma

G-Star Raw

Corporate Responsibility & Communications Director

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Sara Bermúdez Couto


Head of Product Safety & Environmental Sustainability

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Stefan Seidel

PUMA Group

Head of Corporate Sustainability

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Anna Maria Rugarli

VF Corporation

Senior Director, Sustainability & Responsibility, EMEA

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Andreas Streubig

Hugo Boss

Director Global Sustainability

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Aiko Bode

Fenix Outdoor Group

Group Chief Sustainability Officer

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Alfred Vernis


Sustainability Academic Director

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Agenda highlights

  • Circularity: What are brands doing to get beyond pilot schemes, engage consumers and establish circularity as mainstream? 
  • Transparent supply chains: How transparency can build trust and scale impact across textile supply chains
  • Fighting climate change in the apparel and textile sector: Are science-based targets actually impacting company strategy and practices?
  • Consumer trends and the future of retail: How will evolving consumer expectations shift the retail environment in the next 5 years?
  • Disruptive innovation and technology: An in-depth look at the latest technologies transforming approaches to water reduction, recycled fabrics, microfibres and the digitisation of factories
  • The Higg Index: Benchmark, measure and communicate your impacts through better reporting
  • Working conditions, living wage and women empowerment: What real change has occurred and what are companies doing to ensure fair, safe and equal treatment of workers
  • Traceability: How to trace, track and monitor beyond tier two
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Why attend?

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Discover best practices from industry leaders and get in-depth guidance on how to effectively implement policies

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Meet & network with an influential audience of key stakeholders, including NGOs, business, government and supply chain actors

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Benchmark company performance amongst a room of your peers and discover where you should be focusing efforts

What’s different about this forum?

Innovation Forum is:
  • Candid: Entirely off-the-record discussion that enables open and honest disclosure from speakers and genuine participation from the audience.
  • Practical: A clear focus on the practical and actionable guidance that can drive change throughout industries and supply chains.
  • Focused: We provide enough time, resources and expertise to the issues that really matter. We don’t skate the surface, but get to the crux of the issues to provide in-depth, constructive discussion.
Innovation Forum is NOT:
  • A PR platform: Enthusiastic speakers are NOT given free rein to fill a session presenting their companies, allowing no time to actually get to the crux of the issues.
  • A talking shop: This is NOT an opportunity for a group people in a room to simply agree with everything said, regardless of outcomes.
  • All promise, no delivery: We will NOT promise what we can’t deliver. The issues covered are complex. They won’t be solved at a two-day conference. But we will help deliver progress through in-depth, constructive and practical advice around specific issues.

Who attends

Marks and Spencer
VF Corporation
Stella McCartney
Filippa K
Mistra Future Fashion
Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Trust
Tom Tailor
Otto Group
Mammut Sports Group
Cradle to Cradle
Asia Pulp and Paper
PUMA Group
Humanity United
Eileen Fisher
G-Star Raw
Fashion For Good
International Labour Organization
Sustainability Agents (SUSA)
Urban Outfitters
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
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Canada Goose
Lands' End
Christian Brothers Investment Services
U.S. Department of Labor
Baillie Gifford
Hugo Boss

The venue


Kromwijkdreef 11 1108 JA

1108 JA

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Tanya Richard
Project Director
+44 (0) 20 3780 7437

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Registration for the conference is currently open. To sign up, you can do so online here, or get in touch directly for details of group discounts. 


For more information and to inquire, please contact:

Haafizah Khodabocus
Business Development Manager

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