Events and insight for sustainability

How apparel brands can transform supply chains

How apparel brands can transform supply chains

Traceability, digitalisation and the latest innovations in technology

13th-14th June 2017, Amsterdam

Two days of debate on the latest opportunities for business.

This forum builds on the work of several Innovation Forum conferences covering sustainable apparel, cotton, ethical trade and circular economy.

Over the two days, we will debate the biggest business opportunities for the apparel sector in developing more sustainable supply chains.

We’ll discuss new business models and circularity, the latest traceability technology, where the biggest business opportunities lie, how you can collaborate with others, learn to negotiate internally, measure and benchmark your results, and where digitalisation can take your business.

Some of the core themes and practical sessions include:

  • The rise of digitalisation and automation, and how it will transform your operations in the coming years
  • Supplier mapping – discover the emerging technologies that can improve transparency and help you trace, track and monitor your performance
  • Supply chain opportunities: empower female workers, capacity building in factories and consumer engagement for more efficient operations
  • Fashion footprints – hear the NGO perspective on how brands are performing, and where companies should focus next
  • Materials – engage with cotton farmers, improve leather traceability, and discover the new materials set to go mainstream
  • Is circularity realistic? The practicalities of integrating the trend and closing the loop in your supply chain
  • Engaging with procurement and suppliers – practical steps for effective communication and aligning your interests internally
  • Measuring impact – the practicalities of natural capital accounting and EP&Ls, and where you stand amongst competitors

Speakers include

Anna Maria Rugarli

Anna Maria Rugarli

Sustainability & Responsibility Senior Director

VF International

Sabine Ritter

Sabine Ritter



Baptiste Carriere-Pradal

Baptiste Carriere-Pradal

VP, Europe

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Henrik Lampa

Henrik Lampa

Development Sustainability Manager

H&M Group

What’s different about this forum:

  • Engaging, interactive sessions – with a blanket ban on PowerPoint! One-on-one case studies, panel debates, interactive roundtables and workshops. The conference provides a range of formats, with an emphasis on audience interaction.
  • Held under the Chatham House rule – this event is not intended as a PR platform, we hold the event under a covenant of confidentiality to promote open, honest exchange.
  • Content is designed for action and practice – the agenda and event structure is designed to provide actionable tools and practical insights that can be applied. We will also be sharing post event notes from all sessions to all participants.

Who will be there:

Over 100 managers, directors, and heads of department will attend the conference from leading fashion and apparel brands, retailers, suppliers and traders. They’ll be joined by key NGOs, government officials, and multi-stakeholder initiatives.

Last year's speakers (2016):

  • Tamsin Lejeune, CEO, Ethical Fashion Forum
  • Charles Dickinson, environmental sustainability controller, Primark
  • Esther Verburg, VP corporate responsibility, PVH Europe
  • Anna Maria Rugarli, sustainability & corporate social responsibility director, VF Corporation
  • Peter Bartsch, head of corporate sustainability, Lenzing
  • Marcus Bergman, head of sustainability, Gina Tricot
  • Felix Rauer, senior manager corporate responsibility, Otto Group
  • Nina Fàbrega Domènech, environmental specialist, Mango
  • Nick Earlam, chief executive officer, Plexus Cotton
  • Rebecca Earley, director, Textile Futures Research Centre
  • Liesl Truscott, European & materials strategy director, Textile Exchange
  • Fiona Wheatley, sustainable development manager, Marks and Spencer
  • Eliina Brinkberg, CSR manager, Nudie Jeans
  • Gareth Mottram, commercial director, Páramo Directional Clothing
  • Melissa Shinn, global campaign strategist - Detox, Greenpeace
  • Eva Kindgren de Boer, CSR and quality manager, KappAhl
  • Isabelle Roger, cotton programme senior manager, Solidaridad
  • Carl Peltzertrader, Cargill Cotton
  • Kate Larsen, EU advocate garment-footwear supply chains, Human Rights Watch


If you would like to discuss being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate, please drop an email to:

Eilidh Morrison | Project Director

Direct: +44 (0) 203 780 7437


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