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Sustainable apparel: How brands can transform supply chains

Sustainable apparel: How brands can transform supply chains

The latest innovations in circular fashion, transparency and factory engagement

24th-25th April 2018, Amsterdam

The last year has seen tremendous change within the apparel industry with new sustainable innovations gaining traction. With a greater emphasis on circularity, transparency and supply chain efficiencies coming from fashion and apparel brands, the next 12 months looks set to be another step-change year for the industry.

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. 

The forum will look at major issues such as:

  • Circular economy in the apparel industry: How close is circularity to gaining real traction in the industry? Can fashion brands work together successfully to implement circular solutions at scale?
  • Supply chain transparency: What’s the best way for brands to collate, monitor and use supplier data in an age of transparency and disclosure?
  • Better factory engagement: How can brands and factories work together more effectively for improved performance, energy efficiencies and cost-savings?

We will also have focused, practical working sessions on topics such as:

  • Engaging procurement: A pragmatic look at what works – and what doesn’t – when working with procurement departments
  • Viscose: A closer look at the emerging deforestation threat and the options available for companies to stay one step ahead
  • Digitalisation: An in-depth look at the sustainability impacts of automation and digitalisation in apparel supply chains
  • Role of consumers: What are consumers truly willing to offer in exchange for more sustainable products?

See the full agenda here

Speakers include

Alfred Vernis

Alfred Vernis

Sustainability Academic Director


Anna Maria Rugarli

Anna Maria Rugarli

Senior Director, Sustainability & Responsibility, EMEA

VF Corporation

Andreas Streubig

Andreas Streubig

Director Global Sustainability

Hugo Boss

Nina Shariati

Nina Shariati

Project Manager, Transparency and Higg Index


Michael Beutler

Michael Beutler

Sustainability Operations Director


Katrin Ley

Katrin Ley


Fashion for Good

See the full list of confirmed speakers to date here

How is this conference different?

  • More time for genuine discussion –  the agenda and timings have been built to provide time for in-depth debate and meaningful exchange beyond introductions and superficial outlines of initiatives. There will be a lot of experience in the room and therefore we intend for the discussions to be participatory.
  • 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 honest exchange.
  • Content is designed for action and practice – the agenda and event structure are designed to provide actionable tools and practical insights that you can then apply to your own company.

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.

In addition to the speakers, this year's conference has received bookings from senior representatives at ASICS, UNICEF, Otto Group, FSC, Lidl, ASOS, Hugo Boss, Mammut Sports Group, BESTSELLER and many more. 


Why attend?

  • Hear from industry leaders – what has worked for them, and what to avoid
  • Multi-stakeholder attendance – network with diverse figures from across the fashion and apparel industry
  • Understand the latest innovation set to transform the apparel industry in the next five years

Secure your spot now by clicking here


Innovation Forum is looking for sponsors who are able to support the forum, as well as associated research and analysis.

For sponsors, this presents the opportunity to support leading debate and progress in addressing sustainability issues in apparel and textile supply chains, as well as providing a platform to highlight products and services in front of a large, diverse group of key stakeholders.

Contact Lewis Hudson at for sponsorship opportunities. 



The conference will be taking place at the Planetarium in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The venue address is:

Kromwijkdreef 11
1108 JA Amsterdam


How to sign up

The current rates will be the lowest prices any time until the conference.

Secure delegate passes here

If you are looking to attend the conference with two or more colleagues, please contact Tanya Richard on the details below to secure a group discount.



If you would like to discuss being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate. Please feel free to reach out to the event manager, Tanya, on the details below.

Tanya Richard
Project Director
+ 44 (0) 203 780 7437 

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