THE NEXT AUSTRALIAN FASHION FORUM WILL BE HELD IN Melbourne AT THE

QUAY WEST SUITES MELBOURNE

26 SOUTHGATE AVE, SOUTHBANK VIC 3006 


27 july 2017


Transparency in the Garment Supply Chain
 
This industry forum is an opportunity to explore best practice and learn from key industry figures, in a 'Chatham House' environment, strategies for building healthy labour practices into your fashion supply chain.

In addition to engaging with international speakers and practitioners in the field, there is as chance to interact around Australian best practice and to tackle issues of common interest using Open Space Technology.

There is a strong trend in the Fashion Industry to engage in corporate transparency around supply chain practices. It is seen to show company’s willingness to be accountable to consumers, the public, and their workers. Increasingly companies are publishing list of suppliers and some are publishing their labour rights systems. 

These lists make it easier for journalists, NGOs, workers and unions to verify the claims companies make. Workers and unions can also use these lists to communicate directly with brands about their grievances and concerns, and agitate for change. 

This forum will explore the experience of companies in the transparency journey and explore best practice in the industry. How does a brand start the journey? Beyond published lists, what else does transparency mean?What does the legislative framework look like from a compliance perspective? 

Speakers

Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 30 years of experience as an activist, program designer, evaluator, and manager.

He has worked with the  United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Thailand, links the United Nations system with groups in China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam and for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal. He has been a technical advisor to numerous governments working to stop slavery. 

Matt is now CEO of the Mekong Club, a Hong Kong based NGO with the goal of uncovering and stopping the business of human slavery. It is the first organisation of its kind in Asia to bring together the skills and resources of the business community to target efforts that will directly disrupt the human slavery trade.  The four industries the Mekong Club engages with are: financial services, apparel & footwear, hospitality providers and retailers.

 
Matt Friedman

Matt Friedman

 

Shannon Bourke, is the Environmental & Social Initiatives Manager - Australia and New Zealand at Patagonia.

Responsible for managing and reducing Patagonia Australia/New Zealand's environmental and social footprint, Shannon manages their environmental grants program and SER strategy as well as implementing staff engagement initiatives and local environment campaigns. 

Prior to Patagonia, Shannon worked with Aither, an economic and policy advisor to the public and private sectors, specializing in providing advice to the water, environment and emergency management sectors.   Previous positions include UNHCR and Oxfam in program development and communications.

Shannon believes in the power of business to effect long-term positive change and has a keen interest in projects that foster wide-ranging social, environmental and economic benefits.

Shannon holds a Masters in Environmental Management and Development from ANU, a Diploma in Political Studies with distinction from Sciences Po, France and Bachelors in International Studies from UNSW.

 
Shannon Bourke  

Shannon Bourke

 

Industry panel including

Elain Vaughan, COO of APG & Co Pty Ltd

Rose Mule, General Manager Production & Sourcing at Specialty Fashion Group

 

The Australian Fashion Forum is an opportunity for brands, designers and retailers to explore best practice and learn from key industry figures, in a ‘Chatham House’ environment, strategies for building healthy labour practices into fashion supply chains.

These events focus on a meaningful dialogue and putting ambitious yet attainable goals in place, alongside an accountability structure.

The Australian Fashion Forum is held in Sydney and in Melbourne. This event is intended for brands and industry only.

No media please. 

If you are interested in attending, please use the email addresses below to contact the partners for more information

* Please note we do not issue refunds. If you would like to change the name of your booking, please provide 72 hours notice prior to the event

** Please note this forum is exclusively for designers, brands and retailers only, no media allowed. 

 

 

 

THE Partners 

STOP THE TRAFFIK

Australian Coalition

STOP THE TRAFFIK is a global movement fighting to: PREVENT// PROTECT // PROSECUTE on behalf of trafficked people all around the world. Make Fashion Traffik Free Protocol is a project of STOP THE TRAFFIK. It is a commitment to ensure the following criteria are adhered to by a retailer or fashion label’s suppliers with the intention of eliminating human trafficking within their business. 

They make a 5 year commitment to: 

  • Tracing all suppliers back to the sourcing of the raw material 
  • Ensuring there is no trafficked labour in their supply chain through means such as suppliers codes of conduct 
  • Ensuring a robust social compliance program is place and the worker voice is included 
  • Public reporting
Carolyn Kitto STOP THE TRAFFIK

Carolyn Kitto
STOP THE TRAFFIK

Fuzz Kitto STOP THE TRAFFIK

Fuzz Kitto
STOP THE TRAFFIK

 

BAPTIST WORLD AID AUSTRALIA

Behind the Barcode

Baptist World Aid is a Christian charity organisation based in Australia, helping to dramatically reduce poverty in communities around the world. Behind the Barcode is a project of Baptist World Aid Australia.
 
Behind the Barcode is a series of industry reports which seek to empower consumers to purchase ethically and, by doing so, encourage companies to ensure workers are protected and not harmed; that they are rewarded, not exploited; and that they can work free from the tyranny of modern slavery. The guides grade fashion brands according to the systems they have in place to protect the workers in their supply chain from exploitation, forced labour and child labour.

Gershon Nimbalker BAPTIST WORLD AID

Gershon Nimbalker
BAPTIST WORLD AID

Jasmin Mawson BAPTIST WORLD AID

Jasmin Mawson
BAPTIST WORLD AID

 

Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution, established in 2013 after the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, is a global movement encouraging international and local fashion brands to demonstrate commitment to transparency and responsibility across the length of the fashion value chain, from farmers to factory workers, brands to buyers and of course consumers.  

Composed of key figures from the fashion industry and beyond: industry leaders; press; campaigners; consultants; representatives from charities, campaign organisations and parliament, academics and more, it co-ordinates action and advocacy in over 90 countries to engage community and industry around the issues of transparency and traceability in the fashion supply chain.

Melinda Tually FASHION REVOLUTION

Melinda Tually
FASHION REVOLUTION