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? 


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