2018 Copenhagen Fashion Summit

by C&A Foundation on May 11, 2018

Dialogue and debate between stakeholders is the first step towards any collective action. Part of C&A Foundation’s role in sparking collaboration for systems changes is fostering that debate. That is why C&A Foundation is supporting the Copenhagen Fashion Summit for the third consecutive year.

Copenhagen Fashion Summit has quickly become the world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion, convening major fashion industry decision makers for agenda-setting discussions on the most critical environmental, social and ethical issues facing the industry. The sixth edition of Copenhagen Fashion Summit takes place on 15-16 May 2018.

This year, C&A Foundation brings the topic of transparency to the Summit hosting a deep dive called “Enabling Transparency to Create Change”.  Together with a panel of industry experts, C&A Foundation Executive Director Leslie Johnston, will push the boundaries of we understand about transparency and traceability in the industry, asking the uncomfortable question: have recent efforts in traceability and transparency lead to concrete improvements for the millions of women and men who depend on the apparel industry?

Panellists include: Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution; Frouke Bruinsma; Corporate Responsibility Director at G-Star RAW; Mostafiz Uddin, Managing Director at Denim Expert Ltd in Bangladesh; and Amanda Nusz, Vice president in Target Corporation’s global sourcing organisation.

“We are very excited about this year's Summit. The new format promises to bring more dialogue and more discussion, which is exactly what we need to spark real change in the fashion industry.”

Senior Communications Manager, C&A Foundation Stephanie Klotz

Sparking a new discussion

In addition to the deep dive on transparency and traceability, C&A Foundation is also proud to have been selected to moderate a debate on the second day of the Summit called “The Robots are Coming!”.

Lee Risby, Head of Effective Philanthropy at C&A Foundation, will help spark a debate on what some say is the single biggest challenge – and opportunity – facing the future workforce: automation.  Automation is already changing the apparel industry today. How it affects the industry in the future, however, will depend both on technological developments as well as the decisions made by stakeholders in both producing and consuming countries. The industry must prepare now to make informed decisions taking economic, environmental and social aspects into account.  The expert panel will debate how automation can improve job quality in addition to product quality, what negative consequences it might have, how to prepare for what is to come.

This panel includes: Pete Santore, CFO of Softwear Automation; Pamela Mar, Director of the Sustainability department of Fung Group; David Roberts, expert on the Disruptive Innovation  at Singularity University; and Carys Roberts, a research fellow in the economy team of the progressive policy think tank, IPPR.

Mobilising Generation T

C&A Foundation is also co-hosting a side event at the Summit together with InSpring, a leading change agency, to mobilise a young, socially connected generation. 

Over the years, millions of young people have changed the way we think, live and consume from the coutner coulture in the 1960s to recent #neveragain movement of gun activism in the US.  Now is the time to unleash the power of a new, socially connected, more aware generation to transform the fashion industry: generation T.

Representatives from JA Worldwide, a global network of millions of young entrepreneurs; Mostafiz Uddin, a pioneer in the Bangladeshi textiles industry; Megan McGill, Programme Manager for Circular Transformation at C&A Foundation; along with hosts Holly Dublin and Peter Ingwersern, will come together for a breakfast session to share plans to establish Gen T as the heart of the circular fashion transformation.