Through focused discussion, this virtual conference will address how apparel brands can adapt practices to deliver on growing stakeholder expectations. We’ll equip delegates with the best-practice and guidance to transform factories, engage consumers, drive circularity and reduce climate impacts across fashion and textile supply chains.
 

Social impact

How to tackle the challenges in ensuring a truly ethical supply chain and delivering a clear, positive impact for workers

Environmental performance

The leading practices to improve environmental performance, implement circularity and take effective action on climate

Factory engagement and manufacturing

Brand and factory perspectives on how best to transform factories and the manufacturing process to ensure sustainable and ethical supply 

Consumer trust and expectations

How to genuinely engage consumers in sustainable fashion and translate current and emerging trends into effective corporate strategy

2020 speakers included

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Andreas Streubig

Hugo Boss

Director Global Sustainability

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Claire Bergkamp

Stella McCartney

Worldwide Sustainability & Innovation Director

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Amy Hall

Eileen Fisher

Vice President, Social Consciousness

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Roian Atwood

Kontoor Brands

Senior Director of Global Sustainable Business

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Pascal Brun

H&M

Head of Sustainability

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Burak Cakmak

Parsons

Dean of Fashion

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Eva Karlsson

Houdini Sportswear

CEO

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Sofie Schop

G-Star Raw

Sustainability Director

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Agenda highlights

  • Fashion, policy and Cop26: How should you prepare your board for Cop26 expectations and outcomes?
  • Climate innovation: How to drive effective action towards climate-positive fashion and apparel
  • The future of fashion retail: Second hand, resale, repairs and what they mean for the future retail environment
  • Addressing gaps in sustainability: Why fashion brands need more data
  • Does sustainability have to come at the expense of style? A debate on the trade-offs in the industry
  • Regenerative agriculture, biodiversity and healthy soils: How do you engage farmers and drive sustainable practices?
  • Circular economy in fashion: What is required for scale?
  • Social risk in the supply chain: How to adapt practices to protect all workers within the supply chain
  • Consumer trust and the rise of brand activism: What is now expected of leading brands?   
  • Organic cotton: What are the real numbers, impact and possibilities of affordable scale?
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Why attend an IF virtual conference?

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Discover best practices from industry leaders and get detailed, practical guidance on how to effectively implement policies

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Meet & network with an influential audience of key stakeholders through speed networking sessions and pre-planned 1:1 meetings

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In-depth problem solving around the key issues within hands-on deep dive workshops and face to face discussion

Making connections at the Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference

How can attendees network virtually?

Speed networking

No need to hang around the coffee cart to begin making connections - join our virtual speed networking for a series of quick-fire 1:1 meetings. Often the highlight of our virtual events, you will have the opportunity to meet a range of attendees within a short amount of time. Then, follow up with new connections and schedule longer, private meetings to continue the discussion.

Group networking

During group networking sessions, attendees are placed in small groups for more relaxed, informal networking. Groups are rotated so you have the chance to meet a variety of people and leave with fresh connections and potential partners. 

Schedule meetings

Often at our online events, discussions begin in the chat boxes during sessions and continue behind closed doors for more in-depth conversation between interested parties. Our platform enables you to reach out to other attendees and arrange 1:1 and group meetings. Maximise your impact at the event, and effectively manage your day. 


Working groups

During working group sessions all attendees join intimate, face-to-face calls to enable a genuine dialogue and ensure engagement. These sessions are a great opportunity to connect with other attendees who share a common interest and kick-start the conversation. 
"Absolutely brilliant event. Innovation Forum were able to put together a very well run event, which is not easy when it is entirely virtual. Everything was very engaging and extremely informative, and the speed networking was great"
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"Really enjoying the sessions so far – the set-up is extremely professional – definitely the best virtual conference I’ve attended"
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"I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and Innovation Forum managed to make the technology work flawlessly. The speed networking sessions were also a great way to loosen-up the typical strict structures of such events"
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"Hats off to Innovation Forum for once again hosting a timely, topical virtual conference that prioritizes connections between attendees. Their interactive workshops are a fantastic way to meet others in your field and share learnings – the same as you would in physical roundtable events"
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"The team did a fantastic job and I was blown away by how engaging and effective the virtual format was...the virtual speed networking was wildly effective and should be used at all events moving forward. Virtual or in person"
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What’s different about this forum?

Innovation Forum is:
  • Candid: Entirely off-the-record discussion that enables open and honest disclosure from speakers and genuine participation from the audience.
  • Practical: A clear focus on the practical and actionable guidance that can drive change throughout industries and supply chains.
  • Focused: We provide enough time, resources and expertise to the issues that really matter. We don’t skate the surface, but get to the crux of the issues to provide in-depth, constructive discussion.
Innovation Forum is NOT:
  • A PR platform: Enthusiastic speakers are NOT given free rein to fill a session presenting their companies, allowing no time to actually get to the crux of the issues.
  • A talking shop: This is NOT an opportunity for a group people in a room to simply agree with everything said, regardless of outcomes.
  • All promise, no delivery: We will NOT promise what we can’t deliver. The issues covered are complex. They won’t be solved at a two-day conference. But we will help deliver progress through in-depth, constructive and practical advice around specific issues.

Who attends

Marks and Spencer
Lidl
VF Corporation
ASOS
Inditex
H&M
Stella McCartney
ZDHC
Lindex
Filippa K
WornAgain
Asics
Mistra Future Fashion
Forest Stewardship Council
UNICEF UK
CottonConnect
The Forest Trust
Tom Tailor
Bestseller
Otto Group
Mammut Sports Group
PVH
Lush
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
GIZ
Kering
Asia Pulp and Paper
PUMA Group
Humanity United
Eileen Fisher
Ashoka
Clarks
SEARS
G-Star Raw
Fashion For Good
Levi's
International Labour Organization
Canopy
Sustainability Agents (SUSA)
YKK
Urban Outfitters
Solidaridad
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
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Mango
Canada Goose
Amazon
Lands' End
Christian Brothers Investment Services
amfori
U.S. Department of Labor
Baillie Gifford
Hugo Boss
Esprit
Lenzing
PEFC International
Primark
BNP Paribas
Patagonia
CARE International
C&A
C&A Foundation
Circle Economy
TextileExchange
New Look
Avery Dennison
Parsons

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Tanya Richard
Project Director
[email protected]

Sign up

Registration for the conference is currently open. To sign up, you can do so online here, or get in touch directly for details of group discounts. 

Sponsorship

For more information and to inquire, please contact:

Jack Munn
Business Development Manager

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The Value of Virtual

 
This year’s conference will take place virtually to ensure progress around these critical sustainability issues. It is more important than ever that these discussions take place now, to enable business to rebuild better, more sustainable supply chains going forward.
 

Benefits of a virtual conference:

 

Our virtual platform has been designed to ensure an engaging and interactive experience that best replicates the value of a physical conference.
 
If you have any questions please email Narni Brooke-Adil on [email protected] or Tanya Richard on [email protected]