• Who is Innovation Forum?
    Innovation Forum is an independent London-based company with decades of collective experience in sustainability events and publishing. We research, create, and facilitate debate-driven, focused events tackling the critical business sustainability challenges around the world.

    Over the past few years we’ve created successful annual and regional events, including those focused on preventing deforestation, sustainable agriculture, human rights and modern slavery and industry specific conferences in sustainable apparel and sugar production.

    More information can be found on our website.
  • Who attends?
    The conference itself will attract 200+ delegates representing corporates, NGOs, suppliers, traders, development agencies, investors, government bodies and other relevant organisations. Attendees will represent a broad range of the key stakeholders involved in defining, planning and implementing sustainable practices across apparel and textile supply chains.

    Delegates range from senior management up to CEO level, primarily from CSR, sustainability, supply chain, procurement, ethical trade, corporate affairs and corporate communication functions.

    Get in touch for a sample list of attendees.
  • Are sponsorship or exhibiting opportunities available?
    At Innovation Forum, we are always looking for new organisations who are able to support the work that we do, and promote leading debate and discussion. 

    Innovation Forum events offer a fantastic opportunity for sponsors to be able to showcase their work to, and network with, a room full of focused, relevant and senior sustainability professionals.

    For information on how to get involved and support this forum, please contact Jack Munn at [email protected]
  • How can I apply to speak?
    Our speakers are selected and invited based on in-depth research into the leading organisations in the space. However, if you have an interesting program, initiative or partnership, then we would love to hear from you. 

    Please direct your inquiry to Tanya at [email protected]
  • How can I get updates on the conference?
    If you haven't yet registered and wish to receive any updates on the conference such as new agenda items or confirmed speakers, please fill in your details here
  • How can I stay up to date with further Innovation Forum conferences, research and publishing?
    To stay up to date, you can sign up to our weekly business brief here: www.innovationforum.co.uk

    By signing up, you’ll receive our latest analysis through our weekly newsletter. You’ll also be the first to find out about similar conferences and related content. 
  • What different session formats are available at the virtual conference?
    The virtual platform enables a variety of different session formats. In addition to the usual plenary and breakout sessions, attendees will be able to join the following types of interactive sessions:
     
    • Working groups: Working groups are set up a little differently. Everyone in the session will join live through their webcams and audio. We plan to ensure all voices are heard as we work to tackle a key issue or question. We will split attendees into smaller groups throughout the session to enable a constructive dialogue. Sessions are held under the Chatham House rule, with key notes and takeaways written up and shared as outputs. 

    • Speed networking sessions: During speed networking sessions, attendees will be matched with others for quick fire 1:1 virtual meetings. Over the course of the session, you will have the opportunity to meet a range of attendees and then follow up where appropriate with more detailed conversations via the meeting scheduler. 
  • What sort of networking opportunities are available?
    • All attendees are able to message and set up private 1:1 or group virtual meetings with any other attendee over the conference days and the weeks following. 
     
    • Speed networking sessions: During speed networking sessions, attendees will be matched with others for quick fire 1:1 virtual meetings. Over the course of the session, you will have the opportunity to meet a range of attendees and then follow up where appropriate with more detailed conversations via the meeting scheduler. 
     
    • Group networking: During group networking sessions, attendees are put into smaller groups of 3-4 attendees. These groups are then shuffled every ten minutes or so. 
     
    • Working group sessions: Working groups are structured to enable a two-way dialogue and ensure practical problem solving around key issues. All attendees join intimate, multi-way calls to ensure engagement. Expert facilitators then lead an in-depth discussion with everyone in the ‘room’. We will look to draw on the variety of expertise to work through specific problems and deliver tangible outcomes. 
  • What makes this conference different?
    Focused content designed for action and practice – the focus of the agenda and event structure are designed to provide actionable tools and practical insights that you can then apply to your own company.

    More time for genuine discussion –  the panel and networking sessions have been built to provide time for in-depth debate and meaningful exchange beyond introductions and superficial outlines of initiatives. 
     
    Working group sessions – At the conference, we will be running multiple working group sessions. Attendees will join live through their webcams and audio. We plan to ensure all voices are heard as we work to tackle a key issue or question. We will split attendees into smaller groups throughout the session to enable a constructive dialogue. Sessions are held under the Chatham House rule, with key notes and takeaways written up and shared as outputs.
  • What are the benefits of a virtual conference?
    Since March 2020, we have run multiple successful virtual conferences which have received excellent feedback. Whilst there are distinct differences to in-person conferences, the virtual events are designed to deliver much of the same value, whilst making the most of some of the advantages of the technology available. 

    Some of the benefits of our virtual conferences include:
     
    • Dynamic networking that works: Private 1:1 or group meetings, issue-specific workshops and speed networking all enable the pre-planned and the unexpected connections that make IF conferences so valuable
    • Global perspectives without the carbon footprint: Connect with attendees from all over the world to ensure that all key stakeholders can contribute to the solutions
    • Continued learning and connections: All main conference sessions are recorded and accessible post-conference, plus further access to side events, half day workshops and additional virtual networking amongst the IF community  
     
    Our virtual platform has been designed to ensure an engaging and interactive experience that best replicates the value of a physical conference.
  • What is included in your registration?
    Your ticket to this year’s Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference includes:
     
    • Full access to the 3-day live conference, including all plenary sessions, working groups and networking 
    • Recordings of all main conference sessions
    • Meeting scheduler: In addition to the live networking sessions, you can arrange 1:1 or group meetings in-platform with any other attendee

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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