Asian dialogues on sustainability

Asian dialogues on sustainability: “How is COVID-19 changing the digital landscape for the textile and garment industry?”

COVID-19 has disrupted supply chains globally, resulting in reduced orders and incomes, factory closures and job losses. The implications for developing countries are enormous, potentially leading to strikes and social unrest. This webinar sheds light on the pandemic’s impact on the textile and garment industry in Asia.

The webinar is open for all and free to attend. Please register here.

Part of the Asian Dialogues on Sustainability series, this is the fourth webinar to be co-organized by the GIZ FABRIC  programme and ILO’s Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia project , examining the impact of Covid-19 on the Asian garment industry. 

COVID-19 has created a number of sustainability problems for brands and suppliers in the textile and garment industry, not the least of which is maintaining oversight of existing social and environmental programs. Many companies have reduced or suspended worker training programs, supply chain audits, or other initiatives. In the absence of physical management, companies are examining the handling of tasks remotely, resulting in acceleration in the adoption of digital tools. What options are there when it comes to digital oversight?

We will hear about two digital solutions, one related to workplace training and the other to chemical management, as well as from a manufacturer on how they use digital tools.

Drawing on insights from industry leaders from across Asia and Europe, the event will look at is happening now in relation to the digitization of the sector. What does this mean going forward and for building back better?

This webinar is open to all and would be of particular interest to key industry actors such as brands and retailers, manufacturers, worker and employer organizations, multi-stakeholder initiatives, policymakers, and civil society organizations. 

Introductory remarks will be provided by by Alexandra Behns, Coordinator Regional Cooperation, GIZ FABRIC, and David Williams, Project Manager, ILO Decent Work in the Garment Sector Supply Chains in Asia project.

Commentator: Dr. Stephen Frost, Editor, The Fashion Sustainability Week in Review & Director, GoBlu.


Ms. Sofie Nordström

Co-founder and Deputy CEO, Quizrr
Sofie co-founded Quizrr in 2013, an Ed-tech company that develops digital training platforms that seek to advance corporate responsibility in global supply chains through worker education. Quizrr's trainings use a gamified approach coupled with live action videos and quizzes to build knowledge. Sofie has more than 15 years of experience working within corporate social responsibility and worker engagement in markets across the globe, including Bangladesh. Sofie looks to bring stakeholders from all tiers together to create impact, leveraging her in-depth knowledge of how to create content that sticks – to drive for fair and equal working conditions in supply chains.

Mr. Herman Leung

Head of Operations, Dakota Garment Group

Herman has been at DAKOTA, a one-stop solution in garment design and manufacturing company with facilities in China, Cambodia, and Myanmar for more than ten years. He leads the creation and execution of ambitious enterprise goals and is responsible for the central functions on-site that support the group’s development. Herman has been responsible for leading the group through different transitions, positioning DAKOTA with technology and high efficiency lens in the garment sector. Over the years, he has continued to explore disruptive changes to the Group, like a collaboration with a university using Big Data to pursue smart AI-decisions in the supply chain.

Mr. Lars Doemer

Co-Founder and Managing Director, GoBlu International Ltd.

Lars Doemer is the Managing Director of GoBlu International Ltd. GoBlu provides sustainability solutions to brands and retailers from the apparel and textile industry. Their digital platform The BHive® aims to revolutionize chemical management across the global supply chain, contributing to a clean and transparent industry. With more than 20 years’ international experience in the industry, Lars brings a unique perspective, with a wide spectrum of experience from production and supply chain consultancy to brand-level work. In Hong Kong he headed up global sustainability supply chain programs for Lindex and was driving the environmental supply chain program for H&M. Lars has since returned to Germany to grow the service portfolio GoBlu to European brands and retailers and to accelerate The BHive® further. 

Moderator: Jost Wagner, The Change Initiative.