Drivers of innovation for environmental sustainability in the garment sector

Achieving environmental sustainability in the garment sector demands innovation and organisational change across the entire supply chain. This webinar will analyse the drivers of innovation and change in two areas. 1) by exploring different ways to adopt cleaner production techniques in SMEs and their supply chains, as well as 2) through ‘on-boarding’ in multi-stakeholder initiatives.

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Achieving environmental sustainability in the garment sector demands innovation and organisational change across the entire supply chain.  The COVID19 pandemic has challenged the apparel and textile industry’s supply chains, revealing the current system is highly vulnerable to disruptions and social and environmental degradation.

This webinar will explore research undertaken by two PhD students at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, a knowledge partner of the ILO-Sida project on Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia project.

The first presentation will share findings on a project that uses an appreciative and locally based approach to explore the journeys of Vietnamese and Cambodian enterprises and supply chains that are working collaboratively towards sustainability by transforming their values, structures and practices to benefit and empower their employees, local communities and ecologies.

The second presentation will share evidence for speeding up sustainability through multi-stakeholder initiatives by leveraging “on boarding” to address environmental effects on workers and communities.

This webinar is being held as part of the Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia project, a three-year project implemented by ILO with financial support from the Government of Sweden (Sida).

Facilitated by:

Dr Cristina Martinez, Senior Specialist on Environment and Decent Work – ILO

Dr Samantha Sharpe,Research Director – Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Speakers:


Ms Karina Kallio,
PhD Candidate– Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney: Karina's background is as a concept and fashion designer. For 10 years Karina worked for large US-based corporations with extensive global manufacturing and retail systems. Her face-to-face experience with the environmental impacts of the fast-paced fashion industry led Karina to start a small business in 2010 to investigate the possibilities of sustainable design practice. Her brand focused on local production and circular design practices, such as re-use, repair and upcycling of post-consumer 'waste'. She is interested in issues related to just transitioning the fashion and textile industry towards a sustainable future through regenerative design and living systems thinking.

Ms Katarina Veem
, PhD Candidate– Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney: Katarina leads Swedish Water House (SWH) at SIWI, a neutral platform engaging Swedish actors in international water issues. With more than 20 years of experience in water and development in Asia and Europe, Katarina led the Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI), a capacity building programme that addressed resource use in the supply chain of Swedish brands. She joined SIWI in 2011, after working with Baltic Sea 2020, World Wildlife Fund Sweden and Ministry of Environment among others.


About the project:


This webinar is being held as part of the Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia project, a three-year project implemented by ILO with financial support from the Government of Sweden (Sida).