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December 29th, 2011

Africa Fashion Guide goes to the House of Lords in London

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Written by: Jacqueline Shaw
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On November 23rd Africa Fashion Guide Director and Founder Jacqueline Shaw was invited by MADE-BY to attend an all party parliamentary group session. This event was the APPG for Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion at the House of Lords in London and which looked at one in a series of emerging developments and topics in the fashion sector and discussed the theme:

Change the Law: Emergent Developments in the Fashion Industry

It was the 2nd meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics & Sustainability in Fashion convened by Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey and hoped to raise more awareness in Parliament for new policies to be adopted and for change to be made in this sector.

This meeting explored how UK fashion companies were impacted by two key developments: legislation within Europe on sustainability reporting and the emergence of new industry groups, like the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. This focused on fashion from design to sourcing and included how the UK fashion industry could approach reporting. The area of labour and human rights was also an issue on the agenda.

Many leading UK brands and attendees from stakeholder organisations were present in the room and on the panel creating a rather intimate affair. This included representatives from Ted Baker, Gap, Marks & Spencer, Asos, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Ethical Trading Initiative, EJF and many more. Baroness Lola Young chaired the session and other key speakers included: Victor Kjaer, Deputy General Director of the Danish Commerce and Companies Agency, John Morrison, Sean Ansett, Managing Partner At Stake Advisors and former CR director of Gap, Executive Director of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, Ministry of Business and Growth, and Rowland Hill, CSR and sustainability manager Marks and Spencer, Lucy Shea, CEO of Futerra Sustainability and Dilys Williams, Centre for Sustainable Fashion/London College of Fashion.
Jacqueline Shaw has been asked to attend the next event in this area of Fashion by the APPG and will feedback on the discussions and topics covered.







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