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March 3rd, 2015

Sustainable and ethical cotton sourcing – Forum – London 2015

We are cotton lovers over here at Africa Fashion Guide so when we heard about the Cotton Connect forum on sustainable and ethical cotton sourcing looking at how to get it right, and make it pay for your business – we just had to share it with you.

Taking place from 16th-17th March, 2015, London, UK, the Sustainable Cotton Forum will bring together highly experienced practitioners and key NGOs around a focused agenda, in order to get to the core of the key issues surrounding the cotton supply chain. The agenda is designed to be highly interactive and engaging so the issues discussed are those that really matter to you and your peers.

  • Cotton sustainability: what does it all mean anyhow? Outside organic and fairtrade, what do we mean by sustainable or ethical cotton?
  • Hear from 12 major brands how they made the business case for serious cotton action on sustainability – and how they measure and report progress.
  • Meet leading experts in the field who have spent decades working on sustainable cotton – and learn from their experiences.
  • Engage key stakeholders. Learn about the farmer, ginner and trader perspective on sustainable cotton.

Speakers include

Alison Ward

Alison Ward


Cotton Connect

Marcus Bergman

Marcus Bergman

Head of Sustainability

Gina Tricot

Stephen Cawley

Stephen Cawley

Head of Sustainability

John Lewis

Dr. Helen Crowley

Dr. Helen Crowley

Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation


Who is attending?

150 senior professionals representing large corporations from corporate responsibility, sustainability and supply chain job functions. We’re also bringing together the NGOs that can help you make a real difference. We’re actively restricting the number of service providers to ensure a minimum of 80% of attendees are corporate practitioners and key NGOs to ensure the conference delivers maximum value – and maximum action.

Speakers include:

  • Anna Karin Dahlberg, production support manager, Lindex
  • Dr. Helen Crowley, head of sustainable sourcing innovation, Kering
  • Lena Staafgard, business director, Better Cotton Initiative
  • Henrik Lindholm, CSR manager, Nudie Jeans
  • Eileen Mockus, CEO, Coyuchi
  • Pramod Singh, project manager India, Better Cotton Project, IKEA
  • Richard Anstead, interim commercial director, Fairtrade
  • Rachel Singh, shell foundation business manager, Shell
  • Phil Townsend, sustainable raw materials specialist, Marks and Spencer
  • Clare Lissaman, director and co-founder, Arthur & Henry

Conference objectives

  • To provide both a basic and advanced level forum for brands and suppliers who wish to get started – and improve – on ethical and sustainable cotton sourcing.
  • To raise awareness amongst companies up and down the supply chain of what can be done to improve practices and supplier performance.
  • To showcase best emerging practices and processes for companies to leapfrog from starting out to delivering against objectives quickly.
  • To highlight the practical tools and partners available to assist brands and their suppliers in engaging farmers, traders, manufacturers and governments on sustainable and ethical cotton issues.

contact Charlenne Ordonez, Innovation Forum for more information on
+ 44 (0) 203 780 7433

and register here:

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One Comment

  1. mark

    So no one’s representing the African cotton industry there, it seems… no invitations extended?

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