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WAKEFIELD – The 18th June marks the introduction of a brand-new series of Zoom Newscasts produced by the journalists at Ecotextile News, which will convene key industry figures to give in-depth, news-based insights around the most current environmental issues facing fashion and textiles.

First around the Ecotextile Talks table, will be the Amina Razvi, Executive Director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Catharina Martinez-Pardo, Principal, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Jason Kibbey, CEO of Higg Co., who recently co-authored the new report – Weaving a better future: rebuilding a more sustainable fashion industry after COVID-19.

The report’s authors will be joined by Kate Heiney, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Zalando SE and Sanjeev Bahl, CEO and owner of the Vietnamese denim mill Saitex, who’ll provide crucial insight into how the coronavirus outbreak has impacted their companies’ operations, their supply chain relationships, and how they intend to move forward once the on-going health crisis has passed.

Those interested in signing up to the newscast can click here.

Centred on the recent report published by the SAC, BCG and Higg Co., this 90-minute newscast will investigate what the short, medium and long-term impacts of Covid-19 will be for apparel sustainability programmes, and it will give viewers an update on what stage of crisis management this industry is currently at, along with insight on any new trends in terms of consumer behaviour for those economies emerging from the crisis.

The report, which was first published back in April stated: "Surveys of key stakeholders, study of prior global crises, and analysis of economic trends and sentiments make it clear that fashion risks irrecoverable self-inflicted wounds if it abandons sustainability and value chain partnerships in the face of COVID-19.”

And we’ll be asking questions around the evidence for such statements in the report and also how trust can be re-built in the supply chain.

After an opening presentation, there will be a panel discussion on what guidelines and recommendations for textile industry stakeholders should be implement post-pandemic such as protecting critical assets, solving immediate inventory challenges, integrating sustainability throughout business recovery strategies and accelerating transparency.

It’s these recommendations, and the suggested phased approach to achieving these, that the newscast will focus on, before opening up the newscast for a live Q&A session where signed up viewers will be able to cross examine the panellists.

“Rather than a simple podcast or an all-day webinar, we’ve decided to produce 90 minute, highly focussed ‘newscasts’ that tackle the crucial environmental and social issues of the day,” said John Mowbray, founder and editor of Ecotextile News. “These newscasts will be hosted by experienced business journalists, who know their stuff, in order to bring the best out of the discussion and to give maximum value to people who sign up to take part.”

As Ecotextile Talks wants to keep environmental issues front and centre only a very small nominal fee will be charged for attendees who will also get a link to the final recorded version of the newscast to listen to at their convenience.

The broadcast will take place on Thu, 18 June 2020, 15:30 – 17:00 BST.

Those interested in signing up to the newscast can click here.

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