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Fashion industry leaders to discuss sustainable practices

on Friday,March 20,2009 19:03

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In keeping with the growing trend toward environmentally-friendly business practices, leaders from the fashion and design industry will meet later this month to exchange ideas and experiences.

The Sustainability Workshop, sponsored by the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium, the Clothing Industry Training Authority and APLF, will take place on March 31 in Hong Kong as part of a three-day Prime Source Forum.

The goal of the workshop is to offer a platform for those in the apparel industry - including manufacturers, sourcing offices, brands and retail - to discuss how they might make their businesses more sustainable.

During the event, five groups of delegates from all over the supply chain will be formed to discuss topics such as ownership of carbon credits and the possibilities of carbon trading in the apparel industry; corporate rating and sustainability development; green labels as well as oversupply and ''smart sourcing.''

"[T]he issues of sustainability can be controversial and manufacturers may in an economic downturn find it difficult to follow," says Michael Duck, director of APLF.

"However, being sustainable, whether within an organization or as part of the industry should not be just one-sided. Perhaps players in all sectors of the supply chain should work harder now … to make the entire supply chain sustainable," he adds.

Prime Source Forum brings together some 400 senior management from across the globe to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturers, suppliers and retailers involved in the entire supply chain.
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