SUSA co-sponsored and attended the Innovation Forum‘s Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference in Amsterdam on April 9-10. The conference examined how brands can transform factories, increase transparency and implement circularity in fashion and textile supply chains. As keynote speaker and sponsor of two sessions, SUSA met inspiring people, had fruitful discussions and enriching exchanges.

In a break out session we demonstrated our methods and approach on a very important topic: Empowering the 85%: The role of business in empowering female garment workers. SUSA’s worker-manager dialogue methodology itself is our approach to empowering women. Giving women a seat at the table and a voice to express their concerns, empowers them to set the agenda. Bridging hierarchies and creating a level playing field in the factory, that’s empowerment! As part of the conference break-out session, we demonstrated how we do this with our problem-solving methodology, involving the participants.

During the conference, SUSA had the opportunity to speak with numerous brands about their priorities and approaches. Issues that were raised as being of high priority to brands, included:

  • Water management
  • Circular economy
  • Living wages
  • Women empowerment
  • Transparency

The need for more collaboration, interaction and dialogue along the supply chain was raised repeatedly. SUSA will continue to have an important role to play in the improvement of working conditions globally.