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2017 Textile Sustainability Conference by Textile Exchange (updated July 4, 2017)

9. October 2017 - 13. October 2017

2017 Textile Sustainability Conference will take place in Washington, D.C. on October 9-13, 2017

The motto will be United by Action – Catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals in Textiles.

Registration is Now Open for Textile Exchange’s 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference that will take place near Washington, D.C. on October 9-13. We invite you to attend this annual, global conference that brings together approximately 400 Apparel and Textile industry representatives from the leading brands and retailers worldwide along with multi-disciplinary experts discussing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a 2030 roadmap for the industry. The conference will also highlight the business case for how the Apparel and Textile value network, and in particular fiber and material production, can serve to deliver on the Global Goals.

Informed by the Targets under the Sustainable Development Goals mapped for the Textile Industry value network.

This annual, global conference brings together approximately 400 representatives from leading apparel and textile brands and retailers worldwide. In addition to our apparel and textile industry focus, this year’s conference will also feature multi-disciplinary experts discussing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a 2030 roadmap for the industry.

Below is a sneak-peek at the line-up of events for this inspiring week:

October 9               A half-day preconference workshop, Basics of Textile Sustainability.

Textile Exchange’s 15th Anniversary Celebration.


October 10 -11      Textile Sustainability Conference which includes 33 sessions withover 60 speakers. Sessions include:

  • Member-only Breakfast w/Special Guest Speaker
  • Presentations by PVH, H&M, and C&A
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Where to Start
  • Land Management: Farming and Forestry
  • Investors are Taking Score
  • Managing Our Way Through a Water Shortfall
  • Scaling the Use of Sustainable Cotton
  • Dispelling the Myths of Not a Penny More
  • SDG 15: Taking Action to Improve Grassland Management
  • Innovations in Manufacturing
  • Innovation and Impact Showcase: Connect with Africa
  • Innovation & Impact Showcase: Sustainable Furnishings Council
  • Innovation & Impact Showcase: Transitional Cotton
  • Breakout Sessions, including:

– Funding SDG Opportunities

– Material Matters

– De-Carbonising Operations

– Strengthening Integrity in Your Supply Network

– Presentation by The Fair Fashion Center

– Technology and Traceability

– Towards a Bio-based Economy

– Working Session: Responsible Wool Standard

– Synthetics: What are the Problems? Meeting the SDGs

– Net Positive Project

– Leather and Cashmere: Impacts & Opportunities

– Reporting on SDG Activities

– Building Resilient Cotton Communities

– The Post Consumer Textile Collections Conundrum

October 12            Preferred Fibre and Material Round Tables: Bio Synthetics,Recycled Polyester

(rPET), Man-Made Cellulosic (MMC), or Organic Cotton.


October 13            TExcursions.

Textile Exchange prepares to welcome over 400 leaders from the textile and apparel industry for its annual Textile Sustainability Conference. The 2017 conference is a global event taking place in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 9-13 with a theme of United by Action: Catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals in Textiles. Textile Exchange is pleased to announce an initial list of speakers participating in this event to discuss current sustainability issues, including how to engage with the United Nations #SDGs and the #GlobalGoals.

On the brand and retail side, the conference will feature:

Ariane Grazian, Sr. Manager of General Merchandise Sustainability, Walmart

Helena Helmersson, Global Head of Production for H&M

Jeffrey Hogue, Chief Sustainability Officer, C&A

Caroline Reid, Project Manager Sustainable Development, IKEA


Textile Exchange is also honoured to announce that Justin Mundy, Director of HRH The Prince of Wales International Sustainability Unit will join us for a special presentation on October 11, 2017 on Scaling the Use of Sustainable Cotton. He will be joined by representatives from the Sustainable Cotton Initiatives.

Leading Suppliers such as Shreyaskar Chaudhary, Managing Director, Pratibha Syntex Limited and Jose Fernandez, Global Merino will also be presenting.

Learn About Innovations and Stakeholder Initiatives Delivering on the #SDGs Innovative ideas will be offered by:

Dr. Maurizio Crippa, CEO, gr3n

Karin Ekberg, CEO, Leadership & Sustainability

Tim Greiner, Co-founder and Managing Director, Pure Strategies, Inc.

Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire, Assoc. Dean for Research & Graduate Studies of College of Human Environmental Sciences & Assoc. Prof. of Textile & Apparel Mgt, Univ. of Missouri

Karla Magruder, Founder & Textile Consultant, Fabrikology International

MeiLin Wan, Vice President Textiles, Applied DNA Sciences

Sophie Mather, Material Futurist, BIOV8TION

Maggie Kervick, Director of Communications & Outreach, GCNYC Fair Fashion Center


And, industry stakeholders will include:

Traci Kinden, Textile Program, Circular Economy

Alyson Genovese, GRI’s Head of Corporate/Stakeholder Relations for North America

Dr. Timo Hammer, CEO, WKI Hohenstein Group

Yuka Iwatsuki, President/Co-founder, Action against Child Exploitation (ACE)

Andre Leu, President of IFOAM-Organics International

Patrick Mallet, Innovations Director of ISEAL Alliance

Ruth Matthews, Chief Policy Advisor, Water Footprint Network

Tien Shiao, Senior Associate, Pacific Institute


More About the Conference

A special Textile Exchange Member-Only Breakfast will feature Andrew Winston, a globally recognized expert on green business and author of Green Recovery and Green to Gold. A current list of speakers is available on the conference website and will be updated as additional speakers are confirmed. Follow #TExtileConf for updates on speakers joining us for the conference.

The Agenda structure offers two full conference days, and additional pre- and post-conference days dedicated to in-depth workshops. The series of workshops take the audience through multiple sessions of insight and information. Attendees will leave with actionable solutions they can immediately implement into their daily business. After attending Textile Exchange’s 2016 conference, Nicole Bassett, Co-Founder, The Renewal Workshop said, “I always walk away from the Textile Exchange global conference with a deep understanding of the newest ideas, innovations and companies in sustainability in the textile industry. The conference gives the opportunity for great networking and developing business relationships.”

Textile Exchange #CreatingMaterialChange for 15 Years!

In its 15th year of #CreatingMaterialChange, Textile Exchange will kick-off its annual conference with an anniversary celebration to honour its founding members who recognized the need for a leading collaborative organization to drive industry transformation. “Through their annual conference, Textile Exchange provides a much needed space for everyone to work together, because this type of collaboration and collective action is what will drive transformational change within apparel supply chains globally.” – Scott Leonard, Founding Member of Textile Exchange and CEO of INDIGENOUS and a member of the C&A Foundation Investment Committee.

For more information about the conference and to register to attend, visit: http://textileexchange.org/2017-textile-sustainability-conference/.

Textile Exchange, founded in 2002, is a global non-profit organization that works closely with all sectors of the textile supply chain to find the best ways to create positive impacts on water, soil, air, animals, and the human population created by the textile industry. Textile Exchange accomplishes this by providing the knowledge and tools the industry needs to make significant improvements in three core areas: Fibre and Materials, Integrity and Standards, and Supply Network. A truly global organization, Textile Exchange is headquartered in the U.S. with Staff and Ambassadors located around the world. To learn more about Textile Exchange, visit: www.TextileExchange.org  and follow us on Twitter at @TextileExchange.


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