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Making it ethically in China – A practical guide for fashion and textile designers

When: 28.10.09 at 18:00
Where: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London , W1G 7LP
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Sourcing materials or manufacturing in China should be considered seriously if you want to compete in a global market and keep production cost low. Many do not think that China should be your first port of call if you have decided to build your brand on a sustainable business model in which worker's rights are recognised, the materials used are environmentally friendly and your carbon footprint is as small as possible. China has started to acknowledge the need for sustainable business practices in the production of textile and clothing.  The government established the CSC9000 standard, though this has yet to be widely accepted and there are industry initiatives beginning such as the Hong Kong Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium.

Own-it, Ethical Fashion Forum and Creative Connexions have invited a panel of experts to discuss the current situation in China, how designers can source manufacturers and material that meets their ethical standards and how they can monitor compliance. A lawyer will speak about important clauses in manufacturing or licensing contracts concerning IP rights and confidentiality, as well as what to do when you are faced with counterfeits that are cheap, unethically sourced and damage your good name.


Luke Minford, Rouse Legal
Luke is head of Rouse's China practice based in Beijing. He has lived in China for more than 18 years and has more than 13 years experience working for Rouse as an IP lawyer. Luke advises clients on a wide range of IP-related issues including China entry strategy, rights establishment, technology transfer, licensing in and out, and enforcement.

Lesley Roberts, director of corporate responsibility for the Pentland Group 
Pentland owns a range of brands in the sportswear, outdoor and fashion sectors, such as Speedo, Ellesse, Berghaus, Boxfresh, Mitre and footwear under licence for Lacoste, Ted Baker and Kickers.

Lesley advises and monitors community, environmental and ethical sourcing programmes, and is also responsible for programmes which address the causes of poor conditions such as: child labour, hazardous chemicals, home working. Pentland are founder members of the Ethical Trading Initiative, supporters of the UN Global Compact and on the Council of the International Business Leaders Forum.

Paul Yuille, researcher/consultant for the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion.

Galahad Clark, Founder and owner of Terra Plana, proud winners of an Observer Ethical Fashion Award in 2007 and picked up an award from Drapers for Ethical Footwear Retailer of the Year in 2008.

The panel is chaired by Clare Lissaman, a consultant on ethical trade, fair trade and corporate social responsibility.

Presentations will take place from 6-8pm followed by drinks and networking until 9pm.

This event is being organised by Own-it in partnership with Ethical Fashion Forum, Creative Connexions and UAL Ventures.


Photo credit: Calydel


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