Copenhagen – With one month to go, over 25 speakers have now been confirmed for Planet Textiles 2016 including new names such as former White House advisor Cyrus Wadia, who is Nike’s new Vice President of Sustainable Business & Innovation.
Other new additions to Planet Textiles, which already has registered attendees from 30 different countries include: Joschen Hoffmann, Senior Policy advisor at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; Michael Beutler, Director of Sustainability Operations, Kering; James Gifford, Director of Impact, TAU Investment Management and Vicky Dodman, Project Manager, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark.
With still one month to go until Planet Textiles, space at the event is becoming limited, so please reserve your place HERE to avoid disappointment.
Cyrus Wadia who was recently appointed as the new Vice President of Sustainable Business & Innovation for Nike, previously served as the Assistant Director for Clean Energy & Materials R&D within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy – where he advised the White House and Executive Branch leadership in the design of national policy in advanced materials and manufacturing.
He will give delegates a unique insight into Nike’s thoughts on how innovation and sustainability go hand-in-hand and will throw out a few key challenges to the textile industry in order to advance this thinking.
Joschen Hoffmann, Senior Policy advisor at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will update Planet Textile delegates about the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and how it intends to grow this initiative beyond Germany’s boundaries.
Meanwhile, a special GLASA forum at Planet Textiles will look at how the investment community can help to accelerate significantly better sustainability performance in the apparel industry. Mike Schragger, Chair, The Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel (GLASA) and Managing Director at Stockholm-based The Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA) says: “The aim is to identify the top five things investors can do to accelerate sustainability performance in the apparel industry. Actions will be divided into short, medium and longer-term interventions.”
Michael Beutler, Director of Sustainability Operations, Kering; James Gifford, Director of Impact, TAU Investment Management and Vicky Dodman, Project Manager, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark will all take part in this special breakout session.
The latest, impressive line-up for Planet Textiles 2016 looks like this:
Cyrus Wadia, Vice President of Sustainable Business & Innovation, Nike
Rick Ridgeway, Environmental Affairs, Patagonia
Brad Voorhees, Supply Chain Sustainability, VF Corporation
Marcus Gover, Director, European Clothing Action Plan
Zheng Jian, Office for Social Responsibility, China National Textile & Apparel Council
Vivek Tandon, Founder of perPETual Global Technologies
Joschen Hoffmann, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Marc Guenther, Editor-at-Large, Guardian Sustainable Business
Stephanie Schmidt, Changemaker Alliance Director, Ashoka
Mike Schragger, Director, Sustainable Fashion Academy
Jason Kibbey, CEO, Sustainable Apparel Coalition
David Pircher, Head of Business Development, Oeko-Tex Association
Christian Wieth, Senior global marketing manager, Novozymes
Elzaphan Hotam, VP Sales, TIPA Corp.
Rohan Batra, Project Development, Sustainability, Aditya Birla
Brooke Summers, Project Lead – Cotton to Market, Cotton Australia
Anna Czerwinska, Marketing Manager, Oeko-Tex Association
Allan Williams, Head of R&D, Cotton Australia
Tim Wilson, CEO, Historic Futures
Guisy Bettoni, Director, C.L.A.S.S.
Elena Fanjul-Debnam, Workplace Options
James Gifford, Director of Impact, TAU Investment Management
Emma Lupton, Water Specialist, CDP
Vicky Dodman, Project Manager, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark
Michael Beutler, Director of Sustainability Operations, Kering Collaboration
In yet another a new move, Planet Textiles can also announce a new collaboration with the Copenhagen Fashion Summit (CFS) whereby Planet Textiles delegates get a 30 per cent discount on entrance to the CFS. Similarly CFS delegates get a 30 per cent discount on entrance to Planet Textiles.
Named individual Ecotextile News subscribers have until today (11th April) to register free for the event due to the need to work out catering requirements.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition members can register for free attendance directly with the organisation.
Planet Textiles 2016 is organised by MCL, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Messe Frankfurt and takes place in the Copenhagen Concert Hall on Wednesday 11th May one day before the Copenhagen Fashion Summit and one day after the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s two-day annual member meeting.