Panel Session 02

Sustainable Sourcing Realities: Challenges, Achievements & Next Steps

Monday, Sep 4, 2023 from 01:45 PM – 02:25 PM

About This Session

The fashion industry’s rapid growth, with a worth surpassing $1.33 trillion in 2023, comes at an environmental cost, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and wastewater concerns. These challenges highlight critical issues in sourcing practices, ethical considerations, and the industry’s environmental impact. Addressing unethical labor practices remains paramount to ensure fair treatment and protection of workers throughout the supply chain.

Amidst these challenges, the fashion industry has made significant achievements in adopting eco-friendly materials, enhancing supply chain transparency, and reshaping sustainability standards through collaborative endeavors. Many companies have taken proactive steps to reduce their carbon footprint and mitigate environmental impacts. By embracing sustainability practices, the industry showcases its commitment to a greener future.

To further drive sustainability, we curate this panel session to bring together key stakeholders, industry experts, and sustainability advocates. This session aims to celebrate the industry’s accomplishments while acknowledging the existing challenges that demand attention. By sharing best practices and innovative solutions, the panelists seek to pave the way for a more responsible and eco-conscious fashion future. By promoting ethical considerations and responsible sourcing, the fashion industry can continue its transformative journey toward a sustainable and environmentally responsible sector.


Andrei Vasiliev

Responsible Sourcing/Social Impact Manager, Bestseller

Joris Aperghis

CEO, WE Fashion

Lisa Domoney

Senior Director Membership and Corporate Engagement, Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Karin Reimerink

CR Sr. Director, PVH Europe

Mostafiz Uddin (Moderator)

Founder & CEO, Bangladesh Apparel Exchange

Rensje Teerink

Deputy Director, Asia-Pacific Department, EEAS

Syed M Tanvir

Managing Director, Pacific Jeans Ltd.

Willeke Hendriks

Director, Global Sourcing & Product Development, G-Star RAW

Luthmela Farid

Pacific Jeans Ltd.

Mostafiz Uddin (Moderator)

Founder & CEO, Bangladesh Apparel Exchange

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