Fashion Revolution Collaboratory – Student Perspective

On October 7th, I had the pleasure of attending a collaboratory organized by BSL and Fashion Revolution Suisse. The conversation was led by Alke Boessiger from UNI Global Union, Angela Paulillo from Kering and Corinne Schmidt for the Green Party. Local fashion designers, students and leaders from Fashion Revolution Suisse were also present, which made for an enriching evening of conversations.

Fashion Revolution Collaboratory

The session began by recalling the Rana Plaza incident in Bangladesh and the involvement of UNI Global Union in ensuring human rights and worker safety is respected. The Bangladesh Accord is a legally binding agreement signed by over 190 apparel companies around the world. Retailers commit to ensure safety in garment factories, proper work conditions and adequate salaries for workers. There are 1531 factories under the accord that need to be inspected and remediated. To date, 1288 factories have been inspected and the majority are still in progress with their remediation plan.
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Switcher – Traceability and Transparency

BSL students visit Switcher

Professors Marina Curran and Bettina Palazzo took a group of Masters Students’ to visit Switcher yesterday morning. A very warm greeting on a wet Monday morning and an invitation to visit the Switcher premises started the day off well.

Switcher, founded by Robin Cornelius over 30 years ago, is a medium sized textile Swiss company located in a small industrial building on the outskirts of Lausanne. Mr Cornelius, then a young, enthusiastic entrepreneurial business student, started up his company which has gone on to become one of the most respected and innovative companies in Switzerland in terms of the vision they have to do business in a transparent and traceable way. Continue reading