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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Fashion Revolution Collaboratory – Call to Action !

On 24 April 2013, 1133 people were killed when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Many more were injured. Today, people are still suffering as a direct result of our fashion supply chain. Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough. We need to show the world that change is possible.

Each year, Fashion Revolution drives forward a different campaign to tackle some of the fashion industry’s most pressing issues. It will keep the most vulnerable in the supply chain in the public eye and challenge the industry to do better. It will also demonstrate that change is possible by showcasing examples of those who are already creating a better future for fashion.
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#whomademyclothes – Remembering the victims of Rana Plaza

I’m sorry to say that until 5pm on Friday 24th April 2015, I had not realised that it was the second anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of this factory was caused by structural failures and resulted in the death of over 1,100 people. It was the most deadly of all garment factory accidents in history. The building contained clothing factories as well as a bank, flats, and shops. When cracks in the building were discovered the day before the collapse, warnings were issued to not use the building, but garment workers were ordered to go to work. Continue reading

Could Switzerland be a pioneer on Business and Human Rights?

The Swiss Amnesty International General Assembly took place this weekend in Lucerne and I was there with Elizabeth Umlas, as we are both members of the Swiss Business and Human Rights group. The central focus of the GA was on the regulation of multinational corporations (MNCs) and the popular initiative discussed in this article I wrote last week. Continue reading

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