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

Business and Human Rights – a journey but not the final destination

A very important discussion about the challenges and risks to Swiss business moderated by Dr Klaus Leisinger took place in Geneva yesterday. Professor John Ruggie, the man who has brought the discussion on business and human rights to centre stage globally, told his attentive audience about this journey. Kofi Annan appointed Ruggie as special Representative on Business and Human Rights in 2005, and he was given a complex mandate.  He was to look at multinational activity and clarify some crucial issues; corporate responsibility, complicity and sphere of influence in particular.  Professor Ruggie was then to give recommendations as to how all of these issues should be handled or regulated globally. Not an easy task! Continue reading

“Business and Human Rights – Negotiating for Ethics”. Really?

BSL & Amnesty International

Professor Bettina Palazzo’s Masters Class had the pleasure of hearing Danièle Gosteli Hauser, head of Business and Human Rights, Amnesty International, Switzerland, present in Business School Lausanne today. 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