Representatives from Stella McCartney, Hiut Denim, TRAID, along with designer Phoebe English and Livia Firth of Eco-Age will be among the panellists giving oral evidence to parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee at a public event next week.
The panellists have been called to give evidence as part of the cross party green watchdog’s on-going inquiry into the sustainability of the UK fashion industry, which is chaired by Mary Creagh, MP. The event will take place at the V&A Museum in Kensington on 13 November and is open to the public (there is currently a waiting list for tickets here).
Following a previous session, featuring fashion innovators and educators on 30 October, which raised concerns about the impact of fast fashion generated by pure-play etailers, Creagh has written to the bosses of ASOS, Missguided, Amazon and Boohoo asking them to answer key questions about workers rights, the lifespan of garments, recycled content and use of synthetic fibres.
Creagh has asked the business leaders to respond to her questions by 15 November and has informed them that their responses will be published, including nil returns, and that they may be called to give evidence to MPs in person. See Creagh’s letter to ASOS CEO Nick Beighton here. His contemporaries at Amazon, Missguided and Boohoo all received the same letter.
The letter follows a similar one Creagh sent to the leaders of the top 10 fashion companies including Marks & Spencer, Primark, Next, Arcadia Group, Asda, TK Maxx and HomeSense, Tesco, JD Sports Fashion, Debenhams and Sports Direct International. These companies too have been informed that they may be called to sit in front of MPs to account for their environmental practices.
The full line-up of panellists for Tuesday’s session includes:
Claire Bergkamp, Sustainability & Innovation Director, Stella McCartney Ltd
Clare Hieatt, Howies and Hiut Denim
Phoebe English, Designer
Professor Dilys Williams, Director and Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability
Livia Firth, Eco-Age
Jane Grice, Waste Not, Want Not
Jenny Holdcroft, Assistant General Secretary, IndustriALL union
Andrea Speranza, TRAID
Lucy Siegle, freelance journalist and writer
Hear Mary Creagh, MP speak at The Industry’s Fashion Futures Forum in partnership with Avery Dennison
Mary Creagh will be one of the headline speakers at The Industry’s Fashion Futures Forum event, staged in partnership with Avery Dennison, which takes place on the afternoon of 27 November at White City House, West London.
The event will take as its theme “Creating a more responsive and responsible future of fashion” and additional speakers include: Gemma Metheringham, chief creative officer, Label/Mix; Sandra Mertens-Lustig, joint managing director Agent Provocateur; Ben Matthews, founder, Ninety Percent; Maria Grachvoge; Ethical Fashion Forum CEO Tamsin Lejeune; and Brothers We Stand founder Jonathan Mitchell.
Tickets cost just £95+VAT (for a limited period use code VIP20 for 20% off at checkout) and can be booked here.