SFA Learning & Innovation Network: 2022 | Sustainable Fashion Academy

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SFA Learning & Innovation Network: 2022

Seismic change is coming to the apparel and textile industry, and fast. The EU is developing a range of environmental and social policies and regulations that will place serious demands on brands and retailers operating in or placing products on the European common market. Additionally, given the urgent environmental and social trends facing society, customers, investors, and other stakeholders are expecting significantly more from apparel and textile companies in terms of their overall social and environmental performance.

To help apparel and textiles companies stay updated and prepare for these developments, SFA is launching a learning series and innovation network.

“For our company to succeed in this new landscape we need to integrate sustainability into the core of our business strategy and practices. And this means involving all functions in the business. That is why this network will be helpful for Peak Performance. Not only will I as a sustainability manager be able to learn and network with my peers, but I will also be able to educate and support my colleagues in buying, production, marketing, logistic and finance to integrate sustainability into their work. Brands and retailers will be in for a shock if they do not stay up to date on the latest sustainability policies, regulations, and innovative solutions coming down the pipeline, and SFA is the best organisation to support our industry to stay ahead of this curve.” - Åsa Andersson, Sustainability Manager, Peak Performance

 

“Our industry is undergoing a transformation - primarily because of the global environmental crises we are facing, but also due to the exponential development of new technologies. We therefore need to stay up-to-date and informed, both when it comes to sustainability related legislation and policies as well as when it comes to pioneering sustainability strategies and solutions. We are members of many international organisations, but this learning network fills a much needed gap. We are excited to participate and share our knowledge. We highly recommend that you join us.” - Anna-Karin Dahlberg, Head of Sustainability, Lindex

“We are in the ‘decade of change’ and all of us in the textile industry have a steep learning curve ahead of us. We all need updated knowledge regarding the latest legislative developments, concrete and scientific facts for sustainability improvements and support for translating the learnings into action. This network addresses the need for top management buy-in, involvement of all key functions in the company and offers a strong voice of fact-based and scientific feedback to policy developers and other stakeholders. Sharing experiences will enable us to create the necessary speed in the transition of our industry.” - Sandra Roos, VP Sustainability, Kappahl

Learning Themes

The Learning & Innovation Network will offer a series of webinars structured around a few main learning themes addressing challenges and opportunities in the apparel and textiles industry, such as:

Learning Theme 1: How can my company understand and start to prepare for the upcoming EU Sustainable Textile Strategy and national policies and the resulting regulation that will affect the apparel and textiles industries?

Learning Theme 2: How can my company ensure sustainability is more centrally integrated into the core of our business strategy and processes and has the buy-in from top management?

Learning Theme 3: Which cutting edge practices and solutions exist for improving sustainability performance?

These learning themes are preliminary and will be updated based on feedback from company members. A more detailed list of topics can be found at the bottom of this page. SFA will draw from its global network of partners and experts to provide insights during the webinar series.

Target Audiences

The Learning & Innovation Network and its webinar series is aimed at:

Professionals working in fashion, sport and outdoor, workwear, and textile-related businesses

Small, medium, and larger companies

Within the series of webinars offered, different webinars will be relevant for different people in your organizations. Some webinars will be relevant for CEOs, CFOs and C-suite leaders, and others for buyers, product designers, marketing and communications specialists, sustainability managers, etc.

 

 

The network will provide a much needed place for sustainability managers to discuss and collaborate, especially for the Nordic region, where such a network currently does not exist.

 

 

 

Format

The learning series will be delivered in the form of online webinars, on average two webinars per month. Each webinar will last around two hours and will include both presentations and breakout groups, allowing participants to discuss the implications and application of each webinar with industry peers.

As part of the network, we will provide opportunities for participants to propose topics of their own choosing on a regular basis, thus providing the flexibility to discuss specific challenges and opportunities as they arise. Members can use these opportunities to invite others within the network to collaborate or work on joint projects.

Participants will also be given access to a private Microsoft Teams site where recordings of the webinars, along with other materials, will be available for download during the year.

 

 

 

Network Membership Fees (Annual)

  • 10,000 SEK / 1000 EUR for companies with a yearly turnover of less than 150 Million SEK
  • 20,000 SEK / 2000 EUR for companies with a yearly turnover between 150 Million SEK and 1000 Million SEK
  • 25,000 SEK / 2500 EUR for companies with a yearly turnover of more than 1000 Million SEK.

To register for the Learning & Innovation Network or to receive more information, please contact Michael Schragger at michael@sustainablefashionacademy.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

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No, you do not need to attend all the sessions. You can pick and choose which sessions are relevant for you. For instance, some webinars may be more relevant for your colleagues in departments such as buying, or marketing and communications. We will make clear which target groups we think should attend. However, you may want to appoint a network coordinator to ensure other people in your organization are aware of and attend the sessions you think are relevant for them.

SFA has extensive experience working with sustainability in apparel and textiles and is also a member of a number of international sustainability focused industry organizations. The SFA Learning & Innovation Network is designed to complement these other networks, adding value by both creating a robust network for sustainability managers and a place to engage top management and other core functions in your company. Without their engagement, sustainability will never become core to your business.

To start, each company will be able to send a maximum of ten people per webinar.

We will host the webinars in the afternoons Stockholm time (CET), which will make it possible for professionals living in other parts of the world to attend.

If you don’t know us already, our mission is to exponentially accelerate societal progress towards science-based sustainability targets and the global sustainable goals by leveraging the power and influence of the apparel and textiles industry. We do this in three ways: 1) We initiate research and analysis that is needed to make better decisions and to fill any information gaps; 2) We inspire, educate and train change agents, including company professionals, policy makers, researchers, journalists, NGO advocates, and more; and 3) We mobilise key stakeholders around issues such as finance, legislation and accountability. For more information about SFA visit other sections of our website and visit our clients pages.

Preliminary Topics

Although company representatives will be given an opportunity to propose topic areas at launch and throughout the year, here are some topics that we will likely address:

Learning Theme 1: How can my company understand and start to prepare for the upcoming EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy and other national policy initiatives and related legislation? More specifically, topics will cover issues such as:

What will be required by the EU’s Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative? The EU plans to ensure companies better manage sustainability-related matters in their own operations and value chains. It will introduce obligations to Director’s duty of care and will make the due diligence mandatory. What will this mean for my company and what can we do to respond appropriately?

What will be required by the EU’s Sustainable Product Initiative? This initiative aims to promote sustainable products on the EU market. It will introduce substantial changes to product design, production processes and consumers’ rights. It will expand the scope of the Eco-design Directive. What will this mean for my company and what can we do to respond appropriately?

What will be required by the EU’s Transparency - Substantiation of Green Claims legislation? This aims to tackle misleading green claims (greenwashing), including one EU methodology for assessing green claims (data and messages). What will this mean for my company and what can we do to respond appropriately?

What will be required by the EU’s – Empowering the Consumers legislation? To ensure consumers obtain reliable and relevant information on products. It will likely specify in more detail the information on a product’s sustainability. What will this mean for my company and what can we do to respond appropriately?

What will be required by the EU’s Waste Initiatives? The sorting, re-use and recycling of textiles will be boosted through innovation, encouraging industrial applications and regulatory measures. One of the regulatory measures is Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). What will this mean for my company and what can we do to respond appropriately?

How will individual country legislation affect apparel and textile companies? For instance, France is going farther than the EU, and what will this mean for companies selling products on the French market?

 

Learning Theme 2: How can my company ensure sustainability is more centrally integrated into the core of our business strategy and processes, and is supported by top management?

How can we implement internal sustainability pricing as a means to stimulate innovation and business development?

How can we address our risks, in line with what is being asked for by investors, owners and other financial institutions?

How can we develop circular business models?

What are investors expecting from us now that climate and other sustainability issues are high on the global agenda?

 

Learning Theme 3: Which cutting edge practices and solutions exist for improving sustainability performance?

How can we work better with transparency and traceability? What options are there for tracking and tracing our products and services? Here, we will learn about the latest tools and techniques, such as blockchain technologies and companies.

How can my company also work with issues like climate action, biodiversity, water stewardship, microfibers, etc?

What is a B-Corp and what are its benefits?

How can we best communicate and avoid greenwash?