The Scandinavian Textile Initiative For Climate Action (STICA)

Climate Action Week
for Fashion & Apparel

The Scandinavian Textile Initiative For Climate Action (STICA)

Climate Action Week for Fashion & Apparel

Climate Action Means Transition – But How Do We Ensure This Transition Is Just?

Global warming is already having negative impacts on companies, workers and communities in countries where a majority of global production currently takes place. And recent analysis indicates that these impacts will continue to grow. But while buyers set targets to reduce their emissions, are they also taking responsibility for the impacts on the people and communities impacted today and those who will be impacted in the future?
Some of the key questions we covered included:
How is and will global warming impact textile companies and workers, people and communities in the most vulnerable places? How can industry stakeholders ensure that climate action and decarbonization also includes sufficient support for adaptation and a just transition for the people and communities that are currently and will continue to be affected by global warming?
What does a just transition mean in practice – what should companies and other stakeholders being doing actively?
Are current approaches sufficient for addressing climate adaptation, not just mitigation?

Contributors

Jason Judd, Executive Director, ILR Global Labor Institute
Jason Judd is Executive Director of the ILR Global Labor Institute which focuses on improving global labor practices. He previously led the Ship to Shore Rights Project at the International Labor Organization in Bangkok and served as Vice President of the Fair Labor Association in Washington, DC, where he directed all accountability programs including the FLA’s Fair Compensation work. He has worked in senior roles for the ILO’s Better Work program, Demos (New York), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Center, and the Industrial Areas Foundation. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, and on PBS. He is a former Fulbright Fellow, and holds an A.B. in Economics from Duke University and an M.P.A. from l’École Nationale d’Administration (ENA/RULE).
Kalpona Akter, Founder and Executive Director, Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity
As the founder and executive director of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), Kalpona Akter campaigns for worker safety, fair wages and the right to labour unions. She has been a key player in urging Western brands to sign on to the Bangladesh Safety Accord following the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013, and her US Congress testimony helped frame legislation against slave-labour conditions for clothing. She began working at garment factories in her native Bangladesh aged 12, and since 2000 has devoted herself to trade unions and activism for textile and garment workers in the country. Akter has been instrumental in engaging stakeholders, from UN Agencies to fast-fashion brands like Inditex and H&M, to demand respect for garment workers. Along with Human Rights Watch, she conducts investigations and analysis. She also helps to ensure worker groups’ involvement in the European Union’s Sustainability Compact, designed to improve labour standards and worker safety in Bangladesh. In 2016 Akter was awarded the Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism.

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