On November 14, 2016, the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program, The Cordes Foundation, SPARK and Liberty & Justice convened senior decision makers from global apparel retailers, brands, designers and corporate responsibility leaders for a candid conversation on how to integrate consumer demands for fashion with a conscience, with the realities of challenging supply chains, a volatile marketplace, and the bottom line. The half-day session, part II of a convening NYU Social Entrepreneurship began in 2015, started with a panel discussion featuring Eileen Fisher of EILEEN FISHER, INC., Carlos Alberini of Lucky Brand, Maxine Bedat of Zady, and Gwen Floyd of Soko, and moderated by Sean Ansett of Liberty & Justice. Panelists shared their hard-won lessons of success and failure, which was followed by deep-dive breakout sessions on issues related to the field, including what retailers want, empowering women through ethical clothing, transparency and development for artisans, the role of natural cosmetic sourcing, and evolving initiatives for globalized trade and workers’ welfare. One representative from each session reported back to share their group’s discussion, progress, and ideas. The day concluded with a networking cocktail hour, allowing guests to connect and move their ideas forward together.
We would like to extended a very special thank you to our wonderful panel members, breakout session leaders, and moderator, to the Cordes Foundation and SPARK for their generous financial support, to L2O for their participation and resources provided, to all of the organizations who contributed to the SWAG bag, and to Stephanie Cordes and the entire Liberty & Justice/UNIFORM team for their thought partnership and hard work in making the event happen.
With tremendous thanks to our sponsors and partners: