EWMD Asia Pacific: Global Supply Chains - what can we do to make them more sustainable and transparent?
EWMD Asia-Pacific "Global Supply Chains - what can we do to make them more sustainable and transparent?"
On Thursday, September 23rd at 08:30 - 09:45 CET
14:30 - 15:45 Hong Kong Time
Globalization in the last half century transformed supply chains, enabling more manufacturing to take place than ever before. In the apparel and footwear industry, cheaper labour and advanced technology in factories lead to an industry boom. Not all impacts were positive. The further supply chains moved away from consumer countries and brand owners, an increasing lack of transparency was born. In recent years, incidents of human rights abuses, environmental degradation and carbon footprint associated with global transportation of goods has educated consumers in the need for a more sustainable industry. Are the auditing systems set up to improve sustainability effective? How are the newly established supply chains laws impacting manufacturers?
Join this online event organized from EWMD Asia Pacific on Thursday, September 23rd, from 08:30 CET (14:30 Hong Kong Time) and let's exchange together with the distinguished speakers on what can we do make global supply chian more sustainable and transparent.
Candice Wang, Managing Director at PFI Fareast (Hong Kong)
Candice Wang has over 17 years of experience in the footwear and service industry. She has led PFI Fareast, former known as PFI Hong Kong, operations for over 14 years as the key intermediary between PFI Germany and Asia. Responsible for the development of the company, on both strategic and tactical levels, on international markets. Candice Wang manages high-profile accounts around the globe 24/7. She feels at home on the US market, European market, and the entire APAC market. Through her visionary and charismatic leadership, she has proven repeatedly to stretch the limits of what is possible. Prior to joining PFI Fareast, Candice worked in aspects of the supply chain from development, orders, production and focused on quality improvement for international footwear clients. She also worked along the production line with range builders, designers, material sourcing and prototypes makers.
Kelly Cooper, Associate Director of Sustainability at PFI Fareast (Hong Kong)
Kelly Cooper manages sustainability projects across PFI Fareast. Her role includes advising and developing sustainability strategies, most recently working with European fashion brands on integrating post-consumer materials into new products, creating circular supply chain processes. Kelly and her team have developed a certification system that focuses on traceability of recycled plastic into footwear and apparel supply chains. She also conducts research in the area of legislative requirements for emerging sustainable materials. She is experienced in leading interactive workshops, facilitating panel discussions, and overseeing event logistics and execution. Kelly has a wealth of experience in using sustainability reporting platforms, like the Global Reporting Index.
Melanie Fuerch, Sustainability Project Manager at PFI Fareast (Hong Kong)
Melanie Fuerch is based in PFI’s office in Hong Kong. She is responsible for project implementation, research, and development within PFI’s sustainability department. Melanie has a background in trade economics and sustainability within the fashion industry, having graduated from Germany’s pioneer of sustainable fashion, Hess Natur-Textilien GmbH. She joins PFI after working as a Product Manager, where she focused on product and material development, management of product certifications, supply chain tracking and product sustainability standards. With her commitment to support a change in the fashion industry, she is happy to be part of various working groups, like the German Partnership of Sustainable Textiles.
Caroline Briggert, Head od Sustainability at Hop Lun (Hong Kong)
Caroline Briggert heads up social and environmental sustainability at Hop Lun, a leading lingerie and swimwear manufacturing group. With over 33,000 employees in offices and factories across Asia, Africa and Europe, Hop Lun co-creates and manufactures products for companies like H&M, Victoria’s Secret, M&S, Target and Zalando. Ms. Briggert previously worked as Director Citizenship, Policy and Engagement at Mattel, one of the world’s largest toy companies. Before that, she lead the stakeholder engagement work at DJI, the world’s largest manufacturer of drones, where she developed partnerships with UN agencies and other international organizations to advance the use of drones to solve various humanitarian and environmental challenges. Before moving to HK, Ms. Briggert worked as a public affairs and strategic communications consultant in Brussels where she focused primarily on topics related to resource efficiency and technology for good. Ms. Briggert holds a MSc in Business from Stockholm School of Economics.