Business School Lausanne and Fashion Revolution Suisse hosted a public discussion with the participation of thought leaders from UNI Global Union, the Kering Group, fashion supply chain and design experts, and consumer representatives yesterday October 7 at BSL. The event is part of a global Fashion Revolution movement which started in response to the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh on 24 April 2013 causing the death of 1133 people. The movement aims to improve transparency and accountability and raise standards in the garment industry.
The event was first in a series of meetings dedicated to the preparation of an educational campaign that will span the next six months, coming into fruition on Fashion Revolution Day 2016. Fashion Revolution Day, on 24th April every year, rallies the high street, the high end, the designers, the brands, the shoppers, the media, the producers and everyone in between to ask Who Made My Clothes. This year, Fashion Revolution will be campaigning for the first time in French-speaking Switzerland, Suisse Romande, working across both the education and consumer sectors to raise awareness and initiate change.
Participants in the event shared ideas on how to reduce fashion consumption while also ensuring that human rights and transparency and accountability standards are respected in the garment industry. BSL Professors Dr. Marina Curran and Dr. Arash Golnam presented a systemic perspective on how fast fashion consumerism works and suggested questions to help generate specific ideas for impactful action.
BSL will soon release a podcast highlighting the key conclusions of the event.