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Sustainability 2021

An Intervention for Fashion

24, 25 & 26 February, 2021

  • 9pm - 1am · Hong Kong
  • 2pm - 6pm · Paris
  • 8am - 12pm · New York
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MOTIF & The Mills Fabrica are joining forces to rewire sustainability in the fashion industry and we’re calling to all agents of change to contribute to the endeavor. This is a gathering by doers for doers, not just dwelling on issues but examining existing and promising solutions, as well as the practical steps and actions that you can and need to take, NOW.

Join us over 3 virtual sessions on February 24-26, 2021, as together we will aim to set the ecosystem standards straight, scope out innovation clusters while clearing out the hype, and shine a light on a pathway towards circularity.

This event will be highly educational and social through content & features which will be unveiled regularly between now and event day. You will be able to connect with a community of like-minded professionals, have public and private conversations as well as gain access to a wide array of top resources. All of this for free, no kidding.

Sign up below, get your questions ready and we’ll ping you when it’s time to come back!

Educational Partners

Supporting Organisations

Join 60+ Speakers

from the following forward thinking institutions

An event for everyone.

You’re on a mission to contribute to making your organisation’s business operations and practices more sustainable. Whether from R&D, Product Design & Development, Sourcing, Buying, Marketing, C-Suite, CSR, whether working in a Brand, Retailer, Manufacturer or Vendor, this event is for you.

Agenda over 3 days

Setting the Ecosystem and Standards Straight

Finance Infrastructure Standards NGO Regulation Capital

Welcome to day one, together we will analyse the problems holding us back from becoming truly sustainable.

We will dive into the multi-disciplinary stakeholder requirements and how to practically effect change. We will examine how we measure progress towards a sustainable future, from the role of finance, NGOs, policies and regulations, to the standards we need to achieve.

Meet your Emcees · they'll be with you all along the 3 days!

Saul Guzman
Communications Director
MOTIF
Jordan Huggins
Marketing Manager
MOTIF

Register for free, add sessions to your session planner, see who’s attending and get in the discussions! You’ll also gain access to speaker recommended resources and see upcoming courses on MOTIF!

  1. Opening Remarks • Opening

    • Wed Feb 24th at 9:00pm Hong Kong
    • Wed Feb 24th at 1:00pm London
    • Wed Feb 24th at 8:00am New York
    1. Janice Wang
      Janice Wang Chair of the Board, MOTIF & CEO, Alvanon

  2. The 10 gigaton challenge • Keynote

    • Wed Feb 24th at 9:10pm Hong Kong
    • Wed Feb 24th at 1:10pm London
    • Wed Feb 24th at 8:10am New York
    1. Edwin Keh
      Edwin Keh Chief Executive Officer, HKRITA

    How about we take the industry to go beyond carbon neutrality to carbon negative. As an industry we emit about 4-5 gigatons of carbon dioxide, what if we aim to not only clean up our industry, but produce enough off-sets for other industries?

  3. The infrastructure of sustainability: what does it take to build systematic change for the industry? • Panel

    • Wed Feb 24th at 9:30pm Hong Kong
    • Wed Feb 24th at 1:30pm London
    • Wed Feb 24th at 8:30am New York
    1. Ronna Chao
      Ronna Chao Chairperson, Novetex
    2. Patrik Lundstrom
      Patrik Lundstrom CEO, Renewcell
    3. Anant Ahuja
      Anant Ahuja Head Organizational Development, Shahi
    4. Dipak Mahato
      Dipak Mahato moderator CEO, SeaChange

  4. ESG and the impact on public companies: what, how and why • Panel

    • Wed Feb 24th at 10:00pm Hong Kong
    • Wed Feb 24th at 2:00pm London
    • Wed Feb 24th at 9:00am New York
    1. Peter Elwin
      Peter Elwin Head of Textiles & Land Use, Planet Tracker
    2. Anna-Marie Slot
      Anna-Marie Slot Global Sustainability Partner, Ashurst
    3. Pat-nie Woo
      Pat-nie Woo moderator Partner, KPMG

  5. Sustainability standards: multi-stakeholders collaboration • Panel

    • Wed Feb 24th at 10:30pm Hong Kong
    • Wed Feb 24th at 2:30pm London
    • Wed Feb 24th at 9:30am New York
    1. Marianna Tsien
      Marianna Tsien Senior Director, Business Development and Membership, APAC, SAC
    2. Jonathan Salmon
      Jonathan Salmon Head of Sustainability, Li & Fung
    3. Avedis Seferian
      Avedis Seferian President & CEO, WRAP
    4. Jeremy Prepscius
      Jeremy Prepscius moderator Vice President, Asia-Pacific, BSR

    What is the role of standards setter? How to help governments, businesses and consumers to drive practical solutions? What are the best practices & challenges in executing strategies according to selected impact tools?

  6. Philanthropic capital: catalyst to a better economy • Panel

    • Wed Feb 24th at 11:00pm Hong Kong
    • Wed Feb 24th at 3:00pm London
    • Wed Feb 24th at 10:00am New York
    1. Francois Souchet
      Francois Souchet Make Fashion Circular Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
    2. Veronica Olazabal
      Veronica Olazabal Senior Advisor and Director, Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance, Rockefeller Foundation
    3. Kelly Clark
      Kelly Clark Director of Finance and Capital Market Transformation, Laudes Foundation
    4. John Thorbeck
      John Thorbeck moderator Chairman, Chainge Capital LLC

    How shall non-profit sustainable pioneers lead projects aligned with principles of a circular economy?

  7. Net zero in Asia: remodeling the economy with policy support and private sector ambition • Fireside Chat

    • Wed Feb 24th at 11:30pm Hong Kong
    • Wed Feb 24th at 3:30pm London
    • Wed Feb 24th at 10:30am New York
    1. Pamela Mar
      Pamela Mar EVP, Fung Group
    2. Christine Loh
      Christine Loh OBE, JP, Professor at Anderson School of Management, UCLA

    This fireside chat will explore the implications of recent net zero CO2 commitments by China and others, as well as trade and investment frameworks such as RCEP, on sustainability, supply chains and consumption patterns in Asia.

  8. Sustainability as an asset class • Panel

    • Thu Feb 25th at 12:00am Hong Kong
    • Wed Feb 24th at 4:00pm London
    • Wed Feb 24th at 11:00am New York
    1. Alex Kremer
      Alex Kremer Principal, Patagonia Tin Shed Ventures
    2. Caroline Brown
      Caroline Brown Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners
    3. Bob Assenberg
      Bob Assenberg Fund Director, Good Fashion Fund
    4. Arvind Gupta
      Arvind Gupta Partner, Mayfield
    5. Alexander Chan
      Alexander Chan moderator Co-director, The Mills Fabrica

    Sustainability investing has emerged as a fast-growing new asset class. What are the key opportunities and challenges in investing in early stage tech companies and green financing for supply chain? What are key best practices in helping these companies to scale?

  9. The Apparel Industry Sustainable Strategies Framework • Case Study

    • Thu Feb 25th at 12:45am Hong Kong
    • Wed Feb 24th at 4:45pm London
    • Wed Feb 24th at 11:45am New York
    1. Kathleen Talbot
      Kathleen Talbot Chief Sustainability Officer, Reformation
    2. Sophie Rifkin
      Sophie Rifkin Director, Corporate Research & Engagement, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

    A case study on how Reformation determined the financial opportunity of an impactful, sustainable strategy

Innovation and Hype in the Land of New Materials

Organic Materials Synthetic Materials Novel Biomaterials Water Packaging Chemicals

In the quest of circular design, how can we navigate the grey areas of the constantly evolving complexities in order to make the right choices and trade-offs?

Day two will aim to reconcile different perspectives from key stakeholders across the value chain, and foster collaboration to advance innovation and adoption of greener technologies.

Register for free, add sessions to your session planner, see who’s attending and get in the discussions! You’ll also gain access to speaker recommended resources and see upcoming courses on MOTIF!

  1. Day 1 highlights and kick-off • Opening

    • Thu Feb 25th at 9:00pm Hong Kong
    • Thu Feb 25th at 1:00pm London
    • Thu Feb 25th at 8:00am New York
    1. Cathy Cole
      Cathy Cole CEO, Motif
    2. Christian Layolle
      Christian Layolle Head of UK, The Mills Fabrica

    Join us to go over the highlights from day 1 and key things to look out for on day 2

  2. Design intent: how every decision drives a brand's ethos • Fireside Chat

    • Thu Feb 25th at 9:15pm Hong Kong
    • Thu Feb 25th at 1:15pm London
    • Thu Feb 25th at 8:15am New York
    1. Simon Cotton
      Simon Cotton CEO, Johnstons of Elgin
    2. Carla Woidt
      Carla Woidt Founder, Wolfgang Scout

  3. The importance of consortiums & innovation in sourcing sustainable viscose • Panel

    • Thu Feb 25th at 9:45pm Hong Kong
    • Thu Feb 25th at 1:45pm London
    • Thu Feb 25th at 8:45am New York
    1. Christine Goulay
      Christine Goulay Head of Sustainable Innovation, Kering
    2. Carmen Chan
      Carmen Chan Senior Sustainability and Fabric Manager, Tesco
    3. Mukul Agrawal
      Mukul Agrawal Chief Sustainability Officer, Birla
    4. Katrin Ley
      Katrin Ley moderator Managing Director, Fashion for Good

    "A bold approach is needed to identify and scale innovations that drive sustainable change in the fashion industry. This multi-stakeholder consortium, a first-of-its-kind, addresses the most important barriers to scaling innovation, setting the precedent for all industry players with ambitions for disruptive innovation to follow.” – Katrin Ley, Managing Director, Fashion for Good

  4. Packaging - the most visible and branded experience for the consumer • Fireside Chat

    • Thu Feb 25th at 10:15pm Hong Kong
    • Thu Feb 25th at 2:15pm London
    • Thu Feb 25th at 9:15am New York
    1. Gunjit Chopra
      Gunjit Chopra Senior Head of Central Operations, Puma
    2. Sean Murphy
      Sean Murphy Chief Marketing Officer, L&E

    A consideration on how one brand looks at packaging design - the needs, the compromises and how to make it more sustainable.

  5. The plastic problem: in search of low carbon alternatives for plastics • Panel

    • Thu Feb 25th at 10:45pm Hong Kong
    • Thu Feb 25th at 2:45pm London
    • Thu Feb 25th at 9:45am New York
    1. Brenda Haitema
      Brenda Haitema Director of Materials, Boardriders
    2. Molly Morse
      Molly Morse CEO & Founder, Mango Materials
    3. Ariel Muller
      Ariel Muller moderator Managing Director (APAC), Forum for the Future: moderator

    Replacing petroleum based plastics in materials production is a key discussion topic. How can we achieve net carbon zero in the production process?

  6. A positive water footprint for fashion • Panel

    • Thu Feb 25th at 11:15pm Hong Kong
    • Thu Feb 25th at 3:15pm London
    • Thu Feb 25th at 10:15am New York
    1. Peter Bartsch
      Peter Bartsch Head of Corporate Sustainability, Lenzing
    2. Pedro Silva
      Pedro Silva Head of Industrialization, Tintex Textiles
    3. Simon Ferrigno
      Simon Ferrigno Cotton Diaries community co-lead and cotton expert, Ecotextile News
    4. Johannes Fürst
      Johannes Fürst moderator Co-founder of Montebelo and The Blue Lab at Drip by Drip

    Water is a vital resource and access to it, a fundamental human right. Yet, global supplies of fresh water are being used up at an alarming rate, mainly in agriculture, processing, and textile dyeing. The fashion industry has the solutions and technologies at hand to consume less water and avoid the severe pollution of natural water resources. Three experts will present their vision of a water-friendly industry.

  7. "Every drop matters": how is biotech fixing fashion's water challenges with sustainable dyes, finishing and cotton farming practices • Panel

    • Thu Feb 25th at 11:45pm Hong Kong
    • Thu Feb 25th at 3:45pm London
    • Thu Feb 25th at 10:45am New York
    1. Jordi Juani
      Jordi Juani Asia Director, Jeanologia
    2. Edward Brial
      Edward Brial CEO & Co-founder, Materra
    3. Orr Yarkoni
      Orr Yarkoni CEO, Colorifix
    4. Michelle Zhu
      Michelle Zhu CEO & co-founder, Huue
    5. Pinar Ademoglu
      Pinar Ademoglu moderator Investment Director, Sagana

    Producing cotton and textile dyeing & finishing processes creates significant challenges in water waste and pollution. How do companies leverage on nature & technology to create sustainable water reduction solutions?

  8. Reclaiming textile waste to support innovation • Fireside Chat

    • Fri Feb 26th at 12:30am Hong Kong
    • Thu Feb 25th at 4:30pm London
    • Thu Feb 25th at 11:30am New York
    1. Gauri Sharma
      Gauri Sharma Organizational Development Manager, Shahi
    2. Anant Ahuja
      Anant Ahuja Head Organizational Development, Shahi

    A case study on combining innovative technology, experimental design and practical outcome.

  9. Future of materials: scaling synthetic biology to create sustainable materials • Panel

    • Fri Feb 26th at 12:50am Hong Kong
    • Thu Feb 25th at 4:50pm London
    • Thu Feb 25th at 11:50am New York
    1. Elaine Siu
      Elaine Siu Director of Innovation, Material Innovation Initiative
    2. Suzanne Lee
      Suzanne Lee CEO, BioFabricate
    3. Dan Widmaier
      Dan Widmaier Co-founder, Bolt Threads
    4. Alexander Chan
      Alexander Chan moderator Co-director, The Mills Fabrica

    The material revolution is accelerating quickly with launches of new products & industry consortium. What are opportunities & lessons learnt in scaling synbio materials to the market?

  10. Closing off day 2 • Wrap-up

    • Fri Feb 26th at 1:20am Hong Kong
    • Thu Feb 25th at 5:20pm London
    • Thu Feb 25th at 12:20pm New York

Digitising a Pathway Towards Circularity

AI Demand Prediction Blockchain Transparency Digital Processes New Business Collaboration

On the third and last day, we will look to the digital advances promising a more efficient value chain from farm to consumer: How digitisation affects the roles of transparency and traceability, and the new business collaborations changing the way we consume.

Register for free, add sessions to your session planner, see who’s attending and get in the discussions! You’ll also gain access to speaker recommended resources and see upcoming courses on MOTIF!

  1. Day 2 highlights and kick-off • Opening

    • Fri Feb 26th at 9:00pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 1:00pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 8:00am New York
    1. Instructor
      Maggie Luk Incubation & Ecosystem Lead, The Mills Fabrica
    2. Instructor
      Jackie Lewis Content Development Director, MOTIF

    Join us to go over the highlights from day 2 and key things to look out for on day 3

  2. The fashion industry's most expensive mistake • Keynote

    • Fri Feb 26th at 9:15pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 1:15pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 8:15am New York
    1. Ahmed Zaidi
      Ahmed Zaidi Postdoctoral Researcher, Cambridge University

  3. The future of supply chain transparency • Fireside Chat

    • Fri Feb 26th at 9:30pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 1:30pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 8:30am New York
    1. Vivek Ramachandran
      Vivek Ramachandran CEO, Serai
    2. Lindsey Hermes
      Lindsey Hermes Head of Enterprise Solutions, Serai

    • Quickfire Sessions!

      We have chosen the most interesting digital solutions, and they will all have 10 minutes tops to answer the following questions:

      • what is the identified pain point in the industry?
      • how does your solution alleviate the issue?
      • how does your solution help the industry become sustainable?

      This will go quickly, take a break, grab your coffee & make yourself comfortable!

  4. Chain of Demand • Pitch

    • Fri Feb 26th at 9:50pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 1:50pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 8:50am New York
    1. AJ Mak
      AJ Mak CEO & co-founder, Chain of Demand

  5. Alvanon • Pitch

    • Fri Feb 26th at 10:02pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 2:02pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 9:02am New York
    1. Jason Wang
      Jason Wang COO, Alvanon

  6. Supply Compass • Pitch

    • Fri Feb 26th at 10:14pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 2:14pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 9:14am New York
    1. Flora Davidson
      Flora Davidson Co-Founder & Head of Product, Supply Compass

  7. TG3D • Pitch

    • Fri Feb 26th at 10:26pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 2:26pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 9:26am New York
    1. Rick Yu
      Rick Yu CMO & Co-founder, TG3D

  8. Avery Dennison • Pitch

    • Fri Feb 26th at 10:38pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 2:38pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 9:38am New York
    1. Brian Cheng
      Brian Cheng Director, Digital Transformation, Avery Dennison

  9. 7thonline • Pitch

    • Fri Feb 26th at 10:50pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 2:50pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 9:50am New York
    1. Sam Fayez
      Sam Fayez Vice President of Data Science

  10. Edited • Pitch

    • Fri Feb 26th at 11:02pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 3:02pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 10:02am New York
    1. Hannah O'Rourke
      Hannah O'Rourke Senior Retail Strategist, Edited

  11. Stylitics • Pitch

    • Fri Feb 26th at 11:14pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 3:14pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 10:14am New York
    1. Rohan Deuskar
      Rohan Deuskar Founder & CEO, Stylitics

  12. Platform E • Pitch

    • Fri Feb 26th at 11:26pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 3:26pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 10:26am New York
    1. Goncalo Cruz
      Goncalo Cruz CEO & Co-founder, Plaform E

  13. Production of the GENESIS jeans • Panel

    • Fri Feb 26th at 11:45pm Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 3:45pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 10:45am New York
    1. Cédric Vanhoeck
      Cédric Vanhoeck Founder & design-for-recycling expert, Resortecs
    2. Natasha Franck
      Natasha Franck Founder & CEO, EON
    3. Walden Lam
      Walden Lam Co-founder & Chief Hustler, Unspun
    4. Erik Bang
      Erik Bang moderator Innovation Lead, H&M Foundation

    Close the loop: Collaboration between innovators along the denim production supply chain

  14. Going circular: enabling circular models for brands & consumers • Panel

    • Sat Feb 27th at 12:15am Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 4:15pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 11:15am New York
    1. Tanguy Frécon
      Tanguy Frécon Co-Founder & CEO, Lizee
    2. Jeff Denby
      Jeff Denby Co-founder, The Renewal Workshop
    3. Felix Winckler
      Felix Winckler CCO & Co-founder, Reflaunt
    4. Anthony Burns
      Anthony Burns COO, ACS
    5. Alexander Chan
      Alexander Chan moderator Co-director, The Mills Fabrica

    4 companies discuss enabling technologies that helps customers and brands to adopt circular business models

  15. "That's a wrap": time for change! • Wrap-up

    • Sat Feb 27th at 12:55am Hong Kong
    • Fri Feb 26th at 4:55pm London
    • Fri Feb 26th at 11:55am New York
    1. Instructor
      Michael Londrigan Lead Instructor, Supply Chain, LIM College
    2. Instructor
      Andrea Kennedy Lead Instructor, Sustainability, LIM College

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TOP15 Companies

Talking about change is a good start, but changing things is a collective effort. Below are the top 15 institutions with the most delegates for ReWire, how does your company rank?
  1. 1 Target
  2. 2 University of the Arts London
  3. 3 H&M
  4. 4 VF Corporation 1
  5. 5 London College of Fashion 2
  6. 6 PVH 2
  7. 7 LIM College 6
  8. 8 FIT 2
  1. 9 Under Armour 1
  2. 10 Avery Dennison 1
  3. 11 Li&Fung 9
  4. 12 Kohl’s 2
  5. 13 Spring Near East 2
  6. 14 Burberry 1
  7. 15 Lands’ End 3

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Updated Feb 25, 2am Hong Kong time, change from Feb 23, 10pm.