2023 Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

From farm to shelf: Why upstream and downstream actors need to work in tandem to achieve social and environmental justice in fashion value chains

Feb 13, 2023 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Virtual 2


by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe No matter if cotton, wool, leather, cashmere, or even synthetic fibers, all clothing items originate from raw materials and, with this, mostly stem from a farm. To strike a balance between social, environmental and economic objectives, it is crucial to follow the thread along global value chains and to work in tandem from upstream and downstream stages, to policy- and decision-makers. The panel will address following guiding questions: - What corporate and agricultural practices can help make garment and footwear supply chains more inclusive, regenerative and lower their emissions? - Which specific policies and tools will be necessary, and have been proven successful in addressing climate action, and environmental and social protection, in garment and footwear value chains? - What role do digital or innovative solutions play to boost transparency and traceability for more collaborative business models in textile and leather value chains?

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