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CLOSED: The BF+DA and APG on Connecting Finance and Sustainability

The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator and APG invite you to a small group discussion at the BF+DA between long-term investors and apparel companies. We are pairing professionals from the apparel industry with the investment sector to participate in a dialogue on the how and why of tracking ethical labor practices in the apparel supply chain.

Keynote Speaker:
Arvind Ganesan, Director of Business and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Anna Pot, APG, Responsible Investment Manager
Yumi Narita, VP, BlackRock
Lauren Compere, Managing Director, Boston Common Asset Management

Apparel Industry:
Amy Hall, VP and Director of Social Consciousness, Eileen Fisher
Harsh Saini, EVP, Vendor Compliance and Sustainability, Li & Fung Limited

8:30am – 8:50am – Arrival, Networking and Coffee
8:50am – Welcome, Deb Johnson, Executive Director, BF+DA
8:50am – 9: 30am – Keynote speech by Arvind Ganesan, Director of Business and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
9:30am – 10:30am – Panel discussion with BlackRock, APG, Eileen Fisher, BF+DA, Boston Common Asset Management and Li & Fung BlackRock, APG, Eile
10:30-10:45 – Break
10:45am – 12:15pm – Roundtable discussions
12:15pm -1pm Lunch and continued roundtable discussion

Actively participate in conversations that will explore:
-What metrics and other information are apparel companies already tracking/capable of tracking?
-Is supply chain transparency (publishing supplier information) sufficient?
-What are the investors’ strategies regarding ethical labor practices in apparel company supply chains?
-Are certification programs sufficient for providing desired information to investors? Given the multiple perspectives on KPI’s, are they useful to investors?
-How can investors assist apparel companies improve ethical labor practices in their supply chains?
-Are there resources, other than financing, that investors can provide?
-Should investors be more vocal about the need for data from apparel companies?

Desired Outcomes?
Establish a clearer understanding among companies WHY investors want to be assured about safe working conditions in apparel production and WHAT information they want to see.
Establish a clearer understanding among investors WHAT they can expect from companies and HOW investors can spur a more sustainable apparel sector.

If you are a large brand from the apparel industry or work in the investment sector, RSVP: BF+DA Communications Director Amy DuFault at amy@bkaccelerator.com by September 10, 2018



Thursday, September 20, 2018
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
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