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CLOSED: The BF+DA and APG on Connecting Finance and Sustainability
Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
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.
Arvind Ganesan, Director of Business and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by September 10, 2018