This year, to celebrate the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator’s first year in operation, we want to acknowledge some of the individuals who have been alongside us, have inspired us and are part of the journey forward. To that end we are launching the first annual Pratt Institute/BF+DA Positive Impact Awards.
Linda Greer is being awarded the Industry Leadership in Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain.
We asked her to talk about whether she thought more companies are taking responsibility for the environmental impacts of factories in their supply chain because they want to or because they have to?
“Although there are a handful of notable exceptions, the sad fact of the matter is that most companies taking responsibility for the environmental impacts of their supply chain factories are doing so in response to threats to their brand reputation, plain and simple. The bigger the threat – such as the Greenpeace “Zero Discharge” campaign – the more action.
People should therefore not be fooled by the abundant glossy annual CSR reports about deeply held ethical convictions on sustainability, which read like infomercials! I can report from my work in “the trenches”: The C-suite executives of most firms in the fashion industry continue to make environmental sustainability a very low business priority. They see that the curtain is rising on transparency in their operations around the world, through the internet and social media, but opacity in supply chain matters is still their best friend, and they’ll run under this paradigm for as long as they can.”
RSVP for our awards ceremony here.