Stakeholder Conference on Sustainable Consumption, Human Rights and Justice
Producing the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the cars we drive is a global process – it involves cut and sew factories in Bangladesh, Cobalt-mines in the Congo and retailers in Lund. It has global ramifications for worker’s rights in Taiwan, for water supply in South Africa and air quality in Chinese production hubs. How can consumers, companies and states make sure that human rights are respected throughout the value chain? This and more will be discussed between 13-17 on the 24th of April 2018.
13.00 – 14.30 #FashionRevolution: Human Rights and Sustainability in the textile industry.
The 24th of April marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment-factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1138 people, and serves as a reminder of the precarious situation for many textile workers. The fashion industry is second only to oil as the top industrial polluter, producing more greenhouse gas emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. Our addiction to fast fashion has consequences, so what are the solutions? What can industry do to minimize environmental damage and ensure respect for human rights all through their value chain?
15.00 - 17.00 Workshop – Consumers or Politicians: who are the key drivers of change?
Saving the world is an audacious goal, and we are increasingly putting that responsibility on consumers. BUY organic, BUY fair trade, HOLD companies accountable – but should we even be allowed to purchase unsustainable products? What responsibility do we have as humans, as companies, as politicians? Can new technology such as block chain empower consumers to make more informed decisions?
15.00 – 17.00 Workshop – Blood Batteries: The human cost of the Electric Vehicle boom.
Elon Musk famously said, “We will not stop until every car on the road is electric”. Since then, most major car manufacturers have developed electric models; trucks, busses, bikes, you name it – everything can be powered by the magic battery. However, producing a battery is resource intensive and demand for metals like cobalt, copper and nickel is soaring. To fill that demand, artisanal miners in the Congo are digging deep, working under terrible conditions and with death as a looming risk. Are we switching carbon lock-in for metal lock-in, with considerable human and environmental cost? What are stakeholders doing to prevent human rights violations in their supply chains?
15.00 – 17.00 Workshop – Whose land will feed, power and build a post 2030 world?
As soil degrades in the west, we look for fertile ground elsewhere. Large areas in the global south are being occupied by multi-national agriculture ventures, often through violence and oppression, only to have the harvest exported to markets in Europe. Many of the technologies of tomorrow are bio-based; we want to make plastic out of sugarcane and diesel out of palm oil - there is a finite amount of land, will it be enough?
Organizers of this event
Lund University Sustainability Forum and Rauol Wallenberg Institute host the event together with researchers from several departments of Lund University such as IIIEE, LUCSUS, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies and Department of Political Science at Lund University.
The event is part of the Sustainability Week in Lund 23–28 April 2018.