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#FashionRevolution: Human Rights and Sustainability in the textile industry.

Opening session of the stakeholder conference arranged by Lund University and Raoul Wallenberg Institute

Cotton farmers in India

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?


Malin Oud is head of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s Stockholm office and Team Leader, Economic Globalisation and Human Rights. She has more than 15 years’ experience of policy dialogue, development cooperation and engagement with the business sector on human rights. She was head of RWI’s Beijing Office from 2001 to 2009, and has worked as a consultant, programme manager and adviser to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Development Programme, the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the Institute for Human Rights and Business. 

Parul Sharma was the head of Sweden's Agenda 2030 delegation, she is the principal at the Academy for Human Rights in Business and has previously worked as the sustainability director of the law firm Vinge. 

Liang Xiaohui has been working in China to advance human rights both in teaching at Peking University and in practice. Through his work with the China National Textile and Apparel Council, Xiaohui has helped more than a dozen sectors in China develop their sustainability initiatives, making this the established model for all sectors in the region and driving business action on the global goals across China.

Jonah Wigerhall is a social sustainability expert at H&M group, who works with issues of human rights, fair wages and industrial relations and has worked extensively in their own supply chain. 

Songul Can is the head of business development for Individuell Människohjälp. She started her career at H&M, moving on to IKEA to work with suppliers in Istanbul and has since worked for JC, Mexx and Vekem.

Jens Hultman is an Associate Professor at the Department of Business Administration who's research deals with retail sustainability issues, global sourcing development and industrial marketing and purchasing. 


13.00 to 14.30, 24 April 2018


Palaestra, Paradisgatan, Lundagård, Lund


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The participation is for free, but if you have registered but are forced to cancel your participation, please send us an e-mail: ludwig [dot] bengtsson_sonesson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

Kind regards,
Lund University Sustainaiblity Forum


Photos: Cotton Farmers in India by Mehera Shaw/Fashion Revolution

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