World Textile Summit 2015


Location: Franci Room, Stella Polare Convention Centre, Fiera Milano Rho

Registrations start: 8:30 am 




President, CEMATEX

Managing Director, WTiN


Introduction of SPGPrints sustainability video by CEO Dick Joustra, followed by showing of video




The business case for sustainability in textiles

Mary Porter-Peschka, Director, International Finance Corporation (World Bank)

Mary will explore the strategic business benefits of pursuing sustainability. A 2012 report by the Bank’s International Finance Corporation division listed these as: cost savings, higher revenues, reduced risk, enhanced reputation, better human resources and improved access to capital. The report also identified that the emphasis for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was on cost savings, though they also benefited from higher revenues and improved market access. For national and multinational corporations based in emerging markets there were wider gains, though cost savings were still high on the list. Multinationals headquartered in developed countries but with operations in emerging markets experienced more intangible benefits such as risk reduction and human capital development.

  • Followed by interview/Q&A


Sustainability as a key factor in differentiating brands and companies

Paula Oliveira, Director, Interbrand

Paula will explore how companies can differentiate themselves from their competitors through their commitment to sustainability and build a unique identity that will attract customers. Her advice comes against the background of a recent survey of CEOs by the United Nations Global Compact on sustainability, which revealed that ‘brand trust and reputation’ were their top reasons for taking action on sustainability. However, others have warned of the temptation of ‘greenwashing’, which can undermine trust, and stress that sustainability must be about driving substantial and authentic change.


Embedding sustainability into the mainstream capital markets

Vivek Tandon, Co-founder, Aloe Group

Vivek will set out why strong sustainability credentials can help a business to attract investment from capital markets. Aloe states that its mission is to develop hard-asset based companies, which provide proven technological solutions to environmental and social challenges – especially those experienced by the high growth markets of Asia – and it bases its approach on the UN Global Compact. Its investments include India’s Polygenta, which makes filament yarns from recycled PET bottles.


Coffee break


Case studies – Value creation from clean manufacturing

  • Alfonso Saibene Canepa, Director, Canepa SpA

In 2008 Canepa, whose operations include jacquard weaving and digital printing, embarked on the SAVEtheWATER® Kitotex® project, with the aim of eliminating substances harmful to the environment from its manufacturing processes and drastically reducing water consumption. It was the first textile manufacturer to sign up to the Greenpeace-promoted Detox initiative.

  • Roger Yeh, President, Everest Textile Co Ltd, Taiwan

Vertically integrated textile producer Everest adopts a ‘Cradle-to-Cradle’ approach to the sustainability of its operations and products. These extend to the ‘green’ building technologies employed in the Everest Eco-Industrial Park and to the creation of the Everest Natural Agriculture Educational Farm, which includes a park and artificial wetlands to support biodiversity.

  • Ajay Sardana, Vice-President, Aditya Birla Group

Aditya Birla is a diverse industrial group whose textile activities cover the full chain from fibre to finished garments. Its Group Sustainability Cell is mandated to help member companies formalise and integrate the policies and standards required to develop and enhance the sustainability of their businesses. One example is viscose staple fibre producer Grasim, whose initiatives include wastewater to biogas conversion, reuse of all by-products, and reduced water usage and air emissions. It also operates the only plant in the world with a zero-emission, closed-loop bleaching process.


Panel Discussion – Investment case for green technology

Participants: Alfonso Saibene Canepa, Roger Yeh and Ajay Sardana


Natural capital challenges for cotton production

Gemma Cranston, Senior Programme Manager, Natural Capital Leaders Platform, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Dr. Helen Crowley, Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation, Kering

Gemma will present a privileged preview of the findings of a study by CISL’s Natural Capital Leaders Platform, which has investigated the natural capital dependencies and impacts of cotton production and the risks associated with these. The study is scheduled for publication at the end of 2015 and was conducted in partnership with major businesses including Kering, Olam International, C&A and Asda. CISL is part of the University of Cambridge, UK.






Sustainability and the supplier’s responsibility

Frank Henke, VP for Social & Environmental Affairs, Adidas

Frank will explain how environmental and ethical awareness can make a textile manufacturer more attractive as a potential supplier to major brands and retailers – many of which are making the sustainability of contracted manufacturing operations a key factor in their sourcing policies. Suppliers in the textile value chain are now subject to a global infrastructure of sustainability standards and verification, and failure to meet such standards may rule a company out of its most valuable markets. Adidas was one of the first in its industry to launch a comprehensive restricted substance list (RSL) and is a founding member of the Better Cotton Initiative. Among other initiatives, its commitment to adopting environment-friendly technologies is exemplified by adidas DryDye, a new process that eliminates the need for water in the dyeing process.


Supply chain collaboration towards climate change goals

Christian Dietrich, Director, Systain Consulting

Systain Consulting has worked with retailers, including Otto, Tchibo, s.Oliver, Lidl, New Balance and Deichmann, to reduce their carbon emissions under the Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative (CPI2). Christian will explore the motivations behind the programme and the response of suppliers in the textile manufacturing chain.


The circular supply chain

Helga Vanthournout, Engagement manager, McKinsey & Co

Helga will set out the principles by which the recycling and re-use of valuable materials can work to the advantage of companies and to the economy as a whole. A new report by McKinsey (September 2015) reveals that adopting circular-economy principles could generate a net economic benefit to Europe alone of €1.8 trillion by 2030. This finding follows an earlier study by McKinsey, in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which considered the particular problems of scaling up the circular model of materials usage in a complex, multi-tier supply chain such as that of the textile industry.


Coffee break


Sustainable textiles: trends in product development

Linda Keppinger, Consultant & Materials Expert

Shortly before the Summit, Linda Keppinger will step down from her role as Global Materials Director at Nike, which she has occupied for nearly 12 years. She will set out the reasons why Nike and many other major brands now take seriously the sustainability of the materials incorporated into their products. During her time at Nike,Linda has seen the widespread adoption of the Nike Material Sustainability Index (MSI), initially created to guide the company’s own product developers, but later rolled out publicly though partnership with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and incorporated into the Higg Index.


Case studies – Value creation from sustainable materials

  • Burak Tun, Director Sales, Menderes Tekstil

Home-textile producer Menderes is a participant in the Better Cotton Initiative, which aims to reduce the negative environmental impacts of cotton production and to improve incomes and economic development in cotton-producing regions. It is also a pioneer in the adoption of the latest fast digital printing technology, which has its own advantages in cutting energy and water consumption.

  • Alan Garosi, Global Marketing Manager, Fulgar

A manufacturer and distributor of elastic yarns, Fulgar operates ECOPROCESS FULGAR™, an eco-production system that covers every step of its production process. Its own POY products all carry the EU Ecolabel and last year its researchers developed Q-NOVA®, a Nylon 6.6 microfibre made from 99% recycled raw materials.


Panel discussion – the strategic case for green materials

Participants : Burak Tun and Alan Garosi


Closing remarks

Followed by drinks reception