ISPO 2016 sustainability material

Getting to materiality: Benchmarking hard CSR data for differentiation against competition.

Monday 25th January, 12.00hrs – 13.00hrs.

Sofie Schop from Sustainable Apparel Coalition gave an introduction to the Higg Index, how it is evolving, and how European Commission roadmaps and brand requirements will result in a public facing communications roadmap in the run up to 2020.

Download the presentation here.


Impactful design: A designer’s tool to effective environmental design.

Monday 25th January, 13.00hrs – 14.00hrs.

Pascale Moreau from Sustainable Apparel Coalition gave an introduction training session on the Design & Development Module which will be launched in the summer.  This lightweight tool is specifically aimed to help and support individuals and companies in making better design choices. The way this is done is by benchmarking new designs and products, and offering insights on how to pick the best sustainable material solutions and manufacturing processes.

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Sustainability Breakfast: ‘Selling Sustainability to the end consumer and beyond’

Tuesday 26th January, 8.00hrs – 9.00hrs:

This year’s ISPO Sustainability Breakfast presentations were under the theme ‘Selling Sustainability to the end consumer and beyond’ and focused on strategies and practical approaches for how to market sustainability in a commercial retail setting.

Lucy Shea, CEO of Futerra, talked about ‘Selling Sustainability: Communicating what Matters’ – how to understand the end consumers’ points of view with regards to sustainability differently than it is traditionally done. Using case studies and new research, she provided the practical tactics to engage for change and the resulting business case in retail and the market place as a whole.

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Hans Allmendinger, Head of Marketing and Communication for Sport 2000, then talked about his company’s ‘Green & Fair Initiative’ and how their campaign worked towards addressing the needs of outdoor consumers at retail, and the experiences made and lessons learned.

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State of Play for DWRs: PFAS in ‘Global Conventions & European Law and Industry’ – current and future challenges.

Tuesday 26th January, 12.30hrs – 14.00hrs.

Stefan Posner, Senior Researcher at SWEREA, talked about ongoing developments at EU and global legislative level with regards to the PFC based chemistry. He further introduced the public to results obtained by the SUPFES research group working towards the assessment of both PFCs and non-PFC DWRs. His talk revealed a complex situation both at EU and research level, and that the DWR topic is more complicated than often assumed during discussions in the public domain.

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Being Open About Standards.

Tuesday 26th January, 14.00hrs – 16.00hrs.

Dr. Marcus Dapp, Head of the Institute for Public Information Management (ipima), talked about how standards are useful as they bring market players together around an agreed set of norms for products, processes, etc. Well-designed standards fulfill important functions for suppliers, vendors, and clients in creating mutual trust. Taking a few lessons from his own (non-fashion industry) background, he took a closer look at how the way standards are designed and operated shapes the risk exposure of market players, and discussed a few characteristics standards should exhibit to fulfill their role as trustworthy guardians of norms in the CSR & sustainability world.

Download the presentation here. Available via CC-BY-SA License.


Roundtable on Transparent Sustainability Performance Assessment of Brands

Tuesday 26th January, 16.00hrs – 18.00hrs.

Facilitator: Dr. Marcus Dapp, Head of Institute for Public Information Management (ipima)


Standard Holders: Fair Wear Foundation, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Greenroom Voice
Evaluators: J Safra Sarasin, Oekom Research, Sustainalytics


A round table on third-party sustainability performance assessments of brands at ISPO MUNICH 2016. A range of sustainability standards and rating platforms presented their methodologies. Subsequently challenges and obstacles regarding the transparent and factual measurement of brands’ sustainability performance were discussed.

Download the panelists’ presentations here.