ISPO MUNICH 2017 sustainability material

ISPO 2017 – Regulation, Legislation, Standardisation

A management approach to making sustainability programs more effective and embedding sustainability and compliance into business processes

Monday 6th February, 14:00 – 15:00

To understand how to materiality, design, define and implement a sustainability strategy and programme into a large organisation can be daunting. How do you organise and manage the strategy and programme?

In this presentation Karin Ekberg looked at management systems and discussed the benefit of using the same management approach to all sustainability efforts. A management system approach, for example according to ISO 14001 for environment, gives a brand a standardised structure and process to all strategies, programs and projects. The same approach can then be used for energy management as well as for chemicals management or for social issues. The approach and the system stay the same, only the sustainability aspects change.

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Integrating the Higg Index: a sustainable business case for SME’s

Monday 6th February, 17:00 – 18:00

In this session, Johan van Breda from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, presented the sustainability and business imperative of using the Higg Index tools throughout the value chain to measure, manage and improve sustainability performance.  It introduced all the options for brands and retailers of any size – but particularly SMEs – to start using the Higg Index and engage with the coalition on the sustainability path.

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EOG Sustainability Breakfast

Tuesday 7th February, 08:00 – 09:00

A step at a time – starting from now. Climate Change and Sustainability are two overwhelming topics. Is there anything that can be done immediately, in the here and now?
Using case studies and recent research, Matthias Foessel from Beyond Surface provided some insights into their approach to ‘designing better chemistry now’. And Carlo Barbante from the University of Venice talked about expeditions as part of a research project that aims at securing  ‘the memory of the ice’.

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Download the presentation by Matthias Fössel here.


Sustainability and regulations as an opportunity and threat for innovations

Tuesday 7th February, 09:30 – 10:30

Both sustainability and regulations can be the driving force behind innovation, so more environmental friendly technologies are developed and accepted for the purpose of mutual benefit. However, too many different regulatory and brand standards make it almost impossible to comply with all of them. Dr. Gunther Duschek from Rudolf Chemie gave insights into the tangible implications on R&D and innovation processes.

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European Product Environmental Footprint initiative – influences on future potential legislation and industry work

Tuesday 7th February, 10:30 – 11:30

This presentation by Pascale Moreau from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), mixed with a Q&A session, showed in what way a pilot initiative from the European Commission could guide the industry efforts regarding transparency on the communication of product environmental footprint to consumers. An open dialogue with authorities facilitates a smooth transition and common understanding.

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Microfibres: Why and how they matter

Tuesday 7th February, 13:00 – 14:00

Unseen microfibre pollution that is washing from our clothes continually, exasperates the ocean plastic problem. The textile industry is first in line as creator of this problem. Currently working with academia on this topic at the ground roots research level, Sophie Mather from biov8ation, framed up the topic by drawing from research insights, current research plans and product development requirements. A lively discussion among the attendees was the highlight.

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Taking part in the European decision making process: The case of the REACH restriction process

Tuesday 7th February, 14:00 – 15:00

The European decision making process is literally a labyrinth for many stakeholders. Companies are often informed about EU legislation only once they need to comply with it. They are typically unaware that the restriction process has already started years in advance. When and how can industry actors have a meaningful impact on the entire process during the drafting stages of the legislation? Pascale Moreau from SAC did an excellent job standing in for Jerome Pero from FESI, who had to attend a technical workshop scheduled at last minute, at the European Commission in Brussels.

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Creating a resilient and sustainable textile industry: The business case for circular strategies

Tuesday 7th February, 15:00 – 16:00

This presentation focused on practical and scalable solutions for the textile industry. The implementation of circular economy principles offers solutions to become future-proof. Gwen Cunningham from the Dutch not-for-profit Circle Economy talked among other subjects about ‘The Circle Textiles Program’, which works with a pioneering community of collectors, sorters, recyclers and brands to develop and test circular technologies, concepts and business models, that are believed to be best practices of tomorrow.

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