Zero Waste Summit, the premier forum for sustainability leaders and practitioners — from the business world, government agencies, NGOs and investors, partners with the Conscious Fashion Campaign to connect and explore emerging trends to move towards zero waste goals, pressing challenges and promising opportunities shaping business amid a world of climate change, resource constraints and unprecedented stakeholder pressures.
The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, engages global industry events to commit to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative seeks to inspire worldwide prominent fashion industry tradeshows, fashion weeks, conferences and speaker series to implement responsible marketing, operations and logistics that are mindful of social, economic and environmental impact. The campaign is dedicated to driving change through advocacy, education and engagement of industry stakeholders to create a sustainable future for all.
Scott Donachie, President and Founder of Companies for Zero Waste, commented: “Our research showed experienced professionals were frustrated with the inability to achieve rapid progress or even keep pace with global changes in waste management. Our mission is to drive investments into waste innovation by bringing together policymakers, corporations, waste experts and investors. Working with the Conscious Fashion Campaign helps us align with the Sustainable Development Goals and drive awareness for action around the tremendous ROI in the waste industry.”
Kerry Bannigan, Founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign, added: “As we continue to actively engage in the Decade of Action and look to 2020 as the year of implementation, partnerships with educational convenings like the Zero Waste Summit are instrumental. The Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework that not only offers a blueprint to a better world but also to better business practices and opportunities.The textiles and fashion sector exploring the waste as a resource will create dynamic impact and lasting change.”
Zero Waste Summit is designed for global leaders, CEOs, policymakers, municipalities, heads of corporate sustainability, waste experts and impact & ESG investors. Topics to be explored include emerging technologies for waste mitigation, textile industry’s shift to circular economy, sustainable packaging and reuse, mitigating wastewater, manufacturing in a circular economy and zero waste supply chain optimization.
Robert Skinner, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, will lead the panel on the textile industry with Stephanie Benedetto, CEO of Queen of Raw. The conversation will explore how to identify, monetize, and minimize waste streams, leveraging technology like global marketplaces, cloud-based software, block chain, machine learning/AI, and data and analytics as well as developing business models that allow sustainable implementation while saving and making money.
Additional event speakers include:
Anna Vinogradova, Director, Sustainability, Walmart
Dave Gajadhar, Chairman, Companies for Zero Waste
Scott Donachie, CEO, Companies for Zero Waste
Robert Skinner, Exec Director, United Nations Office for Partnerships
Bruno Pereira, Chief Sustainability Officer, BioLogiQ
Megan Daum ,Senior Dir of Sustainability, The American Beverage Acc (ABA)
John Caturano, Senior Sustainability Manager Packaging /Programs, Nestlé Waters
Martin Wolf, Dir of Sustainability & Authenticity, Seventh Generation, Inc.
Viviana Alvarez Sanchez, Head of Sustainability N. America ,Unilever
Allison Shapiro, Executive Director, Closed Loop Partners
Pam Frank, CEO, ChargeEVC
Tony Schifano, Founder, Antos Environmental
Kelly Sarber, CEO, Strategic Management Group
Clare Miflin, Founder, Center For Zero Waste Design
Amanda Kaminsky – Founder, Building Product Ecosystems
Thomas Oppel, EVP, ASBC, Co-Founder, Mabus Grp, Former Chief of Staff, Navy Sec. Mabus
Stephanie Benedetto, CEO/Co-Founder, Queen of Raw
David Levine, President, American Sustainable Business Council
Mayor Paul J. Muir Bethlehem Township, New Jersey
Richard Riman, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Rutgers Univ.
Lisa Morales-Hellebo, Co-Founder, The World Supply Chain Federation
To learn more please visit https://www.companiesforzerowaste.com/events
About the Conscious Fashion Campaign:
The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, seeks to inspire worldwide prominent fashion industry tradeshows, fashion weeks, conferences and speaker series to implement responsible marketing, operations and logistics that are mindful of social, economic and environmental impact. To achieve the 2030 agenda the Conscious Fashion Campaign, founded by Kerry Bannigan, urges industry event leaders to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models, incorporate circular production solutions, highlight key innovations and facilitate knowledge share. The Conscious Fashion Campaign commits to actively support the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development by bridging the gap between the United Nations and global major fashion events to enable the Sustainable Development Goals to scale and create multi-stakeholder partnerships with concrete strategies for action. www.consciousfashioncampaign.com
About the United Nations Office for Partnerships:
The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a global gateway for catalyzing and building multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNOP provides a platform for effective partner engagement and works to leverage the assets and expertise of a broad range of partners in furtherance of the SDGs. As a member of the UN Fashion Alliance and the advisor to the Conscious Fashion Campaign, UNOP facilitates awareness, advocacy and engagement to achieve the SDGs within the fashion and textile industry. https://www.un.org/partnerships/