Workshop | Water Stewardship in the Fashion & Textile Industry Supply Chain

Workshop | Water Stewardship in the Fashion & Textile Industry Supply Chain


Want improve your supply chain's environmental footprint and become more sustainable? Join the Council of Textile and Fashion for an engaging workshop on Water Stewardship in the Textile & Fashion Industry Supply Chain.

This workshop is an opportunity to hear about water issues relevant to your supply chain, projects and activities currently underway, responses to water issues and how water stewardship can work with and benefit your business.

WHEN | Friday, June 17, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

WHERE | 85 Cremorne St, The Textile & Fashion Hub, Building F, Richmond VIC

COST | FREE - just be sure to RSVP via Eventbrite places are limited and fill up fast!

WHO | Zhenzhen Xu - Regional Manager for the Alliance for Water Stewardship, Michael Spencer - Chair of the Alliance for Water Stewardship & Secretary of Water Stewardship Australia, Adrian Sym - Chief Executive of the Alliance for Water Stewardship.


What to Expect

The key speakers will discuss:

  • Water challenges facing the textile and apparel industry, the problems and pressures.
  • Industry responses to the challenge at hand.
  • The AWS water stewardship response.
  • AWS initiatives in Asia working with the textile supply chain including: Wet processing industries and Cotton Industries.

A panel discussion will then take place with a Q&A session with the audience.


Why Water Stewardship?

Globally the textile industry accounts for 8 % of world trade in manufactured goods with USD 400 billion in annual global trade and a growth trajectory expected to reach USD 1 trillion in the next decade.

In many Asian countries the textile industry is the fourth largest industrial water user. The World Bank estimates that 20 % of industrial freshwater pollution is caused by the industry. In some countries it is the largest source of industrial water pollution.

There is an expectation that the industry should become 40 % more water efficient by 2020.

With its massive brand exposure, international leaders in the industry have been organizing themselves to address future water risk. In order to be effective, this process needs to scale up and there is urgency for a concerted industry effort.

The World Bank warned recently that water shortages would deliver a “severe hit” to economies across Asia, with East Asia expected to see a negative 7 % hit by 2050. Governments and industry alike are now looking for new approaches.

The OECD, an organisation of wealthy economies, has been leading work on new approaches to water governance that are more inclusive of industry and other players in the supply chain and foster collaboration on water challenges.

AWS water stewardship creates a global framework for defining, implementing and recognising good water management.  It encourages collaboration between industry, civil society and government to address shared water challenges.

The Australian Government, through its Australian Aid program, is encouraging Australian industry to become involved, and where appropriate, lead good water stewardship projects in relevant supply chains through the Indo-Pacific region.

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Meet the Presenters...

Zhenzhen Xu is Regional Manager for the Alliance for Water Stewardship based in Shanghai.  She previously worked as co-leader of the China Water Program for the International Finance Corporate (IFC), part of the World Bank Group; as a business development officer and project manager with Veolia Water in China and as a water engineer with Sogreah Environmental Protection Consultancy.  She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from Tongil University (Shanghai) and a Master of Environmental Management and Development from the ANU in Canberra.

Michael Spencer is Chair of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and Secretary of Water Stewardship Australia.  He has previously worked as a senior executive with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International Centre, FSC Australia, National Australia Bank, BHP Billiton, BlueScope Steel and in the Office of the Premier of Victoria.  He is a Fellow in the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash University and President of the Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network.

Adrian Sym is Chief Executive of the Alliance for Water Stewardship based in Edinburgh Scotland. A development and sustainability professional, Adrian has significant experience in social and environmental standards, having previously worked with Fairtrade International. Prior to this, Adrian spent seven years in Bangladesh and Nepal where he worked on disability and development programs.

Read more on the Alliance for Water Stewardship >>>

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Thanks for reading - we look forward to seeing you there!