On 26 October, amfori’s President Richard (Dick) Dictus delivered a virtual speech at the 4th World Textile Merchandising Conference. This annual event aims to gather global industrial leaders and experts to work and explore responsible developments for the textile industry. This year, the event was held in Keqiao District, Shaoxing, China with digital broadcasting attracting an audience of over 130,000 worldwide.
Themed “Digital Empowerment & Sustainable Symbiosis”, Dick joined representatives of industries, enterprises, and brands from over 60 countries in a short video to address sustainability in the textile industry and the growing importance of cooperation between countries and stakeholders:
- amfori believes that partnerships are essential for sustainable development, which is also the UNSDG Goal 17.
- In China, amfori has established a long-term partnership with the China National Textile and Apparel Council for more than 10 years with a focus on enhancing the corporate social responsibility (CSR) knowledge and skills of manufacturers in the textile industry in China via capacity building program.
- Investing in the circularity of the textile industry will have social, environmental as well as economic benefits.
Leaders from the public and private sectors took part in several panel discussions and shared
Their experience and thoughts on addressing sustainable development and green economy in the textile industry.
The video recording is available here.