The Sustainability Report recently recorded a live panel discussion entitled Labour Rights and other ESG issues in Asia, sponsored by Ausbil Investment Management.
The panel, which took place in Sydney, discussed the human rights risks in the supply chain, particularly iin the global garment industry. In this video, Mans Carlsson-Sweeny discusses his research field trip to Asia, where he examined the global garment industry’s supply chain risks, factory standards, productivity and sustainability. He focused on China and the other Asian markets. While in China, Mans was able to assess China’s environmental opportunities and the impact of new environmental laws, as well as canvas the topic of Food Safety.
Fast fashion garment brands globally as well as in Australia are facing a potential “inflection point” to their business model, with pressures from increased labour and environmental costs predicted to impact on how companies access factories overseas, according Carlsson-Sweeny. He examines this premise and others in this video, the first of several that The Sustainability Report will share. Upcoming videos will also feature highlights from the panel discussion with Gershon Nimbalker, advocacy manager from NGO Baptist World Aid Australia and Wim Van Hyfte, Senior Fund Manager, SRI Specialist at Candriam Investors Group in Belgium.