10 episodes

How can fashion be a force for good? Goodbye fast fashion! Hello to a better way focused on social and environmental justice, inclusivity and sustainable development. The UN's Ethical Fashion Initiative acts as a bridge, connecting marginalised artisan communities, often in challenging and remote locations, with some of the biggest names in international fashion. Explore the issues driving the ethical fashion conversation with your hosts UN officer Simone Cipriani and sustainable fashion journalist Clare Press.

Ethical Fashion Podcast Ethical Fashion Initiative

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How can fashion be a force for good? Goodbye fast fashion! Hello to a better way focused on social and environmental justice, inclusivity and sustainable development. The UN's Ethical Fashion Initiative acts as a bridge, connecting marginalised artisan communities, often in challenging and remote locations, with some of the biggest names in international fashion. Explore the issues driving the ethical fashion conversation with your hosts UN officer Simone Cipriani and sustainable fashion journalist Clare Press.

    Fashion Industry Fix? Social & Environmental Standards

    Fashion Industry Fix? Social & Environmental Standards

    This week, our theme is Social and Environmental Sustainability Standards. Why do we need to talk about this? Standards exist. Indeed, some say there are too many. And yet problems in fashion's supply chains persist. The fashion industry is well known for it's labour issues and adverse environmental impacts. Are things improving? What is missing when it comes to compliance, collaboration and consumer input, and how might  increase transparency and accountability?

    To fill out the picture and explore the solutions, your hosts Simone Cipriani and Clare Press interview: Paola Deda, who works for the UN Economic Commission for Europe and is active in the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, Jill Dumain, CEO of the company behind the BlueSign certification system and Biatriz Cunha, a specialist in the textiles, clothing, leather, footwear sector at the ILO.

    Find out more at https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

    Our music is from the original production From Kabul to Bamako, music directed by Saïd Assadi.

    This podcast was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ethical Fashion Supply Chains

    Ethical Fashion Supply Chains

    From a lack of transparency to a business model that squeezes those at the bottom, fashion's supply chains can be a sustainability nightmare. There's a disconnect between the consumers who buy clothes, the retailers who sell them, the designers who conceive of them and all the different suppliers further down the chain, who cut and sew them, produce the textiles and the raw materials.

    And while the fashion industry has been very effective in optimising shareholder wealth, it has been less so when it comes to creating wealth for other stakeholders – in particular suppliers and workers.

    The current system favours ‘buy cheap, sell high’, compressing the cost of production. Suppliers find themselves competing on price and are often forced to compromise on employment standards to stay in business.

    So what's the alternative? In this Episode we ask, how can we create positive sum relationships, rather than zero sum transactions in the fashion supply chain? What happens when we start to view suppliers and workers as true stakeholders rather than simple as costs?

    Simone sits down with Sergio Tamborini, CEO of Italian luxury textiles leader Ratti Spa. Clare discusses transparency with Remake Our World's Ayesha Barenblat, and profit sharing with Rituraj Dewan, cofounder of the Indian social enterprise 7 Weaves Silk.

    Find out more at https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

    Our music is from the original production From Kabul to Bamako, music directed by Saïd Assadi.

    This podcast was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

    See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

    • 51 min
    Zolaykha Sherzad - Made in Kabul

    Zolaykha Sherzad - Made in Kabul

    Acting as a bridge between fashion brands and artisan producers, the Ethical Fashion Initiative carefully measures the impact of each order, to ensure that the work is positively impacting the lives of the artisans, and that each project works towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This is sometimes difficult, always rewarding work - and perhaps nowhere more so than in Afghanistan.

    There, the EFI's main fashion partner is Zarif Design. In this episode, your hosts Simone Cipriani and Clare Press sit down with Zarif's inspiring founder, Zolaykha Sherzad to hear how she established her social enterprise to bring beauty, harmony and hope to one corner of the city she grew up in. 

    Find out more at https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

    Our music is from the original production From Kabul to Bamako, music directed by Saïd Assadi.

    This podcast was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

    See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

    • 42 min
    Making a Difference - Raffaella Iodice

    Making a Difference - Raffaella Iodice

    You've probably heard Simone say, "It's a very serious business, fashion." Done right, the business of fashion can provide pathways for fair work and hope in places where they've been lacking.

    But how do our institutions put this into practice in areas afflicted by conflict and humanitarian disaster? 

    In this Episode, Clare talks the European Commission's Raffaella Iodice to find out how it all works, and learn how the Ethical Fashion Initiative began its projects in Afghanistan. And to discover Raffaella's personal story too - this is a conversation about finding purpose and following your dreams.

    At the time of recording, Raffaella was head of unit (Middle East/Gulf, South Asia and Central Asia) at DEVCO - the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development. Today, she is head of unit at ECHO - the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations. In all her roles, she has brought compassion, integrity and a life-long passion for fashion. 

    Find out more at https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

    Our music is from the original production From Kabul to Bamako, music directed by Saïd Assadi.

    This podcast was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

    See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    Tokyo Style with Hirofumi Kurino of United Arrows

    Tokyo Style with Hirofumi Kurino of United Arrows

    Come with us to Tokyo Fashion Week, where your hosts Simone Cipriani and Clare Press met with longtime friend of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, Hirofumi Kurino of United Arrows.

    According to Business of Fashion, he's a "leading arbiter or style". Polimoda calls him "a fashion oracle" and Vogue, one of the most stylish men in fashion. Mr. Kurino also has a fine understanding of the importance of socially responsible business. United Arrows was the first Japanese retailer to work with the EFI, back in 2013.

    A fascinating look at Japanese style, what makes successful retail and the importance of sustainability. Plus you'll hear all about how Mr Kurino launched a United Arrows sub-brand, Tégê, with accessories made in Kenya and men's tailoring sewn in Japan using artisan produced fabric from Burkina Faso. It's all about the mix, he says. After all, Kurino-san is also a DJ.

    Find out more at https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

    Our music is from the original production From Kabul to Bamako, music directed by Saïd Assadi.

    This podcast was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

    See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min
    Mentoring African Fashion Talent - Dakore Egbuson-Akande

    Mentoring African Fashion Talent - Dakore Egbuson-Akande

    The Ethical Fashion Initiative Accelerator is programme for African designers supports young fashion talent to become investment ready, expand their supply chains, scale up their production, and build their fashion businesses. In this episode, your hosts Simone Cipriani and Clare Press catch up with one of the mentors, Nigerian actor Dakore Egbuson Akande.

    Dakore is Nollywood royalty. She has appeared in more than 50 films, including the romantic comedy Isoken, for which she won an African Academy Movie Award for Best Actress in 2018. She started out a TV presenter, she also sings and today does important humanitarian work.

    This conversation explores the power of creativity and the opportunities for economic advancement as well as cultural celebration and exchange, provided by the arts.

    You can find out about the 6 designers selected on https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

    Our music is from the original production From Kabul to Bamako, music directed by Saïd Assadi.

    This podcast was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

    See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

    • 33 min

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Innovative and informative!

Such a great source of ideas and information about ethical sustainable fashion. A window to the world, thanks you Claire and Simone!

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Another wonderfully informative podcast , thank you Clare!

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