How can the fashion industry work to uphold the rights of children, both as vulnerable parties in the supply chain and as inheritors of an ever-changing planet?
Nazma says that factories need to have correct maternity procedures in place. Especially when women do come back to work and there are no childcare facilities at the factories. The children then have to be sent off to their grandparents which makes the parents upset at work, leading to mistakes. How long do you think it will take until we can achieve a fashion system that respects all people, plants, creatures and ecosystems?
Nazma says that if everybody got their act together today, we could do it tomorrow. We've got the UN Sustainable Development Goals which should hopefully help.
Nicole says scientists have given us 10 years to turn around our supply chain, so we have until 2030 and Covid has shown us that we can change overnight if we need to.
To end the Q&A, Orsola de Castro (Founder and Global Creative Director of Fashion Revolution) states that "there are no experts or learners in this life, we are always and continuously both. We need nothing less than a total redesign of our systems and values if we wish to continue to evolve within this nature." She continues to say that, regarding supply chain transparency, "we need mandatory transparency beyond tier one, compulsory due diligence, living wages, laws and regulations to protect everyone who is affected by the fashion industry." She leaves by saying that "this is not just a business opportunity, this is first and foremost a moral obligation."
You can watch the full Q&A on YouTube on Fashion Revolution's channel.