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Philip Chamberlain from C&A at sustainability roundtable
May '11
The man in charge of environmental and ethical compliance for one of Europe's biggest retailers is to deliver practical insights at the ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit, to help guide manufacturers in developing sustainable operations.

Philip Chamberlain, head of sustainability at C&A Europe, will speak on 'Proactive strategies for environmental and ethical conformity', explaining to textile manufacturers the standards their retail customers expect and are likely to demand in future – and placing sustainability policy in the context of rising consumer expectations about the ethical origins of the goods they purchase.

Mr Chamberlain will be developing a theme already introduced by keynote speaker Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General and a passionate advocate for the UN Global Compact on ethical practice, to which several major textile companies are signatories.

The one-day Summit now offers a 'must attend' line-up of eminent speakers, covering a range of topics that are strategically vital to the future of the word's textile enterprises. They are:

Kofi Annan - Former UN Secretary General
Sustainability & the UN Global Compact

Loek de Vries - CEO, Royal Ten Cate
Turning structural change into a competitive edge

Thomas Babacan - CEO, Oerlikon Textile; COO, Oerlikon Group
The changing technological environment and its implications for textile businesses

Philip Chamberlain - Head of Sustainability, C&A Europe
Proactive strategies for environmental and ethical conformity

Barry J. Eichengreen - Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley.
The industrial future in a post-crisis world

Dilip Jiwrajka - Managing Director, Alok Industries
Will India be the new powerhouse in textiles?

Du Yuzhou - President, China National Textile & Apparel Council
The strategic vision for China's textile industry

Further speaker announcements are scheduled in coming weeks.

As the Summit's second keynote speaker, Professor Barry J. Eichengreen will open the afternoon session, giving his views on the future of the global economy and the industrial prospects for its major players, especially in the light of the uncertain future of the US dollar.

Both the morning and afternoon sessions will conclude with open panel discussions, involving the principal speakers and other textile-industry opinion-formers. The first will have the theme: 'Surviving a brave new world: how to be a winner in the competitive struggle for textile markets'; and the second: 'Trade and investment: textile industry prospects for the world's major economies'

The ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit will take place on September 21 at the Hotel Rey Jan Carlos I in Barcelona, one day ahead of the opening of the ITMA 2011 textile-machinery show in the same city.

The Summit is the first joint initiative between CEMATEX (the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers) and the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), and is being organised in partnership with the World Textile Information Network (WTiN) and international event organiser MP International. Sponsors include Oerlikon Textile, Miroglio Group and Royal Ten Cate.

International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF)

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