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1st Business Encounter of Textile Firms and Designers coming soon
May '09
IAF member association, Gremio de las Industrias de la confección de Barcelona (GIC-BCN), is organizing the 1st Business Encounter of Textile Firms and Designers. It will be held in Badalona (Spain) on July 9th and 10th, 2009.

The goal is to enable firms to incorporate more of a design element as a way to help sharpen up their competitive edge and avoid the relocation of high added value processing. It also aims to facilitate the commercial management and marketing of designer projects and to promote collaboration between the design schools, firms and business associations.

The aim of the congress is to promote the adoption of textile sector best practices in areas such as human rights, workers' rights, the environment and health and safety. Moreover, it aims to promote and develop all other aspects that could help improve information for the consumer and product awareness when purchasing.

Steven A. Jesseph, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and President and CEO, of the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) organization, one of the leading CSR organizations worldwide. He also chairs the IAF (International Apparel Federation) CSR Technical Commission. He will speak on the current state of CSR globally.

Willie Beuth, Chair of the 3M Consortium for Sustainable Management. International expert on the environment. His paper deals with environmental issues.

Felix Velasco Alfaro, consultant and founding member of Forética, Spain's leading association of ESR firms and consultants. His talk will be on CSR in Spain.

Manel Medina Llinás: Chair of Computer Architecture (IT security) at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Director of esCERT-UPC, the UPC Security Team, and Director of the UPC Centre for Internet Applications (cANet-UPC). His talk will likewise be on digital CSR.

Antonio Barberi Ettaro: Specialist in European Union CSR
Regulations and member of MODINT (Dutch Association of Garment Manufacturers). Paper on the European Regulation of CSR.

Young Designers Competition
The 1st Joaquim Mercader Competition is open to promising Young Fashion and Textile Designers and offers three cash prizes. From amongst the entries, the jury will select the designs most apt for presentation on the Badalona Moda Catwalk on July 9th after the Congress. All the designers will also participate in the business meeting. Entry is open to final year fashion design students, or those that have qualified in the last two years, that attend, or have attended, design schools situated in Catalonia.

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