Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz Josef Radermacher is a German mathematician and economist. He is Professor of Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) at the University of Ulm and Director of the Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW/n), a foundation of public law. He is co-founder of the Global Marshall Plan Initiative, a socio-ecological plan to eradicate poverty while increasing global wealth and protecting natural resources. He is also President of the German Senat der Wirtschaft e.V., President of the Senate of Economy International, Vice President of the Ecosocial Forum Europe in Vienna, President of the German Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development (RFPD) and member of Club of Rome.
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AG is a Swedish multinational clothing-retail company, known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children. H&M operates in 62 countries with over 4,000 stores and as of 2015 employed around 132,000 people. It is ranked the second largest global clothing retailer. At the conference a representative from the German CSR department will hold a speech.
FOUR PAWS is an international animal welfare charity. Their vision is a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. To reach their goals of animal protection, human safety and nature conservation FOUR PAWS is doing projects and campaigns, which provide short-term and long-term solutions for animals in need. Secondly they aim to improve the political climate for animal welfare and prevent animal suffering in the future.
FEMNET is a non-profit organization, which stands up for the economic, cultural and social rights of women. The organization specifically supports women in the garment industry in Asia – women who are fighting for their rights. FEMNET provides educational and awareness seminars in Germany about the working conditions in the garment industry. Women in Bangladesh or India represent the majority of the employees in the garment industry. They especially suffer under the cruel working conditions, like the extremely low wages, the lack of organisational freedom, unpaid and forced overtime, sexual harassment and other forms of gender-specific discrimination as well as insecure employment.
twentyfifty, founded in 2004, builds the capacity of business to lead change that serves the business, and society. The consultancy combines leadership and organisational development, stakeholder engagement and human rights. They work across sectors, having particular experience in extractives, agriculture, clothing, technology and travel industries.
ESPRIT is a manufacturer of clothing, footwear, accessories, jewellery and housewares. The company is headquartered in Kowloon, Hong Kong, and Ratingen (near Düsseldorf), Germany. Esprit operates more than 900 retail stores worldwide and distributes products to more than 8,500 wholesale locations around the globe.
Impactt is leading consultancy specialising in ethical trade, human rights, labour standards and international development. They enable organisations to improve working conditions and livelihoods across global supply chains in a way that brings clear business benefits to both ends of the chain. Impactt works with a wide range of stakeholders, from large retailers and government bodies to factory workers and local communities.
KiK is a German textile discount store chain headquartered in Bönen. KiK is the largest textile discounter chain in Germany and operates about 3,200 stores in Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe.
In his nearly 30 – year career as a pioneer in the field of Textile Ecology, Rolf Heimann developed, amongst other things, environmentally friendly and biodegradable colour systems and coatings for textiles and further led a consulting company for ecological optimization of textiles. After more than 12 years as head of the Department of Corporate Responsibility at Hessnatur, Rolf Heimann was received the founding charter for the hessnatur foundation at the end of 2014. As a board of expert for applied sustainability, he now manages strategically and operationally the business of the foundation.
ARMEDANGELS is a fashion label based in Cologne, Germany. Founded in 2007, the company designs a variety of apparel products made from textiles such as organic cotton and sells them via their online shop as well as in boutiques and major retails stores in six countries. The label creates and produces sustainable fashion that is both ethical and fashionable, while attempting to appeal to the LOHAS demographic. The company is attempting to change the perception of eco-friendly clothing being “hippy like” and not fashionable to it being perceived as ‘hip’, ‘chic’ streetwear.
The AMD Academy of Fashion and Design is a German state-registered private university for design, fashion and media studies with its main campus in Rotherbaum, Eimsbüttel borough, Hamburg and additional study centres in Düsseldorf, Munich and Berlin. The AMD was recognized as a private university in Sep. 2005 by the Senate of the City of Hamburg, offering international and interdisciplinary courses with focus on fashion, design and business management.
„Every company is on its own sustainability journey. GoBlu guides the way“ – The consultancy works with individual partners throughout the apparel value chain, helping them to achieve and exceed their goals. Our work is conducted with a deep awareness of the complex connections within the supply chain, as well as respect for the dynamics within organizations and across cultures.
The Social Entrepreneurship Akademie is a joint cooperation of the entrepreneurship centers of Munich’s four universities. Guided by its central principle “Education for societal change“ this unique network organization educates social entrepreneurs and social changemakers. It stands as a leading competence center and driver of social innovation through enabling and supporting students and young professionals to start their own projects and social enterprises.