Fashion Revolution USA Roundtable Discussions

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Hear from key leaders in the human rights, environment and governance spaces about how the fashion industry impacts these fields.

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Fashion Revolution USA aims to amplify the issues facing the fashion industry by creating an interactive dialogue on April 23, 2019 to mark a day of remembrance for the 6th anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse which occurred on April 24, 2013. The goal of the event is to deliver actionable solutions for three key issues: Human Rights, the Environment and Governance. By tapping a key leader in each area the dialogue will consist of a fifteen minute presentation from each speaker followed by three twenty minute round table discussions with attendees and speakers.

Human Rights - Fashion has long been home to some of the most glaring inequalities and injustices facing our world today. Since the 19th century, the clothing sector has been the center of many struggles for worker rights, the rise of social movements, the exercise of corporate power, and more, shaping our world and speaking to the critical need for basic human rights to be acknowledged and respected within this industry.

Environment - The fashion industry is one of the major polluting industries in the world, responsible for 10 percent of the carbon footprint of the world as well as being the second greatest polluter of local freshwater globally. The production and distribution of crops, fibers, and garments used in fashion all contribute to harmful forms of pollution that negatively affect both people and planet.

Governance - How can we spur positive action and solidify change on the systemic level? Policy and governance are an integral part of this solution, and innovative new approaches to this theme involving efforts of circular economy integration, increased regulation in the form of taxation, and more are moving the needle forward.

SPEAKERS:

Elizabeth L. Cline - Author & Journalist

Aaron Halegua - Human Rights Lawyer

Eszter Csicsai - Senior Manager, Reuse & Donations at NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY)

Mark Anner - Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, and Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University

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Elizabeth L. Cline is the New York-based journalist and author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (Penguin / 2012) and The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good (Plume / 2019). Cline is a leading expert on consumer culture, fast fashion, labor rights, and post-consumer textile waste. She regular appears on radio and television to discuss her work. Since 2012, Cline has conducted extensive research into the global secondhand clothing trade with a focus on New York City and Nairobi, Kenya’s textile waste flows. She is the Director of Reuse at Wearable Collections, New York City’s leading used clothing collections company spearheading circular solutions to the 25 billion pounds of textile waste generated annually in the United States.

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Aaron Halegua is the founding member of Aaron Halegua, PLLC, a law and consulting firm, and a research fellow at NYU Law School. He is an expert on labor rights, human trafficking, and access to justice in the United States, China, and internationally. As an attorney, Aaron won a case involving six Chinese nail salon workers that helped spur industry-wide changes in New York State. He recently assisted over 2,400 trafficked workers in Saipan to recover $14 million in backpay. Aaron has consulted for Apple, the International Labor Organization, Asia Society, International Labor Rights Forum, Ford Foundation, and other groups. He is also the author of the report Who Will Represent China’s Workers: Lawyers, Legal Aid, and the Enforcement of Labor Rights (2016) and numerous other book chapters, articles, and op-eds. Aaron has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, and Economist. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Brown University. He speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin Chinese.

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Eszter Csicsai is Senior Manager of Reuse and Donations at the NYC Department of Sanitation. In this capacity, she oversees programs aimed at encouraging New Yorkers to donate and reuse goods instead of sending them to landfill. Most recently, her donateNYC program launched NYC’s city-run food donation portal and put on the inaugural ReFashion Week, a series of activities aimed at bringing together residents, businesses, and nonprofits to reduce textile waste through reuse, thrifting, and rethinking fashion.

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Mark Anner is an Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and the founding director of the Center for Global Workers’ Rights at Penn State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University and a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. He is the recipient of the John Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award, the Luis Aparicio Emerging Scholar Prize, the Penn State Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award. He has been studying the global apparel industry for over 20 years. His research and interviews have been referenced in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Bloomberg News.

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