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According to the Vegan Society, the number of UK vegans doubled between 2014 and 2016. Little surprise, then, that the demand for vegan non-food products is now also extending beyond food into fashion.

Whether a vegan product offer is integral to your brand, is seen by the business as an emerging opportunity, or represents yet another set of hurdles to overcome, veganism is on this rise and isn’t going anywhere. 

So what are the opportunities it presents, what are the potential pitfalls, and how can your business ensure it doesn’t get left behind? This half-day, member-only event will give you the insights you need to make considered, commercially astute decisions and help you manage associated risks.


WHY ATTEND?

Under Chatham House Rule, this member-only event will help you to:

  • Take a proactive stance on vegan / cruelty-free non-food products
  • Stay informed of the challenges of certification schemes, sourcing component parts, and product marketing
  • Understand the rigorous process of product testing and auditing
  • Horizon-scan animal welfare issues in the cashmere, mohair and angora supply chains
  • Consider opportunities for circular fashion such as sustainable alternatives to leather and fur

Speakers

Speakers at the workshop include:

  • Humane Society International UK
  • Textile Exchange
  • Sustainable Fibre Alliance
  • The Sustainable Angle
  • Cruelty Free International
  • The Vegan Society

Agenda

10.00

 

REGISTRATION

10:30

 

Welcome from the chair - Leah Riley Brown, Sustainability Policy Advisor, BRC

Trends in veganism

10:45

 

Vegan/cruelty-free certification for non-food products:

What are the challenges?

  • The Vegan Society
  • Cruelty Free International
     

11:30

 

Horizon scanning animal welfare issues:

Where do retailers need to prioritise action?

  • Textile Exchange
  • Sustainable Fibre Alliance
  • Humane Society International
     

12.15

 

Post-EAC report:

What are the opportunities for circular fashion?

  • The Sustainable Angle
  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation (TBD)
     

13.00

 

LUNCH

14:00 

 

The Retailer Perspective - Phil Townsend, Sustainable Raw Materials Specialist, Marks and Spencer

14:15

  Where next?
  • Summary of discussion
  • Potential next steps – what role can BRC play to facilitate forward work on this issue?
     

14.30

 

EVENT CLOSE

 

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booking

This workshop is aimed at:
  • Sourcing & Quality Assurance
  • Product Compliance & Buyers
  • Ethical Brand & CSR
It is likely going to be very well attended, so please only register one representative per retailer. To book your place and for more information, please contact Leah.RileyBrown@brc.org.uk

Venue

British Retail Consortium: 4th Floor, 2 London Bridge, London SE1 9RA