HONG KONG, 18 February 2014 – Anderson Lee, President and CEO of Pinneco Research Limited, was invited to be a panel speaker at the SourceTrends 2014, "Tackling Compliance and Sustainability," hosted by ecVision at The Peninsula Hotel this past week.
The SourceTrends 2014 is an event that focuses on compliance and sustainability in Hong Kong for apparel, footwear, soft line brands, retailers, manufacturers, and major suppliers. It is an industry-wide event that acknowledges the importance of sustainability.
This event took a full-day agenda planned with five panel discussions, addressing issues concerning supply chain product safety, supplier facility compliance and sustainability. Topic areas include "The Current State of US CPSIA & REACH", "China's Changing Regulations", "Compliance of the Wake of Tragedy", "Greening the Supply Chain", and "Conflict Minerals Management & CA Green Chemical Regulations". Each panel speaker spoke for 45 minutes and had 15-minute Q & A sessions for attendees to interact with the speakers.
Along with Professor Yeung Kwok Wing, Executive Director of Clothing Industry Training Authority (CITA), and Lee, as the Vice President of the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC), were panel speakers for the topic Greening the Supply Chain. Both Lee and Yeung agreed that greening the supply chain would demand global transparency.
"Having transparency within the supply chain helps with driving improvement processes and initiatives. Transparency provides stables to compare and illustrate," Lee explained. "You may wonder where the common grounds and neutrality of transparency then lies, and I believe it is found in a collaboration of the whole industry, brands, retailers, and suppliers together. The Higg Index, created by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), celebrates this collaboration across the supply chain and has created a global language, the Higg Index, as the platform to display transparency. The Higg Index is an industry initiative that has been present for seven years, evolving from the Eco Index from the Outdoor Industry Association. Ultimately, creating a global language is one of the first steps in greening the supply chain," declared Lee.
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About Clothing Industry Training Authority
The Clothing Industry Training Authority (CITA) was established in September 1975 according to the Industry Training (Clothing Industry) Ordinance. The functions of the Authority as defined in Section 5 of the Ordinance are:
– To provide training courses for the clothing industry
– To establish and maintain industrial training centers
– To assist in the placement of persons completing training courses
– To make recommendations with respect to the rate of levy
With the changing times and the improvement of computers and technology, CITA has evolved its operations to focus more Technology and Innovation. In order to face the challenges of the new millennium, we are training the apparel industry's most important asset - People, and how to apply the Technology in this industry
About ecVision Inc.
Found in 1998, ecVision's mission is to provide innovative collaboration solutions for organizations that source internationally. ecVision offers a cloud-based supply chain collaboration platform that optimizes product life cycle and supply chain process.
About Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium
Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC) is a group of Hong Kong based companies in the textile and apparel sector committed to promoting and increasing the use of sustainable practices across the fashion supply chain.With the pressing issue of global warming, air and water pollution, and the ever increase of waste disposal pits, SFBC has a vision to create a platform to continuously improve textile and apparel manufacturing processes and procedures throughout the supply chain in order to minimize the industry’s impact on the environment.
About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, representing more than one-third of the global apparel and footwear industries, was formed by sustainability leaders and leading environmental and social organizations to address current social and environmental challenges. Recognizing that improved supply chain practices are both a business imperative and an opportunity, the Coalition seeks to lead a shared vision of industry supply chain sustainability through the creation and use of the Higg Index. In measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance through the Higg Index, the Coalition aims to spotlight priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation.