Cover art from CI's 2015 Annual Report.

The Nature of Fashion

Webinar series on fashion and biodiversity, co-sponsored by the Fashion Pact Association and Conservation International

© CI/illustration by Meloni Mitchell and Roberto Calbucci

 

The Nature of Fashion Webinar Series provides members of the Fashion Pact with the knowledge, strategies and tactics that can guide your actions and business decisions around biodiversity.

As the biodiversity delivery partner for the Fashion Pact, Conservation International is working with signatories to develop a powerful narrative, raise awareness, and catalyze behavior change to minimize biodiversity loss across the fashion industry.

The series provides Fashion Pact companies a safe and interactive space to learn from conservation experts while presenting tangible ways for companies to address impacts, dependencies, risks and opportunities around nature.

 

One million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. The problem is, without this biodiversity humans are in trouble. But WHAT ON EARTH IS BIODIVERSITY? Here's what you need to know and why it’s so important for the health and resilience of us AND our planet.

The Nature of Fashion Series Webinars

Leading experts define ‘biodiversity,’ why it is important, and the risks and opportunities in the context of business and supply chains. This webinar features key players in defining global policy and business action on biodiversity and understanding how companies in other sectors have addressed the issue to minimize biodiversity loss.

Webinar 1: Biodiversity 101 (June 5th & 6th, 2020)
Leading experts will define ‘biodiversity,’ why it is important, and the risks and opportunities in the context of business and supply chains. You will meet key players in defining global policy and business action on biodiversity and understand how companies in other sectors have addressed the issue to minimize biodiversity loss.

 

Measuring and tracking impacts and dependencies on biodiversity is key to change. In this webinar, we focus on understanding existing approaches and how they can be used to answer key questions. This includes key questions that can address ‘nature-related risks’ assessments by the investment sector and how the Science-based Targets for Nature (SBTN) framework will help develop targets and action on biodiversity.

Webinar 2: Measuring biodiversity for business (June 15th, 2020)
Measuring and tracking impacts and dependencies on biodiversity is key to change. We will focus on understanding existing approaches and how they can be used to answer key questions. This will include key questions that can address ‘nature-related risks’ assessments by the investment sector and how the Science-based Targets for Nature (SBTN) framework will help develop targets and action on biodiversity.

 

The Science Based Targets Network framework can help Fashion Pact companies understand the key priorities and actions that they can work on. Illustrative examples will be provided and draft guidance for fashion companies will be presented.

Webinar 3: Science-based Targets (June 30th, 2020)
The SBTN framework can help Fashion Pact companies understand the key priorities and actions that they can work on. Illustrative examples will be provided and draft guidance for fashion companies will be presented. This webinar will also have significant time for interactive discussion. Please find resources for the webinar below:

 

Webinar 4: Setting your plan for nature (July 9th & 10th, 2020)
Building on feedback from the previous webinars, we will address specific concerns and questions about the SBTN framework. There will also be a presentation of how the SBTN framework enables the development of individual company ’nature plans’ or biodiversity strategies and approaches. Finally, we will conclude with a proposal for where the Fashion Pact could go in terms of collective action/targets.

 

Hosted by Conservation International, The Nature of Fashion Webinar Series is designed for members of the Fashion Pact to understand the importance of biodiversity and its inextricable link to business. As an extension of the June-July Nature of Fashion Biodiversity Webinar Series, Understanding Biodiversity Risk Across Supply Chains dives into the Resilience Atlas, an interactive mapping tool that allows users to understand their potential biodiversity risks and impacts through various commodity supply chains. The tool’s creators demonstrate how the Resilience Atlas works within two commodities (cotton and beef/leather) and how companies can use this data to mitigate their own biodiversity risks. The Resilience Atlas mapping tool will play a pivotal role in the two-year Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project which is set to kick off soon and support the biodiversity pillar of the Fashion Pact.

Webinar 5: Understanding biodiversity risk across supply chains (September 17, 2020)
This webinar dives into the Resilience Atlas, an interactive mapping tool that allows users to understand their potential biodiversity risks and impacts through various commodity supply chains. The tool’s creators demonstrate how the Resilience Atlas works within two commodities (cotton and beef/leather) and how companies can use this data to mitigate their own biodiversity risks. The Resilience Atlas mapping tool will play a pivotal role in the two-year Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project which is set to kick off soon and support the biodiversity pillar of the Fashion Pact.

 

Every day, about 81,000 hectares of rainforest are lost, in large part due to agricultural expansion. To combat this, major companies, financial institutions, and governments signed up to ambitious goals to end deforestation by 2020. However, a recent report found that while some companies have made progress, many of these “zero-deforestation” commitments have failed to galvanize meaningful action. As the Fashion Pact gets ready to make their commitments on biodiversity, Conservation International and experts from the Tropical Forest Alliance will walk companies through the history of deforestation commitments, examining which ones are successful and why.

Webinar 6: Making an Effective Deforestation Commitment (October 21, 2020)
Every day, about 81,000 hectares of rainforest are lost, in large part due to agricultural expansion. To combat this, major companies, financial institutions, and governments signed up to ambitious goals to end deforestation by 2020. However, a recent report found that while some companies have made progress, many of these “zero-deforestation” commitments have failed to galvanize meaningful action. As the Fashion Pact gets ready to make their commitments on biodiversity, Conservation International and experts from the Tropical Forest Alliance and Carrefour will walk companies through the history of deforestation commitments, examining which ones are successful and why.

 

Please join us to outline the Biodiversity Blueprint that each member will need to sign and return by the end of the year, committing to work together as an industry in the biodiversity. The Conservation International team will walk you through the blueprint which is an overview of the process you can expect over the next year with their program that will be supported with funding from the Global Environmental Facility. As this work will be very technical, The Fashion Pact will work with experts to help translate this into actions that will support you in integrating biodiversity into your existing strategies or plans.

Webinar 7: The Fashion Pact Blueprint: Effective Biodiversity Training (November 26, 2020)
Please join us to outline the Biodiversity Blueprint that each Fashion Pact member will need to sign and return by the end of the year, committing to work together as an industry in the biodiversity. The Conservation International team will walk you through the blueprint which is an overview of the process you can expect over the next year with their program that will be supported with funding from the Global Environmental Facility. As this work will be very technical, The Fashion Pact will work with experts to help translate this into actions that will support you in integrating biodiversity into your existing strategies or plans.

 

For more information, please email fashion@conservation.org.

 

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