We are now retailing in the era of transparency. Traceable supply chains and sustainable fibre programs are fast becoming standard elements of apparel sourcing strategies. Learn what some of Australia’s iconic brands are doing to ensure visibility and empowerment of their supply base as well as the measures being implemented to address environmental impacts.
Melinda Tually, Director NDLESS: The New Normal
Melinda is a responsible business strategist advising brands and retailers on ethical sourcing and supply chain strategy, social and environmental risks, communications, partnerships and sourcing.
Sonya Rand, Group Sustainable & Ethical Sourcing Manager, Cotton On Group
Sonya joined the Cotton On Group as Group Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing Manager in early in 2018, bringing with her extensive knowledge in the sustainability space gained from more than 20 years’ experience in retail, fashion and consumer goods industries. A chartered Chemical Engineer, Sonya has held advisory roles with the Australian Attorney General’s Office and DFAT, addressing issues of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Supply Chains and the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Specialising in stakeholder engagement, policy development and risk management, Sonya’s role sees her leading the growth of the Group’s existing sustainability programs and finding new opportunities to drive positive long-term change across the supply chain.
Shasta O’Loughlin, Group Purchasing Manager, Rip Curl Australia
Shasta is the Group Purchasing Manager and the Environmental Committee Chair at Rip Curl’s Global head office in Torquay. With over a decade of experience at Rip Curl across roles in purchasing, licensing and operations, in 2016 Shasta established the Social Responsibility and Sustainability programme for it’s global business. During this time she has been responsible for rolling out several initiatives to support the company’s founding values and principles. Shasta has a Bachelor degree in Business; Tourism and Hospitality Management from LaTrobe University and has a passion for the snow, having worked in ski resorts across Canada, Australia and the USA.
Lucy King, Sustainability Manager, Country Road Group
Lucy is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Country Road Group’s sustainability strategy. As one of Australia’s largest specialty fashion retailers and operating five differentiated brands: Country Road, MIMCO, Trenery, Witchery and Politix; the group is on a Good Business Journey to drive positive social and environmental change across its business operations and supply chain. With extensive experience in driving sustainability within fashion and food retail in Australia and South Africa, Lucy has previously played an advisory role to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme, and the ISEAL Alliance Stakeholder Council, on improving the quality and applicability of sustainability standards.