Transparent supply chains have now become the expectation of consumers and industry alike. Seen as a vital step in the pursuit of a more responsible sector, an increasing number of brands are focused on gaining visibility of their supplier relationships.
What are the opportunities and challenges in traceability? For long and complex supply chains, how do brands start and what does evaluation and communication look like. Can transparency help consumers concerned about the impacts of what they buy make more informed decisions? What role will the Australian Modern Slavery Act play?
Join Melinda Tually, Director of ethical supply chain consultancy Ndless: The New Normal and Coordinator of Fashion Revolution Australia in discussing this timely topic with leading brands.
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.
Creative Director and Co-founder
Marnie Goding is co-founder and Creative Director of Melbourne fashion label ELK. The brand was launched in 2004 alongside husband and jeweller Adam Koniaras.
Marnie’s background in Marketing and Adam’s experience as a craftsman combined to launch a label offering niche product through the provision of ethically made, contemporary accessories and fashion items that were limited in the Australian market at the time. Their combined capabilities for running a business, designing, manufacturing and marketing has given ELK a competitive edge and resulted in a passionate, independent fashion business over the past 15 years.
Today ELK has emerged as a leader in the industry as a brand at the forefront of positive change and is the first fashion business of its size to release an in depth transparency report. With four years of research and training, a dedicated team and active industry participation there are few other Australian labels with the depth of knowledge or all encompassing commitment to redesigning their business.
The brand is on a journey to create great Australian design for a growing global audience, to share the story of a business in transformation, to innovate and to challenge traditional thinking for a better way to make and work in the world of fashion.
Head of Sustainability
David Jones and Country Road Group
As Head of Sustainability for David Jones and Country Road Group, Eloise leads the retailers’ Good Business Journey sustainability strategy. This program embeds sustainability into every aspect of the David Jones and Country Road Group brands, including their work with suppliers, partners and customers across eight key areas: ethical trade, sustainable farming and sourcing of raw materials, energy efficiency, waste reduction, water stewardship, social development, health and wellness, and people and transformation. Eloise and her team work with suppliers to maintain high ethical and social standards in the supply chain and to ensure the use of responsibly sourced fabrics.
Chair / Co-Founder
John Condilis, Chair and Co-Founder of Nobody Denim and Australian Fashion Council Board Co-Chair is passionate about growing and re-establishing the clothing manufacturing industry in Australia. The Nobody story began with a small, family-built denim laundry in the backstreets of Melbourne, Australia in 1999. Founded on the belief that making jeans could be imbued with integrity and creativity, Nobody Denim has continued to go from strength to strength. From fabric sourcing to fit and finish, the Nobody team show a dedication to their craft, a commitment to quality and a genuine understanding of their customers’ needs.
John is committed to maintaining an ethical and sustainable operational facility, with transparency at the core of Nobody’s business activities. The label is accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia, ensuring everyone involved in making their designs receives fair wages and are provided with safe working conditions.