Sustainable garment value chains: Perspectives from India

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) invite students and members to this seminar about sustainable garment value chains, and the case of India as a producing country.

The phenomenal growth of India in recent years has marked a point where the country’s garment industry has become an increasingly important sourcing destination for global brands and retailers. However, how do actors from within India work with and translate global sustainability policies into local, on-the-ground practices in the garment industry? In this seminar, we will be joined by a global brand and two experts on sustainability in the Indian garment industry that will provide us with an overview of recent sustainability developments and challenges within the Indian garment industry.

Join us and learn more about sustainable production in India’s garment industry when we invite Bimal Arora, Chairman of the Centre for Responsible Business, New Delhi and Aston Business School, UK to provide us with an overview presentation of the work that his organization is doing in terms of creating a North-South dialogue about sustainability standards in the Indian garment industry. Secondly, Mansi Gupta, Country Representative of BSR/HERproject in India, will talk about the work that she is coordinating in India, aiming at empowering women garment workers within the industry. Finally, Mia Møgelgaard, Sustainability Manager at H&M will present the challenges and opportunities in relation to engaging in responsible sourcing from within India and provide examples of their work with women empowerment and sustainability in India’s garment industry.


9.00 -9.10: Welcome, by Mikkel Stenbæk Hansen, Director, DIEH and Peter Lund-Thomsen, Professor, CBS

9.10-9.30: “Sustainability standards in India’s garment sector, and the work of Centre for Responsible Business”, by Bimal Arora, Chairman of the Centre for Responsible Business, New Delhi

9.30-09.50: “Empowering women in India’s garment sector and the work of HERproject”, by Mansi Gupta, Country Representative of BSR/HERproject in India

09.50-10.10: “Challenges and opportunities in sourcing responsibly from India, and H&M’s work with women empowerment”, by Mia Møgelgaard, Sustainability Manager, H&M

10.10-10.25: Coffee break

10.25-10.55: Panel discussion: “How to make India’s garment industry more responsible and sustainable” with: Bimal Arora, Center for Responsible Business; Mansi Gupta, BSR/HERproject; and Mia Møgelgaard, H&M

10.55-11.00: Summing up and thank you for coming, by Peter Lund-Thomsen, Professor, CBS

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Copenhagen Business School, Dalgas Have 15, 2000 Frederiksberg

Room: D1V.023 (on the 1st floor, Westend)

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