Webinar: The future of sourcing from Africa – conditions for a successful textile supply chain from Ethiopia

In the transition to a more sustainable textile sector, one of the key steps often mentioned is to ‘simplify the supply chain’. The relevance and urgency for change has only grown in the current crisis.

Ethiopia, being a relatively new player on the textile market, may bring opportunities for creating a full supply chain from field to shelve, close to Europe. But what can we learn so far? Could Ethiopia become the new destination to build more sustainable, inclusive and innovative garment- and textile supply chains?

The webinar is aimed towards representatives of European garment and textile companies.

Speakers & Content

Annika Schwagerl
, Fashion Director at Scan-Thor/Otto, and Nursema Cill, Country Manager for Ethiopia will share their experiences working in the Ethiopian fashion and textile sector and their vision for the future of sourcing from Africa and establishing a value chain built on innovation and sustainable long-term collaboration.

Through presentations and Q&A session, they will share their perspectives on the challenges they face, as well as the potential for collaborating towards a simplified, direct and sustainable supply of textiles from Ethiopia, from field to shelves.


Do you want to hear how others see opportunities in rethinking their supply chain? Are you keen to discuss what it takes to stay ahead of the sourcing train and invest in future supply? Then join us for this webinar on September 17th.

For registration click here or send an email to Janine Dortmundt on jd@dieh.dk. After registration you will receive all the meeting information for the webinar.

This webinar is organised by the project partners of Bottom UP! Ethiopia: an EU-sponsored development programme, run by Solidaridad Ethiopia, Cotton made in Africa, the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative and MVO Nederland.

For more information on the Bottom UP! Ethiopia project click here

Date and time

Date: 17th of September
Time: 13:00- 14:30  GMT+1                                 
Location: Online via Zoom



13:00  Introduction and welcome by the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative

13:05  'The Future of Sourcing from Africa – conditions for a successful textile supply chain from Ethiopia' by Annika Schwagerl and Nursema Cill, Scan-Thor / Otto International

13:35  Q&A session moderated by the partner organisations in Bottom UP! Ethiopia

14:15  Wrap up

14:30  End

PLEASE NOTE that there is a follow up webinar for those with an interest in leather sourcing:

Meet sustainable leather producers from Ethiopia

Thursday 17 September 2020 14:30 - 16:30 o’clock | Online

Right after the ‘Future of sourcing from Africa’ webinar, stay tuned for a webinar about sourcing sustainable leather goods from Ethiopia. In collaboration with Solidaridad Ethiopia, MVO Nederland and leather chemicals supplier Stahl, Ethiopian tanneries and producers of bags, shoes and accessories are adopting environmentally friendly innovations and improving worker rights. In this webinar you will meet four companies from Ethiopia that will show you how they produce export quality, sustainable leather products.

This webinar is part of the Green Tanning Initiative, a development project sponsored by the EU.

You can sign up here.



Praktisk information

Dato og tid

17th of September
13:00- 14:30 GMT+1

(follow up webinar on leather sourcing from 14:30-16:30)


The seminar is aimed towards representatives of European garment and textile companies.



Registration through following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErd-murjooHtGGMxlNjZLAmb3RvzCZBgO2

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