The panel, which is being held at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Public Forum 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland, on 27 September, is titled: ‘Resilient and Sustainable Fashion Apparel Supply Chain: Trade and Trade Policy’.

It is the only session during the event focused on the apparel supply chain and intends to facilitate constructive dialogue between all stakeholders, from fashion brands and garment workers to policymakers and consumers, on the progress, challenges, and opportunities of building a more resilient and sustainable fashion apparel supply chain in the post-Covid world.

What will the WTO’s resilient fashion supply chain panel cover?

The key topics being addressed during the session, which is taking place 15.45-17.00 (CEST) will include:

1) Why does building a more resilient and sustainable fashion apparel supply chain matter in the post-Covid world?

2) What role can trade and trade policy play?

3) What significant progress has made the apparel supply chain more resilient and sustainable? What key challenges remain and why?

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4) What needs to be done further to make the apparel supply chain more resilient and sustainable, particularly in the setting of the post-Covid world?

The expert panel will include:

  • Dr Sheng Lu, University of Delaware’s associate professor of fashion and apparel studies
  • Dr Arianna Rossi, International Labour Organization’s senior research and policy specialist
  • Ralph Kamphoner, the Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry’s head of EU office
  • Kekeli Ahiable, an advisor at the Tony Blair Institute

All of the sessions at this year’s three-day in-person WTO Public Forum event will look at how trade can contribute to post-pandemic economic recovery. The forum will examine, in particular, how trade rules can be strengthened, and government policies improved to create a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive trading system. The forum has three subthemes:

  • Leveraging technology for an inclusive recovery
  • Delivering a trade agenda for a sustainable future
  • Framing the future of trade