Denim conference Kingpins Transformers has transitioned into Transformers Foundation, a non-profit entity focused on actively addressing and facilitating change in key areas of the denim supply chain.
The move, which became effective last month, will see the Foundation focus on social responsibility, sustainable cotton, responsible chemical management and consumer education as Transformers moves “beyond education into action”.
“Our industry cannot agree on facts or what is right and what is wrong,” says Transformers Foundation founder, Andrew Olah. “There is confusion and green-washing, misinformation and dishonest marketing along the supply chain all the way through to the consumers. Brands and retailers use resources when buying their products, which are never replenished. Industry needs to understand and pay the true cost of a product, including environmental and social costs. And each day has new reminders that the clock is ticking and environmental change is needed immediately.”
Collaboration and cooperation will be hallmarks of the Transformers Foundation. As a first step, the Foundation will enlist supply chain industry leaders to join as founding members and create the roadmap for activities in 2020 and 2021.
“The jeanswear industry is an energetic, tenacious and connected community that not only agrees sustainability is vital, but has been working and investing in solutions for years,” Olah adds. “We represent about US$70bn in manufacturing revenue, and by collaborating we will make a colossal difference.”
Kingpins Transformers launched in 2014 as a summit series spotlighting members of the denim community who are committed to creating, implementing and sharing the changes that need to happen in the jeans industry to make it more environmentally viable, socially responsible and financially sound. Transformers’ events in Amsterdam and New York, and a spin-off event for students that debuted in 2019 at Ravensbourne University in London, steadily gathered momentum and attracted notable speakers from across the denim industry and beyond.
With one foot in the denim design community and the other in the manufacturing arena, Kingpins Transformers has been bridging the information gap between the two – introducing brands and retailers to responsible and innovative new resources and giving members of the supply chain a platform to introduce new technologies, machinery and systems.
As a non-profit entity, Transformers Foundation will now focus on uniting the denim supply chain to provide reliable product information with a transparent approach to consumers and the industry, as well as demanding change in the denim industry.
The Foundation will continue to host and broadcast its summits for industry professionals and students and will expand its efforts into producing annual reports, white papers, consumer testing, industry honours for outstanding achievements and more.
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