Alvanon’s Tracy Rickert will contribute insights on “Making Sustainability Profitable” at WGSN Futures 2016

Alvanon Senior Consultant Tracy Rickert will participate in a panel discussion titled “Cause and Commerce: Making Sustainability Profitable” at WGSN Futures 2016, The vision 2030, a summit that provides insight into how today’s fashion and creative industry leaders envision the world evolving over the next 15 years. During the day-long summit, guests are invited to strategically think about what the world will look like in 2030 – from interactions between brands and consumers, to the future of sexuality.

The event will take place November 10, 2016, 9:45 – 10:15 a.m., Studio 450, New York.

As an Alvanon global apparel and retail business consultant, Rickert has worked with brands and retailers on program initiatives from their inception through to the capture of objectives. At WGSN Futures 2016, she will address the challenges facing companies that are in the early stages of incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into their enterprise.

“Fashion is among the ‘dirtiest’ industries in the world,” Rickert says, “and one of the most resistant to change. There is need for innovation, disruption and cultural evolution in the ways we manufacture apparel, employ and manage human resources and bring product to market.

“During our panel discussion, we will discuss how brands and manufacturers can make sustainability profitable,” Rickert continues. “Alvanon clients have improved sustainability practices along multiple points of the supply chain, while adding to bottom line profits. For example, one North American apparel brand was able to adjust the chemistry used in its dying process and reduce chemical and water usage, ultimately reducing cost.”

Joining Rickert on the panel will be industry-leading experts from H&M, Patagonia, Eileen Fisher and ISKO, with the session moderated by Simon Collins, former Dean of Fashion, Parsons The New School for Design.