Safia Minney and Caryn Franklin Rana Plaza Bangladesh

Caryn Franklin became one of my closest friends after visiting Bangladesh in 2014 together to meet injured victims and families of the garment factory workers that lost their lives in the Rana Plaza building collapse the year before – and to understand the difference that Fair Trade Fashion makes.

Safia Minney and Caryn Franklin, Rana Plaza 1 year on

On the morning of the disaster, I was on a plane leaving Bangladesh and on reaching London heard the news. We immediately launched the Rag Rage campaign at People Tree and raised money to distribute rice and essential supplies to the effected families through the National Garment Workers Federation an organisation I had campaigned with for over 20 years.

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The brands who made garments at the Rana Plaza factory took a disgraceful amount of time to own up and take responsibility. Thanks to media coverage, the public pressure here and of people in Bangladesh and international campaigning organisations and unions, the Accord, that had been prepared by campaigning groups, was finally signed by the majority of large brands.

Today 90% of large scale factories have been checked and are considered safe, however, this is NOT the case in other garment producing countries AND prices and delivery times for clothes in Bangladesh has fallen 10%, which means that workers are being exploited and pushed more than ever.

This movement NEEDS you – please share info and help us bring more people into the movement.

Virtually visit Bangladesh here with Caryn and I to learn more and understand why we need to do fashion differently.

The London Sustainable Fashion Rooms, curated by Po-Zu showcases many of the ethical and fair trade pioneers like People Tree, Howies, Lowie, Wear the Walk, Brother We Stand, and the workshops running tonight:

Friday 27th April:

POP-UP SHOP AND SAMPLE SALE: 11:00-19:00

EVENT: 16:00-19:00 People Tree – Behind the Brand – Find out how we do things differently. By donation, Register here

For one evening you will be invited to come and meet the People behind People Tree.

Saturday 28th April:

POP-UP SHOP AND SAMPLE SALE: 10:00-18:00

EVENT: 11:00-12:00 The New Frontier – Broadening the Media Debate on Ethical Fashion and The Vegan Revolution, £7 Register here.

Panel: Safia Minney – MBE, author, activist, MD of Po-Zu & founder of People Tree, Kate Arnell – British television presenter/Eco Blogger, Bel Jacobs – Fashion, Style, Beauty & Culture, previously Style Editor for Metro, Tansy Hoskins – author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion, political commentator on the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera and Channel 4’s Ten O’Clock Live, Zoe Partridge – founder of Wear the Walk, Lara Balsam – Lara runs a London-based vegan charity, and blogs at myfairladle.co.uk, where she serves up big helpings of ethical food and fashion

This will help raise awareness and galvanise and inspire a new generation of change makers and help raise money for NGWF.

Special thanks to Caryn Franklin for accompanying me on this trip, and for continued support and friendship.

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Safia Minney, speaking engagements, April to July 2018

Safia Minney, MBE, author, activist, MD of Po-Zu & founder of People Tree, will be speaking at the following events:

1) Monday 23 April 2018 – Fashion for Good in Amsterdam

ReMake-Nexus-Amsterdam-201819:00 – 20:00 – Panel with Ethical Fashion Trailblazers – Safia Minney (Founder, People Tree), Antoinette Klatzky (Executive Director, Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute); Ruby Veridiano (Paris Ambassador, Remake)

The panel will be focused on how a variety of stakeholders can interact with one another to move the industry forward, highlighting the important we are each doing in our roles.

Please use this RSVP link to book your ticket.

Fashion for Good
102 Rokin
1012 KZ Amsterdam
Netherlands

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2) Tuesday 24th April – London Sustainable Fashion Rooms, The Truman Brewery

18:30 – 19:30 Rana Plaza – Never Again – 5 Years On, £7 Register here.

Panel: Safia Minney MBE
Baroness Lola Young – OBE, Actress, Author and Crossbench Peer
Sarah Ditty – Fashion Revolution
Tamsin Lejeune – Common Objective and Founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum
Dolly Jones – Journalist
Sam Maher – Clean Clothes Campaign
Mariusz Stochaj – Earth Positive

Also at the venue – POP-UP SHOP AND SAMPLE SALE: 11:00-20:00

Shop 4 The Old Truman Brewery
Dray Walk
London
E1 6QL

3) Thursday 26th April – London Sustainable Fashion Rooms, The Truman Brewery

18:30-19:30 Sustainable Design, Sourcing and Buying, £7 Register here

Panel: Safia Minney – MBE
Sven Segal – Founder of Po-Zu
Nina Marenzi – The Sustainable Angle
Tamsin Lejeune – Common Objective & Founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum
Bronwyn Lowenthal – founder of Lowie

Also at the venue all week, POP-UP SHOP AND SAMPLE SALE: 11:00-20:00

4) Saturday 28th April – London Sustainable Fashion Rooms, The Truman Brewery

11:00-12:00 The New Frontier – Broadening the Media Debate on Ethical Fashion and The Vegan Revolution, £7 Register here.

Panel: Safia Minney – MBE
Kate Arnell – British television presenter/Eco Blogger
Bel Jacobs – Fashion, Style, Beauty & Culture, previously Style Editor for Metro
Tansy Hoskins – author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion, political commentator on the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera and Channel 4’s Ten O’Clock Live
Zoe Partridge – founder of Wear the Walk
Lara Balsam – Lara runs a London-based vegan charity, and blogs at myfairladle.co.uk, where she serves up big helpings of ethical food and fashion

Also at the venue all week, POP-UP SHOP AND SAMPLE SALE: 11:00-20:00*

5) Sunday 20th May – BAFTS – {British Association of Fair Trade Shops} Annual conference

BAFTS conference 2018Speakers: Safia Minney MBE
Sian Conway of Ethical Hour
Sabita Banerji Chair of Oxford Fair Trade Coalition
Emilie Schultze Traidcraft Exchange
Jo Bega CEO Child Rescue Nepal
Josh Pitts from Equal Exchange UK

Book tickets here

Westbourne Grove Church
London
W11 2RW

6) Tokyo June 9-10th – NELIS {Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability}

NELIS JapanSafia will be speaking at NELIS {Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability} in Japan.

Tokyo June 9-10th, 2018 – for more information, please email: info@nelis2020.net

Make sure to follow Safia on twitter and instagram – as we shall be sharing more there too

7)  July 28, 2018 | New York City

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Safia Minney will be Keynote Speaker at the FREE THE SLAVES, Fashion for Freedom event, July 28, 2018 | 6:00 to 10:00pm
The Mezzanine NYC | 55 Broadway​, New York, NY 10006

Pop-up shop and speakers.

Tickets and information here: http://www.ftsfashionforfreedom.com/tickets.html

*[London Sustainable Fashion Rooms – EVENT: Monday 23 – Sunday 29 April, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 6QL From niche to norm: Ethical fashion and footwear takes centre-stage during Fashion Revolution Week in this week-long community hub and pop-up boutique curated by Po-Zu.]