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FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK 2018

Fashion Revolution Week 2018 starts on Monday 23rd April.

We are delighted to copy Fashion Revolution‘s Press release here:

FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK 2018, 23- 29 April

5 years since the Rana Plaza tragedy, what’s changed?

April 2018 will be the 5th year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse and 5 years since Fashion Revolution was born. During that time, millions of people have joined Fashion Revolution to demand a fairer, more transparent industry. It is clear that brands are listening and we are holding them to account. To ensure they continue to listen and create the far reaching, permanent change needed to ensure we never see a tragedy like Rana Plaza again, we need everyone to join Fashion Revolution and keep asking one simple question: Who Made My Clothes?

5 achievements in 5 years

  1. Last year 2 million people across the world got involved. Over 100,000 people used social media to ask the brands they wear #whomademyclothes
  2. Brands are listening and the industry is starting to change. 2,416 brands responded to our #whomademyclothes demands sharing information about their supply chain. Over 150 big brands have published their factories where their clothes are made.
  3. Producers, farmers, factories and makers in our fashion supply chains have become more visible through social media. Last April, over 3600 producers were heard, with our hashtag #imadeyourclothes. And conditions have improved. Hundreds of factories in Bangladesh are now safer places to work. More than 1,300 factories have been inspected since Rana Plaza and 1.8 million garment workers have received factory safety information.[1] 515 factories, 87% of garment exporters in Cambodia, have published data about their working conditions compliance.[2]
  4. Minimum wages for garment workers have increased in places like Bangladesh and Cambodia, but more still needs to be done. The Bangladesh government has delivered a 77% increase in the minimum wage to $68 per month for garment workers.[3]18 big brands and retailers have signed up to ACT to achieve living wages for workers with industry-wide collecting bargaining linked to purchasing practices.[4]
  5. Brands are starting to reduce the use of toxic chemicals and clear up their supply chain. Over 70 brands and suppliers have committed to Detox[5] by 2020 and remove harmful chemicals from their supply chains. Combined, these brands account for 15 percent of global textile production. Over 100 brands have committed to working towards a circular fashion system[6]. But our landfills still overflow with clothes, the industry continues to get bigger and move faster. We buy more clothes than ever before and wear them for half as long as we used to. This is why we need to make our #lovedclotheslast.


Manifesto for a Fashion Revolution

During Fashion Revolution Week, we will be publishing our ‘Manifesto for a Fashion Revolution’ with our clear demands for a better fashion industry of the future. It will contain 10 points which call for our clothes to stop exploiting people and destroying our planet. It will demand radical, revolutionary change.

Fashion Revolution will ask people to sign up to the Manifesto in order to demonstrate the urgent need for change.

Fashion Transparency Index 2018

Our third edition of the Fashion Transparency Index will publish a list of 150 of the biggest global fashion and apparel brands and retailers with how much information they share about their social and environmental policies and practices.

Brands have been chosen on the basis of their annual turnover, over $500 million USD and represent a spread of market segments including high street, luxury, sportswear, accessories, footwear and denim from across Europe, North America, South America and Asia.

We have seen that more and more brands are seeing the importance of publishing information about their suppliers and their codes of practice. This is a major step towards our demand for greater supply chain transparency. We’ve counted 152 across 32 parent groups that are disclosing at least some of the facilities making their clothes.


2018 Campaign film

We aim to connect to a young, global, fashion-loving audience to the people that make up the fashion supply chain with a new campaign film.


Fashion Open Studio

Fashion Open Studio is a worldwide showcasing initiative of interactive open studio events which takes place during Fashion Revolution Week. For the second time, this international calendar of presentations, talks, openings and workshops will shine a light on innovative emerging designers, established trailblazers and major players, who are finding alternative ways of producing fashion that is mindful of the planet and its resources. It is part of the globally recognised #whomademyclothes initiative. The industry is looking for answers and it is the smaller brands who are finding innovative new ways of doing things.

Katharine Hamnett, Burberry and Elvis and Kresse, Stella McCartney, Phoebe English, OneByMe, Kepler, Christopher Raeburn, Katie Jones are just a few names on board for the events which will take place globally during Fashion Revolution Week.

Orsola de Castro, Fashion Revolution Founder said: “Fashion is a reflection of the culture we live in, so together we must change the culture that surrounds it into one that demands positive leadership, transparency, accountability, and better lives all round. The fashion industry should lead on ethics and sustainability.”

Carry Somers, Fashion Revolution Founder said: “Five years ago, the Rana Plaza factory collapse shook the fashion world, and it ignited the world’s biggest fashion activism movement for a fairer, safer fashion industry. Since Fashion Revolution started, people from all over the world have used their voice and their power to tell brands that things must change. And it’s working. The industry is starting to change. More brands are being open about where their clothes are made. More manufacturers are making their factories safer. More producers are being seen and heard.

“But the story is far from over. We are only just getting started. We can’t stop until every garment worker who makes the clothes we love is seen, heard, paid properly and working in safe conditions.”

For further information and other ideas on how to get involved, visit www.fashionrevolution.org

 

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For more information, images, interviews and footage, contact: martine.parry@fairtrade.org.uk; press@fashionrevolution.org 020 7440 7695/07886 301486.

 

Notes to Editors

Fashion Revolution is a global movement that works for a more sustainable fashion industry, campaigning for systemic reform of the industry with a special focus on the need for greater transparency in the fashion supply chain. Fashion Revolution is a non-profit organisation with a presence in over 100 countries around the world. Our vision is a fashion industry that values people, the environment, profit and creativity in equal measure.  Fashion Revolution works all year round to raise awareness of the fashion industry’s most pressing issues, advocate for positive change, and celebrate those who are on a journey to create a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion.

http://fashionrevolution.org/

Despite some steps forward since the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in 2013 killing 1138 people, not enough has changed. About 75 million people work directly in the fashion and textiles industry, and about 80% of them are women. Many are subject to exploitation, verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe conditions, with very little pay. This is why the ‘who made my clothes’ question is still hugely important.

 

How to take part

  • Take a selfie showing your clothing label, tag the brand on social media and ask them #whomademyclothes
  • Sign the Manifesto and share our vision for a safer, fairer and cleaner fashion industry
  • Write to a fashion brand to ask them to be more transparent and to commit to paying living wages
  • Write to your local politicians and tell them you want better conditions for workers and the reduction of environmental impacts in the fashion industry everywhere in the world
  • Try a #Haulternative: mend, reuse, recycle, customise or swap your clothing with a friend fashionrevolution.org/haulternative
  • Check out the Fashion Transparency Index, which will cover 150 brands from April 2018
  • Write a love story about an item of clothing that means a lot to you. fashionrevolution.org/lovestory
  • Organise or attend a Fashion Revolution event in your community fashionrevolution.org/events

 

 

 

[1] Bangladesh Accord on Building & Fire Safety source: http://bangladeshaccord.org/milestones/

[2] Since going transparent with this data, the number of critical violations in factories have decreased and compliance levels have increased showing that factories are becoming safer and workers are being treated better at work. Source: http://betterfactories.org/transparency/pages/view/17

[3] Garment Worker Diaries project found that in Bangladesh, Cambodia and India many garment workers are not even being paid a legal minimum wage, and a very long way from a living wage. Source: www.workerdiaries.org

[4] Action, Collaboration, Transformation launched by IndustriALL Global Union. Source: https://actionlivingwages.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ACT_comms_Factsheet_2017_Final_Web.pdf

[5] Greenpeace’s Detox campaign is asking brands to go toxic-free. Source: https://www.greenpeace.org/archive-international/en/campaigns/detox

[6] 142 brands representing 7.5% of the global fashion market have signed the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment, which sets out four key targets to increase textile recycling. Source: http://www.globalfashionagenda.com/commitment

Future Textiles

We are passionate about the contribution we want to make to moving the textile industry forward, enabling UK producers to compete internationally.  So this blog post from the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network was too good not to share:

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for UK Textile Industry: Leading the Circular Economy

Could we see intelligent robotic sewing become a commercial reality in the (very) near future?  This video suggests we might:

SmartSTEMs Not an Event, It’s a Movement

SmartSTEMs Not an Event, It’s a Movement

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People often ask us what Profit for Purpose actually means. Very simply, it means we use the profits we make from the commercial aspects of the BeYonder group to actively support activities and events which meet the aims and objectives of our philanthropic sister organisation BeYonder Involve.

One of our biggest successes to date has been SmartSTEMs where we worked directly with Seric Systems and Women’s Enterprise Scotland as well as a fabulous range of leading organisations to deliver our inaugural event at Glasgow Caledonian University, see video:

None of us could leave it there though. After all, our own mission statement is:

BeYonder will identify, develop and grow new and existing talent in children, young people, schools and the wider community in order to support those children, young people, schools and the wider community going BeYond their present horizons.

So we are delighted to remain part of the SmartSTEMs family as it grows from a single event innovation into the constant movement it is becoming, making its own significant contribution to closing attainment and gender gaps.

This year there will be at least 3 SmartSTEMs events. We have already supported a superb SmartSTEMs for Edinburgh Primary Schoolgirls sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland at their Gogarburn HQ on International Women’s Day. The next SmartSTEMs are a new launch at the University of the West of Scotland at their Paisley Campus on 2nd June and a very welcome return to Glasgow Caledonian University on 7th June.

With even more events and school activities in the pipeline, if you want to get involved then either contact us here at BeYonder or email hello@smartstems.co.uk

Kinship Care BIG Lunch

Kinship Care BIG Lunch by the Trades House at the Glasgow Marriott

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Date: 20 May 2016

Time: 12.00 noon

Venue: Glasgow Marriott Hotel

At BeYonder we are delighted to be fully involved with the Trades House of Glasgow and its huge support for Modern Apprenticeships as well as charitable giving and support to good causes to the tune of approximately £750,000 every year. Between us we hold memberships of both the Incorporation of Tailors and the Incorporation of Weavers, with one Director currently also the Preses of the Grand Antiquity Society of Glasgow.

We are therefore delighted to note that the Kinship Care Initiative, a new charity project launched by the Trades House of Glasgow that has its sights set on raising £3 million in the next five years, is to benefit from the organisation’s annual charity fundraiser, the Big Lunch. It will take place in the Glasgow Marriott Hotel, 12.00 noon on 20 May 2016.

Trades House Deacon Convener Ruth Maltman and the Deacons who head up the organisation’s 14 Incorporated Crafts and associated organisations, have made the Kinship Care Initiative the chosen charity for key fundraising activities during their year in office.

“The Kinship Care Initiative is the first charity of its kind in Scotland, and I’m delighted that it is on course for reaching its initial target of £70,000 this spring 2016,” said Deacon Convener Ruth Maltman.

“The project is about providing children and young people in kinship care with opportunities that nurture their talent, develop their skills, build character and help expand their horizons. abercorn_009

“These are young people who are looked after by their extended family as, sadly, their parents are unable to do so for a variety of reasons. We know we have at least 2,000 such children in Glasgow who have often had to live through very difficult and stressful situations. I’m very glad that we are actively helping these young people develop into confident and capable young adults.

“That’s why we are using our Big Lunch event this year to call upon the generosity of our supporters and help make it a great success for the Kinship Care Initiative, through sponsorship, buying tickets and donating to our auction and raffle.”

Actor, playwright and jazz musician, Dave Anderson, will compere the Big Lunch, which will include musical entertainment plus an auction and raffle to help boost funds. Tickets priced at £50 per head are available from the Trades House office by Tel: 0141 553 1605 or emailing eilidh.rhead@tradeshouse.org.uk

 

Visit to YCSA Youth

A Visit to YCSA Youth

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Our work in education brings us into regular contact with some other fantastic charities dedicated to helping our younger citizens make their way in an increasingly complex World.

We recently visited YCSA, the Youth Community Support Agency at their Glasgow Headquarters and were extremely impressed at the scale of positive impact they are having on the lives of vulnerable young people.

A glimpse of what we like to think of as the “Art of the Possible” can be seen here in this video which was created entirely by the YCSA young people themselves.

It was also a delight to discover that we had a shared interest in the Money for Life Challenge and love YCSA Youth’s video in support of their entry, New Migrant Voices:

Castlemilk Students Win Renewables Prize

Castlemilk Students Win Renewables Prize

Castlemilk High School’s research classroom is overlooked by the £5million City Turbine on top of the Cathkin Braes; an icon for renewable energy built as a joint project between Glasgow City Council and SSE.

With such inspiration it is perhaps not surprising that 4 students from the School have just won the top prize in the Scottish Government sponsored Marine Energy Challenge with a renewables project of their own.

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Researching ocean based renewables as part of a school project supported by BeYonder Ltd, the team of four from Castlemilk High won the Junior Saltire Award after designing and building a floating Wave Energy Converter, using wave power to create electricity.

Last month, the pupils put their innovative new device to the test at the University of Edinburgh’s FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility in the only test tank in the world that provides multi-directional waves with fast tidal flows simulating real sea conditions.

After impressing judges, they were named winners the following day at the Celebration of Science and Engineering at the Glasgow Science Centre, receiving the Junior Saltire Medal and £750 for their school from Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing.

Mr Ewing said: “I am delighted that the Scottish Government is once again supporting the Junior Saltire Prize – now in its fifth year. This event is raising awareness of the opportunities that Scotland has to exploit its wave energy potential.

Team member Dylan Qua said: “We wanted our design to be something that was simple, but which still worked, and we came up with a device that hangs vertically in the water, and moves up and down with the waves to generate electricity.

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More than 200 teams from around Scotland entered the competition, which is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the SCDI in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

The competition is split into three age groups: P5-P7, S1-S3 and S4-S6, with teams in each age group having to submit an initial design brief followed by evidence of their finished model and subsequent testing at FloWave.

Castlemilk High won in the S4-S6 age group with an entry from the School’s Young Engineering and Science Club which is managed by their Business Partner of the Year, BeYonder Ltd.

BeYonder is a profit for purpose organisation which works with older pupils in order to develop their capacity and skills for employment. They originally introduced the Junior Saltire Award as an engineering-based option within the school’s Wider Achievement Programme.

Speaking after the awards Chrissy Mackay, MD of BeYonder said: “It has been a privilege working with these students seeing their life skills and employment skills grow and develop over the year. Winning this Award is a fantastic result and very well deserved for the effort which they have put into their personal growth.”

Diane Hill, Energy Partnership Manager at SDS, said: “The judges were hugely impressed with the hard work and the creativity shown by all of the teams who reached the final, and they should be extremely proud of themselves.”

Melanie Riddell, Project Manager at SCDI, said: “Thanks to its vast natural resources, Scotland has a key role to play in the development of the renewable energy industry, and so it’s encouraging to see this competition capturing the imagination of schools across the country.”

The 4 winners from Castlemilk now plan to develop their device as a means of generating emergency electricity supply in disaster relief zones around the World.

SMART STEMs 2015

SMART STEMs 2015

We are extremely proud that BeYonder is a partner in SMART STEMs 2015, a games legacy for Glasgow, supporting major sponsor Seric Systems and other key supporters including: Women’s Enterprise Scotland, IBM, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and People Make Glasgow.

SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY AND MATHEMATICS as a range of disciplines, represent the greatest opportunity our country has to develop the social and monetary potential of our economy in the future.

The practising of STEM-based subjects by young people, either in school or as hobbies, allows them to develop their intellectual and creative faculties for the greater good. STEM is one of our most potent vehicles for promoting greater equality, enhancing social mobility and encouraging true individuality as future thinkers and creators.

The benefits of STEM should be experienced by all. However, due to outdated and dogmatic perceptions, various demographics are more involved with STEM than others.

SMART STEMs is about encouraging, involving and inspiring more people from different demographics into STEM.

The first mission of SMART STEMs 2015 is to inspire young girls – aged 12 to 18 years old – to become the great thinkers and creators of tomorrow.

We hope to involve you in our journey.

Project development in association with:

…and thousands of young women, their teachers and supporters across Scotland:

Rebecca and Chloe SMART STEMs from Castlemilk High School, Glasgow

Rebecca and Chloe SMART STEMs from Castlemilk High School, Glasgow

Why are we doing this?

  • To mitigate Scotland’s risk of ‘Group-think’ in STEM
  • To ensure that all young people, with this first year having a particular focus on young women, see STEM as a career option
  • To help young people understand that STEM is cool, and it pays well, and is a ‘way out’ – one more likely to end in success than X-Factor
  • To ensure STEM initiatives are being run as often and widely as possible (particularly outwith education)
  • To maximise the munificent opportunities in Scotland for people working in STEM and ultimately make Scotland a better place to work and live

What is different about this compared to everything else running in this space?

  • We desire to be a facilitator through a high impact fun annual competition and event we will
    • Maximise the engagement and uptake of  existing bodies and programs by linking them efficiently with many school, groups and clubs in a single hub event
    • With our network of volunteers work along side the Private and Public Sector  to ensure experiential opportunities are maximised

What is in it for the schools?

  • At our event you will make contacts with numerous organisations like
    •  STEM stakeholder organisations
      • Make the connections you need to start that Science or Engineering Club?
      • Make links to organisations who can lessen of the burden of running programs in the school
      • Introduce passionate experts to your students and build out your network of contacts
    • Employer Organisations
      • A ready made pipeline of contacts and speakers for the school
      • Arrange more work placements more easily
      • Be at the risk of industry sponsorship for your school programs

What is the Annual Format?

  • Annual Event with Competition
    • Competition – Wearable Technology to Improve Athletes Performance
      • Design and Prepare Project Documents for your idea
    • Annual Event – Glasgow Caledonian University June 3rd 2015
      • 500 young women
      • 50-70 Teachers and/or Group Leaders
      • 2 Keynote Speakers
      • Competition Results
      • 20+ STEM breakout Sessions from Professional Women working currently in STEM
      • Event and Competition filmed by BAFTA winning Documentary Film Maker
      • Sponsorship Opportunities
      • Workplace Stands from major employers with STEM schemes
      • Many STEM organisations represented

Please click on the image to go to the SMART STEMs website

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