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People, Planet, Profits; How to Build A Socially-Responsible Business

Updated: Jan 26

Hello Dear Friends,

Sometimes, it can be disheartening to take a closer look at the industries we love, including fashion. Wage equity, waste, environmentally harmful practices — almost every industry has players who weigh profits over all else, to the detriment of the planet and its inhabitants. That’s why this speakers panel at Oregon’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Day was a breath of fresh air! We are filled with positivity and excitement about what the future holds. Every tiny step we make towards better practices creates a ripple effect, leading to positive change!

Have Wings, Will Travel: WEDO Panel Event

Have Wings, Will Travel was led by sustainable sourcing expert Angela Dean, Director, Ethical Sourcing at ARCHE. Panelists include Prabha Rathinasabapathy, founder of SOMO London, Kelly Peyton, founder of Ma Wovens, and Georgia Lee Hussey, CEO, and founder of Modernist Financial. All innovators in their respective industries gathered to discuss mission-driven sourcing and socially responsible ways of running a business. They covered topics from the ethics of sourcing, the impact of production waste, money management, making headway in male-dominated industries, and more.

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Watch our recording of this educational and inspirational panel talk from these amazing women. Get ideas and your own wheels spinning for the future of your work and business endeavors.

There’s also a light look at what it means to be – and what it might take to become — a B corporation business (a Benefit Corporation, aka B Corp). Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet high and verifiable standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

Learn tactics from women entrepreneurs who are striving to make a positive social impact in areas like racial wealth inequality, environmentally-sustainable sourcing, and other mission-driven business practices. Discover how their real-world businesses are managing the delicate balance of people, planet, and profits.

Women's Entrepreneurship day! November 19th, 2022. Here's how you can participate this year.

Join the virtual event HERE (scroll down to find the free RSVP)

Who Should Join?

Are YOU passionate about making the world a better place for WOMEN? If yes, we invite you to join this year’s #WEDO2022 Summit IN-PERSON as well as you can VIRTUALLY from the comfort of your own home! You will be inspired by wonderful speakers and experience a priceless networking opportunity to mingle with the most wonderful people in the world! Your participation will bring awareness to the importance of economically empowering WOMEN globally, as well as taking action to support the following United Nations Six Sustainable Development Goals!

At IFD we love socially-minded businesses! If you have a favorite environmentally and/or socially responsible business in the fashion industry, let us know! We’d love to hear and share the story.


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