Challenge the Fabric aims to scale impact through collaboration. The pioneering cross-industry initiative is a unique platform that enables the entire supply chain of man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF) to meet, collaborate and create change.

CTF invites industry leaders and stakeholders from the fashion, textile and forest industries shaping the industry of tomorrow.

An initiative by Ekman

Challenge the Fabric is initiated and hosted by Ekman & Co, a global sales and marketing organization, strategically aligning buyers and sellers of forest products around the world.

Organized by the Swedish Fashion Council

CTF is organized by the Swedish Fashion Council (SFC). Through its thought leadership, initiatives, and the work with SFC [Incubator], SFC is one of the key players accelerating the transformation of the global fashion industry.

SFC is an industry organisation that aims to guide the fashion industry into the future, establishing Sweden as the global leader of the industry’s new era. Through our thought leadership, initiatives and the work with SFC [Incubator], SFC is one of the key players accelerating the transformation of the global fashion industry.

Around the globe, companies turn to Ekman for market guidance and knowledge. Since our incorporation in Sweden 1802, Ekman has earned a solid reputation for reliability, competence and service. Our highly competent and motivated staff, long history in the marketing and sales of forest products, and experience in creating solutions for related financial and logistical matters, help us live up to this reputation. Ekman offers a wide range of services, covering the entire forest products supply chain and we contribute valuable market intelligence to each stage of our business partners’ enterprises.

At the core of Ekman’s strategy is our focus on building long-term partnerships with business partners. The transparency we operate under has proven to be a successful shift in the way our industry has historically conducted business. Our partners value close and mutually beneficial relationships. Ekman strives to deepen its long-term relationships with existing partners and seeks to develop opportunities through new partnerships.

SFC is an industry organisation that aims to guide the fashion industry into the future, establishing Sweden as the global leader of the industry’s new era. Through our thought leadership, initiatives and the work with SFC [Incubator], SFC is one of the key players accelerating the transformation of the global fashion industry.

Together with a strong community, SFC works to promote, educate, and innovate the fashion industry for it to become competitive, sustainable and relevant in our changing world.

SFC is owned by the Swedish Trade Federation.

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AGENDA - CTF 2023

09:00

Registration

09:30

Introduction and welcome

09:50

Global Outlook

10:15

Sustainable Forestry

10:40

Forest to fabrics; the importance of sustainable forest practices

This panel discusses the importance of sustainable forest management. Topics
that will be discussed are centered around how sustainable forestry
management is defined, how farmers work with their forests to ensure and
protect the biodiversity, regeneration capacity and reforestation. The panel will
also discuss what sustainable forest management mean for different regions of
the world as well as how it influences sourcing strategies and the demands on
raw material suppliers.

11:40

Break

12:10

Legislation, Policy, and Traceability

Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in legislation related to sustainability in textiles. For example, the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles will require the use of more sustainable and recycled materials as well as identification through the Digital Project Passport (DPP). Organizations such as the Textile Exchange are supporting the industry by developing standards to classify preferred materials. Also new startups are focusing on helping brands achieve visibility on their supply chains. How can fashion brands and suppliers alike navigate this new landscape? What role can stakeholders like innovators, NGO’s and industry organizations play? What is required to educate and disseminate knowledge on legislation, policy, and traceability? This panel will explore these important topics.

13:10

Lunch

14:30

Committing to the future of Next Generation Solutions

This panel discusses the collective commitment at COP27 by brands such as Kering, H&M, Inditex to purchase over half a million tonnes of fibres stemming from Next Generation Solutions. The panel will address what this commitment means for the innovators in terms of the need for scaling, investments and partnerships and the potential challenges of reaching the scale needed.

15:30

Break

16:00

Shaping the path forward

This panel will focus on how we can shape the path towards fashion’s sustainable future and highlight the possibilities within the MMCF field. It will discuss the importance of cross industry collaborations and how we can create long lasting change by engaging different stake holders from different industries. What can we learn from the development of other fibre categories or other industries? What will be critical to continue to grow in an innovative
and sustainable way?

17:00

Conclusion – Nina Elmersson – VP Innovare, Ekman

REGISTER - CTF 23

Challenge the Fabric 2023 will take place on May 9 – 10, in Milan

Cancellation/no show policy
If you have registered for the event but are no longer able to attend, we ask you to kindly notify us at the latest 14 days prior to the event. Please notify us via email at ctf@ekmangroup.com. A cancellation fee of EUR 300 will be applied to registered attendees in case of no-show.