The 4th RITE Group conference took place in London on October 6. This year, around 230 delegates from around the globe, working in all areas of the textile industry, gathered to learn about the latest on sustainable textile production, consumer behavior, government initiatives and ethical sourcing.

Bringing together a varied crop of companies to share their stance on ethical issues in the textile industry, small start-ups such as the UK-based company Nissim, appeared alongside big fish like Nike, Adidas and Marks & Spencer (one on RITE’s founding companies). The theme of the event was ‘Shaping tomorrow’s industry’ and this subject was dealt with in depth via presentations, talks and a set of separate break-out sessions.

For the first time, RITE Group welcomed the Ethical Fashion Forum and its Ethical Fashion Source exhibition to run alongside the conference and its very own showcase. By no means, it was a large scale event but with potential to grow. The Ethical Fashion Source Exhibition served up around 50 labels including Ada Zanditon, Ciel, Worn Again and Pants to Poverty.