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World Water Week 2017

27 August, 2017 - 1 September, 2017

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI and in 2017, World Water Week will address the theme “Water and Waste – Reduce and Reuse”. In 2016, over 3,200 individuals and around 330 convening organizations from 130 countries participated in the Week.

This year China Water Risk is co-convening a seminar with C&A Foundation. In light of the theme “Water and Waste – Reduce and Reuse”, the seminar will cover the Chinese perspective on action and best practice for management of wastewater, chemicals, raw materials and waste in the textile industry. Water stewardship innovations, as well as business risks and opportunities in water and fashion will also be discussed.

Key topics include:

  • Greening textiles: The stringent ‘Water Ten Plan’ means many suppliers have already shutdown. Find out what China’s industry association is doing today.
  • Disclosure: Chinese manufacturers are facing the brunt of the clean-up, especially with real-time emissions data. How are they performing?  Are brands helping?
  • Raw materials: Still produced and dyed in China, these are also thirsty and dirty. China wants them to go circular. Where are brands on closing the loop?

Clean and Circular: The Future of Made In China Fashion

Date: 30th August 2017                                                                                                                                               Time: 11:00-12:30                                                                                                                                               Location: NL Music Hall / Musiksalen

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Fashion is dirty and thirsty. In China, the textile industry discharges twice the amount of wastewater than the coal industry. Not surprisingly, it is one of the most targeted industries in China’s War on Pollution.

Given the country’s aim to become “Beautiful China”, “where the sky is blue, the land is green and the water runs clear”, the global fashion industry is vulnerable. Some are seizing this to lead on making clothes that don’t harm the environment. Can the industry survive this transition? Come and discuss greening textile, disclosure in China and closing the loop!


  • 11:00 – Welcome and Today’s Fight in China for the Future of Global Fashion, China Water Risk
  • 11:15 – Information Disclosure Enabling the Greening of Textile Supply Chains in China, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs
  • 11:30 – Sustainability Roadmap of Chinese Textile Industry: Towards SDG 12, China National Textile & Apparel Council
  • 11:45 – Engaging BCI Farms in Water Stewardship – Mitigating Water Risk Value & Creating Shared Value, Alliance for Water Stewardship

Panel Discussion

  • 12:00 – Panel discussion and audience Q&A, moderated by Dawn McGregor, China Water Risk


-Shanshan Ding, Green Supply Chain Project Manager, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs
-Hu Kehua, Deputy Director, Office for Social Responsibility, China National Textile & Apparel Council
-Zhenzhen Xu, APAC Director, Alliance for Water Stewardship
-Frank Michel, Executive Director, ZDHC

  • 12:25 – 12:30 – Closing remarks

For more on the event see here.

See the full programme of World Water Week 2017 here.


27 August, 2017
1 September, 2017
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