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How ethics bring the industry together

Hundreds of people each month come to the Ethical Fashion Forum events we run on sustainable sourcing for fashion professionals, from suppliers and manufacturers to brands and buyers.

Members come from 64 countries, and as I write this, we have just approved our 1,000th member. Number 1,000 deserves a heads up – it is Naturally Organic Leather, a supplier of chemical-free, high-quality leather and quite a pioneer.

All these industry professionals wanted a quick way to connect, so we built a networking site on our website where they can share information and resources.

One of our first members, SoleRebels, was the first Ethiopian fair trade footwear firm. Less than four years ago there were hardly any jobs in the founders’ community in Ethiopia. Now, SoleRebels employs more than 40 people full-time and 100 part-time. And this is just the beginning.

Add to these hundreds of pioneering designers, some of the industry’s foremost experts, buyers, press, suppliers of every type of fabric and component, and manufacturers from all over the world.

Connections through the site have led to some incredible outcomes. If there is anything you need to know about fashion and ethics, you can ask the experts by posting a question on the forum at

The site is free to join and simple to use. You can arrange to meet some of our members in person and take part in our upcoming events in London. All details are on the network, and if you are interested in joining email, who will happily set up a profile for you in a matter of minutes.

  • Tamsin Lejeune is director and founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum

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