April 22, 2024

IDH Takes Centre Stage At Africa Sourcing And Fashion Week

Change catalyst IDH took centre stage at the Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW) 2023 held from November 3 to 6 and showcased its IN Sustainable Textile and Apparel Parks (INSTEP) programme.

Throughout the event, IDH played a pivotal role, leading insightful discussions and introducing initiatives to advance sustainable practices within the industry.

Jenny Löfbom, IDH Country Director, Kenya emphasised on the need for African manufacturers to highlight their unique selling propositions and sustainability globally through proactive communications.

With a strategic vision, she underscored IDH’s commitment to support this initiative by convening stakeholders, and empowering manufacturers to effectively communicate their sustainability efforts on the global stage.

Wondwosen Zeleke, Programme Manager at IDH, moderated a panel dedicated on enhancing job prospects within the industry.

The discussions involved representatives from ILO, GAIN, Industrial Parks, and manufacturers, who discussed topics such as wages, working conditions, and the essential role played by workers’ cooperatives, all instrumental in shaping improved employment opportunities within the sector.

The discussions revolved around driving systemic change towards sustainability, improving working conditions, and fostering sustainable growth within the sector.

In the exhibition area, the IDH team spotlighted the INSTEP program. INSTEP has been designed to elevate textile and apparel production by instituting significant and enduring systemic changes within Industrial Parks.

IDH also invited IPDC, TAL Apparel Limited, HELA Apparel Holdings, Injo Apparel, and Jeilo Collections, who are in located in the industrial parks IDH works with in Ethiopia and Kenya.

These companies joined IDH at its booth, emphasising collective commitment towards building a sustainable textile and apparel sector in Africa.

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