Managing Director Fashion 4 Development
Ms. Ballone spent the last 13 years leading product development, supply chain and innovation all the while promoting responsible products for PVH, working at their corporate offices in New York. Over the last three decades, she has cultivated in-depth expertise in the areas of global sourcing, product development, technology innovation, production, and business analysis. She now brings that valuable experience to Fashion 4 Development, working to help companies evaluate their production and supply chains, change their practices, provide information and other resources.
As the proud Managing Director of Fashion 4 Development, Jeanine Ballone focuses on driving sustainability as well as championing environmental and social practices. No matter what venture she undertakes, she remains a steadfast believer of a brighter future through the power of mindfulness and forward thinking.
In the third video of our Executive Education in Sustainable Fashion Master Talks series, WeDesign CEO Simon Collins speaks with Jeanine Ballone, Managing Director of Fashion 4 Development an organization which promotes, connects and builds capacity for a more sustainable future in the fashion and textile industries. Simon and Jeanine discuss the challenges, opportunities and unique roles that global and corporate forces have in creating a more sustainable future for fashion.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
In her Master Talk with WeDesign, Jeanine Ballone of Fashion 4 Development confirmed that her organization fully aligns to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. But what are the Sustainable Development Goals? To answer this question, let us first explore what sustainable development is.
Sustainable development as used and defined by the United Nations is, “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” It is simply, “inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet.” (UN Website)
The Sustainable Development Goals, known shorthand as the SDGs, are 17 goals which, “address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.” (UN website) The SDGs came into force in 2016, having been agreed upon by world leaders of UN member states at an historic UN Summit. The SDGs are, according to the UN website, a “call for action by all… to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. [The SDGs] recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.”
But what does sustainable fashion have to do with the SDGs? One suggestion, which the average person can do, according to the UN website, is participate in ‘zero waste’ fashion as much as possible. Their suggestion states that “the fashion industry is the second highest user of water worldwide. 10,000 litres of water is needed to produce one pair of jeans, equivalent to how much water a person drinks in 10 years. By creating new clothes out of old ones, you help to save water and reduce waste.”
Every person can contribute towards the achievement of the SDGs by making both small, medium and even large changes to their every day activities. There are many ways that all people can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Please find here a full list of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and ways that the average person can help.
“Traceability and transparency equals trust. And that’s what the consumers are asking for, and that’s what the shareholders and bankers are asking for.”
Fashion 4 Development: http://fashion4development.com
Copenhagen Fashion Summit: http://copenhagenfashionsummit.com
“150 Brands Have Joined Emmanuel Macron’s “Fashion Pact” to Make the Fashion Industry More Sustainable” https://www.vogue.com/article/fashion-pact-sustainability-g7-summit-emmanuel-macron