'The truth about climate change' (David Attenborough)

(www,theguardian.com)

https://www.youtube.com/v/2JmrmwIyhAE#David%20Attenborough:%20The%20Truth%20About%20Climate%20Change%20(BBC%20-%20Part%201)

David takes us around the world and shows us the various climate changes that are happening already.

From melting polar caps to Patagonian melting mountain glaciers that cause mass flooding, From Hurricanes fuelled by warming seas to fossil fuel burning in coal mines of China, From deforestation of the Amazon to the bleaching of coral reefs and From deserts expanding to severe droughts.

David is passionate to tell us about these urgent disasters, I felt immediately helpless, I am just one person how can I stop this and save my grandsons future.

The rate at which the greenhouse gases are thickening is alarming, but thought that it was amazing how they determined and measured the carbon levels before by examining ice from the past.

Being a passionate scuba diver and having dived in the Great Barrier Reef, I was horrified by the mass commercialisation of the reef and felt saddened by it, but even sadder to see the rate that corals are dying as sea temperatures rise. Tragic.

'Wired 2012' (Lily Cole)

(queminova.catracaliva.com.br)

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/v/SNL6Vjx-0#Lily%20Cole%20-%20Wired%202012%20Full%20Talk

Lily Cole not just a model but a smart lady, came up with the idea and built a social business called 'Impossible'.

She came up with the idea on a plane after visiting a refugee camp in Thailand, it inspired her with the sense of community there, this reminded me of China and my experience of the amazing sense of community and the people who had little but would give you everything.

Although I didnt feel Lily sold her idea very well in this talk, I did think it was a great idea, something that takes you back wartime in Britain and the sense of everyone pulling together.

'Bangladesh in Crisis' (livia Firth)

(www.gov.uk)
Rana Plaza collapse.

https://www.youtube.com/v/lwWPykS9hkM#Bangladesh%20in%20Crisis-%20Ethical%20Fashion%20Part%201

An eye opener to the truth behind the factory fires and collapse of the Rana Plaza, and the state of the factories making clothes for the likes of Walmart, Primark, Mango, Matalan, Monsoon, H & M and Benetton.

It was devastating to see the huge loss of lives, the poor living and working conditions, rivers and water poisoned by dyes and chemicals all caused by retailers greed and consumers naievty.

I was shocked to see the state of the factories where clothes I buy are made, poor construction, lack of health and safety, political bribery with no one accountable or punished. Where were the building inspections ? 

It was only after the Rana Plaza disaster that 40 Brands came together and signed a safety agreement. Although shamefully some refused to sign ,including 'Arcadia'.

'Film 4 - Stacey Dooley investigates - Series 1 - '2 of 6 kids for Sale'

(www.abc.net.au)

https://www.youtube.com/v/94eJkW6wwnU#Stacey%20Dooley%20Investigates%20Series%201%

202of6%20Kids%20for%20Sale

First taking part in a tv series called ' Blood, Sweat and Tears' in India, Stacey from Luton and a mad fashion addict, had her eyes opened to the point that she decided she needed to do something.

218 million children worldwide are estimated to be in slave labour, shocking figure, in Nepal where it is illegal for under 14's to work, tens of thousands of children are forced to leave their families to go and work in big cities. Nepal is very poor because of the wars and the devastating earthquake, wages can be as little as 50p a day.

I felt Stacey was so brave as she ventured into factories to root out children working there and question the culprits employing them. In one factory she found a 10 yr old boy working 14 hour days for 30p per week, it really upset me.

She found young girls sold by their families for around 23p a dayv to work for wealthy families as domestics. 67% of these girls are sexually abused.

There is an organisation called 'Rugmark' that rescue children, and a charity that gives goats to these poor families to stop them selling their children.Goats are like gold and worth more money than a girls life.

Stacey did make me chuckle in some parts ( like at a small village farm when she said it smelt like Whipsnade, having lived up there as a girl I was very familiar with the zoo.) and cry in other parts especially when she cried.

Stacey Dooley is Amazeballs, love her and the film gave me a warm feeling.

'He for She Campaign 2014' (Emma Watson)

(www.ueaa.org)

https://www.youtube.com/v/gkjW9PZBRfk#Emma%20Watson%20at%20the%20HeForShe%

20Campaign%202014%20-%20Official%20UN%20Video

What a passionate woman, though I doubt she would thank me for that comment, Emma Watson is passionate about ending gender inequality and she delivers a powerful message in her speech.

Proud to be called a feminist and fighting for our equal rights she is the new Emmeline Pankhurst, a lady much admired by me and kept me intrigued and interested deeply in history when learning about the suffragettes.

I think that some women ask too much, I am very independant, my dad brought me up that way despite him being a bit of a chauvinist towards my mum, but then I was a daddy's girl. However, I believe men should stop trying to be controlling and chauvinist, but at the same time remain gentlemanly, yes if women want to do male roles in sport or in the workplace, then they should but then if some of us prefer a man to fix things around the house or lift heavy things then we should also be allowed that small balance.

it is a diverse and touchy subject with many different points of views, all valid. 

'How to fight a war with a whistle ?' ( Sean Carasso for 'Do' )

(its-all-for-love.blogspot.com)

https://www.youtube.com/v/MSbAi12d_qQ#How%20to%20fight%20a%20war%20with%20a%20whistle?%20-%20Sean%20Carasso

This is a troubling film as told by Sean Carasso at the Do lectures, about child soldiers in the Congo. The War ? Money, Greed and Minerals, young children being sent to the frontline with whistles and ulyimately being killed. So sad, nothing I hate more than the suffering of children.

All this because of Western greed, yes that word again but that is what it boils down to just pure 'Greed'.

To date 6.9 million dead and still rising, but there is light and a guy called Arnold found 200 kids and a guy called Dr joe has helped with funding to help these children.

The Whistle - a symbol for peace in Congo

My god the film and Sean himself was so passionate and it moved me and I admired him immensely.

Made in Britain

(londonethnic.com)

London Ethnic - Make it England.....

A company that collaborates with London based designers and make everything in the Uk, producing high fashion womenswear and high quality natural, organic beauty products.

They are about promoting sustainable and eco friendly fashion by only using ethically sourced materials and knowing where and how the products are made.

They promote Fair Trade and support charities such as 'Labour Behind the Label' and the 'Rana plaza' fund, also a member of the 'Ethical Fashion forum'.

(londonethnic.com)

The Telegraph (by Ashley Armstrong - 4th Nov 2015)
Burberry announce the company will open a factory in Leeds by 2018. It will combine the manufacture of it's trademark raincoats with the weaving of the cloth and create 1000 new jobs in the industry, to ensure the iconic Trench coat remains ' Made in Britain'.
( Romeo Beckham - www.express.co.uk Jan 15th 2015)

Monsoon

Peter Simon and Yasmin Le Bon visit Seva Mandir
(www.sevamandirfirends.org -April 1st 2013)

Monsoon has a long history of ethical practices, the man behind Monsoon, Peter Simon grew up in Sri Lanka and later travelled through Asia which inspired him to set up the company.

Currently they sell instore and online the 'Artisan' collection, made by women in India, funded and helped by Peter Simon and his company, you can go on Monsoons website and read all about their ethics, their work and history.

Monsoon is also a key supporter of Seva Mandir, and also gives away £500, 0000 a year in funds to projects that put children in education, in particular girls, supports and builds orphanages, and improves and provides much needed health care to the poorest women and their children.

I would really like Monsoon to become even more transparent, to highlight the work they do and promote their 'Artisan' range much more, unless you are looking to find these things out, it is not apparent that all this goes on behind the scenes.

Bio mimicry

another prime example of Biomimicry
(vinitagulersen.blogspot.com)

The picture slideshow above shows a wonderful example of a designers take on Biomimicry, The wonderful gowns created by 'Ellie Saab' for her Spring 2015 collection, highlight some of natures beautiful landscapes.

(as featured on Haute Couture week Facebook photos - April 7th 2015)

 

Giorgio Armani

(www.vogue.fr)

Born in 1934, to a poor family in war time Italy, He went on to become one the biggest names in High End Fashion.

However luxurious and expensive Armani gear is behind the label is a man who is a passionate humanitarian. He became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for refugees,by promoting the organisations work and  helping with funding, he also strives to highlight the suffering of others to the public.

In 1995 his eco project that developed the process of recycling denim was revolutionary at the time, but followed on with armani jeans made from new fabrics using 60% recycled wool and recycled cross dyed cotton, hemp was introduced and also an eco washing polyester made from plastic bottle.

Armani has also worked with Fair Trade on cotton projects in Peru and Bolivia.

(Ethical Fashion Forum 2008).

Here is an example of the company's website transparency and social responsibilty ethics......

''The Armani Group is well aware of its obligations to deliver a more committed and concrete approach to Social Responsibility and has, for many years now, been putting in place a virtuous process for developing projects aligned to the most important international principles concerning environmental, social and economic sustainability. In this regard, the company places special attention on consumer protection and the impact on the environment and, by implementing projects targeted at supporting its business, intends to involve all its corporate stakeholders and product supply chain.By working closely with its suppliers over the last ten years, Giorgio Armani has created undisputable added value which has resulted in the brand gaining a reputation of high prestige and reliability on the international arena.''

The Armani Group has focused its attention on the products it launches on the market in terms of consumer safety protection and the impact on the environment of its production not by simply restricting itself to the requirements imposed by EU legislation but in compliance with the most stringent international limits.

''.........its commitment to Zero Discharge 2020, the Group has set up a Product Safety Control System which guarantees a continuous and methodical control process using specific testing programs on chemical substances in the finished product. This is performed in full respect of the most restrictive international regulations and controls adopting updated technical analyses with the support of avant-garde laboratories which assure the continuous updating of the regulations....''

(Armani.com - Dec 10th 2015)

 

( Picture - jaunehibiscus.wordpress.com)

What is corporate culture ?

The term originated in the early 1980's and began being used by companies and businesses in the 1990's.

So it defines how a company treats its employees, how it does it business (trades), how enviromentally and socially responsible it is.
It lists out the company's social responsibilities and ethical commitments to their staff and consumers and the planet.

A report of corporate culture is usually drafted out and typically found on the company website for all to see, this is called transparency, however if it is difficult to find or one cannot be found this means the company in question is not transparent and may have unethical corporate practices.

Who is the ethical consumer ?

(www.ethicalconsumer.org)

Jack Duckett, a consumer lifestyles analyst reports that '...for todays consumers there is a sense that companies are inherently immoral unless they can demonstrate that is not the case. The most effective way of asserting Corporate social responsibility credentials is not via annual company reports but via product packaging and TV which will have the most direct impact on peoples purchasing decisions....

.....Today big companies are called upon to be good citizens and they are keen to show that they are, in a variety of ways. Annual company reports often talk proudly not just in terms of profit, but in how they are providing a service to the community, working to improve the state of the environment, as well as how they are committed to waste and pollution reduction. Whilst cynics might argue that such efforts amount to nothing but window dressing, there are numerous examples of businesses contributing to the public good.....' 

Mintel data shows that the vast majority of consumers expect companies to act in an ethical way. On the flip side, behaving unethically could cost companies dearly in terms of their reputation, consumer trust and loyalty, and ultimately their bottom line

(Jack Duckett, consumer lifestyles analyst report /via 'The Ethical Consumer Report' Mintel UK July 2015)