"As you know, textile sector has a high footprint in our environment; the use of water and other scarce natural resources, the need of zero waste and the concept of design with a Cradle 2 Cradle mentality, these are all essential axes that our SMEs should include in their DNA business model if they want to grow and develop. I am not proposing a "master class", but an introduction to a needful change: the need of a more sustainable fashion industry. Sustainability is a must, and better practices will revert in strengthening the image of the companies in their portfolio (and thus hopefully) will lead to a turnover and EBITDA improvement".
Pitusa Bolaño (Spain) — EBRD Group Coordinator, Senior industrial & business management consultant, textile-apparel sector, women-led MSME. She has 28 years of experience in textile companies in both retail and manufacturing. As well as 27 years of experience in developing commercial export strategies for textile companies according to customized international marketing strategies. Has knowledge of worldwide textile sector in the fields of international distribution networks, consumer habits and price retail position. This applies to all 27 European countries, as well as the United States / Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Russia, Morocco and Tunisia.