At WWD’s star-studded Apparel and Retail CEO Summit, SAC’s new Editor-in-Chief Kaley Roshitsh took on this role by moderating a discussion on balancing ethics and metrics in sustainability leadership. The panel, “What Makes a Responsible (and Profitable) Brand,” featured Amy Williams, CEO of Citizens of Humanity Group, and Stefano Canali, CEO of Canali. They all discussed their company’s approach to promoting sustainability while remaining committed to local suppliers.
Williams described the Citizens of Humanity Group’s commitment to regenerative agriculture – explaining how cotton transcends commodity and becomes a testing ground for the value of collaboration in advancing the fashion industry’s sustainability goals. The California-based company recently became involved in the documentary ‘Kiss the Ground’ and collaborated with the Erewhon supermarket chain.
Canali shared his eponymous company’s metrics-first approach to business growth, which is central to the company’s nearly 90-year history. The Italian menswear brand has invested in a long history of craftsmanship, and Canali sees sustainability as a testament to its values. The brand also embraces a progressive approach to measuring sustainability, demonstrated by Canali Care, which acts as an avenue for data-driven progress. Over the past two years, Canali has invested in life cycle assessments, starting with a focus on the environmental footprint of products, and found that raw materials represent two-thirds of the company’s environmental footprint; the company is working to decarbonize its supply chain and has committed to near-term targets through the Science Based Targets initiatives.
Roshitsh also attended the closing ceremony on day one, where presenter Jennifer Lawrence was among the A-list attendees and awards were presented to Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, Macy’s Inc. CEO Jeff Gennette and the Chloé brand.