Textile Exchange will be celebrating our 15th anniversary and our evolution from a small nonprofit focused exclusively on the expansion of organic cotton supply and demand to a respected global presence that inspires and equips people to accelerate sustainable business practices in the textile value network. In addition to our reports and insights, our annual Sustainability Conference convenes all participants in the apparel and textile industry in order to discuss leading challenges and opportunities for the industry to adopt more sustainable business practices.
The conference focus and call to action this year is
“United by Action: Catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals in Textiles”
Textile Exchange conferences offer participants, which last year totaled over 425 people representing 258 companies from 39 countries, the latest research, trends, innovations, and solutions to challenges faced by the apparel and textile industry. With such active participation, we hope to identify many action items to develop a roadmap to 2030 for the industry.
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Take a sneak peak at the conference agenda for the 2017 Textile Exchange conference: ‘United by Action: Catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals in Textiles’ is here! Browse some of the topics Textile Exchange Conference has planned for you this year! The Agenda structure offers two full conference days, and additional pre- and post-conference days dedicated to in-depth workshops. These half-day and day-long workshops take the audience through multiple sessions of insight and information. Attendees leave the sessions with actionable solutions they can immediately implement into their daily business.
The 2017 agenda is constantly being updated to reflect the latest trends and new solutions in the industry, so check back often for updates.
Monday Oct. 9
- TE Board Meeting- Full Day
- Registration (Opens 12pm EST)
- Basics of Textile Sustainability Workshop
- Welcoming Cocktail Reception
Tuesday Oct. 10
- Member Breakfast
- Keynote Speaker
- Land Management: Farming & Forestry
- Investors are Taking Score
- Peak Water & the Textile Value Network
- Social Impacts: Gender and Cotton
- Reporting SDG Activities
- Nutrient Pollution
- Decarbonizing Opportunities
- Man-made cellulosics Round Table
- Down Working Group
More to come
Wednesday Oct. 11
- Dispelling the Myths of ‘Not a Penny More’
- Innovations in Manufacturing
- Integrity: Chain of Custody and Technology
- SDG Opportunities in Synthetics
- Recycled Polyester Round Table
- Bio-based Synthetics Round Table
- Strengthening Integrity in Your Supply Network
- Funding SDG Activities
- Animal Derived Materials
- Wool Working Group
- Invite-only: Capitol Hill visit
More to come
THURSDAY OCT. 12
- Organic Cotton Round Table
Friday Oct. 13
- Cotton 2040 Summit (invite-only)
- TExcursion- Details coming soon!
WORKGROUP TOPICS INCLUDE
ORGANIC COTTON ROUND TABLE (OCRT)
Responsible Wool Working Group
Responsible Down Working Group
Integrity and Standards
And Even More Features
Monday Oct. 9: Basics of Textile Sustainability half-day Workshop
- Developing a Fiber Strategy
- Basics: Integrity
- Mapping Your Supply Chain
- SDGs: Where to Start
- Basics: Benchmarking
Friday Oct. 13: TExcursion
Details coming soon!
*TE Members are assigned registration ID Codes to receive free pass. Please contact your company representative assigned to Textile Exchange to receive the code or contact us. All Member passes must be used by September 15, to avoid a $100 late registration fee (see below).
Single day passes are also available to TE Members for $600 and to Non members for $800. Click any “Register Now” button on this page and select the Single Day option in registration.
All registrations received after September 15 will include an additional $100 late charge per person to cover expenses incurred from late additions.
All charges are processed in U.S. dollars and must be paid in full by the specified date to secure special pricing.
The 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference will be held at The William F. Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland. The William F. Bolger Center provides an ideal setting for both business and leisure travelers visiting our Nation’s Capital. Guests enjoy a stunning 83-acre property, complete with 43 acres of award-winning gardens, nature trails, sports courts, and more – all just 15 minutes outside of Washington, DC. All 3 major international airports are within 20-35 miles from the Bolger Center:
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
- Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI)
Lodging for our guests will be available at the conference venue for $135 USD per night plus applicable taxes. We recommend that attendees select their own single room due to the small size of each room.
Guests can make their own reservations here.
U.S. Visa Information
The United States welcomes visitors from around the world.
The U.S. Department of State’s Visa Wizard is a guide to help foreign citizens understand which visa category might be appropriate for their travel to the United States. It is reccommended to apply for a visa no later than 3 months prior to the TE Sustainability Conference in October.
When applying for a visa, you will need to meet all requirements for the visa for which you are applying. The consular officer at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will apply for your visa will determine eligibility for a visa, including type of visa required, based on your application, interview, individual facts presented, and on U.S. immigration law. You must schedule an appointment for your visa interview, generally, at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early.
If a Visa is required, the conference registration process will collect the required data for TE to create a letter of invitation. Completed conference registration is required for Textile Exchange to provide a letter of invitation.
Please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Visitor Visa website for more information.