Cotton On Group connects with suppliers in Ningbo, China
With suppliers from China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Korea, India and surrounds, the Group’s Connect 2019 Supplier Conference was a day to, engage, inspire, reward, recognise and ultimately bring together the individuals and businesses that the Cotton On Group (the Group) partner with through its supply chain.
Hundreds of suppliers from across hard goods, apparel, beauty and footwear product categories were further educated on the Group’s progress in its ethical and sustainable approach to doing business.
The day’s theme of ‘connect’ saw leaders of the Group across areas of production, sustainability, quality, trend and distribution engage in conversation with suppliers on key topics including the customer and only creating product which they love and which the business is proud to make; sustainability and the importance of social trends and meeting the market’s expectations and production including agility in the marketplace to get the product into the market faster than ever before.
A key item on the agenda was introducing suppliers to the Group’s Ethics and Sustainability platform; The Good, which shares with our customers how we are taking steps to make a positive impact on the people, communities and environments in which we operate.
Connect 2019 was full of updates to inspire suppliers on the Group’s growth and the opportunities that lie in the years ahead as partners.
Supplier recognition has a regular appearance at these conferences through the Champion Supplier Awards; given to those businesses who are leading the way in areas of sustainability and ethical production, proven through comprehensive auditing of business operations.
Awards were presented across the areas of denim, woven, cut and sew, footwear, intimates and sleepwear, accessories and beauty, stationery and hard goods to stand-out suppliers.
The Group aims to hold these supplier conferences every two years as a way to continue updating those they partner with, whether new to the business or who have been on the Group’s journey for some time, to ensure alignment with the business’ vision and always with the agenda of creating excitement for the Group’s future.
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The Group has 100% transparency of their direct suppliers and we’re working toward mapping all suppliers.
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A major contributor to the Cotton On Group and an influential leader within the Africa retail market, Johan Van Wyk will be remembered for his generous spirit and retail acumen. His passing this week has been a shock to our global family and we are deeply saddened by the news.