Without a doubt, Iemmolo is passionate about what she does in her daily work, and she is making a positive impact. Raising awareness of transparency in the supply chain is so important. With much of her time spent raising awareness of transparency and educating mainly fashion brands on the problems that will arise in the supply chain, when asked if the pandemic affected her work and the work that Systain Consulting GmbH does, she replied: “It opened the eyes of a lot of companies, investing in sustainability was something that increased. However, it was hard for the factories.” Systain had to adapt and act as fast as possible to digitalise all its academy – education and training workshops – online.
Sustainability is something that is innovating and always changing. Iemmolo, explained that living in China really opened her eyes to it. Experiencing it first hand, cold mining and cities being entirely dark, not being able to breathe, they were all issues she had to face. She soon realised that this should not be the normal way of life. From that moment sustainability played an important part in her life. We wanted to know what the greatest lesson she has learned is; “Learning is challenging, working in sustainability you need to always be one step ahead, this is my personal motivation, you need to know new laws” she replies.
Transparency in the supply chain is vital, it is a fact that a lack of it costs lives. We just need to look at 2013, when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed and 1,134 workers were killed. People had to dig through the rubble looking for clothing labels to figure out which brands produced garments in the factory. Companies need to respect human rights, safe working conditions and environments. As individuals, we can help by being more conscious of where we shop. We have the power to make positive changes by trying to shop more sustainably. Iemmolo explains that her wish for the future would be “For the sustainability language to be simplified, what we communicate to consumers should be people focused.” She believes in the power of the fashion industry, and believes that one day the factories will be more sustainable in compliance and will contact brands, rather than be the other way about.
If you are interested in learning more about transparency and the supply chains, then registering for Systain’s free webinars is a must! They will take effect from 7th April 2021 (Webinare zu Nachhaltigkeitsthemen) and offer the chance for individuals to learn how companies can tackle social issues.