Good’s Natalie Cyra sat down with Melinda Tually for a very special podcast interview ahead of Fashion Revolution Week 2018. Tually established Fashion Revolution in Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and sits on it’s Global Advisory Committee. Here, she talks about how the industry has changed since the tragic Rana Plaza Factory Disaster, and the consequential beginning of Fashion Revolution worldwide, which occured five years ago this April.
Podcast interview Natalie Cyra
Melinda Tually, Australia and New Zealand coordinator of Fashion Revolution is a trusted responsible fashion and retail specialist advising brands on ethical sourcing, sustainability, supply chain risk, communications and partnerships. In 2013 she established Fashion Revolution in Australia and New Zealand and sits on it’s Global Advisory Committee. Fashion Revolution is a global non-profit movement calling for greater transparency in the fashion industry.
It has been five years since the world witnessed the worst garment-factory disaster in history. On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapsed just outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, claiming the lives of 1,134 garment workers and injuring thousands more. Fashion Revolution was founded shortly after this, with the aim of calling for greater commitment to transparency across the length of the value chain; from farmers to factory workers, to brands, buyers and consumers.
Composed of key figures from the fashion industry and beyond including industry leaders; press; campaigners; consultants; representatives from charities, campaign organizations, designers and academics, it co-ordinates volunteers in over 100 countries to engage their communities around the issues of supply chain transparency.
In 2017, 2 million people took part in Fashion Revolution Week. The campaign garnered an online media reach of 150 million with over 533 million impressions of Fashion Revolution hashtags and saw 1000 events held across 90 countries. Fashion Revolution Week runs each April, with 2018’s week set to be its biggest yet.