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How Fashion Meets Impact

How Fashion Meets Impact

A Blue Ocean Investment Strategy for the Textile & Garment Industry

A Breakfast Event in Amsterdam
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 09:15-11:00
Breakfast: 09:15-09:45, Presentation & Dialogue: 09:45-11:00
Location: Denim City | Amsterdam, Hannie Dankbaarpassage 47, 1052 RT Amsterdam
Denim City is based in De Hallen in Amsterdam-West.
Free entrance. An invitation only event.

A collaboration between
Impact Economy and the Club of Amsterdam
The conference language is English.


How Fashion Meets Impact - A Blue Ocean Investment Strategy for the Textile & Garment Industry

The combined effect of Greenpeace's "Detox" campaign to combat the use of harmful chemicals in the textile and garment industry (launched in 2011), and the Rana Plaza industrial accident in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2013) - where over 1,100 workers died when a factory building collapsed - has been much greater pressure to sort out the precarious working conditions in fashion brand's supply chains.

Making real progress is hard. A sustainable solution requires investment in factory modernization, going beyond compliance. To reconcile fast fashion with dignity and sustainability, the textile and garments industry urgently needs a blue ocean strategy.

Club of Amsterdam has partnered with Impact Economy for a breakfast event in Amsterdam, focusing on the potential of impact investing in solving the issues.

For the occasion, we are excited to introduce the
work of the Apparel Innovation Consortium (AIC) and its creator Dr. Maximilian Martin as well as the Team Impact Economy. The AIC is a factory-upgrading project that is currently being piloted in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bringing best available technologies, modern management practices, and financing to the factories, the AIC looks to cut water consumption at the manufacturing stage by half, slash energy use by one third, chemicals by one fifth, and embed world class manufacturing principles so that (women's) work can be highly productive, safe, and appropriately compensated. All of this in ways that are investible.

The strategy is derived from the study
"Creating Sustainable Apparel Value Chains", which was hailed by leading voices in the industry as "groundbreaking". We will share our vision and experience on the challenges in building a blueprint to take fashion supply chains into the twenty-first century, everywhere, and for all workers.

09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 11:00

Introduction by our Moderator Eva Olde Monnikhof, Director, AVL-Mundo

Presentation & Dialogue

Team Impact Economy:
Dr. Maximilian Martin
, Founder & President
Jasmeet Sehmi, Investment Group
Tobias Roederer, Investment Group

An invitation only event.
free entrance.

Interested to join - please contact us:

Impact Economy
We are an independent and privately held impact investing and strategy firm headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland committed to “Making Impact Investible”.
“Making Impact Investible” means identifying or designing solutions for companies and professional investors that have substantial financial upside while making a positive impact on society and the environment.
Working at UBS, McKinsey and specialized consultancies and investment firms, the Impact Economy team has conducted numerous advisory mandates and investment transactions.
Our experience, vast networks, broad sectorial expertise, and proven processes enable us to create customized solutions for our clients.

The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank involved in channeling preferred futures. It involves those who dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes.
We organize events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels. Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries, science and society.
We currently have more than 4,500 Members globally.


Maximilian Martin
Founder & President, Impact Economy

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Maximilian Martin has worked on building the various missing infrastructure pieces for the vision of a world of 3D business and capital markets, taking into consideration risk, return, and impact, and the fact that philanthropy is often needed to get innovation off the ground.

In 2003, he created Europe’s first university course on social entrepreneurship. From 2004-2009, he created and led the first philanthropic services and impact investing offering for a European bank (UBS), also creating the UBS Philanthropy Forum, the world’s leading convening of ultra-high net worth individuals. Convinced that impact investing must become industrial to matter, in 2011 he founded the advisory firm Impact Economy. In 2013, Dr. Martin was invited to write the Primer on impact investing “Status of the Social Impact Investing Market” for the G8 policy makers’ conference, which considered the potential and development options for this new branch of the financial industry for the first time.

To help introduce a 3D approach to major industries where the problems are, he has since turned to supply chain investing, creating the Apparel Innovation Consortium (AIC) in 2014. The AIC helps to bring financing and world-class manufacturing principles to bear on the world’s #2 polluting industry, where millions of women toil in their first formal sector jobs.

The insights gathered on this journey, as well as the outlook how we can build a future we would actually like to inhabit are narrated in his book “Building the Impact Economy: Our Future, Yea or Nay," published by Springer in 2016.

Dr. Martin holds an MA in anthropology from Indiana University, a MPA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in (economic) anthropology from the University of Hamburg; employers and lecturing appointments have included McKinsey & Company, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepeneurship, UBS, Harvard University, the University of Geneva and the University of St. Gallen.


Jasmeet Sehmi
Investment Group, Impact Economy

Jasmeet Sehmi works in the Investment Group of Impact Economy. He previously held senior management roles in international companies such as SITA, Gemalto, DEC and Reuters. His experience covers Finance, Controlling and Project Management. Throughout his career, Jasmeet has successfully run transformation projects, driving efficiency and cost savings that have enabled organizations to achieve productivity gains and shorter cycle times through process re-engineering and organizational optimization. His diverse background (Indian origin, lived in Kenya, Switzerland and the UK) allows him to connect with people whatever their culture. Jasmeet holds a BA in Accounting, Finance and Economics from the University of Essex, is certified in Project Management and is a High Potential Leadership graduate from IMD Business School. He speaks English, French, Punjabi and Hindi.

Tobias Roederer
Investment Group
, Impact Economy

Tobias Roederer is an attorney-at-law & IP specialist working in the Impact Economy Investment Group. He advises medium-sized and international companies as well as private equity investors on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. His advisory activities include the entire range of intellectual property and corporate law with regard to transactions. Mr. Roederer worked previously in a German commercial law firm and leader in the area of aviation law, where he served mainly as a litigation attorney. Mr. Roederer is admitted to the Hamburg Bar of Lawyers.


Eva Olde Monnikhof
Director, AVL-Mundo

Eva Olde Monnikhof is the former fashion coordinator of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and the current director of the Foundation AVL-Mundo (, a foundation that makes art accessible to the regular public in Rotterdam and beyond.

During her fashion days she was actively involved in attracting new fashion companies to the Amsterdam region and supported whole heartedly the initiatives regarding talent development and sustainability in this particular sector, such as Fashion Fasterclass, MINT and last but not least Denim City.

She has a background in international relations, strategy development and project management. Next to her regular job, Eva is a regular speaker at conferences and teaches at universities.

Nice to know: In her closet you will find approximately 30 pair of jeans.

Denim City | Amsterdam
Denim City is based in
De Hallen in Amsterdam-West.
Hannie Dankbaarpassage 47
1052 RT Amsterdam
The Netherlands

De Hallen Amsterdam is located in West, nearby the centre, between the Kinkerstraat, Bellamyplein , Tollensstraat and the Ten Katemarkt.

By public transport
Tram 7 from Leidseplein; Tram 17 from Central Station. Trams will stop at Bilderdijkstraat, Kinkerstraat, Ten Katemarkt.

Bike parking
Under the library is a free bicycle-parking for about 600 bikes. You can park for bike for max. 72 hr.
The storage is managed during the day and in the evening there is camera surveillance. The TROM is not responsible for damages and theft of property.
Soon in the bike-parking a little bike-shop will open where your bike can be repaired.

Parking garage
The parking garage under De Hallen is open. The entrance of the garage is located on Bellamyplein. Parking costs 3 euro per hour or 27 euro for a whole day.

Opening of the Passage and bike parking:
07.00-23.00 hr (weekends till 03.00 hr)

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