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Lewis Perkins May 4, 2021

In order to address climate change, the fashion industry is in need of creative financing solutions. A recent report by The World Resources Institute and Apparel Impact Institute identified six actionable interventions to reduce the carbon footprint of the fashion supply chain and to achieve the UN Science-Based Climate Targets. Together, these solutions will cost more than $3 trillion dollars over the next decade. Many of the interventions (e.g., Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency) have a positive financial return as well as an impact return.

This session will bring together multiple players in the apparel and finance industry (e.g., representatives from the banking sector, the nonprofit sector, an early stage/VC fund, and a fashion brand) to discuss the need for a blended capital approach (i.e., debt, equity, and philanthropy) to address climate change. Additional value will come from industry perspectives on the challenges and accelerants to broader adoption of these tools, including. examples of previous investments that have utilized a blended capital approach.



Meta Themes

  • Climate Action

  • Impact Investing

  • Sustainable Development


Fashion, Blended Capital, Climate Targets, Actionable Solutions, Renewable Energy, Supply Chain

Purpose and Desired Outcome

We believe this panel will provide a roadmap for apparel and finance industry decision makers, with the ultimate goal of creating a larger role for financial capital in reducing the carbon footprint of the apparel supply chain.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Government


  • NameLewis Perkins
  • TitlePresident
  • OrganizationApparel Impact Institute
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameRyan Gaines
  • TitleDirector of Finance
  • OrganizationApparel Impact Institute
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameBernadette Blom
  • TitleDirecto
  • OrganizationGood Fashion Fund
  • StatusInvited
  • NameJeannie Renne-Malone
  • TitleVice President, Global Sustainability
  • OrganizationVF Corp
  • StatusInvited
  • NameKelly Fisher
  • TitleHead of Corporate Sustainability
  • OrganizationHSBC
  • StatusInvited
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