Dr. Stephen Frost has worked in CSR for over 20 years. He started as an academic in Australia with a PhD in Asian Studies. And in the early 2000s he moved to Hong Kong where he started out working for one of the first CSR NGOs – just when CSR was becoming a thing. He’s still in Hong Kong today but has crisscrossed the sustainability sector – in and out of academia, going into business himself with a CSR consulting firm. Today he’s an honorary institute fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School and Co Founder of GoBlu.
In this episode, part one of our conversation, Stephen reflects on how CSR within the fashion industry has evolved, and shares his views on how his manufacturing clients have perceived CSR over the years. He also reflects on what’s surprised him and what’s he’s learned through his engagement with manufacturers over the years.
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Our episodes this week are thanks to our collaboration with the GIZ FABRIC. The FABRIC project is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and supports the Asian textile industry in its transformation towards fair production for people and the environment.
Stephen was a speaker on the eleventh edition of GIZ FABRIC’s online seminar series called “Getting Through the Crisis Together: Asian Dialogues on Sustainability in the Textile and Garment Industry.”
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