May 5, 2016
6:30 p.m., Columbia Club, 15 W. 43rd Street, New York, NY

How We Did It: Sustainable Manufacturing in Esquel

Marjorie Yang
Chairman, Esquel Group

Moderated by Wei Jiang
​​Arthur F. Burns Professor of Free and Competitive Enterprise
Director, Chazen Institute for Global Business
Columbia Business School

Registration and reception begin at 6:30 p.m. Lecture starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. Reception to follow.
Columbia Club, James Madison Room (2nd Floor),  15 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

The textile and garment industry is among the most cutthroat on the planet. Competitiveness is predicated on slashing costs.  With the aspiration to take the innovation and environmental lead in the industry, generating a positive cash flow can seem impossible. 
Esquel, one of the world’s leading producers of premium cotton shirts based in Hong Kong, has managed to balance the profit motive with corporate citizenship – even in regions with the most fragile ecosystems.  Marjorie Yang, Esquel’s chairman, will make a rare US appearance to talk about how she’s run one of the world’s largest textile and apparel manufacturing companies without compromising her ethics – or the bottom line.
What you’ll learn: 

  • How an “old economy” business can be married to new technology and new business models  
  • Why doing good also ensures doing well
  • How to gain internal and external buy-in for sustainability initiatives
  • How even SMEs can embed sustainability into their operations.

Registration has closed, but walk-ins are welcome.