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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 January 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 JANUARY 2016 9 NEWS Food for Thought Women’s Day luncheon As International Women's Day approaches, the Food for Thought network has announced it will be hosting an exciting luncheon event. Presented in partnership with Manningham City Council, the event promises to be an afternoon of inspirational dialogue involving a number of remarkable women. This year's keynote speaker will be president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs. Having taken up her appointment in 2012, Professor Triggs has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with govern- ments and international organisations on human rights law. Thus far, her presidency has been focused on the implementation of the human rights treaties in Australian law, along with reaching out to the Asia Pacific region regarding practical approaches to human rights. Further details regarding the luncheon program will be released by the network at a later date. The International Women's Day Luncheon 'Women Inspiring Women' will be taking place on Sunday 6 March at Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, VIC from 11.30 am-3.30 pm. From Nike to Etiko Nick Savaidis learned about fair trade as a child - from his seamstress mother MICHAEL SWEET Nick Savaidis' first lessons in ethical garment making were learned as a child in the 1960s, watching his mother's daily routine as a seamstress in their Melbourne home. It was an education he never forgot. "Like so many migrant mothers in those days, mine was a machinist from home. In our lounge room, the Singer sewing machine was next to the TV, and a big pile of fabric that would be delivered every day," says Savaidis. HACCI mentoring program call out Members of the HACCI Young Professionals Network (HYPN) have the opportunity to take part in an exciting mentoring program. Open to all HYPN premium members, successful applicants will have the chance to work alongside and learn from one of HACCI's many successful professionals, gaining invaluable experience and insight. Running for six months in total, the program will commence on 9 March and conclude by 14 September, 2016. Registrations are currently still open and can be submitted online, with the matching of mentors and mentees expected to be finalised by the end of February. To register, expressions of interest forms must be submitted in full by the end of January. The sooner you register, the more likely you will be paired with a mentor of your preference. Please email forms to email@example.com "When I was 10 or 11, I went to a shop in Collins Street and I saw stuff that mum had made. It was going for 40 or 50 dollars but she had been paid 15 or 20 cents for it. I couldn't work out how she could be paid so little while they were sold for so much. I thought that sucked as a kid." With the family struggling financially at that time, the Savaidis family lost their Thornbury home because they couldn't make the repayments. It was a tough time - and an experience shared with thousands of other migrants from southern Europe following the peak of mass migration to Australia. Almost 40 years later Savaidis founded Etiko, the Melbourne-based business Nick Savaidis with his assigned merchandiser Sonu Singh (R) and Sweta Sarkar in Kolkata. that specialises in developing and marketing sustainably produced, eco-friendly clothing, footwear and sports goods. “I went to a shop in Collins Street and I saw stuff that mum had made. It was going for 40 or 50 dollars but she had been paid 15 or 20 cents for it. I thought that sucked ... ” Rated the country's most ethical fashion brand by the Australian Fashion Report in 2013, the company's name was inspired by Savaidis' spin on US multinational Nike. "It always pissed me off that Nike - the brand that is renowned for sweatshops - had based its name on the Greek word for victory. I thought I'd twist that idea and use the Greek word for ethical. That's how we came up with Etiko." Since launching in 2005, the company's achievements include being the first nonfood brand to gain Fairtrade certification in Australia and New Zealand, as well as helping create hundreds of micro-businesses in South Asia as part of its supply chain. A constant campaigner for the tens of thousands of poorly-paid workers in developing countries who produce for the large multinational brands, Savaidis says Etiko's mission is to promote the idea of "conscious and conscientious consumerism". "It's one thing to be aware of the issue of child labour, but conscientiousness means doing something about it. "Fashion is cheaper now than it's ever been and the reason for that is workers in developing countries are being exploited. In Bangladesh garment workers suffer so we can have cheap garments. "I've always had empathy for the underdog," says Savaidis. "I don't like to see anyone being exploited, it doesn't matter which part of the world." 2015 HACCI mentors and mentees. Nick Savaidis with members of the Chetna Organic Farmer Co-operative near Hyderabad in India, who supply the organic fairtrade cotton that goes into Etiko’s products.
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