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51st edition of Filo: the inaugural round table

The round table for the inauguration of the 51st edition of Filo was dedicated to “Sustainability is a virtuous process”. Paolo Monfermoso, manager of Filo, welcomed the participants to the event and, above all, illustrated Filo’s “Sustainability Project” (see opening news).

After Monfermoso, Carlo Piacenza, president of the Unione Industriale Biellese, underlined that “Sustainability is primarily traceability. We manufacturing entrepreneurs have a responsibility: to guarantee traceability from the raw material to the finished product “.

Bruna Santarelli, Office of Textiles and Apparel of Ice-Agency, brought the international vision of Ice-Agency into the debate. And she recalled that “from emerging countries – which are at the same time suppliers and markets for Italian companies – an increasingly pressing demand for sustainable textile products is coming”.

According to Mauro Scalia, Director of Sustainable Business at Euratex, “sustainability is a virtuous process because it is a real response to the needs of society and economy, needs on which policy makers are called to respond. We can say that “sustainability is the new quality”, an element that is added to the high quality of the products of companies, which makes it possible to stand out in global markets. Right now, textile-clothing has a negative image, it is considered a sector that consumes a lot of resources. Our task is to bring clarity to the debate, to show positive examples of sustainable textile production. All the above to make sure that the response of companies meets with the demand of consumers and the requirements of lawmakers. Euratex, in Italy through SMI, collects these virtuous examples, of which a fair like Filo is certainly part”.

Pier Francesco Corcione, CEO of Assoservizi Biella-Filo, said that “The Sustainability Project of Filo is divided into two levels. On the one hand it is a process sustainability, which includes a responsible use of chemistry, a reduction in water and energy consumption; on the other hand, it is a sustainability in social relations, in relations with suppliers, with employees and with the territory. Companies must in fact commit to building a model of social sustainability, in which they deal with and care for the environment they have around and the people who live there”.

Finally, Laura Specchio, president of the Commission for Labor Policies, Economic Development, Productive Activities, Commerce, Human Resources, Fashion and Design of the Municipality of Milan, brought greetings from the Milan administration, underlining that “Filo ideally closes the Milan fashion. But in reality, the sector is the genesis of the whole sector and the fashion shows are the fruit of an excellence that is born here”.

Biella, 13 march 2019

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