S03 Episode 105 | THE CORDES FOUNDATION + SUPPLY CHAIN STORIES

In episode 105, Kestrel welcomes Steph Cordes, the Vice Chair of the Cordes Foundation, to the show. Having worked with Conde Nast and luxury fashion brands in the past, Steph now works to advance the Cordes Foundation's ethical fashion and sustainable supply chain initiatives. 

"I think my biggest takeaway was that minimum wage isn't a living wage, because they [garment workers she met in Sri Lanka] technically are paid minimum wage but that's not a living wage. They aren't able to have enough money to invest that in their families or their children."  -Steph Cordes, Vice Chair of The Cordes Foundation

In this episode, Steph shares more on how the Cordes Foundation believes that elevating the role of women is essential to building stronger economies and improving the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.

She also shares some exceptionally powerful stories from the trips she has taken to meet with, and connect with women working in the garment industry around the world. For Steph, she sees a massive disconnect between designers and the actual people making their clothes in the supply chain.

The below thoughts, ideas + organizations were brought up in this chat:

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Conscious Chatter with Kestrel Jenkins

An inclusive audio space, Conscious Chatter opens the door to conversations about our clothing + the layers of stories, meaning and potential impact connected to what we wear. Hosted by conscious fashion freak Kestrel Jenkins, Conscious Chatter is a venue that allows us to continue to learn more about the garment industry and how we can all be a bigger part of positive change in the industry.

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