Newsletter

 

November 2013

 

 

 
 

I am pleased to send you the ninth newsletter on the activities of the Centro de Estudios para el Lujo Sustentable [Center for Studies on Sustainable Luxury], which mission is to assist luxury companies in their transition to sustainability, encouraging sustainable business practices across all areas of the organization and its supply chain. This means taking a broader picture to ensure that social and environmental issues are completely integrated into the decision-making process.

In this issue, I would like to present some conceptual guidelines on the dialogue about luxury, sustainability, and biodiversity and to make some -brief- comments on the development of the third edition (2013) of the Best Performance in Sustainable Luxury in Latin America Award

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Miguel Angel Gardetti
Director
Center for Studies on Sustainable Luxury

Contact information:
info@lujosustentable.org
(54 11) 4702-0242
www.lujosustentable.org

Third Edition -2013- of Best Performance in Sustainable Luxury in Latin America Award.

The purpose of this Award -organised by the Center for Study of Sustainable Luxury- is to acknowledge the culture and practice of sustainable luxury in the private sector to civil society organisations and mass media professionals. For this reason, a recognised jury selects the winners strictly based on their merits, which –on the occasion of this third edition and to date- is made up of well-known international personalities in the subject area, such as: María Eugenia Girón (winner of the Best Spanish Business Woman in 2004 due to her performance in Carrera y Carrera); Dana Thomas (author of the bestseller: How Luxury Lost Its Luster); Susana Saulquin (Latin American referent in fashion sociology); Christina Dean (mentioned as one the Most Influential Women in 2010 in environmental issues by the US online magazine Coco Eco); Ana Laura Torres (coordinator since March 2011 of the Center for Sustainable Textile); Prof. Jem Bendell (author of the report titled “Deeper Luxury” for the World Wildlife Fund -WWF (UK)); Eduardo Escobedo (Project Director of Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production).

Awards will be given in these categories:

The best sustainable luxury clothing and accessory company
The best sustainable luxury jewelry or watch company
The best sustainable luxury tourism company (including luxury hotels)
The best sustainable luxury breakthrough/innovative company
The best media professional/journalist in sustainable luxury
The best sustainable luxury project outside Latin America

This edition had 31 nominees. These companies/organisations or people are from –in alphabetical order-: Argentina (4), Belgium (1), Brazil (3), Colombia (1), Chile (3), Denmark (1), Ecuador (2), Spain (2), Italy (1), Mexico (1), Monaco (1); Peru (1), Switzerland (1), United Kingdom (5), USA (3), and Venezuela (1). Even though many head offices are located outside Latin America, their operations have a (positive) social and environmental impact on the region. Moreover, this third edition includes the category “Best Project outside Latin America.”

The award ceremony was held in Villa Ocampo last October 31 and the awarded companies were:
The best large sustainable luxury clothing and accessory company
OSKLEN
The best small and medium sustainable luxury clothing and accessory enterprise
PAULINA ROBSON
The best sustainable luxury tourism company
LA BECASINA
The best sustainable luxury breakthrough/innovative company
VISCERAL ARGENTINA and WE ARE KNITTERS
The best sustainable luxury jewellery or watch company
CRED
The best sustainable luxury project outside Latin America
EDEN DIODATI
The best media professional/journalist in sustainable luxury
NINA RENNIE

For further information on the winners, see pictures and a video with a summary of the event, we invite you to visit the Award web site at: www.awardinsustainableluxury.org

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dialogue “Relating Luxury, Sustainability, and Biodiversity”.

Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth. It encompasses all insects, animals, and plants, the places where they live and their environment. However, this rich biodiversity is running down at a fast pace due to human activities. This impoverishes us and weakens the ability of living systems –which we rely on- to withstand growing threats, such as the climate change. Most countries in the world have acknowledged that the preservation and sustainable use of biodiversity offer new business and investment opportunities for both countries and their small and medium enterprises, which become an important tool to achieve sustainable development goals.

As a frequent user of and beneficiary from biodiversity, the luxury industry has both the opportunity and the responsibility to become increasingly involved in biodiversity management and conservation. Biodiversity creates an opportunity for companies to innovate and evolve by offering a source of raw materials, technology, and business opportunities. Unfortunately, the relationship is not always mutually beneficial. Raw material supply and extraction may cause a decline in population and damage to the ecosystem.

This dialogue –with the participation of María Eugenia Girón, Eduardo Escobedo and Miguel Angel Gardetti, moderated by Ana Laura Torres- provided a framework to discuss the need to redefine the current luxury industry to become more sustainable. Thus, luxury companies will gain insight into the role companies can play in promoting and supporting biodiversity preservation through their internal operations and both global and regional supply chains.
 

 

 

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Third Edition -2013- of Best Performance in Sustainable Luxury in Latin America Award.

Dialogue "Relating Luxury, Sustainability, and Biodiversity".

 

 

 

 

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