Client Profile: Fashion Takes Action

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Wakulat Dhirani LLP has had an ongoing relationship with Fashion Takes Action (FTA) since the organization’s inception in 2011. FTA is a not-for-profit corporation (NFP) focused on increasing environmental awareness in the fashion industry by encouraging the development of sustainable choices in all aspects of the fashion lifecycle. Although FTA is based in Canada, it looks for opportunities to foster positive change in fashion industry business practices across global supply chains.

The organization started by conducting research into issues surrounding industry labour practices, usage of toxic chemicals, water and energy, supply chain transparency and waste disposal. Funds for initial operations were raised in two galas organized by FTA’s eventual founders – Kelly Drennan and Sarah Peel Kear. These two events successfully showcased the potential for new sustainable fabrics by using them to create beautiful high-end garments.

In addition to providing pro-bono legal services, Robert Wakulat was asked to sit on FTA’s inaugural Board of Directors. Robert’s contributions to the Board included incorporating FTA, assisting with early-stage governance of the organization and guiding FTA’s transition to operate under the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA). Moreover, the Board has consistently considered how to position FTA’s mission and activities to be considered a social enterprise by providing support to fashion students and emerging entrepreneurs. Participating on the Board provided Robert with an in-depth opportunity to develop his knowledge base of operating an NFP under the new CNCA and the unique challenges of operating in the sustainable fashion industry.