There are currently more people in enslaved or forced and abusive labour systems than at any point in human history – and our obsession with fast fashion is a big part of the problem. Appointed as a member of the House of Lords in 2004, Baroness Lola Young has spent years fighting to eliminate slavery, calling on everyone from government representatives to individual citizens to confront their own role in the problem. Lola is currently working on revising legislation to eliminate modern forms of slavery in supply chains. Speaking in conversation with arts, culture, heritage and sports consultant Beverley Mason, Lola discusses how the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh rippled across the fashion industry and shares the question every consumer should ask to hold brands to account: ‘Who made these clothes?’. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Baroness Lola Young

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