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Textile and Culture; How do they interact?

About This Week’s Guest

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Ferry den Hoed is a non-food retailer from the Netherlands.

In his position as president for the Foreign Trade Association (now called Amfori) he was part of the success of the growing community of BSCI.

BSCI is the leading platform for social compliance in the world.

Ferry den Hoed decided to start helping retailers and brands with the implementation of social compliance systems and founded the consulting company CoComply in Brussels.

“The weather is absolutely crucial for textile retailers.”

His tips to become more culturally competent are:

  • Be modest and empathic. People are more forgiving than you think. Especially if you behave modestly.
  • Relax. Just go with the flow.
  • Don’t think that we’re all the same. Some are from Mars and others are from Venus. Remember that.

Interview Links
Links that are mentioned in this episode:

Website: http://cocomply.eu

If you want to listen to another podcast where I talk about textile and culture, listen to this interview with Imran Rath.


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Chris Smit

I'm passionate about Cultural Difference. I have been helping organizations save time and money when they work Internationally for the last 19 years. I have had the fortunate opportunity to hold lectures, workshops, and consulting projects on this subject World Wide. It has made me understand my own culture much better, and appreciate the differences around the world.
I have a Master's Degree in Organisational Psychology and have lived in the USA, the Netherlands and, currently, in Belgium.
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