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December 2023


  • In Collaboration with PUPILAR, Apparel Group Aims to Inspire Sustainable Practices in the Retail Sector 

In a significant move underscoring its commitment to sustainability, Apparel Group proudly announces its position as the Retail Industry Sponsor of the COP28 Green Skills Career Fair, in strategic collaboration with Pupilar, a one-stop hub for young individuals looking to launch and advance their careers in the UAE. Scheduled on December 8th, 2023, at the COP28 Green Zone, Expo City, Dubai, this event represents a pivotal moment in the region’s biggest green jobs campaign, to bring together young talent, industry experts, and forward-thinking companies to explore job opportunities and foster discussions on the future of green careers. 

The COP28 Green Skills Career Fair is an innovative platform for university students and emerging professionals to engage with the latest discussion and practices in sustainable retail. Participants will have the opportunity to explore green career paths, network with industry leaders, and gain insights into the future of eco-friendly business practices. 

Mr. Neeraj Teckchandani, CEO of Apparel Group, emphasizes the group’s vision: “As pioneers in the retail industry, we see sustainability not just as a responsibility, but as an opportunity to lead and inspire. Our involvement in the COP28 Green Skills Career Fair is a testament to this vision. We are excited to partner with Pupilar in providing a platform to integrate sustainable practices into every facet of the operations and to inspire the next generation to join us in this journey.” 

Ms Maimuna Rashid, CEO of Pupilar, shares the company’s objective on organizing the Green Skills Fair: “Empowering the next generation through the Green Skills Fair during the region’s biggest Climate Action event COP28 is not just a commitment of Pupilar for Sustainable Development Goal 8, but a visionary stride towards creating awareness on Green Skills for a sustainable future. As the largest youth career community in the region, we recognize that fostering green skills is not merely about job creation but sowing the seeds for a resilient and sustainable workforce. By championing this cause, we embark on a mission to achieve zero youth unemployment, crafting a legacy where our youth not only find meaningful employment but actively contribute to a world that thrives on eco-conscious innovation and a commitment to environmental stewardship.” 

Early September, we challenged ourselves with the question – How will the vision come to life? Cut to now, we’ve embarked on an unparalleled journey towards educating and connecting the youth. The COP28 Green Skills Fair is set to transform the entire Expo City Dubai Green Zone into a colossal career fair. Through this initiative, our vision transcends conventional boundaries as we recognize the potential of creatively connecting the youth and industry, unprecedented in its scale and impact, to empower the next generation through our conscientiously developed initiative design, dedicated app and comprehensive guidebooks to take a holistic and transformative step forward. – Ms Aqsa Khalifa, COO of Pupilar 

As a Retail Industry Sponsor, Apparel Group is poised to play a vital role in the fair, connecting with over 1,000 young participants, including UN Youth Delegates. The event aligns with Apparel Group’s mission to influence positive change in the retail industry through sustainable initiatives and responsible business practices. 

Join us at the COP28 Green Skills Career Fair for an inspiring experience that combines education, networking, and dialogue on the future of sustainability in retail. Apparel Group is excited to contribute to this event and to further its commitment to a sustainable and prosperous future. 

About Apparel Group LLC 

Apparel Group is a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate residing at the crossroads of the modern economy – Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Today, Apparel Group caters to thousands of eager shoppers through its 2100+ retail stores and 85+ brands on all platforms while employing over 20,000+ multicultural staff. 

Apparel Group has carved its strong presence in the GCC and expanded thriving gateways to market in India, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Egypt.  

Additionally, clear strategies are in place to enter emerging markets such as Hungary and Philippines. 

Apparel Group has created an omni-channel experience, operating brands originating from the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The brands include leading names in fashion, footwear, and lifestyles such as Tommy Hilfiger, Charles & Keith, Skechers, Aldo, Nine West, Aeropostale, Jamie’s Italian, Tim Hortons, Cold Stone Creamery, Inglot, and Rituals. 

Apparel Group owes its amazing growth to the vision and guidance of its dynamic Founder and Chairwoman, Mrs. Sima Ganwani Ved, who has taken the company from strength to strength since its inception in the last two decades. 

About Pupilar: www.pupilar.ae 

At Pupilar, we focus on transforming the careers for youth in the UAE collectively designed towards eradicating youth unemployment, with a specific focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goal 8. As a comprehensive hub catering to the needs of youth aged 15 to 30, we serve as a centralized platform, leveraging technology to facilitate job hunt, events and skill building. Our integrated systems converge to create the largest Youth Career Community in the UAE. 

For this event, we are leveraging our “Skills Fair App” which is Pupilar’s events app to manage Youth Career Fairs digitally. For COP28, students will be using the app to participate in the Green Skills Fair using integrated digital maps to visit booths, company details to hold meaningful conversations, workshops to learn about green skills, real-time agendas to personalize their experience at the Green Skills Fair.