THIS ISSUE

Brands in this issue include: Adidas, LVMH, Kering, Tod’s, and Salvatore Ferragamo (rated by Standard Ethics), Allbirds, H&M, Wrangler, and Aquafil (leading the sustainable fashion movement), Co-op (says fair pay could be the next plastics), Duckworth (world’s first sheep-to-shelf wool apparel brand), Everlane (plastic-free by 2021), H&M (called on by CCC to provide a living wage), Lidl and Joules (named in connection with Myanmar factory strike), M&S (defended by Sharia Law scholar over hijabs for 4-year-olds), Reformation (sweaters made from 100% recycled Italian yarn, with La Ligne), Regatta (working with Chinese supplier on motivating workers), The North Face (supply chain transparency via VF’s new traceability map), Walmart (what happens when there’s a note inside your bag from a Chinese prisoner?), Watson & Wolfe (vegan wallets), and more.

Reports released this week:

In general news:

  • How did the recent fashion weeks engage with sustainability?

  • The link between yoga pants and Bangladesh wages (from ETI)

  • A list of free sustainable fashion and ethical business courses online

  • What to expect from Kingpins Amsterdam next week (re Sustainability)

  • New survey shows most shoppers still seek discounts (63% more than 5 years ago)

  • Canadian investors call for transparency on slavery in supply chains, while in the UK fund firms lose patience over the same issue (re UK 2015 Modern Slavery Act)

  • CmiA cotton producers visit textile industry in Turkey

  • EU must stand up to the ‘organised irresponsibility’ of transnational corporations

  • What does it really take to run an ethical fashion business?

In the supply chain:

  • Bahrain: building housing migrant workers collapses, kills 4

  • Bangladesh: 18 injured in clash between garment workers and police; BGMEA accuses NGWF of creating ‘instability’ over calls for a higher minimum wage; BGMEA says implementing new minimum wage will be a major challenge; and 1,200 factories closed in last four years over non-compliance

  • Cambodia: essay on the geopolitics of labour in Hun Sen’s crackdown; EU chambers of commerce in Cambodia issue joint letter against EBA withdrawal; enthusiasm over new wage put at ‘low’

  • China: workers protest over wage arrears; essay on trade union reform (claims vs reality)

  • Haiti: workers reject new minimum wage

  • Malaysia: workers reject new minimum wage; heavier penalties for employers exploiting child workers (aged under 15)

  • Myanmar: biggest story is the escalation of the Fu Yuen Garment Co. Ltd. strike to involve hired thugs to beat women strikers; government calls for skills testing to improve labour force

  • Philippines: exporters fear job losses after government strips incentives; US-China trade war puts pressure on ‘rules-compliant’ factories (of which there is a shortage)

Manufacturers in this issue include: Covestro (first thermoplastic polyurethane based on CO2 technology), Moral Fiber (leading edge polyester recycling), and more.

Quotes of the week:

  • “We’re producing millions of units and every unit that goes out is wrapped in plastic … At the beginning, it was like, ‘Hey, let’s just take off all these plastic bags.’ There are a lot of complications to that. Everything you buy in the world comes wrapped in plastic when it comes out of the factory.” Everlane founder Michael Preysman, upon realising the scale of plastic use when he started the company (17 Oct).

  • “Before a North Face Denali fleece jacket lands on the racks at your local gear shop, it travels through 23 factories in seven different countries and three states in the U.S.” From an article on VF’s new traceability map (17 Oct).

  • There are an estimated 500,000 workers employed in the country’s garment industry, but only 1,831 have skills certificates from the authority.” U Win Shein, president of the National Skills Standards Authority in Myanmar (16 Oct).

  • “According to a research by Common Objective, in the past six years, Google searches for “sustainable fashion” have increased by 46 percent and “ethical fashion” by 25 percent” (16 Oct).

By Stephen Frost, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Why won’t H&M ‘turn around’ and provide a living wage for its workers? “In Europe, people were especially shocked about one of the countries we researched (Bulgaria) being a European Union member. The main disappointment, however, lies in the fact that despite a clear and widely publicised commitment – that workers would be paid a wage that supports a decent life by 2018 – H&M has not made this happen” (18 Oct). [Ed’s note: By Clean Clothes Campaign.]

Standard Ethics rates apparel and textiles sustainability: Ratings on Adidas (EE), LVMH (E), Kering (E), Tod’s (E+), and Salvatore Ferragamo (E) (18 Oct). [Ed’s note: EE- and above indicates good compliance; E+ and E indicates low compliance and ability to manage reputational risk. See here for full guidance on ranking.]

Reformation’s new sweaters are made from 100% recycled Italian yarn: “Reformation [has]teamed up with NYC-based brand La Ligne to design a small collection of sweaters that are completely sustainable. Today, Ref has been boasting in its newsletter, on social media, and beyond. "The sweaters are all made from 100% recycled yarns from Prato, Italy, using things like discarded plastic bottles, industrial waste and used denim cuts” (18 Oct).

Everlane Commits to Plastic-Free Plan by 2021: “By 2021, the company plans to be completely free of virgin plastics … Everlane expects to use about 100 million water bottles through its system” (17 Oct).

4 brands leading the sustainable fashion movement: Footwear: Allbirds; Fast fashion: H&M; Denim: Wrangler; Textile: Aquafil (17 Oct).

See exactly where your North Face fleece comes from: “[A] new traceability map [by VF], which owns The North Face and other major outdoor brands, spent the last year tracing in detail the supply chains of ten of its brands’ most well-known products, from Vans Checkerboard Slip-Ons to Timberland Earthkeepers boots” (17 Oct).

Adidas recalls swimwear for kids of the Infinitex 3-Stripe range: “[Adidas has recalled] kids’ swimwear products of the Infinitex 3-Stripe range. It is strongly recommended that children up to and including the age of 14 stop using recalled products immediately. (17 Oct).

Kering develops ‘digital fingerprinting’ of cotton fabrics: “Italian textile producer Albini, the US Pima cotton growers association Supima and New Zealand origin verification expert Oritain are working on a project for luxury group Kering to make cotton fabrics fully traceable, from the field where the raw material is grown to the shops where the end products are sold” (16 Oct).

‘Exciting, glamorous, girlie’ and made from Hong Kong trash – sustainable fashion brand Germanier: “Lady Gaga and Björk are among the fans of Germanier, label born from its founder’s eureka moment when he saw a man pouring imperfect fashion beads into a hole on a Hong Kong street” (15 Oct).

The vegan fashion designer shaking up the world of wallets: “Helen Farr-Leander, founder of Surrey-based vegan wallet brand Watson & Wolfe, lifts the lid on her work as a sustainable fashion entrepreneur Helen Farr-Leander decided to start her own business in late 2016, and with 10 years' experience in luxury leather goods she thought the luxury wallet market would be a natural fit. "I thought initially that I would just design a few wallets, have them made in China, and then sell them online”” (15 Oct).

Sharia Law scholar defends M&S for stocking hijabs for girls as young as four saying the brand is responding to the needs of British Muslims: Sharia Law scholar defends M&S for stocking hijabs after Birmingham Labour MP Khalid Mahmood argued they sexualise children. M&S faced dozens of comments from angry shoppers who threatened to boycott them over selling hijabs (15 Oct).

Co-op: Fair pay for supply chain workers ‘could be the next plastics: “As more companies begin to emphasise the importance of human rights across global supply chains, the Co-op’s chief commercial officer Michael Fletcher has noted that supply chain worker treatment could have a “David Attenborough moment” and become the next big sustainability issue for consumers” (15 Oct).

Montana Ag Network: Dillon sheep ranch finds success in sheep-to-shelf clothing: “A Montana sheep ranch is blazing an exciting trail by creating more value for their wool by launching its very own Sheep-to-Shelf clothing line. “We were tired of getting commodity pricing for our wool. We were really putting in the extra work to make it a little bit better than the general commodity” said Evan Helle of Helle Livestock in Dillon. It was this frustration that inspired the Helle Family to create Duckworth, the world’s only source-verified, single-origin Merino wool apparel company” (15 Oct).

NEWS & REPORTS

How fashion weeks engaged with sustainability for spring ’19: “Vogue Australia’s sustainability editor Clare Press comments on who led the eco and ethical fashion charge this season at fashion weeks in London, New York, Paris, and Milan” (18 Oct).

How fashion brands can best ensure worker safety in developing nations: “To enforce these standards, companies need to monitor their suppliers and penalize those that don’t comply. While brands typically do that on their own, research suggests that isn’t the best approach” (17 Oct). [Ed’s note: academic article, which is available here.]

From Amtrak seat cushions to luxury bags: Indianapolis nonprofit unveils collection made from upcycled materials: “Indianapolis-based nonprofit People for Urban Progress (PUP) launched today a collection of handmade accessories made from recycled Amtrak leather seat cushions. The limited-edition collection, part of a partnership between PUP and Amtrak, includes totes, backpacks, and dopp kit bag” (17 Oct).

My new yoga pants - and their link to Bangladesh wages: “Then I tried to find out what they might have cost the company. A few minutes on the internet and you can find plenty of companies offering to supply you different yoga pants for just a few dollars, with minimum orders of just a few hundred. But let’s say the price the retailer paid to the supplier in Bangladesh was £8 - probably considerably less” (17 Oct). [Ed’s note: by ETI.]

‘Neonyt’: new sustainability and innovation hub to launch at Messe Frankfurt: “Neonyt - a global hub for fashion, sustainability and innovation - will be open for the first time at the Messe Frankfurt trade fair at Kraftwerk, Berlin from 15-17 January, 2019” (17 Oct).

Sustainable fashion heavyweights dive under the sheets to champion transparency: “Featured speakers were Tony Tonnaer, Founder of denim brand Kings of Indigo and Ciara Shah, Founder of ethical fashion concept Verse. Read a snippet of the full report below, or watch the livestream recording here” (17 Oct).

Sustainability is key at 2018 Milan Fashion Global Summit: “Entrepreneurs and designers discussed the theme in Milan on Tuesday” (16 Oct).

Get educated with these free sustainable fashion and ethical business online courses: “[H]ere are some online sustainable fashion and ethical business courses that will improve your knowledge, help you become a better, conscious consumer or designer and prepare you for our eco fashion and evolved future” (16 Oct).

Using the power of supply chains to end sexual harassment: “Last week, we at New America’s Better Life Lab published what we believe is a novel, forward-thinking report on the reality that harassment is “severe, pervasive, and widespread” across low and high income jobs and male- and female-dominated occupations. We also published an accompanying toolkit, called #NowWhat?, aimed at stakeholders invested in changing this reality. Among the recommendations we offer, one in particular is salient to businesses: supply-chain reform. In a nutshell, this means leveraging consumer, worker, and corporate power to drive change at the companies you do business with” (16 Oct).

Sustainable fashion feels good and looks even better: “Sustainability has a new look. No longer just about hand-me-downs in families and vintages in thrift stores, sustainable fashion has been the talk of the year in the fashion industry. As more consumers are getting interested, the market is responding” (16 Oct).

What’s up at Kingpins Amsterdam next week: ““The future of the denim industry and the environment in general is top of mind these days,” says Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Show and Kingpins Transformers. “2020 is a symbolic year for those of us who wish to see progress and change for the garment industry–and an important marker for us to take stock of where we are at, collectively. Kingpins is focused on pushing the denim industry to be more environmentally sustainable”” (16 Oct).

Most shoppers still seek discounts: “[A] survey of more than 3,000 U.S. adults found that 89% shop at various types of discount retailers. Some 63% buy more items on sale now than they did five years ago … 75% look for deals on apparel” (16 Oct).

Modern slavery is the tip of the iceberg: “One emerging alternative to corporate self-regulation is worker-driven social responsibility (WSR), which aims to give workers a central voice in determining and monitoring their own working conditions. It does this by shifting “power, resources, and control from the entities at the top to the workers at the bottom in ways that legally obligate companies to prioritise the needs and rights of workers”, as described by Theresa Haasof the WSR-Network. (16 Oct).

Canadian investors call for transparency from companies on slavery in global supply chains: “Canadian investors support the recommendation of a Parliamentary report released this week calling for legislation to ensure businesses disclose steps they are taking to address child labour and forced labour in global supply chains, according to the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), the leading investor voice on human rights and responsible investment in Canada” (16 Oct).

CmiA cotton producers visit textile industry in Turkey: “On the initiative of Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), a 17-members delegation of African cotton producers traveled to Turkey to learn more about the processing of “their” raw materials in one of the largest textile production markets in the world. In the metropolitan area of Istanbul, they visited an import organization, a spinning mill and a clothing manufacturing plant. The aim of the trip was to better understand the needs of each supply chain member and meet the quality requirements within the cotton and textile production market” (15 Oct).

It’s time for the EU to stand up to transnational corporations: “This week the United Nations will negotiate a treaty that seeks to hold transnational corporations accountable for human rights violations … A new treaty, which will be negotiated in the coming week (15-19 October) at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, aims to put an end to this organised irresponsibility. It follows the steps of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which the Council unanimously endorsed in 2011”” (15 Oct).

Investors lose patience over slavery in supply chains: “Fund firms are racking up the pressure on companies to show that they have a clear view of the working conditions of staff employed by businesses in their supply chain. The increased scrutiny comes as the UK government embarks on a review of the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, before reporting on amendments in March 2019” (15 Oct).

Sustainable fashion leaders meet in DTLA for the Pollima material revolution: “During Los Angeles Fashion Week, sustainable-fashion consultant group Pollima brought together brands, designers, investors and manufacturers at downtown's Ren Gallery. The Oct. 13 event was organized by Pollima’s founder Ardilla Deneys, as a celebration of sustainable-apparel manufacturing with a focus on ecologically sound materials that are made from waste or biological science, including textiles created from orange peels, mycelium, coconuts and kombucha” (15 Oct).

Cradle to Cradle’s William McDonough - Fashion is a verb: “This interview is a must for anyone who is interested in the circular economy, or indeed just cares about the future of our planet. We discuss why we should we view waste as a resource, and how we can transition to doing that. We talk about sustainable development, about look at how we measure society’s success now, and how we might change that in future” (14 Oct – 50:12-minute podcast).

The realities of running an ethical fashion business: “It’s easy to look at pretty models in pretty clothes and think nothing of how they got there. When a brand shares their new collection, we don’t generally envisage a little home studio where the designer sat night after night, juggling their family life, unpicking mistakes, or having frustrating Skype calls with fabric suppliers at 2am. But this is the reality; especially for ethical fashion brands” (10 Oct).

You buy a purse at Walmart. There’s a note inside from a “Chinese prisoner.” Now what? “When Christel Wallace found a piece of paper folded up at the bottom of her purse in March 2017, she threw it in the trash. She hadn’t yet used the maroon bag, made by Walmart and purchased from one of its Arizona stores months ago” (10 Oct). [Ed’s note: this is a long story by a journalist who tried to verify the note Christel Wallace found in her purse last year. It’s well worth reading.]

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bahrain

Bahrain building collapse kills 4, displaces nearly 200 workers: “A building collapse in Salmaniya killed 4 people and injured over 30 on Tuesday night. Police suspect that a gas explosion caused the collapse. The landlord has been detained pending an investigation, and the neighbouring tenants have also been evacuated. The residents of the private building were low-income migrant workers … More than 10 similar incidents have occurred in Bahrain over the last two year” (14 Oct).

Bangladesh

1,200 factories shuttered in four years: “Some 1,200 garment factories have been closed down over the last four years because of their lack of compliance and falling behind in the competitive landscape, BGMEA said yesterday” (16 Oct).

Living standard of RMG workers should be enhanced: “The workers of readymade garment sector in Bangladesh earn poverty-level wages. Not only that, they continue to work excessively long hours for little money. Whereas, the government and the industry both have failed to protect their interests” (16 Oct).

NGWF spreading falsehood over workers’ minimum wage: BGMEA: “Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Monday accused the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) of spreading false and distorted information about the newly announced minimum wage for workers to create ‘instability’ in the country” (15 Oct).

BGMEA president: Implementation of new wage structure a major challenge: “Without an increase in prices to go with the higher wages, the new wage structure could lead to the closure of a number of RMG businesses, he said” (15 Oct).

18 injured in worker-police clash in Gazipur: “Workers of a garments factory in Gazipur have vandalized their factory and clashed with police while demonstrating for payment of their overdue wages. At least 18, including workers and a policeman, were injured in the clash … The incident took place at the factory of Intramex Group in Lakshmipura area” (15 Oct).

Cambodia

“Hun Sen won’t die, workers will die”: The geopolitics of labour in the Cambodian crackdown”: “Over the past year, the Cambodian government has engaged in a full-frontal assault on freedoms of expression, association, and assembly. The latest development has seen Cambodia effectively becoming a one-party state, after the ruling party swept all 125 seats on offer in the National Assembly at the polls held in July 2018. This essay examines the ways in which both labour politics and China have played a role in these changes” (Jul-September 18).

EuroCHAM Cambodia issues joint letter against EBA withdrawal: “The chairmen of the international chambers of commerce, including the European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia, the French Cambodian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFC), the German Companies Group in Cambodia (ADW ), North European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (NordCham), and Italian Business Association in Cambodia addressed a special letter to Cecilia Malmstrom, Commissioner for European Trade Commission, in the protest against the withdrawal of Everything But Arms (EBA) schemes from Cambodia” (18 Oct).

Cambodia’s garment workers fear EU trade threat but producers optimistic: “A European Union decision to ramp up trade pressure on Cambodia has alarmed unions in its garment industry, a pillar of the economy that employs about 700,000 people, but a key grouping of manufacturers said the risk would take months to materialize” (17 Oct).

Enthusiasm ‘low’ over new wage: “Kheum Nourn, 49, a six-year veteran at a shoe factory in Kampong Speu, which is owned by Taiwanese company Complete Honour Footwear Industrial (Cambodia) Co Ltd expressed little enthusiasm about the new minimum wage. She said she expected more” (16 Oct).

China

Trade union reform: Comparing the achievements claimed by the ACFTU with results on the ground: “In this English-language extract from CLB’s new report on the workers’ movement in China, we look at what the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) claims to have achieved in terms of union reform and what actually transpired on the ground” (18 Oct).

In China, effective HR policies motivate workers and benefit employers: “In this case study, we see how outdoor sportswear company and ETI member, Regatta, has encouraged a Chinese supplier to initiate a worker motivation scheme as part of its commitment to ETI/ILO SCORE business management training. And how effective that’s been” (16 Oct).

Workers protest partial closure and wage arrears owed by textile factory: “Workers protest partial closure and wage arrears owed by textile factory in Changzhou, Jiangsu” (13 Oct).

Haiti

Minimum wage rejected, workers demand 1,000 gourdes per day: “Thélémaque Pierre, spokesperson of the Trade union platform of textile factories and Fignolé Saint Cyr, the Secretary General of the Autonomous Central of Haitian Workers (CATH), reject the new minimum wage of 420 gourdes [$5.89] per day of 8 hours of work for the workers of the export-oriented assembly industries … According to them, this adjustment of 70 gourdes (+ 20%) will not allow workers to provide for their needs evoking among other things the cost of living and the daily cost of transportation” (11 Oct).

Malaysia

Workers march to Parliament over RM1,050 floor wage: “More than 100 workers marched to Parliament here today to voice their unhappiness with government’s paltry hike that raised the minimum wage to just RM1,050 monthly” (17 Oct).

Heavier penalties for those who exploit child labour: “Repeat offenders who hire children aged below 15 can now be jailed up to five years, following amendment to the Children and Young Persons (Employment) Act 1966 (Act 350)” (17 Oct).

Mexico

Will Mexico’s new government make advances on labour justice? “MORENA’s win signals a new political context for the implementation of the 2017 Constitutional Reform to the labour justice system. While pro-labour cabinet officials are slated to lead the Secretariat of Labour and Social Welfare (STPS), it remains unclear to what degree AMLO [president elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador] will deliver on upholding the spirit and intent of the Reform. Meanwhile, other labour related policies and programs that could promote and protect workers’ rights in Mexico have been put forward as part of the new administration’s agenda” (September 18).

Myanmar

Female garment workers attacked while on strike: “Dozens of female garment workers in Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon were attacked by assailants wielding iron bars on Monday. Hundreds of garment workers at Fu Yuen Garment Co. Ltd., which produces ready-made garments for German discounter Lidl und British fashion brand Joules, have been on strike since August. The fight at the garment factory that employs about 1,200 women and only about 100 men is about better working conditions” (18 Oct).

Myanmar garment workers remain on strike over abuses in Chinese-owned factory: “More than 100 Myanmar garment workers are continuing a strike on Wednesday in front of Maha Bandula Park in downtown Yangon, demanding that a Chinese-owned textile factory [Fu Yuen Garment Company Ltd.] rehire 30 workers responsible for starting the labor action and punish those responsible for a violent attack on striking workers on Monday that injured 25 people” (17 Oct).

Clashes at Myanmar garment factory leave dozens injured: “Riot police rushed to the scene of clashes at a strike-hit Myanmar garment factory yesterday after protesting workers say dozens were injured when they were attacked by a mob of “hired thugs”. The predominantly female workers started picketing the Chinese-owned Fu Yuen Garment Co Ltd factory in Yangon nearly two months ago over alleged poor conditions and mistreatment, in a country that is becoming Asia’s latest hub for low-cost clothing” (16 Oct).

Govt calls for skills testing to improve labour force: “The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population is urging garment factories in the Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone to establish assessment centres so that garment workers can earn skills certificates from the National Skills Standards Authority” (16 Oct).

Philippines

Job losses loom in garments sector: “Garments exporters fear massive job losses among big companies and shutdowns among smaller ones once they are stripped of incentives under the present form of the TRABAHO (Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-Quality Opportunities) bill” (18 Oct).

PH running out of rules-compliant garment factories: “The garment manufacturing industry is running out of good factories to produce apparel as more orders intended for China have been diverted to the Philippines as a result of the trade war between the US and China, according to the Foreign Buyers Association of the Philippines (FOBAP)” (14 Oct).

MANUFACTURERS

MD of Lal Imli and Dhariwal subsidiaries of British India Corp jailed over wool fraud: “Special CBI Judge MP Chaudhary has sentenced SC Mahajan, the former managing director of Lal Imli and Dhariwal with three and half years’ imprisonment for intentionally purchasing poor quality wool to be supplier to Ordinance Clothing Factory” (18 Oct).

Akshay Sethi is convinced that all of our clothes will be made from recycled materials by 2030: “Mike Schragger talks to the smart and savvy Akshay Sethi about the science behind polyester recycling, the rapid development of his company Moral Fiber, the steep learning curve he has faced when starting a company directly after graduating from university, and his conviction that all of our clothes will be made by recycled materials by 2030” (17 Oct – 28:16-minute podcast). [Ed’s note: we met Akshay in 2016, and I did a little write up on the newsletter thinking he sounded pretty interesting. Great to see the idea and company evolving.]

First thermoplastic polyurethane based on CO2 technology: “Under the name cardyo, Covestro is developing and marketing new polyether carbonate polyols that are produced with the aid of carbon dioxide (CO2). With Desmopan 37385A the company now offers the first representative of a new series of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) containing polyether carbonate polyols based on CO2 technology” (11 Oct).

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

22 October: Short Course (Free): Fashion & Sustainability: Understanding Luxury in a Changing World: “Get an introduction to issues, agendas and contexts relating to fashion and sustainability in a changing world.”

22 – 24 October, Milan: 2018 Textile Sustainability Conference: United by Action: Accelerating Sustainability in Textiles & Fashion: Textile Exchange’s 2018 Textile Sustainability Conference. (See agenda update here.)

23 – 26 October, Louisville, Kentucky: 2018 EHS & Sustainability Management Forum: “This year's EHS and Sustainability Management Forum will offer five tracks, a focus on EHS&S Business Strategy, Leadership and EHS&S Tools.”

25 October, Milan: Introduction to BCI & Better Cotton: “[A]fter the Textile Exchange Conference [22 – 24 October] to find out how BCI is creating opportunities for your more sustainable cotton strategies.”

25 – 26 October, Lisbon: Sustainable Retail Summit: Hosted by the Consumer Goods Forum – “Topics on the agenda include plastic waste, migrant labour, consumer health, food waste and transparency.”

31 October – 01 November, London: Responsible Supply Chains: The future of trade: “[The] event will include analysis of key sustainability trends, the future of business models and leadership and explore new models of collaboration.”

31 October – 01 November, London: ‘What’s Going On? A Discourse on Fashion, Design and Sustainability’: “The Global Fashion Conference is a bi-annual international conference, which aims to contribute to a multidisciplinary approach to fashion studies and brings together academia and industry, promoting a more sustainable model of development.”

01 November, London: Compare Ethics Presents Real Talk: “We are kicking off the festive season with a lively and interactive event that explores ethical fashion.”

04 – 10 November, Port Douglas and 15 – 21 November, Perth, Australia: Eco Fashion Week Australia: “Innovative, forward-thinking event will feature, exclusive informative discussions, exhibitions, hands-on workshops and incredible runway shows.”

06 – 08 November, NYC: A New Blueprint for Business: “[An] increasingly complex environment requires a new blueprint for business, with resilient strategies, effective governance models, and new management approaches.” BSR’s annual conference.

* 08 November, New York: Raise the Green Bar 2018: Your Roadmap to Sustainability & Success: “Good Housekeeping Institute and Made Safe present the second annual Raise the Green Bar Summit focusing on maximizing your brand’s sustainability efforts for increased consumer engagement and better ROI.”

13 – 14 November, Los Angeles: Remode: The premier event for disruptive and sustainable fashion: “[H]ear from fashion’s leading innovators, gain access to a collaborative network of relevant people and resources, and leave with an actionable plan for innovation and growth.”

13 – 14 November, San Diego: 2nd Responsible Business Summit West: “It is imperative to advance ethical leadership in today's age of digital disruption. Failure to do so will result in loss of customer trust, shareholder value and ultimately, profits.” Hosted by Ethical Corporation.

15 November, London: Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018: “Join BLC, ILM and leather industry professionals at this year’s half-day leather sustainability conference which covers sustainability and innovation around raw materials for leather, uses for waste materials within the leather value chain and circular economy. The conference will also be considering new materials coming to market and look at transparency and traceability of production within existing processes.”

* 27 November, London: Ethics and Fashion at SKC: “Join us to discuss the complex ethical issues involved in the sustainable fashion debate.”

16 – 17 January, Delhi: International Workshop Agreement for the screening of GMOs in cotton and textiles: “The IWA is about a protocol for GMO screening in cotton and textiles.”

24 January, London: 8th Future Fabrics Expo: “Source from 5000+ fabrics, yarns, leathers, trims with a reduced environmental impact from over 150 mills and suppliers.”

* 26 – 28 February Phoenix, AZ: GreenBiz 19: “Premier annual event for sustainable business leaders.”

* 28 February, London: The Nature of Fashion: “The panel, which will include Edwina Ehrman and Kate Fletcher, will explore how to use fashion as a pro-environmental force.”

(Photo imageCCO)

Disclaimer: The Fashion Sustainability Week in Review (FSWIR) is a twice-weekly roundup of sustainability news items relevant to the fashion, apparel, textile and related industries. The views and opinions expressed in the FSWIR by individual authors and/or media outlets cited do not necessarily reflect the position of GoBlu International or any individual associated with the company.

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