THIS ISSUE

Brands in this issue include: Armani (new vegan faux-fur collection), Bank & Vogue (partnering with recycling company Re:newcell), Boohoo (poster child for evils of fast fashion), Gap (buying clean power), Liu Jo (first sustainable denim collection), Loblaw (subject of academic article over Rana Plaza lawsuit in Canada), H&M (fails to ensure ‘living wage’), Matt and Nat (rated “Not Good Enough” by Good On You), Levi Strauss & Co, Nike, H&M and C&A (create ‘unified approach’ to chemicals management), Volcom (multi-year partnership with CottonConnect), and more.

Reports released this week:

In general news:

  • Helvetas launches Organic Cotton Sourcing Guide

  • Sustainable fashion hubs rise in Hong Kong and Taipei

  • Materials engineers find way to recycle old jeans into artificial cartilage

  • What’s behind the rise of upcycled garments?

  • Understanding the Australian Modern Slavery Act & the CIPS position

  • Making the fashion system traceable, transparent focus of UNECE forum

  • The big issues facing fashion in 2019

  • The CFDA launches resource-rich sustainability initiative for designers

  • The ‘no-buy’ movement: could you give up buying clothes and beauty products?

  • How corporate social responsibility influences buying decisions

In the supply chain:

  • Bangladesh: unrest dies down, but now the backlash begins?; and unions say ‘downgraded’ garment workers miss expected pay rise

  • Cambodia: Hun Sen rages as investors flee EU trade threat; ministry urges curb of factory strikes; and some 1,000 workers still jobless after protests prompted mass layoffs

  • China: workers protest over wage arrears; and activists call on people to write letter to legislators calling for new law on sexual harassment

  • India: fire in garment factory

  • Malaysia: civil society organisations perturbed by proposal to deduct 20% of foreign workers’ base salaries to bond them to employer

  • Mexico: 70,000 workers on strike in Matamoros

  • Myanmar: government seeks EU’s favour not to revoke trade preference

  • Pakistan: 13 more witnesses record statements in Baldia factory fire case

  • Sri Lanka: a new app for women in need

  • Thailand: Thai top court orders compensation for Myanmar workers in landmark case

Manufacturers in this issue include: Archroma (presenting new chemical solutions), Hi-Tech Printing & Labeling (calls for new sustainability labels), Saitex International (leading the way on sustainable jeans), Shandong Ruyi (accused of killing fish in Australian river), TAL Group (subject of video on sustainable design), and more.

Quotes of the week:

  • “Financial losses can be managed by any means. But the biggest loss that labour unrest causes is the image crisis before the global buyers, which is irreparable and not manageable. It takes two to three years to rebuild and restore confidence.” BGMEA President Md Siddiqur Rahman, on the damage to the Bangladesh garment sector’s reputation after the latest round of worker unrest (15 Jan).

  • “I think a lot of fashion is, for most people, what you see hanging on the rack and not the whole system that lies behind it.” Norma Rantisi, professor in Concordia’s geography, planning and environment department (08 Jan).

  • “CSR has yielded little in terms of concrete results in terms of improving labour standards.” Genevieve LeBaron, professor of politics at the University of Sheffield (20 Dec).

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

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Gap joins four other companies to buy clean power: “[F]ive companies [including Gap] with varying levels of experience in renewable energy procurement are getting together to contract for about half the generating capacity of a 100-megawatt North Carolina solar farm” (17 Jan).

Boohoo’s sales growth says heaps about our environmental priorities – but avoiding fast fashion is easier than you think: “In a month over-saturated with virtue signalling, from Veganuary displays to #ecoresolutions pledges, why aren’t we challenging how we consume fashion? We may have banned straws, but fast fashion is still growing as an industry and we don't seem to care. How long can this continue?” (17 Jan).

New vegan faux-fur collection takes center stage at Armani’s fashion show: “The luxury brand banned fur in 2016 and is now spotlighting how animal-free materials can be just as glamorous ... Armani showcased its newest collection—headlined by vegan faux-fur—at its Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Menswear show in Milan. The collection consisted of a range of pieces from full-length faux-fur coats to shawls, jackets, and backpacks” (16 Jan).

Bank & Vogue backs fibre recycling technology: “Vintage apparel retailer Beyond Retro and its parent company Bank & Vogue have partnered with Swedish textile recycling company Re:newcell in a bid to introduce a closed loop production cycle and give new life to more than 90,000 pairs of otherwise discarded jeans” (16 Jan).

Supply chain – farm to yarn: Certified traceable organic cotton: “Volcom, in a multi-year partnership with the social enterprise CottonConnect, is launching Farm to Yarn, a socially conscious raw materials initiative which features certified organic cotton that's traceable back to the farm and provides social and professional education programs for the farmers and women in the farming villages of Maharashtra, India, where the cotton was sourced” (15 Jan).

Liu Jo takes first step towards sustainability with Better Denim collection: ““This is our first step on the sustainability road”, Liu Jo CEO Marco Marchi said of the brand’s new Better Denim collection. As many other fashion brands, the Italian label is exploring the best ways to make its operations more and more sustainable in the years to come” (15 Jan).

How ethical is Matt and Nat? Ethical fashion app Good On You rates vegan brand Matt and Nat: Not good enough (2/5) (14 Jan).

Levi Strauss, Nike & others to create ‘unified approach’ to chemicals management: “Four major clothing manufacturers have agreed to share their “screened chemistry” approaches to alternative chemistries, with the aim of supporting a unified approach to chemical management across the apparel and textile industry. Levi Strauss & Co, Nike, H&M and C&A – all of which use similar methodologies in their efforts to identify safe chemical alternatives when eliminating hazardous chemicals – will be sharing their screened chemistry tools with the ZDHC Foundation to help the organization develop a platform for developing safe chemical alternatives and driving innovation in the industry” (14 Jan).

H&M’s campaign to ensure ‘fair living wages’ failed: “H&M’s ‘fair living wages’ campaign, started back in 2013 to provide its global workforce of 850,000 (estimated) workers a fair living wage, has failed dismally and the deadline of 2018 passed without fulfillment of the promise” (10 Jan).

NEWS & REPORTS 

Helvetas launches Organic Cotton Sourcing Guide: “Swiss development organisation Helvetas has launched an Organic Cotton Sourcing Guide, to coincide with Berlin Fashion Week’s ‘How hard is it to go organic?’ forum” (17 Jan).

By the numbers: the economic, social and environmental impacts of ‘fast fashion’: “Think about how many sweaters, scarves and other clothes were given as gifts this holiday season. How many times will people wear them before throwing them out? Probably far fewer than you think. One garbage truck of clothes (PDF) is burned or sent to landfills every second. The average consumer bought 60 percent more clothes in 2014 than in 2000, but kept each garment for half as long” (17 Jan).

Sustainable fashion hubs rise in Hong Kong and Taipei: ““Stakeholders in textiles and raw materials, investors, NGOs, experts in carbon and supply chain, logistics, shipping, exports, the legislative council… the whole industry is clinging onto a rock, which is ideal for collaboration.” But this is only one of the reasons that Hong Kong is primed to become Asia’s next sustainable fashion hub, according to [Christina Dean, founder and board chair of local NGO Redress]” (17 Jan).

Fashion Asia Hong Kong, wrap-up and interview : “Sustainable fashion: high end vs. high street”: “Fashion Asia Hong Kong is part of the fashion initiatives of HKSAR Government, and combines insightful conversations, engaging interactions and cultural exchanges, reinforcing the city’s position as the Asian hub for fashion trade and business development” (17 Jan).

Materials engineers find way to recycle old jeans into artificial cartilage: “A Deakin University team has found an unexpected material that can be used to produce synthetic cartilage: old denim” (17 Jan).

What’s behind the rise of upcycled garments? “Although conversations regarding the serious impacts of climate change and the urgent need for more sustainable systems have been steadily growing among mainstream brands, a batch of smaller, emerging labels have recently been employing the upcycling process in new ways, sparking a trend that’s gaining serious momentum” (16 Jan).

Understanding the Australian Modern Slavery Act & the CIPS position: “In November 2018, the Australian Federal Government passed the Modern Slavery Act into law. CIPS strongly welcomes this milestone as a timely and necessary step to prevent, address and ultimately eliminate abuses in supply chains. This Bill will help the Australian business community to take proactive and effective action to address modern slavery and help mitigate the risk of modern slavery practices occurring in the supply chains of goods and services in the Australian market. But what does it all mean?” (16 Jan).

Making the fashion system traceable, transparent focus of UNECE forum: Several hundred sustainable-minded representatives from the government, academia, fashion, NGOs and other agencies will hash out ideas next month in Paris (16 Jan).

The big issues facing fashion in 2019: 1. Forced and trafficked labour; 2. Race, culture and appropriation; 3. Technology; 4. Sustainability – “While many brands are trying to incorporate more sustainable practices into their already existing businesses, it’s hardly proving to be enough to combat the massive amount of waste and pollution that fashion creates”; 5. Skilled labour exploitation (16 Jan).

Am I the only one who feels guilty about wearing vintage fur? ““I opt for vintage most of the time, so none of my furs are contemporary garments—hand-me-downs from my great-grandmother or vintage fair finds. But my fox fur trims and mink shawls are an ethical double-edged sword; wearing old furs promotes recycling and reduces waste in the grand scheme of things, but it also perpetuates the idea of fur as fashion”” (16 Jan).

The CFDA launches resource-rich sustainability initiative for designers: “As the sustainability movement continues to edge further from the sidelines and into the mainstream, brands that don't adjust accordingly are likely to be left behind. In keeping with that shift, the Council of Fashion Designers of America launched a new sustainability initiative on Monday. Presenting a combination of information, resources and research, the initiative is intended to make understanding and pursuing sustainability easier for any designer” (15 Jan). [Ed’s note: you can see all CFDA’s sustainability resources here. For more reporting, see also: CFDA doubles down on sustainable fashion, and 4 ways the CFDA’s new sustainability report will change your fashion week conversations.]

Supply chain justice through binding global agreements: “Global corporate power is beyond anything we have ever seen. Some are calling it the triumph of the multinational companies. The limits on the power and will of national governments to call corporations to account for their adverse impacts are clear for all to see. Global corporations are tearing up the social contract, the understanding that in order to operate in a society, companies abide by certain rules in the interests of their workers and the broader public” (15 Jan). [Ed’s note: text by Jenny Holdcroft, Assistant General Secretary at IndustriALL Global Union.]

Q&A: Savers on a mission to help us all ‘rethink reuse’: “Sustainable Brands caught up with Tony Shumpert, VP of Recycling and ReUse at Savers/Value Village, to learn more about the company’s work to reduce the amount of clothing, accessories and furniture sent to landfill. Savers is one of the largest thrift store chains in North America. Can you give us an overview of the company and its purpose?” (14 Jan).

The ‘no-buy’ movement: could you give up buying clothes and beauty products? “Splashed out in the sales? Cashed in your Christmas gift cards? The average Briton spends more than £1,000 on new clothes and shoes each year, according to the statistics agency Eurostat – and many are shelling out much, much more. But with a focus now on the environmental impact of the fashion industry, some of the bloggers, vloggers and influencers who cut their teeth sharing details of an endless array of new clothes and products, are changing tack – enter the “no-buy” movement” (13 Jan).

How can trade help create decent jobs? “Syrian Fatima Al Atmah came to Jordan five years ago with her family in search of safety and a better life. Eight months ago, she registered with the ILO’s job centre, which successfully helped her find a job working at a near-by garment factory and apply for a work permit. The job, she says, has transformed her life” (11 Jan – 6:25-minute video).

To fake or not to fake: the responsible sourcing dilemma: “The recent announcement from ASOS that they will be banning all feathers, silk, mohair and cashmere has started a social media furore, quite rightly. Not because the ban in itself is a mistake – it shows that they are indeed taking into account their customers’ concerns in regards to animal welfare; concerns that our insatiable desire for soft, fluffy and silky materials poses a real threat to animals and their environment. The controversy arises from our suspicions that this new policy will not introduce better solutions to replace unethical, environmentally-unfriendly fabric” (11 Jan).

The intersecting futures of the sustainability movement and fashion: “Sustainability occupies an increasingly significant portion of today’s generation’s discourse, leading people to select their wardrobe according to their personal values and life choices. However, it is a slow transition” (08 Jan).

How corporate social responsibility influences buying decisions: “People expect more responsibility, action, and accountability from businesses and tend to shop at companies that share their values, according to a survey of 420 consumers in the U.S. The beliefs and values that drive a company’s brand are becoming increasingly important as people are more aware of the impact their buying decisions can have on the world around them. Clutch surveyed 420 consumers in the U.S. to learn how corporate social responsibility influences how people perceive brands and where they choose to shop” (07 Jan).

Fighting modern slavery in supply chains from the bottom up: “Over the past two decades, the conversation about corporate social responsibility (CSR) for labour standards in supply chains has been focused on the power and potential of big brand companies to influence suppliers” (20 Dec). [Ed’s note:  the article is about a project focusing on an in-depth case study of the garment sector in Tamil Nadu, India.]

Rana Plaza, Loblaw, and the Disconnect Between Legal Formality and Corporate Social Responsibility”: “This paper examines an interesting decision by an Ontario Court in a multi-billion dollar class action negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of Rana Plaza victims. The plaintiffs argued that, through its CSR program, Loblaw had accepted responsibility to take steps to protect workers in its supply chain from foreseeable harm and that it had failed to meet the standard of care required. In a lengthy decision, the Court dismissed the lawsuit on the basis that it was plain and obvious that the case was certain to fail. The paper explores how the Court’s discussion of the concepts of ‘responsibility’ and ‘control’ contrast sharply with the meanings ascribed to those concepts in the logic and discourse of CSR” (09 Dec 18).

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bangladesh  

25 workers held over RMG unrest: “Police yesterday arrested 25 garment workers from Ashulia and Savar industrial zones for their alleged involvement in vandalism, looting goods from factories, and torching vehicles during the weeklong labour unrest that ended on Tuesday” (17 Jan). [Ed’s note: see also Many workers hiding as police hunt on: (17 Jan).]

Pay disparity: RMG workers freed Adabor Ring Road after 4hrs: “Several hundred workers of ‘Dynamic Fashion Ltd’ blocked the Ring Road, one of the widest roads in Mohammadpur and Adabor area, around 8:30am claiming that their factory owners disbursed salaries as per the previous pay scale” 16 Jan).

Unrest trickles away, leaves consequences for apparel workers: “Peace has resumed completely at Bangladesh’s apparel factory and workers have returned to work. But now, what waits for many of the workers are the consequences of their actions … At least 500 workers were sacked from two factories in Ashulia – AR Jeans Producers Limited and FGS Fashion Limited – in the aftermath of labour unrest” (16 Jan). [Ed’s note: see also:  Over 100 apparel workers suspended for ‘illegal strikes’ and vandalism: “Authorities of both factories posted the names and pictures of the temporarily suspended workers on a notice board in front of the factories on Tuesday. The management of AR Jeans Producers Limited and FGS Fashion Limited, owned by a single owner, have temporarily suspended over 100 apparel workers, alleging them of holding illegal strikes in their factories over the new wage structure” (15 Jan); and Hundreds sacked after Bangladesh garment factory workers' strikes (16 Jan).]

Bangladesh unions say ‘downgraded’ garment workers miss expected pay rise: “Bangladesh’s union leaders said on Tuesday that some garment factories were assigning long-standing workers lower salary grades than they deserved to reduce the impact of a pay rise, after a week of violent protests in which one person was killed” (16 Jan).

RMG workers now in fear of reprisals: “Garment workers in Ashulia and Savar industrial zones now fear harassment and also termination from their jobs after normalcy returned yesterday following eight days of unrest over wage disparity” (16 Jan).

Bangladesh labour unrest has ended; backlash coming? “What it seems from reports from the field that Bangladesh’s labour unrest has apparently ended. But the consequences it might bring may be too harsh to bear” (15 Jan).

Readymade garment sector: revised wage sees protests subside: “The weeklong protests in the apparel hub in Gazipur, Ashulia, Savar and Mirpur ebbed away yesterday, a day after the government announced revised wages in six grades for garment workers” (15 Jan).

Repression of worker protests in Bangladesh shows the government’s lack of respect for essential freedoms: ““Clean Clothes Campaign strongly condemns the violence limiting workers’ right to demonstrate. We call upon the government to stop the violence and intimidation of workers and unionists and to cease disregarding workers’ demands,” says Ineke Zeldenrust from Clean Clothes Campaign” (14 Jan).

Cambodia 

Ministry urges curb of factory strikes: “A senior Labour Ministry official is urging further cooperation for the prevention of strikes and demonstrations among factory workers” (17 Jan).

Some 1,000 workers still jobless after protests prompted mass layoffs: “More than 1,000 garment workers have lost their jobs following days of protest calling for wages to be paid for December. The workers were laid off by W&D Cambodia Co. leading to a strike on January 5. W&D Cambodia had refused to pay the former staff for the month of December, according to the workers” (16 Jan).

Hun Sen rages as investors flee EU trade threat: “Global clothing brands are pulling orders from Cambodian factories in anticipation the nation will soon lose tariff-free access to European markets” (16 Jan).

Garment workers express mixed feelings over bi-weekly wages: “Starting this month, garment and footwear workers will be paid their wages in twice per month. While many workers are happy with the new directive, some are worried that they may not be able to manage their finances” (16 Jan).

Svay Rieng denounces striking garment workers: “The Svay Rieng provincial administration yesterday issued a statement saying that striking garment workers from the Bai Hong factory in Svay Teab district were not yet considered official employees by the factory, noting they did not have the right to form a local union” (15 Jan).

Hun Sen says opposition ‘dead’ if EU removes trade benefits: “Cambodian leader’s attack comes as EU mulls removal of Everything But Arms status over human rights concerns” (14 Jan).

China

Workers sit in to protest wage arrears owed by shoe factory in Quanzhou, Fujian: From CLB strike map (16 Jan).

#MeToo: Send letters to your legislators, Chinese activists urge: “Gender equality activists in China are calling on people from all over the country to send letters to legislators in Beijing calling for a new law against sexual harassment” (16 Jan). [Ed’s note: I’m uncertain how much traction this has in manufacturing plants, but the issue is a salient one for garment workers. The article also has a good overview of legislative efforts in China regarding sexual harassment.]

India

Fire at garment factory in Noida: “A fire broke out at a garment factory here on Tuesday, damaging goods worth Rs 2.5 lakh, officials said … The factory in H Block of Sector 63 belonged to a Delhi-based businessman Atulya Sharma and exported finished products, a Fire Department official said” (15 Jan).

Malaysia

Wrong to retain workers’ wages or deter workers’ right to leave employers: “49 … organisations, trade unions and groups are perturbed by the Ministry of Human Resources’ proposal for employers to deduct 20% of their foreign workers’ basic salaries as a means to bond workers to the employer” (14 Jan).

Mexico

70,000 workers strike at US-Mexico border sweatshops: “At least 70,000 workers from 45 factories—including tens of thousands of auto parts and assembly workers at companies that supply GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler – have launched a wildcat strike in the US-Mexico border town of Matamoros … Workers are demanding a 20 percent wage increase, a bonus of 30,000 pesos (USD$1,500) and a return to the 40-hour workweek” (15 Jan). [Ed’s note: although the article only mentions auto plants, Matamoros is home to garment production as well. The issues raised in the article – low wages, corrupt union officials getting rich off 4% union dues, and so on – are relevant to the garment industry, and issues that the new government has promised to rectify.]

Myanmar

Myanmar seeks EU’s favour not to revoke trade preference: “In fear of negative impacts on the nation’s growth and the grass root population over European Union’s potential withdrawal of its generalised scheme of preferences (GSP) from the country, Myanmar officials and businesses have requested the EU to reconsider the move” (16 Jan).

Pakistan

13 more witnesses record statements in Baldia factory fire case: “An anti-terrorism court on Wednesday recorded the statements of 13 more witness, including five survivors of the inferno, in the Baldia factory fire case and summoned more witnesses at the next hearing on January 19 … Earlier, a German court, on January 10, had threw out a lawsuit by Pakistani plaintiffs against clothing retailer KiK over a deadly 2012 fire at a Karachi garment factory, saying the statute of limitations had expired” (16 Jan).

Sri Lanka

A voice for women in need: “In 2017, The Asia Foundation in partnership with Women in Need (WIN), designed and launched ‘2six4’, Sri Lanka’s first android mobile app to combat issues of Gender Based Violence” (13 Jan). [Ed’s note: I downloaded this onto my phone, and although it’s designed to provide an emergency response function (and thus something brands might want to assess for factory use), it’s also a good resource for Sri Lankan laws on gender-based violence in general.]

Thailand

Thai top court orders compensation for Myanmar workers in landmark case: “[Thomson Reuters Foundation reports] Thailand’s highest court on Tuesday ordered compensation be paid to 14 migrant workers from Myanmar whose accusations against a chicken farm of abuses sparked a landmark legal case for migrant labourers” (15 Jan).

MANUFACTURERS

Frontline Fashion 3, with Cara G Mcilroy: Episode 2: “From living room to mass manufacturing. Cara journeys to Hong Kong finalist, Jesse Lee’s front room-studio to see why, for him, sustainable fashion begins at home. It’s then off to the factory as our finalists head over the border to mega-manufacturer TAL Group. In a factory that produces 30,000 shirts a day is it possible to become more sustainable and what role can designers play?” (17 Jan – 11:15 video).

Senate candidate wants ‘secret foreign water holders’ list’ revealed as fish die in Darling River, Australia: “A list of foreign water holders across Australia is being kept secret, as mass fish deaths continue in the lower Darling River … an over-allocation of basin water was furthering the interests of foreigners, including a Chinese-owned textile giant [Shandong Ruyi], but to the detriment of native fish in the river” (16 Jan).

Making jeans is bad for the planet. This factory could change that: “Sanjeev Bahl makes clothing, and money, without poisoning the environment. He wants the rest of the global garment industry to follow his lead … The 55-year-old chief executive of Saitex International was there on one of his regular visits, a very long flight from his home in New York. Dressed in a blue denim shirt and white jeans, Bahl explains that his jeans-making operation recycles 98 percent of the water it uses. But that’s just one aspect of what he considers a tectonic shift for an industry that dumps waste all over the globe” (16 Jan).

Fabric labels and tags’ importance highlighted by likely surge in sustainable clothing manufacturing, says Hi-Tech Printing & Labeling Inc.: “Hi-Tech Printing & Labeling says their labels and tags inform consumers about the philosophical and ethical attitude the company is taking. Whether it is a green-minded approach that focuses on minimizing the carbon footprint and overall sustainability of a product; a commitment to fair trade practices or to build the United States economy by keeping manufacturing inside the country; or a religious, political, or cultural affinity group, Hi-Tech Printing & Labeling Inc. strongly suggests that labels and tags large and small are crucial in getting consumers to notice and relate to a given product” (15 Jan).

Six new substances added to the Candidate List: “ECHA has added five new substances to the Candidate List due to the carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction, persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties of the substances” (15 Jan).

Archroma to boost denim inspiration at Colombiatex 2019: “Archroma, a leader in colour and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, will be presenting its innovative and sustainable solutions for denim and casual wear manufacturers and brands at Colombiatex 2019, from 22-24 January” (14 Jan).

Q&A: Creating strong green marketing strategies to reach end users: “[Nermin Köse] recently developed sustainable concepts—and the supporting marketing strategies—for two Turkish mills, Iskur Denim and Kilim Denim. She consulted on Iskur’s WAW technology, which reduces water usage in the dyeing process by 80 percent and helped develop Kilim’s Re Create fabric made with post-consumer denim” (11 Jan).

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

21 – 23 January, New York City: Texworld USA: The winter show will focus on sustainability.

22 – 24 January, Medellin, Columbia: Colombiatex 2019: includes highlighting the best practices of 25 companies that are committed to this subject with innovation, social and environmental responsibility.

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.”

29 January – 07 February, Various locations in India/Pakistan: 1 Day Leather Processing Course: “Do you source from India or Pakistan? Get your supply chain trained in leather processing.”

01 – 04 February, Los Angeles: Vegan Fashion Week: “Vegan Fashion Week is dedicated to elevate ethical fashion globally.”

03 – 06 February, Munich: ISPO Munich 2019: Lots on sustainability this year.

05 February, Barcelona: Barcelona Fashion Summit: “What can fashion do to stop the loss of consumers?”

13 February, Mumbai: ZDHC Regional Conference: “Signatory Brands, other stakeholders and industry captains of the textile & leather value chain will meet and deliberate on how to integrate sustainable chemistry in business strategies, implement best practices in textile manufacturing and encourage innovations in the chemical industry.”

15 February, Amsterdam: Circular Textiles Ready to Market – ECAP Event: “Sharing the results and learnings of the European Clothing Action Plan after more than 3 years of work.”

18 February, Izmir, Turkey: GOTS Regional Seminar Turkey: “Through focused and challenging discussions, this one-day seminar shall address pressing issues relevant to the organic textiles industry.” 

25 February, Tempe, Arizona: GRI Reporters’ Summit: North America: “3rd Annual GRI Reporters’ Summit: Practical Solutions to Improve your Sustainability Reporting.”

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.”

02 May, Dhaka: Bangladesh Fashionology Summit: Transparency through technology, technology for decent work and environment, future skills development.

15 – 16 May, Copenhagen: Copenhagen Fashion Summit: “Join us this May when fashion’s most visionary and innovative minds gather to discuss the most critical issues facing our industry and planet.”

03 – 06 June: Detroit: SB’19 Detroit: “Navigate your brand’s sustainability journey to deliver business success,” by Sustainable Brands.

10 – 12 June, London: Ethical Corporation’s 18th Responsible Business Summit Europe: “It’s time to Lead: Innovate, Engage and Collaborate.”

18 – 20 June, Minneapolis, USA: Circularity 19: “Circularity 19 will bring together more than 500 thought leaders and practitioners to define and accelerate the circular economy.”

22 June, Barcelona: Plante Textiles 2019: “The 10th edition of Planet Textiles will be a seminal event on sustainability in the textile manufacturing sector and will see an unrivalled gathering of experts from the entire fashion value chain.”

(Photo image, CCO)

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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