THIS ISSUE   

Brands in this issue include: Accel Lifestyle (why sustainable fashion matters), Amazon (US Supreme Court rejects warehouse worker wage appeal:), Calida (shoppers will pay more for sustainability), Costco (shipment blocked over sweatshops), Decathlon (ups sustainability push), Gucci (new head of diversity, equity, and inclusion), Finisterre (wraps up winter knitwear in marine-safe bags), H&M (buys majority stake in Sellpy), John Lewis (pilots a buyback scheme), Kering (holds hackathon in Paris to develop sustainable luxury solutions), Miss Selfridge (urges customers to recycle), Noah (unveils charitable Oysterman mascot capsule), The North Face (rated by Good On You), Wrangler (creating the next generation of sustainable fashion), Zara (“is not the devil”), Zeeman (joins FWF), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • Lorenzo Albrighi of Lablaco “We want to create a circular, sustainable & transparent fashion system”

  • Why is Extinction Rebellion so focused on fashion?

  • Why measuring sustainability is key to improving fashion’s impact

  • Fast fashion victims: the couriers working long hours against the clock for low pay to deliver online orders

  • Shopping has become a political act. Here’s how it happened:

  • A new report outlines how fashion companies can help reduce modern slavery

In the supply chain:

  • Bangladesh: rising GDP, but is life getting any better?; Bangladesh Denim Expo adopts supply chain standards for exhibitors; ILO global business forum highlights the importance of a sustainability vision for Bangladesh’s RMG sector; and questions raised over Bangladesh Accord successor

  • Cambodia: garment workers seek unpaid wages; and GMAC meets EU INTA members to retain Cambodia’s EBA status

Manufacturers in this issue include: Twinery (partners with HeiQ to bolster circular ambitions), Twine Solutions (digital revolution in the textile industry), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 6 new jobs listed this issue (at Disney Parks, Geox, Groupe ETAM, JCPenney, Nike and VF).

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

FROM ECOTEXTILE NEWS    

H&M Group buys majority stake in Sellpy: “Retailer the H&M Group is increasing its stake in the Swedish second-hand clothing platform Sellpy which is to use the investment to expand overseas” (10 Oct).

Miss Selfridge urges customers to recycle: “Fashion brand Miss Selfridge is working in partnership with the British Heart Foundation to encourage customers to recycle and donate their unwanted clothes, accessories and shoes” (10 Oct).

Questions raised over Bangladesh Accord successor: “Workers rights NGOs are questioning whether Bangladesh is ready to take on responsibility for workplace safety six years on from the Rana Plaza disaster” (10 Oct).

HeiQ technologies bolster circular ambition: “Twinery, the technology arm of apparel giant MAS Holdings, has partnered with Swiss innovator HeiQ to bolster its ambition of creating a circular value chain for its Truecycled synthetic yarn” (09 Oct).

Ellen MacArthur links up with BlackRock: “BlackRock, the world's largest asset management firm, has entered into a global partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to set up an investment fund aimed at driving the development of a circular economy” (09 Oct).

Calida says shoppers will pay more for sustainability: “Swiss fashion brand Calida’s COO Daniel Gemperle says the label has proved that consumers are prepared to pay a premium for sustainable clothing” (07 Oct).

Europe to accelerate drive towards textiles circularity: “The Council of the European Union has given the green light to accelerate the transition of key sectors, including textiles, towards a circular economy and says it will encourage the use of economic instruments, such as taxation and extended producer responsibility schemes in order to achieve this goal” (07 Oct).

BRANDS & RETAILERS

When the giant Zara tries to be ethical: “But Zara is not the devil. No, don’t worry, I don’t pretend to ignore the bad buzz, I remember the scandals due to the outsourcing of manufacturing, and I know that, of course, his teams have been through this. However, and we do not know, they were not content to be uncomfortable, horrified, concerned, internally, they also, without talking to anyone, initiated a revolution in their entire production circuit. By opting (especially in France) for the donation of unsold items to charitable organizations, in order to avoid their destruction. This was well before the very recent law (two weeks old) prohibiting it. By imposing natural dyes wherever possible. By also recruiting, still in France, more than 400 people in great precariousness, young people, often from the streets, political refugees, migrants (all in a regular situation), without any training, by paying them 35 hours a week from their first day in the company. All this without making a big deal out of it, as they say. With a discretion all the more risky as it leaves us all in the dark about these efforts. The way the brand manages public opinion is so unusual… It’s that, and you don’t understand anything if you don’t understand that, Zara is far above the image she can give. His mantra is: Never explain. In an era of mandatory transparency, it is a cheeky posture. The giant thinks, acts, corrects the shooting wherever he sees a dysfunction, knowing full well that, even when communicating, in any case we remain prey to preconceptions” (10 Oct).

U.S. blocks goods, cites sweatshops: “President Donald Trump’s administration is blocking shipments from a Chinese company making baby pajamas sold at Costco warehouses, after the foreign manufacturer was accused of forcing members of ethnic minority groups locked in an internment camp to sew clothes against their will” (09 Oct).

Decathlon ups sustainability push with science-based emissions target: “Decathlon has committed to reducing its CO2 emissions by 75% by 2024 and signed the UN’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action” (09 Oct).

Browns Conscious launch sees deep dive into sustainable fashion: “Luxury retailer Browns launched its Conscious category on Wednesday with the Farfetch-owned store and webstore unveiling four exclusive capsules and the first in a series of documentaries” (09 Oct).

Purpose at work: How Wrangler is creating the next generation of sustainable fashion: “By tackling the industry’s biggest challenges, Wrangler is carving out a competitive advantage and helping other apparel makers improve industry practices. The company is focusing its efforts on a circular supply chain; and instead of adhering to fast-fashion trends, Wrangler has its sights on a cradle to cradle supply chain. In this way, the brand hopes to reduce the toll of fashion on the environment and preserve resources for generations to come” (09 Oct).

Kering holds hackathon in Paris to develop sustainable luxury solutions: “On the week-end of October 4-6, the Atelier Richelieu venue in Paris was fizzing with digital energy. It was the first hackathon organised by the Kering group, attended by 80 developers and digital tech experts - 70% of them professionals and 30% students - from around the world, picked among the 250 who applied to participate. The goal was to develop software solutions applicable to the fashion and luxury industry” (08 Oct).

Noah unveils charitable Oysterman mascot capsule: “New York-based men’s streetwear brand Noah has revealed a new capsule collection in support of local environmental nonprofit Billion Oyster Project” (08 Oct).

Gucci’s global head of diversity, equity, and inclusion Renée Tirado is the outsider fashion needs: ““I am one of very few people in the diversity, equity, and inclusion discipline that is directly reporting to the CEO of the company,” Tirado says. “Some companies have had diversity and inclusion departments for 10, 15 years, but more often than not, this department is sitting in another space, in another building.” She adds, “The fact that Marco said, ‘No, no, you are going to report to me,’ I mean, that’s a game-changing conversation for diversity, equity, and inclusion. He wants me engaged, he wants me at the table”” (07 Oct).

Why sustainable fashion matters: “Megan Eddings, Founder and CEO of Accel Lifestyle, developed a proprietary sustainable fabric that is better for the environment. After years of trial and error, Eddings was able to create a proprietary fabric that includes premium, American-grown Supima cotton. With patents pending in 120 countries, her fabric is a softer, stronger, more versatile fabric with anti-microbial properties” (07 Oct).

US Supreme Court rejects Amazon warehouse worker wage appeal: “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Amazon.com’s bid to avoid a lawsuit seeking to ensure that warehouse workers for the e-commerce giant get paid for the time it takes them to go through extensive post-shift security screenings. (07 Oct).

Finisterre wrap up winter knitwear in marine-safe bags made from Aquapak polymer: “Finisterre has become the first fashion brand to introduce their products in garment bags made from Aquapak polymer. Their new packaging will begin to enter the supply chain with select knitwear lines this October, before a full roll out in February, where the packaging will be included with all garments in their spring 2020 collection” (07 Oct).

Zeeman joins Fair Wear! “We are happy to welcome Zeeman as a new Fair Wear member! On Friday, October 4 2019, Zeeman CEO Erik-Jan Mares and Fair Wear’s Associate Director Margreet Vrieling signed the Code of Labour Practices in a Zeeman store in Amsterdam” (04 Oct).

How ethical is The North Face? Rated by ethical fashion app Good On You (04 Oct).

John Lewis & Partners pilots a buyback scheme with 20,000 customers to help combat clothing waste: “Today, John Lewis & Partners is introducing an innovative and sustainable pilot at its Oxford shop, inviting their loyal, local customers to return preloved clothes in exchange for payment per item” (04 Oct).

NEWS & REPORTS   

Lorenzo Albrighi of Lablaco “We want to create a circular, sustainable & transparent fashion system”: “We recently had the opportunity to speak to Lorenzo Albrighi, the co-founder and CEO of blockchain-powered circular fashion platform Lablaco. As half of the duo behind the first company to apply blockchain technology to fashion, Lorenzo has been at the forefront of disrupting the linear fashion system, especially in the luxury market. In this interview, Lorenzo explains the nitty-gritty of how Lablaco contributes to sustainable fashion, future innovations in the industry and what this means for the accessibility of conscious shopping” (10 Oct).

Why is Extinction Rebellion so focused on fashion? “But there is perhaps another reason that XR has fashion in its sights - it’s personal. Several of the movement’s key figures come from the industry. Arnold studied fashion at St Martins and used to work at Dover St Market. Later, she launched a designer fashion rental website called Higher Studio. One of XR’s co-founders Clare Farrell is an ex-fashion designer, who has shown at London Fashion Week herself as part of the (now defunct) Estethica sustainable fashion hub. These days, Farrell would prefer to shut the whole thing down” (09 Oct).

Why measuring sustainability is key to improving fashion’s impact: “From Climate Marches to Impossible Burgers, it seems that the attention of the world is finally turning to sustainability. The fashion industry is estimated to be responsible for 10 percent of global carbon emissions. Everyone knows that this is unacceptable, but many apparel brands hit blocks when attempting to address sustainability issues. Addressing systemic and decades-old problems within the industry is difficult, but these obstacles can be opportunities if approached with the right mind-set. Dedication to a higher goal than simply turning a profit, a willingness to go against the grain, and data-driven technological advancements and tools to measure efficiency and opportunities to improve will be essential to changing the way we create and use products and lowering the fashion industry’s carbon footprint” (09 Oct). [Ed’s note: focus is on Naadam and Outerknown.]

Common Objective launches Responsible Jewellery Handbook to support the jewellery trade in transforming a $348bn industry: “Common Objective (CO), the pioneering tech solution to sustainable fashion sourcing and business, today announced the launch of their Responsible Jewellery Handbook - a digital hub of intelligence designed to amplify best-practice in responsible and sustainable sourcing, and support jewellery brands to make more ethical business decisions” (07 Oct).

Fast fashion victims: the couriers working long hours against the clock for low pay to deliver online orders: “In Malaysia, delivery men on ‘no work, no pay’ contracts and whose base salary may be barely above the minimum wage can’t afford medical care for work injuries. To have a living wage they need bonuses, earned by delivering 100 or more parcels a day, riding their motorbikes on roads that are among Asia’s most dangerous” (07 Oct). [Ed’s note: article mentions Zalora, Shopee and Lazada.]

Shopping has become a political act. Here’s how it happened: “Calls to boycott, though, are a heck of a lot more visible on social media than are rally cries to pledge brand support. Glickman writes in Buying Power that two-thirds of Americans take part in at least one boycott a year. Boycotts stem from anger. Anger spreads faster and farther on social media than any other emotion, as uncovered by computer scientists at China’s Beihang University and reported by MIT Technology Review. And there are many, many ongoing and overlapping boycotts at any given time. AP News even has a feed to track boycotts worldwide. Consumer activism, boycotts included, puts power in the hands of the people — ”or at least they think it is,” adds Glickman” (07 Oct).

A new report outlines how fashion companies can help reduce modern slavery: “The Freedom Fund recently released a new report detailing the ways in which it is tackling modern slavery and unethical workplaces within fashion” (07 Oct).

SUPPLY CHAIN 

Bangladesh  

The rise and rise of Bangladesh - but is life getting any better? ““If you compare pre-Rana Plaza and post-Rana Plaza, the one thing that really has changed is safety,” says Kalpona Akter (no relation to Tasnia), a labour activist and executive director of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity (BCWS). Between 2005 and 2012, more than 500 workers died in textile factories. After 2014, the annual number of fatalities has remained “well under 30”, according to the Stern Centre for Business and Human Rights at New York University . “Workers are now more aware of their rights,” says Kalpona Akter. When she founded BCWS in 2000, few workers knew they had any rights at all” (09 Oct).

Bangladesh Denim Expo adopts supply chain standards for exhibitors: “The Bangladesh Denim Expo (BDE) is the latest to require exhibitors to meet certain corporate social responsibility (CSR), environmental and chemical usage standards. The organizer modelled its requirements after the protocol Kingpins used for its April 2019 event in Amsterdam” (08 Oct).

ILO global business forum highlights the importance of a sustainability vision for Bangladesh’s RMG sector: “Representatives from the world’s largest retails brands met with leading figures from the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector at the Annual Bangladesh Business Forum in Dhaka last Wednesday, 2 October 2019. Under the theme ‘Driving Sustainable Change’, the forum was organised by the Better Work Bangladesh (BWB) programme, a joint collaboration between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC)” (02 Oct).

Cambodia

Garment workers seek unpaid wages: “About 50 garment workers, representing more than 100 colleagues from Heng Xin Textile in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, yesterday protested in front of the Labour Ministry over unpaid wages for August and September after the owner shuttered the factory” (09 Oct).

GMAC meets EU INTA members to retain Cambodia’s EBA status: “Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) president Van Sou Ieng and secretary general Ken Loo met members of the European Parliament’s Committee of International Trade (INTA) in Brussels last week to discuss and lobby for retaining Cambodia’s ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) benefit. Sou Ieng said he met 27 INTA members, including its chairman” (09 Oct).

MANUFACTURERS   

New method cuts out steps in the production of smart and functional textiles: “Doctoral student Razieh Hashemi Sanatgar has in her research project developed a new polymeric material with electrically conductive properties used as a feeding material in the 3-D printer. It is a nanocomposite, a mixture of a polymer into which she mixed electrically conductive nanofillers, including carbon nanotubes and carbon black. She has also done a systematic study of how different mixtures of these nanocomposites attach to the textile and what properties are achieved” (08 Oct).

Israeli start-up aims to create digital revolution in the textile industry: “Driven by issues of environmental sustainability and material waste, Israeli digital dyeing start-up Twine Solutions is aiming to transform the mammoth global textile industry … While digital printing and analog dyeing are well-established terms, Twine is the first company worldwide to develop a technology capable of digitally dyeing threads, penetrating into the fiber itself and giving clothing manufacturers the quality they need” (07 Oct).

Tackling hazardous chemicals in the textiles supply chain: “How do regulated substances get in to apparel and textiles? Frank Zaworski takes a look … "When you roll out fabric to be cut that has been treated or sprayed with a chemical, the top layers of the roll tend to contain more chemical than the interior layers," Ms Metchek said. "This is very normal. Within one lot of a thousand units, you can have a wide variety of test results depending on where in the role a garment was cut”” (07 Oct).

PRC textile sector witnesses fundamental transformation: “Some fundamental changes are reportedly being witnessed in the Chinese textile and apparel sector that includes an intense transformation in manufacturing, a bleak picture of traditional clothing production, more rational consumer behaviour, closure of several brick-and-mortar stores and government focus on enforcement of water protection legislation” (06 Oct).

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

Ace & Tate: Corporate Social Responsibility Intern (Amsterdam)

Allbirds: Manager, Materials Innovation (Footwear) (San Francisco, CA)

AllSaints: Corporate Responsibility Manager (London)

Amaro: Sustainability & Social Impact Lead (São Paulo)

Amazon: Social Responsibility, Senior Program Manager (Shenzhen, China)

Ann Inc: Manager: CSR, Strategy and Communications (New York)

Arcadia Group: Ethical Trading Manager (London)

Asos: Ethical Trade Assistant (London)

Bestseller: CSR/Sustainability Coordinator (Brande)

Brooks: Corporate Responsibility Analyst (Seattle, WA)

C&A Sourcing: Environmental Project Manager (Hong Kong)

C&A Sourcing: Chemicals Project Manager (Hong Kong)

C&A Foundation: Data Analyst (Gurgaon)

Canada Goose: Manager Fabrics Research, Development, Sustainability (Toronto)

Center for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR): Social Worker (Shenzhen)

Cotton On: Environmental Project Lead (Geelong)

* Disney Parks: Strategic Sourcing Specialist, Disney Cruise Line (Celebration, FL)

Elevate: Sustainability Analyst (Hong Kong)

Esquel: Management Trainee (Hong Kong)

G-Star RAW: Intern Corporate Strategy (Amsterdam)

* Geox: CSR & Sustainability (Montebelluna)

Global Fashion Agenda: Senior Sustainability Manager (Copenhagen)

Global Fashion Agenda: Exhibitor Manager (Copenhagen)

Good Weave: Director, Apparel and Fashion Jewelry (Washington DC)

* Groupe ETAM: Sustainability Manager (Hong Kong)

Guess: Apparel Testing & Environmental Sustainability Specialist (Bioggio)

H&M: Country - Sustainability Developer (Environment) (Guangzhou)

Higg Co: Director, Customer Success

Hugo Boss: Manager Corporate Sustainability Reporting (Stuttgart)

ISKO: CSR Marketing Expert (London)

* JCPenney: Sustainable Sourcing Manager (Plano, TX)

Kmart Australia: Human Rights Manager (Melbourne)

Levi Strauss: LEAN Project Manager Distribution (Unna)

Levi Strauss: Manager, Global Product Strategy (San Francisco, CA)

Lidl: Compliance Administrator (Hong Kong)

Lululemon: Director, Chemicals & Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

Macy’s: Vice President, Sustainability (New York)

Michael Kors: Environmental Administrator (Manno)

Michael Kors: Environmental Analyst (Manno)

Michael Kors: Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (New York)

New Look: Culture and Engagement Partner (London)

* Nike: Director – Carbon and Energy (Beaverton, OR)

Nike: Sustainability Manufacturing and Sourcing Internship (Beaverton, OR)

Nike: Graduate Sustainability Innovation Internship (Beaverton, OR)

Nike: Strategic Planning Manager, Global Sustainability (Beaverton, OR)

Nike: Sustainability Professional II (Jakarta)

Nike: Environmental Health & Safety Manager - Air MI (Phoenix, AZ)

Nike: Community Impact Director Latam (Mexico City)

Patagonia: Environmental Responsibility Associate (Ventura, CA)

Pegas Nonwovens: Global Safety, Regulatory and Sustainability Specialist (Znojmo)

prAna: Sourcing Analyst (San Diego, CA)

PVH: Manager, Environmental Sustainability & Product Stewardship (New York)

Ralph Lauren: Director, Sustainability (New York)

Ralph Lauren: Associate, Global Employee Communications & Philanthropy (New York)

Quiz Clothing: Ethical Compliance & Sustainability Manager (Glasgow)

QuizRR: Internal Sales Representative (Stockholm)

REI: Director, Communications and Public Affairs (Kent WA)

Salomon: Sustainability Program Manager (Annecy)

SAC: Manager, Member Services – APAC (Hong Kong)

SAC: Manager, Events (Hong Kong)

SAC: Senior Manager, Human Resources (San Francisco, CA, or remote)

SanMar: Factory Compliance Analyst (Seattle)

SML: Manager – Global Sustainability (Hong Kong)

Solidarity Center: Senior Specialist for Organizing – Trade Union Strengthening Department (Phnom Penh)

Steve Madden: Social Compliance Manager (Long Island City, NY)

Stitch Fix: Packaging Program Manager (San Francisco, CA)

Sustainable Apparel coalition: Operations Coordinator, Europe (Amsterdam)

Tommy Hilfiger: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

Turnahead: Sustainability Manager (Bangladesh)

Uniqlo: Sustainability Officer (Bangkok)

University of Leeds: Research Fellow in Sustainable Materials and Renewable Fibres (Leeds)

Velcro Companies: EHS Manager (Manchester, NH)

Vetta Brands: CSR & Sustainability Analyst (Columbus, OH)

* VF: Specialist, Sustainability (Choloma)

VF: Analyst, Corporate Sustainability (Denver, CO).

Walmart: Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (Beijing)

Wardrobe: Director of Operations (New York)

WSR: Director of Outreach and Communications (New York)

ZDHC: Legal Intern (Amsterdam)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

10 – 15 October, Los Angeles: Vegan Fashion Week: “This event is designed to empower conscious brands and humans globally with an elevated platform for achievement, inspiration, and discovery.”

11 October, Coimbatore: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

15 – 18 October: Vancouver: Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference: Driving impact through integrity and preferred fiber & materials.

16 October, Delhi: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should con tact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

18 October, London: Kingpin Transformers: Ed: “the first of what we hope will be an annual educational conference focusing on fashion students who are still at university and are about to enter the wider fashion industry.”

18 October, New York: Decoded Future: “Decoded Future 2019 will have an underlying theme: sustainability and social good.”

21 – 25 October, Turin: International Labour Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility: “course offered by the International Training Centre of the ILO.”

22 October, Amsterdam: Kingpins Transformers: Catalysts: “At our Catalysts edition of Kingpins Transformers, we will spotlight the members of the denim supply chain focused on redefining the rules for the future.”

23 October, Dhaka: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

23 – 24 October: Amsterdam: European Textile Polyester Summit 2019: “an insight into the European polyester market and its drivers and developments, as well as focus on feedstock availability and sustainability challenges.”

29 October, Shenzhen: Higg Index Manufacturer Forum: “The manufacturer forum targets apparel and textile manufacturers, brands/ retailers who would like to start capturing their Environmental and/or Social/labor performance using the Higg Facility Tools in 2020.”

29 October, Shanghai: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

29 – 30 October: Washington DC: “Brands Taking Stands – What’s next?”: “bringing corporate leaders together on a fast-paced main stage, keenly focused on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind their thinking.”

30 October, Istanbul: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should con tact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

31 October, Shanghai: Higg Index Manufacturer Forum: “The manufacturer forum targets apparel and textile manufacturers, brands/ retailers who would like to start capturing their Environmental and/or Social/labor performance using the Higg Facility Tools in 2020.”

01 November: Hong Kong: Crisis Management & Modern Slavery: “[The Mekong Club’s] intensive 3.5-hour workshop will equip you with the right tools to anticipate and prepare for a crisis, and teach you how to use crisis management principles effectively. A realistic modern slavery crisis scenario will be used so participants can practice these principles.”

04 – 05 November: Stockholm: Transforming Products for the Circular Economy: “This two-day forum will feature leading innovators, product designers, manufacturers and brands using Cradle to Cradle Certified to design and make safe, healthy materials and products for the circular economy.”

05 November: Dhaka, Bangladesh: Sustainable Apparel Forum: 2nd edition of a forum facilitated by the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange.

05 November, Webinar: Looking Beyond the Regulation, Potential Safety Hazards: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.

07 November, Chennai: 1 Day Chemical Compliance & Product Safety in the Supply Chain: “Manufacturers and suppliers who attend this one-day course can understand the importance of RSL and MRSL obligations for their business, key restricted substances and topical global legislation, as well as best practice guidance for implementation of MRSL compliance to satisfy the leather, footwear and apparel industries.”

12 – 14 November, San Jose, California: BSR Conference: “The 27th annual BSR Conference, one of the longest-running and most prestigious sustainable business events. This year, we will explore the transformations that are creating a new climate for business and help to pave the way for companies, people, and planet to thrive in this era of rapid change.”

13 November, New York: Leather, Compliance & Sustainability New York Conference (organised by Eurofins | BLC and held at Tapestry HQ): “Calling all brands and retailers: How to ensure your brand is compliant with chemistry legislation and can take advantage of the opportunity of adding value through sustainability.”

14 November, Brussels: Ready, Set, Substitute it Now!ChemSec invites you to a full-day event, which will include messages from policy makers, inspiration from progressive companies and hard facts from scientists, as well as panel discussions and workshops on how to best substitute hazardous chemicals.”

20 November, Delhi: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

20 November, Hong Kong: Half Day Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Training Course: This half-day leather sustainability course covers key aspects of traceability and material sourcing, chemical management risks, environmental impacts and stewardship, NGO activity and the leather life cycle.”

22 November, Coimbatore: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

26 November, Dhaka: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

03 December, Northampton, UK: Leather Training Course: “The improved understanding you will gain from this leather course will help you to avoid problems when sourcing and specifying leather products as well as providing confidence when dealing with suppliers, manufacturers, and tanners.”

11 – 12 December, Istanbul: Chemical Management - ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

11 – 12 February, Cologne: 1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibres: “New International Conference on Cellulose Fibres, the fastest growing fibre group in textiles, the largest investment sector in the bio-based economy and the solution for avoiding microplastics.”

11 March, London: Drapers Sustainable Fashion 2020: “[With a] focus on collaborating for change within the fashion retail industry.”

(Photo by Couleur, 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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