THIS ISSUE  

Brands in this issue include: American Eagle Outfitters (new sustainability goals plan carbon neutrality), C&A, Frankie Collective, MAFIA, Pure Waste, Silfir and WAO (showcased in Fashion for Good exhibit focuses on circularity), Net-a-Porter (launch sustainable fashion store), Patagonia (waterproof shells are now recycled and Fair Trade), Primark (paradoxes with sustainability), Refuse Club (promoting social change), Save The Duck (animal-free winter jackets lands in Hong Kong), Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, Zero + Maria Cornerjo, and KitX (teaching the fashion industry about sustainability), The RealReal (shows the circular economy is for real), thredUP (driving the circular fashion movement with AI), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • Interfilière New York returns for sustainability, tech-focused trade show

  • Secondhand clothing predicted to overtake fast fashion within a decade

  • Fashion is increasingly going carbon neutral, but what does that even mean?

  • California becomes first US state to ban animal fur products

  • The problem with ‘sustainable fashion’

  • Sustainable fashion must be leather-free

  • Circular Fashion: Closing clothing’s waste loop

  • Fashiondex’s Sustainable Fashion Forum addresses solutions in apparel production

  • World’s first zero-emissions top handlers introduced at the Port of Los Angeles

  • Fashion’s latest trend: Eco bragging rights

  • Cannabis: a remedy for the soil?

  • Why 5,000-year-old fashion is making a comeback

  • One & done: Why do people ditch their clothes after just one wear?

In the supply chain:

  • Bangladesh: job losses to impact poverty reduction and GDP growth; actress’s portrayal of RMG worker wins French award; have conditions improved since Rana Plaza?; factories under national inspection initiative get 6 more months; exports dip 7.3% in September; and sparks between David Birnbaum and the BGMEA over apparel industry future

  • India: apparel sales down; and Karnataka garment factory workers say harassment continues

  • Pakistan: APTMA seeks 5 years textile policy to increase exports and jobs

  • Vietnam: Hanoi’s garment firms try to go green

Manufacturers in this issue include: Birla Cellulose (claims carbon neutral emissions), David Nieper (commissions study that reveals UK fashion manufacturing is 47% greener), Royal Golden Eagle (invests US$200m in textile fibre innovation), Sateri (where are we still falling short on eco-fashion?), Spinnova (11 MEUR investment for commercial scaling), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 8 new jobs listed this issue (at Carhartt, Global Fashion Agenda, Intertek, Pure Strategies, PVH, Ralph Lauren, Target and Vans).

Quotes of the week:

  • “Offshoring manufacturing is offshoring pollution - it’s not acceptable to shift the problem overseas, where it’s out of sight and out of mind.” David Nieper, on a report revealing UK fashion manufacturing is 47% greener (10 Oct).

  • “I only wear clothes once because usually if I have bought an outfit and gone out in it then I would’ve most definitely taken a picture in it. I don’t like to be seen in the same outfit [twice]. I guess that’s shallow of me?” Sukaina Benzakour (08 Oct).

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

FROM ECOTEXTILE NEWS    

RGE invests US$200m in textile fibre innovation: “Manufacturing group Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) has announced plans to invest US$200 million in cellulosic textile fibre research and development over the next 10 years” (15 Oct).

Deforestation sparks concerns over wood-derived textiles: “Amidst concern over a surge in the number of wildfires in the Amazon rainforest this year, questions are being asked about what deforestation means for ‘sustainable’ wood-derived textiles” (14 Oct).

Vietnam’s garment industry told to clean up its act: “Vietnam's garment industry has been told to clean up its act in terms of its huge water and energy use and the substantial pollution caused by the discharge of toxic chemicals” (14 Oct).

Birla Cellulose claims carbon neutral emissions: “Textile manufacturer Birla Cellulose says it has become the first viscose manufacturer to declare carbon neutrality in Scope 1 and Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions” (14 Oct).

Fashion for Good exhibit focuses on circularity: “Dutch NGO Fashion for Good (FFG) has launched its latest exhibition at its headquarters in Amsterdam, which focuses on circularity in the fashion industry. The Reborn exhibit showcases garments from C&A, Frankie Collective, MAFIA, Pure Waste, Silfir and WAO; each of which demonstrates unique approaches to developing apparel that can be upcycled at the end-of-life. (11 Oct).

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Why this NYC-based label uses fashion to promote social change: “Born in Chongqing — a municipality of more than 30 million people bordering Sichuan province — the two New York City-based designers behind indie label Refuse Club weave a dash of social commentary in with their lace and Lycra” (13 Oct).

The RealReal shows the circular economy is for real: “Fashion icon Burberry announced a deal on National Consignment Day in October with The RealReal as resale demand for the English luxury brand at the online purveyor of used apparel rose 64% year-on-year. It was the latest sign that the circular economy in apparel is for real as Millennial and Gen Z consumers opt for sustainability in clothing as in many other life choices. The aim of a circular economy is the elimination of waste and continual use of resources. It is the trend that has powered RealReal first into unicorn status and then into an initial public offering with a stock that has stabilized around its IPO price of $20 after a short spate of flipping” (12 Oct).

All of Patagonia’s waterproof shells are now recycled and Fair Trade: “Patagonia is at it again, proving that the clothing industry doesn't have to be nearly as wasteful as other companies would have us believe. For years, the industry has been saying it's too expensive and too difficult to make exterior jacket material from recycled plastic, and that the resulting material won't perform as well, but after years of trial and error, Patagonia would beg to differ. The outdoor gear company has just announced that 100 percent of its waterproof shells, which includes 61 styles for men, women, and children, are all made with recycled materials and sewn in Fair Trade Certified factories. While some are entirely recycled, others are partially, which works out to 69 percent of this season's line being made with recycled materials. Considering that the industry norm is only 15 percent, this is an impressive accomplishment” (11 Oct).

Primark’s paradoxes with sustainability: “It cannot be denied that efforts from Primark and others in the industry to reduce their carbon footprint, greenhouse gas emissions, and water waste are all admirable; but the root of the problem lies with the simple fact that the industry is producing far more products than necessary, which is resulting in vast and inexcusable amounts of waste and pollution” (11 Oct).

Save The Duck’s animal-free winter jackets lands in Hong Kong: “Italian eco fashion brand Save The Duck has just opened its doors in Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui’s K11 Musea mall, debuting to the city their animal-free and sustainable outerwear collection. While the brand is established across Europe and North America with multiple locations in 33 countries, this is their first boutique shop in Asia” (10 Oct).

Net-a-Porter launch sustainable fashion store: “Net-a-Porter launch sustainable fashion store. UK luxury sales house, Net-a-Porter this week have launched a sustainable fashion store. The UK fashion retailer introduced a “one stop shop” where customers can buy sustainable and ethical products. Net Sustain is their new platform that highlights brands which meet at least one of the business’ criteria for sustainability” (10 Oct).

What these luxury brands can teach the fashion industry about sustainability: “Yes I know, most of us mere mortals can’t afford to shop at high-end designer shops, but maybe we should be following what they are doing? Personally, I’ve never really taken an interest in luxury brands, besides a second-hand handbag from Gucci (best find from Vinnies). My interest however has recently peaked, due to some high-end designers spear heading eco innovation in the fashion industry” (10 Oct). [Ed’s note: Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, Zero + Maria Cornerjo, and KitX.]

How thredUP is driving the circular fashion movement with AI: “Fresh on the heels of a $175 million raise, thredUP is poised to capitalize on the rising $24 billion secondhand market via its use of artificial intelligence to bring scale and efficiencies to every area of its operations, while fueling the round fashion fad among conventional retail manufacturers with the launch of its”resale as a service” offering” (10 Oct).

AEO’s new sustainability goals plan carbon neutrality: “American Eagle Outfitters intends to reduce energy and water use in its production supply chain and source more sustainable raw materials as part of its new sustainability goals through 2023 and beyond. By 2030, AEO will achieve carbon neutrality in its owned and operated facilities and employee business travel, and reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent” (09 Oct).

NEWS & REPORTS   

Interfilière New York returns for sustainability, tech-focused trade show: “Interfilière New York, a global sourcing show for intimates, swimwear and athleisure, is coming to the Javits Center for a two-day workshop from October 16 through 17, featuring an itinerary dedicated to sustainability and tech innovations” (14 Oct).

Secondhand clothing predicted to overtake fast fashion within a decade: “The impact of the industry on the environment and human lives is undeniable, and secondhand clothing is often pushed as the solution to the issue. But is thrifting really going to fix our fast fashion addiction?” (13 Oct).

Fashion is increasingly going carbon neutral, but what does that even mean? “[Going carbon neutral] might sound like huge progress on paper, but a lack of public education on sustainability means that terms like ‘carbon neutral’ and ‘negative emissions’ are difficult to unpack. It’s worth asking: what does this pledge look like in practice? More importantly – is it enough?” (13 Oct).

California becomes first US state to ban animal fur products: “California will become the first US state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products and the third to bar most animals from circus performances under a pair of bills signed on Saturday by the governor, Gavin Newsom. The law will bar residents from selling or making clothing, shoes or handbags with fur, starting in 2023. Animal rights groups cheered the measure as a stand against inhumane practices. The proposal was vigorously opposed by the billion-dollar US fur industry, while the Fur Information Council of America has already threatened to sue. It follows Newsom’s signing of legislation that makes California the first state to outlaw fur trapping and follows bans on sales of fur in Los Angeles and San Francisco” (13 Oct).

The problem with ‘sustainable fashion’: “But to some experts, the fashion industry’s current efforts amount to little more than lip service. The pursuit of sustainability is a vast, hazy, yet ever more urgent task -- one that many say will require radical and transformative measures. Is fashion truly becoming more sustainable? Or is the concept just another trend?” (11 Oct).

Sustainable fashion must be leather-free: “Sustainability is the fashion buzzword of 2019 – with designers and retailers everywhere pledging to do more to protect the planet. Yet somehow, animal leather is still being used in allegedly “sustainable” and “eco-friendly” collections – and this does the ethical fashion movement a big disservice. The leather industry – like other forms of animal agriculture – is responsible for serious, far-reaching environmental damage” (11 Oct).

Circular Fashion: Closing clothing’s waste loop: “Decarbonisation, which is the overriding focus behind many of the environmental initiatives the industry is pursuing, is only addressing one part of the issue. Waste is the other significant part of the broader environmental conversation and begs for the same level of attention” (11 Oct).

Fashiondex’s Sustainable Fashion Forum addresses solutions in apparel production: “This October’s LA Textile show, held Oct. 2–4 at the California Market Center, featured the third Los Angeles edition of the Sustainable Fashion Forum by Fashiondex. Hosted on Oct. 3 in the Fashion Theater of the CMC, the event focused on production solutions. As consumers continue to lead more-ethical and eco-friendlier lifestyles, the sustainable movement has reached mainstream status in the apparel industry. Attendees were able to meet with companies that offer sustainable products and services while listening to industry experts on sustainability provide guidance through their visions for the future” (10 Oct).

World’s first zero-emissions top handlers introduced at the Port of Los Angeles: “Increasing its commitment to combat the detrimental environmental effects of carbon emissions, the Port of Los Angeles unveiled its new Taylor ZLC976 zero-emissions top handlers, which rely on battery-powered electricity. Manufactured by Louisville, Miss.–based Taylor Machine Works, Inc., the pre-commercial, on-dock cargo-handling trucks are the first of their kind in the world. Through testing over the next year, the Port of Los Angeles will examine how the full capabilities of the machines aid in supporting more-efficient and cleaner cargo handling at the Everport Container Terminal” (10 Oct).

Fashion’s latest trend: Eco bragging rights: “Of all the trends that emerged from fashion month, the four-week-long circuit of ready-to-wear shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris that ended last week, the one that trumped all others was neither a skirt length nor a color nor a borrowed reference. It dominated runways in every single city; it became so ubiquitous that it was almost a cliché. Forget streetwear. Sustainability was the hottest look of the day” (10 Oct).

Cannabis: a remedy for the soil? “But what is less emphasised in the media today are the may uses of the cannabis plant in addition to its added benefits to the soil. Unlike cotton and many other plants used in textile, hemp needs less water and requires no pesticides, allows for soil remediation (phytoremediation) - whereby hemp can absorb pollutants from the earth - and it returns 60-70 percent of the nutrients it takes from the soil” (10 Oct).

Why 5,000-year-old fashion is making a comeback: “Handicrafts from China’s 56 ethnic minority groups have long been ignored and some are on the verge of extinction.  Now their fashion techniques are being sought for inspiration and collaboration by brands as diverse as Marni and Uniqlo” (10 Oct).

One & done: Why do people ditch their clothes after just one wear? “Let’s just say, wearing an outfit more than once is seen as a fashion crime,” says presenter Sukaina Benzakour. The 24-year-old is not alone in her opinion. Perhaps surprisingly, since sustainability seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue right now, one in three young British women consider clothes to be ‘old’ after just one or two wears. Research carried out for Barnardo’s earlier this year revealed that Brits were set to spend £2.7 billion on 50 million summer outfits that would be worn only once – on holiday or at events such as festivals and weddings” (08 Oct).

SUPPLY CHAIN 

Bangladesh  

Job termination to hit poverty reduction rate, GDP growth: “The poverty reduction and steady growth of the country is hampering for job termination from RMG sector. At the same time, the job losing of migrant workers became a serious threat for attaining a vibrant economy, said experts. Such scenario is also applicable for the corporate, banking sector and almost every sector in Bangladesh, they observed. If such trend continues, the country would fail to achieve the targeted GDP growth of the country, they lamented. GDP growth rate has been projected at 8.2 percent for FY2019-20. Stakeholders said, they are forcing to cut the job to minimise the production cost” (13 Oct).

Shimu wins French award for her portrayal of a RMG worker: “Bangladeshi actor Reekita Nondine Shimu won the Best Actress award in Festival de Saint -Jean-de-Luz, in France on Saturday. Shimu received the award, which is also known as Prix d’Interprétation Féminine or Women's Interpretation Award, for her work in Rubaiyat Hossain’s Made in Bangladesh” (13 Oct).

After Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, have conditions in garment factories improved? “Worker safety and working conditions in factories that supply fast fashion and garments to some of the world’s biggest brands remain ‘fragile’ despite increased vigilance since the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, according to a recently concluded research” (12 Oct).

  • Why cheap fashion is expensive for those who are making it: “Six years on, some progress has been made, but more needs to be done, according to Stephen Frenkel, AGSM Scholar and a professor of organisation and employment relations in the school of management at UNSW Business School. Frenkel is a co-leader of the Garment Supply Chain Governance Project, an international, interdisciplinary project established after the Dhaka disaster to examine changes in factory practices and retailer policies in Bangladesh. In August, the project released its final report: Garment Supply Chains Since Rana Plaza: Governance and Worker Outcomes” (23 Sep).

Factories under national inspection initiative get 6 more months: “The government once again extended the deadline for up to six months for completing remediation works in readymade garment factories which were being inspected under the joint initiative of the Bangladesh government and the International Labour Organisation” (11 Oct).

The Bangladesh apparel industry: A state of arrested development: “On 20 September, M. Rubana Huq, the newly appointed president Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exports Association (BGMEA) published an article in which she accused customers – international brands and retailers – of bankrupting many of Bangladesh’s factories by demanding lower and lower FOB prices … Blaming-the-customer is a long-time favorite game by the Bangladesh garment industry. In itself, it would appear to be harmless. Indeed, very few professionals accept anything they say. Afterall, these same people accused their customers of causing the Rana Plaza catastrophe” (07 Oct). [Ed’s note: by David Birnbaum.]

  • Bangladesh garment industry ‘not a Titanic about to sink’: BGMEA to David Birnbaum: “A post by Mr. David Birnbaum came to the attention of BGMEA and we feel it absolutely important to clarify a few issues. First of all, the BGMEA President has nowhere accused the international brands and retailers for lowering the price, rather she has often raised the issue of unfair internal competition along with dipping prices that kills the price. So, as much as the brands are responsible for viewing Bangladesh as a source of cheaper clothing, the supply chain of Bangladesh also needs to realign itself and decide how to offer the best possible product with a deserving price so that all the investments that they have done in their factories do not go in vain” (09 Oct).

  • Response to BGMEA: “My recent article in on LinkedIn was the result of an interview given by Ms. Huq the new president of BGMEA to Just Style on 20 September with the opening paragraph The head of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has blamed low prices paid by international brands and retailers as one of the reasons so many factories have closed down over the last year. In my opinion that statement was just one more step backwards. Any information in my article is based on either data from reliable sources or information from senior people in the global garment industry. The above notwithstanding, there is the possibility that I may be wrong” (10 Oct). [Ed’s note: by David Birnbaum.]

Exports dip by 7.3% in September: “While the country’s export has been experiencing slowdown for months, its major competitor Vietnam's textile and apparel export posted a 2.2% growth to $3.37 billion in August” (06 Oct).

India 

Apparel sales down by 25%, say exporters: “The two-day apparel exhibition being held in [Noida] has some bad news coming from the apparel and garment industry in Gautam Budh Nagar: exporters say sales have gone down by 20-25% in the past six months” (11 Oct).

1 yr since ‘Me Too’, Karnataka garment factory workers say harassment continues: “A year since the #MeToo movement in India became mainstream, Karnataka garment workers say mechanisms to tackle sexual harassment are still absent” (08 Oct).

Pakistan

APTMA seeks 5 years textile policy to increase exports and jobs: “The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Group Leader Gohar Ejaz has sought a five-year textile policy to double the textile exports to $26 billion and create three million new jobs in the country” (09 Oct).

Vietnam

Hanoi’s garment firms try to go green: “Vietnam is one of the world’s largest garment producers, but experts have called on enterprises to brush up their green credentials for the domestic market. Director of the Department of Industry and Trade of Hanoi Le Hong Thang told producers gathered at a networking event held by the department on October 11 to commit to environmentally-friendly garment production” (12 Oct).

MANUFACTURERS   

Eco-friendly fashion – Where are we still falling short? “Despite current efforts to create more eco-friendly fashion, the industry needs a more deliberate approach to integrating sustainability across the entire value chain. Here Feng Xin, VP of downstream business & corporate development at viscose major Sateri, sets out three key areas that should be addressed” (11 Oct).

Study reveals UK fashion manufacturing is 47% greener: “As part of its campaign to localise British manufacturing, Derbyshire fashion firm David Nieper has commissioned an academic report into the environmental impact of offshore manufacturing. The report which was conducted by the University of Nottingham Energy Innovation and Collaboration team, has revealed the practice of offshoring manufacturing essentially amounts to offshoring pollution, with two-thirds of emissions from UK clothing occurring overseas. The report also highlights 47% less emissions are created by manufacturing clothes in the UK, in comparison to a similar operation in an overseas textiles production base” (10 Oct).

Spinnova’s technology for sustainable textile fibres gets 11 MEUR investment for commercial scaling: “With new growth capital of 11 million euros, the sustainable fibre technology company Spinnova is now starting the commercialization phase of the world’s most sustainable textile fibre. The company aims to revolutionize the raw material base of the textile industry with its cellulose-based fibre products in collaboration with major textile brands” (09 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)

* Carhartt: Social Compliance Manager (Dearborn, MI)

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: Global Partnership Intern (Copenhagen)

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)

* Intertek: Corporate Social Responsibility Auditor (Ho Chi Minh/Hanoi)

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)

* Pure Strategies: Sustainability Advisor (Boston, MA).

* PVH: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

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

* Ralph Lauren: Manager, Global Human Rights (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)

* Target: Regional Director Production Safety & Quality Assurance (Shanghai)

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)

* Vans: Senior Manager, Social Responsibility (Costa Mesa, CA)

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 *]  

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 Susanne Jutzeler, CCO)

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