Brands in this issue include: Adidas, New Balance, and Puma (mapping Vietnam rubber), Asos, H&M, Gina Tricot, HH Global, Kontoor, Qlothè, Reformation, TOMS, VF Corporation and Zilver (join Canopy’s Pack4Good initiative), Diesel (joins Coke for recycled plastic clothes), Forever 21 (victim of sustainable shopping tastes), Inditex (celebrates 10th GFA anniversary), Kontoor Brands (refuses shipments worth $2.6 million from Bangladesh), Shop Direct, Next, and Varner (in pilot to improve conditions in India’s fabric mills), Skechers (85% plastic reduction), Stella McCartney (released plant-based faux fur; and most sustainable fashion ever), ThredUp (booming resale business), Zara (opens green store), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • Londoners willing to pay more for sustainable fashion

  • Bluesign Technologies joins forces with ZDHC

  • US blocks clothing from China over slavery fears

  • The staggering potential of switching to organic clothes

  • Will China’s social credit system come for luxury brands soon? (The answer is yes)

  • Sustainable fashion brands dominate London Fashion Week

  • A new, natural wax coating makes garments water-resistant and breathable

  • Military tech targets global fashion’s recycling woes

In the supply chain:

  • Bangladesh: Made in Bangladesh movie review; exhibitions highlighting RMG injustices; compliance issue in leather inhibit exports

  • Cambodia: Hun Sen defends lower minimum wage hike; NGO working on worker’s rights

  •  India: pilot to improve conditions in India’s fabric mills expands; ETI issue guidance on caste discrimination; and new report on leather footwear sector in Tamil Nadu

  • Myanmar: 300 garment factory workers go on strike

  • Turkey: FLA working on child labour

  • Vietnam: mapping rubber supply chain

Manufacturers in this issue include: ADM (clean, green denim), Jeanologia (detoxed and sustainable fabric), SML (clothes hanger from recycled chipboard), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 8 new jobs listed this issue (at Esquel, Higg Co., Michael Kors, SAC, SanMar and Stitch Fix).

Quotes of the week:

  • “You have locked me up / You have burnt me to death / Press Note, only Press Note / I don’t want, I don’t want any more Press Note / Trapped in this suffocating room / I defy my prison / I defy your prison / Why is factory a jail for thousands / Why is life frozen like this / Endless work but we never get paid / We don’t earn to even live.” A song titled “No More Press Note,” written and composed by Kafil Ahmed laments how governments, one after another, approve unacceptable working conditions in the sweatshops of Bangladesh (04 Oct).

  • “It feels more impactful to stop creating the need for consumption, because I think that’s a big part of sustainability — the over-consumption of everything.” Chloë Macdonald-Comely, 26 (30 Sep).

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


Stella McCartney unveils first plant-based faux fur: “Fashion designer Stella McCartney has unveiled what is believed to be the world’s first faux-fur coat made using plant-based ingredients” (03 Oct).

SML creates ‘Ecohanger’ with recycled chipboard: “Global apparel branding and packaging company SML has created a new coathanger which uses recycled chipboard to eliminate more than 50 per cent of plastic used in conventional hangers” (03 Oct).

Londoners willing to pay more for sustainable fashion: “More than half of Londoners are willing to pay more for sustainable fashion, according to a new survey” (03 Oct).

Bluesign Technologies joins forces with ZDHC: “Swiss-based Bluesign Technologies is to become a contributor to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme which aims to substitute hazardous chemicals for safer ones in textiles and clothing production” (02 Oct).

US blocks clothing from China over slavery fears: “The United States has blocked the import of goods suspected to have been made with forced labour from five countries, including clothing from China, in a rare crackdown on slave labour” (02 Oct).

New bid to reduce packaging’s impact on forests: “Not for profit Canopy is teaming up with some of the world's biggest brands, including Asos, H&M and VF Corporation, to launch a new initiative to reduce the impact of packaging on the world's forests” (01 Oct).


Inditex and UNI Global Union celebrate the tenth anniversary of their Global Framework Agreement: “Today, Inditex and UNI Global Union, a federation of 20 million service workers including retail workers from more than 150 countries, celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Global Framework Union” (03 Oct).

Packaging zeitgeist expands to world’s endangered forests and climate: “Today ten brands, ASOS, H&M, Gina Tricot, HH Global, Kontoor, QLOTHÈ, Reformation, TOMS, VF Corporation and ZILVER are joining forces with award-winning environmental not-for-profit, Canopy, in the Pack4Good initiative that focuses on transforming the impacts of the world’s packaging supply chain on forests” (01 Oct).

Sustainable fashion to the fore at Stella McCartney’s Paris show: “Stella McCartney on Monday unveiled her first collection since linking up with the French luxury group LVMH, showing fluid dresses, wide-legged pants and floral prints that she said were the most sustainable clothes she had made” (01 Oct).

Forever 21 bankruptcy reflects teens’ new shopping behaviour: “The Los Angeles-based privately held chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Sunday, a victim of rapidly changing shopping tastes among teens who are increasingly turning away from malls and heading to trendy online sites. They’re also interested in buying eco-friendly fashions, like pants made from recycled plastic, not stuff they’ll just throw away after a few uses. And they’re gravitating toward online second sites where clothes can be used over and over again. In fact, the secondhand fashion business is projected to reach $64 billion by 2028, nearly 1.5 times the size of fast fashion, according to a report by Global Data Retail” (01 Oct).

  • Does Forever 21’s demise mark the end of fast fashion?Forever 21 has long been the epitome of fast fashion’s evils: The company preferred to steal styles and settle the resulting lawsuits rather than dream up new ones itself. It was investigated for sweatshop labor in Los Angeles and accused of exploiting high school retail workers. And in recent years, as cheap and trendy rivals H&M and Zara have worked to align themselves with sustainability and tighter labor standards, Forever 21 mostly did nothing” (03 Oct).

Zara opens ‘green’ store at One Bonifacio High Street: “This new store incorporates all the green building criteria stipulated by Zara’s parent group Inditex. As an eco-efficient store it consumes 20 percent less energy and 40 percent less water compared to a conventional store” (01 Oct). [Ed’s note: store is in the Philippines.]

Skechers delivers sustainability results with 85% plastic reduction in its footwear: “As environmental impact continues to be a hot issue within the fashion industry and beyond, California-based footwear company Skechers has announced that is has reduced the use of plastic in its footwear packaging by 85%” (30 Sep).

Coke & Diesel join forces for new fashion label made from recycled plastic: “Diesel, known for provoking its audience with irony, boldness and its ability to challenge conformity and Coca-Cola, known for celebrating togetherness and inclusivity, teamed up to merge their DNA and create a remarkable collaboration. The range incorporates materials such as recycled PET derived from plastic bottles and recycled cotton, to create a fresh, modern interpretation of Diesel’s casual-wear aesthetic combined with Coca-Cola’s iconicity to make a statement” (30 Sep).

How a booming resale business could lead the future of sustainable fashion: “When ThredUp launched in 2009, its biggest hurdle was convincing shoppers to buy pre-worn clothing in the first place, since it still carried a stigma, says Wallace. (In what now seems like a very smart business move, ThredUp launched as a site for secondhand children’s clothing — hand-me-downs being more widely accepted — before expanding into women’s clothing, hooking the moms who were already customers.) To compete with low-priced fast fashion brands in the aftermath of the Recession, ThredUp’s marketing emphasized its affordability, wide brand selection, and practicality as a closet clean-out tool. For those who found eBay and Goodwill too unpleasant and time-consuming, ThredUp provided a more convenient, appealing way to acquire the same things” (30 Sep).

Mastercard joins forces with major apparel companies to pilot digital payments for garment factory workers: “Mastercard has teamed up with American denim company Levi Strauss & Co., Denver-based VF Corporation and the UK’s Marks & Spencer, as well as global non-profit Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), to trial a new hybrid digital payment scheme for garment factory workers in the apparel companies’ supply chains, seeking to improve security, efficiency and transparency” (30 Sep).

Kontoor Brands refuses shipments worth $2.6 million from Bangladesh RMG units: “A US buyer has dealt a serious blow to 11 Bangladeshi garment exporters as it refused to accept goods worth $2.6 million (more than Tk 22 crore) although the shipment reached the port on time. As a result, the garment companies are not just losing the money, they will have to bear the freight charges for shipping the goods back and face compensation claim from US retailer Kontoor Brands, the exporters said. Kontoor, however, refuted the claims of the exporters. The retailer said it sent back the goods as the shipment missed the sales season” (27 Sep).


US halts import of goods suspected to have been made with forced labor: “US Customs and Border Protection halted the import of products from five countries on Monday in a rare move aimed at countering forced labor abroad. The agency issued what is known as withhold release orders (WROs), which are intended to prevent goods suspected to have been made with forced labor from entering the US. The products include rough diamonds, gold and disposable rubber gloves, and are from a range of countries, including China, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Brazil. “CBP's issuing of these five withhold release orders shows that if we suspect a product is made using forced labor, we'll take that product off U.S. shelves,” said acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan … The US has had a ban on goods that use forced labor since 1930, but enforcement was rare until Congress changed the law in 2016” (01 Oct).

The staggering potential of switching to organic clothes: “Most Britons underestimate the full environmental impact of cotton, thinking it takes only 314 litres of water to make a cotton T-shirt – which is only 12% of the true figure of 2,700 litres, according to a new report out today. Yet buying a certified organic cotton T-shirt rather than an ordinary one would save a staggering 2,457 litres of water – enough for one person to drink eight glasses of water a day for three and a half years. Consumers are being urged to save water in the supply chain by buying organic cotton T-shirts in a new study from the Soil Association – the trade body that licenses organic products and promotes organic farming, as well as the environmental charity Hubbub” (01 Oct). [Ed’s note: see more here.]

Will China’s social credit system come for luxury brands soon? “Now, there are signs that these public condemnations will eventually put brands squarely within the crosshairs of China’s social credit system. Last month, a report by the consultancy Sinolytics for the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China indicated that “corporate” social credit is coming for foreign brands, and a bad credit score could very well mean life or death in that market” (30 Sep).

  • China’s social credit system is coming for businesses too: “Companies will have to deal with about 30 different ratings categorised according to their performance in sectors like environmental protection, tax and quality controls, which in total will be drawn from compliance records based on roughly 300 requirements. These ratings will cover areas such as tax, customs authentication, environmental protection, product quality, work safety, e-commerce and cybersecurity” (23 Sep).

Sustainable fashion brands dominate London Fashion Week: “It’s good news that most fashion brands, large and small, are looking at how to incorporate sustainable or “eco-friendly” practices into their businesses. The British Fashion Council’s London Fashion Week is particularly good at taking the lead in social issues. LFW was the first main fashion week to go fur-free last year. This year the BFC launched the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to recognise a fashion designer focused on sustainable and community practices” (30 Sep).

A new, natural wax coating makes garments water-resistant and breathable: “Now, Aalto researchers have developed an ecological and water repellent wax particle coating suitable for wood cellulose fibres, which also retains the breathability and natural feel of the textile. The coating uses carnauba wax, which is also used in such things as medicines, foodstuffs, as well as the surface treatment of fruits and car waxes. The new coating is suitable not only for textiles but also for other cellulose-based materials” (30 Sep).

Military tech targets global fashion’s recycling woes: “Security Matters (SMX), an Australian-listed Israeli tech solutions company with clients in the electronics, minerals, plastics, security, and agriculture industries, has a solution used in security and defence that it believes can help reduce the volume of garments and textiles that are incinerated or landfilled every year” (30 Sep).



The real faces of RMG: “When the film Made in Bangladesh by Rubaiyat Hossain ended in a recent screening in the Toronto International Film Festival, there was a hushed silence for a second, and then the entire hall of non-Bangladeshi audience members stood up and applauded. I stood up and felt proud and teary-eyed. This doesn’t happen to me often. It was a powerful movie (also one of the best Bangladeshi films that I have ever seen), one that shook me up from my middle-class complacency. I was not so proud of the fact that I was wearing a brand-name Eddie Bauer vest that was also made in Bangladesh -- the cost, according to my quick calculation, more than a month’s salary of a garment worker in Bangladesh” (04 Oct).

Framing the injustices against RMG workers in Bangladesh: “Through two songs, one exhibition of a memorial quilt, and one street play—all from a book of anthology published in 2016 by Bangladesh Garment Workers Solidarity—I show how “activist” artists in their works utilise the deliberate process of framing against injustices using affective emotions” (04 Oct).

Compliance issue affects Bangladesh leather: “Many manufacturers and exporters at Savar Leather Estate said that they are not getting international Certificate of Compliance from forum like Leather Working Group (LWG), a global platform made up of brands, retailers, leather manufacturers, suppliers and technical expert, to enter in the high end market. Though they are craved to get the global compliance certificate, partial function of Central Effluent Treatment Plan (CETP) at Savar has become a major barrier towards this direction, said industry insiders” (29 Aug).


Hun Sen defends lower minimum wage hike: “Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called on garment factory workers to understand why the hike in the minimum wage next year is not as high as previous raises. The government has increased the wage for next year by $8, a decrease of $4 when compared to the hike provided for 2019” (03 Oct).

Sustainable fashion in the Kingdom: Ensuring workers rights, opportunities: “Operating in Cambodia for over 20 years, [For a Child’s Smile – PSE] is dedicated to providing education and vocational training to Cambodians in order to provide them with greater work opportunities in the future. PSE’s sewing workshop acts as a training ground for 30 women, thus giving them a way to earn a living and also allowing their children to focus on their studies instead of bearing the burden of earning money” (30 Sep).


Pilot to improve conditions in India’s fabric mills expands: “A pilot by Shop Direct, Next, and Varner alongside non-governmental organisation Save, which focused on improving employment conditions for young women in South India’s fabric mills, is gearing up for a second phase, due to launch later this year, following the initial success” (01 Oct).

Base Code guidance: caste in global supply chains: “Caste is one of the greatest sources of prejudice and discrimination in the world today, depriving people of access to decent work and human dignity, and used to justify slavery and child labour for millions across the globe. Yet many ethical trade stakeholders, including businesses, trade unions and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) alike, are not aware of the subject and how it may relate to them” (25 Sep). [Ed’s note: from ETI.]

Low wages, discrimination, insecure work. Shining a light on labour rights abuses in the Tamil Nadu leather footwear sector: “Homeworkers Worldwide and its local partners have just published the first ever due diligence study of the Tamil Nadu leather footwear manufacturing sector, interviewing key local stakeholders to get a realistic picture of what’s happening on the ground. Funded by ETI, Due diligence in Tamil Nadu leather footwear manufacture will support you to identify issues in their Tamil Nadu supply chains. It cites a number of issues that are not being picked up in company audits” (24 Sep).


Some 300 garment factory workers go on strike over labour rights violations: “Around 300 workers from Hlyan Chans garment factory in U Shwe Oh Street, Hlinethaya Industrial Zone (2), went on strike on September 30 morning, making a 22-point demand including their dissatisfaction with no right to leave taking and holidays as prescribed by the law” (01 Oct).


Supporting Workers’ Rights and Mitigating Child Labor Risks in SMEs in the Garment and Textile Sectors in Turkey: “The FLA’s first-hand field experience in Turkey’s garment and textile sector indicates that the support for internationally recognized worker rights standards is usually limited to Tier 1 suppliers and that the upper tiers of the supply chain are often invisible. Based on this experience, a multi-stakeholder project was launched in October 2018, going beyond Tier 1 in the Turkish garment and textiles sectors, to enhance workers’ rights by focusing on issues such as child labor, occupational health and safety, grievance mechanisms, and compensation” (Sep 19).


Working Conditions in the Natural Rubber in Vietnam: A Mapping of the Sporting Goods Industry: “The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is partnering with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and companies - adidas, New Balance, and Puma, sourcing shoes and sporting goods from Vietnam, to Map the Natural Rubber Supply chain. In an action-based approach, companies and suppliers collaborate to map the various tiers from final assembly units, to component suppliers, to traders, and all the way to the rubber plantations and small-holder farms” (Aug 19).


G2 Dynamic, the only technology on the market that guarantees detoxed and sustainable fabric: Jeanologia has redefined fabric finishing with G2 Dynamic, the first ozone treatment for continuous fabric, thereby contributing to the consolidation of its objective to attain the dehydration and detoxification of jeans by reducing water and chemical consumption by 95% and energy by 80% (01 Oct).

ADM is advancing the clean and green future of denim: “By prioritizing sustainable manufacturing, ADM-Artistic Denim Mills is leading the charge for a cleaner and greener fabric future. The company is committed to making “great products the right way,” via an ultra-streamlined supply chain and end-to-end mindfulness for people and the planet. It has set its sights high, to be sure, with 100 percent sustainability through the entire supply chain the company’s ultimate goal” (01 Oct).


[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)

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)

Elevate: Sustainability Analyst (Hong Kong)

* Esquel: Management Trainee (Hong Kong)

G-Star RAW: Intern Corporate Strategy (Amsterdam)

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

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)

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 Analyst (Manno)

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

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

Nike: Graduate Sustainability Innovation Internship (Beaverton, OR)

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

Nike: Sustainabilty 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)

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 (Somersworth, NH)

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

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 *]  

* 09 October, Hong Kong: SAC 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.”

09 October, 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.”

09 – 10 October, San Diego: The Responsible Business Summit West 2019: “The Responsible Business Summit West focuses on what business needs to do to show leadership on key social and environmental challenges and opportunities.”

* 10 October, Hong Kong: SAC Higg FEM Communications Workshop: “Learn how you can communicate Higg FEM results with your value chain partners starting in 2020.”

10 October, Northampton, UK: Chemical Compliance and Product Safety Training Course: “On this chemical course, our in-house chemical expert will guide you through the various legislations and chemicals in a simple step-by-step process, ensuring that you are aware of your obligation and how to comply.”

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

* 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.

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:

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:

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

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:

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 Enrique Lopez Garre, 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.