THIS ISSUE

Brands in this issue include: Ecoalf (pledges to be down-free), Gumshoe (a sole of gum), H&M (new CSR report; Foundation announced €1 million in grants; criticised Clean Clothes Campaign), Jack Wolfskin (disputes call to pay factory workers), Levi’s (gender equity in Cambodia), LVMH (blockchain platform), Patagonia (refusing to sell vests to some corporate clients that don’t ‘prioritize the planet’), Pomelo (QR code for clothes pickup), Shokay (yak wool), Stella McCartney (wins fight over “fur free fur” trademark), Tchibo (calls for fair-trade regulation), Tu (continues to support Graduate Fashion Week), Uniqlo (criticised by Clean Clothes Campaign), Zadig & Voltaire (ditch fur), and more.

Reports released this week:

In general news:

  • German draft law on abuses in supply chains faces uncertain future

  • The leather network is invaded by alien materials

  • Uzbekistan progress towards eradication of forced labour; or not

  • Does the ethical fashion community have a diversity problem?

  • Corporate Social Responsibility in 2019: Social issues people expect businesses to support

  • Due diligence for responsible supply chains in the garment and footwear sector

  • Australia: first down under – the Legacy responsible fashion summit

  • ‘Made in Rwanda’: How wool is helping Rwanda boost textile exports

  • Key sustainability trends for 2019: what consumers expect from fashion brands

  • Livia Firth and Alberta Ferretti team up to take on fast fashion

  • Can blockchain technology make fashion more transparent?

  • SMART Myanmar launches “Myanmar Consumer Awareness Campaign”

  • PAU inks pact with Japanese company for developing cotton

In the supply chain:

  • Albania: unions and employers want collective agreement

  • Bangladesh: all eyes on the court decision on Sunday (01 Apr) with regard to the Accord (multiple stories urging government to allow it to stay); mill workers clash with cops; labour unrest halts production at Dhaka Export Processing Zone; more fires leave one dead and five injured

  • India: union activists beaten at factory gates

  • Jordan: migrant worker leaders elected

  • Mexico: unions getting a shake up under new government

Manufacturers in this issue include: Ananas Anam (pineapple leather), Archroma (sustainable solutions), Artistic Milliners (LEED Platinum certification), Aurora (2019 Sustainable Business Recognition Award), Cone Denim (salt-free denim), MAS Holdings (wearable menstruation tech), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: five new jobs listed (at Aldo, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, H&M, Prana, and Stitch Fix).

Quotes of the week:

  • “I have noticed that brands seem extremely keen to work with white Instagrammers more so than brown and Black accounts.” Aja Barber, a Black American stylist and writer who lives in London (03 Apr).

  • “[T]he damage to our environment is already done, but we cannot throw up our hands & keep doing business in the same way. What is needed now is a completely different approach to ensure that we collectively minimise the environmental impact that our industry causes in the future.” Mostafiz Uddin is the Managing Director of Denim Expert in Bangladesh (02 Apr).

  • “Voluntary initiatives are not enough. If we do not push through higher wages together, ‘fair fashion’ remains an illusion.” Nanda Bergstein, Tchibo’s Director of Corporate Responsibility, commenting on German draft law on abuses in supply chains (02 Apr – in German).

  • “Out of 120 factories that the Accord indicated as ineligible since 2013, 57 are mentioned on the LIMA/DIFE website as in operation.” From a report released this week called Bangladesh Government’s Safety Inspection Agencies Not Ready to Take Over Accord’s Work (02 Apr).

  • “Fast fashion has appropriated those [sustainability buzzword] terms with all their conscious collections and sustainability drives.” Livia Firth (02 Apr).

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

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Is yak the new cashmere? A spotlight on Shokay: “When Carol Chyau discovered yak down during her travels to Yunan, China, she knew that the best way to help catalyze the growth of social enterprise in China was to start one of her own. Chyau founded Shokay, a textile company which crosses disciplines and geographies to bring premium yak down products to market and social change to the communities behind them” (04 Apr).

H&M Foundation awards 5 innovations a total €1 million grant for their efforts to make fashion sustainable: “Lab made vegan leather, fibers made of nettles, a digital system to make products recyclable from scratch, children’s clothes that expand and a biodegradable toxic-free membrane for outdoor wear are this year’s Global Change Award winners, sharing a €1 million grant from the non-profit H&M Foundation. Their common denominator? Improving fashion's impact on the planet through innovation” (04 Apr).

Stella McCartney wins fight over “fur free fur” trademark: “For 2 years, Stella McCartney has been fighting for “Fur Free Fur,” not the textile, itself, but the terminology, which appears on square patches adorning the designer’s products” (04 Apr).

Pomelo Fashion leads with Purpose, first permanent line where sustainability meets tech: “Pomelo will also provide a free clothes pickup service that customers can access by scanning the QR codes stitched into their Purpose products with the Pomelo app” (03 Apr).

Patagonia refusing to sell vests to some corporate clients that don’t ‘prioritize the planet’: “Outdoor retailer Patagonia will no longer sell its corporate logo vests to companies it views as “ecologically damaging,” a move that comes as part of the corporation’s push to work with organizations that “prioritize the planet”” (03 Apr).

These sneakers are partly made out of gum found on the street: “If you've been looking for a sustainable alternative to your regular footwear, these shoes may be for you. Gumshoe is the first-ever shoe made from recycled chewing gum” (03 Apr).

Sustainability report shows strong progress towards the goal to only use sustainable materials: “57% of all materials H&M Group uses to make its products are created using recycled or other sustainably sourced fibers, according to the company’s Sustainability Report released today. It highlights the company’s progress towards its vision to lead the change towards a circular and renewable fashion industry, while being a fair and equal company” (02 Apr).

  • Not a single worker is making a living wage yet H&M claims to have done an amazing job: “In the latest sustainability report and the accompanying public communication H&M continues to mislead the public about its progress in the area of living wage. H&M’s practice of making empty promises and bogus claims of great achievements cannot go unchallenged. Regardless of how much money and brainpower H&M pours into its corporate communication, it is an undeniable fact that workers at H&M supplier factories are still far from earning living wages” (03 Apr). [Ed’s note: article by Clean Clothes Campaign.]

Tu continues to support Graduate Fashion Week: “Sainsbury’s Tu has announced that it will partner with Graduate Fashion Week for the fourth year running and will offer two graduates a year-long scholarship with its design team in Coventry” (02 Apr).

LVMH’s blockchain platform to put the power back in the customers hands: “LVMH is going to be launching a blockchain platform that will help confirm the authenticity of high-priced goods. One of the benefits of going down this road for the luxury conglomerate is going to be that they are not going to have to rely on third parties blockchain technology” (02 Apr).

Ecoalf pledges to be down-free by 2020: “Spanish retailer Ecoalf has not only debuted a line of “PETA-Approved Vegan” environmentally friendly jackets but also pledged to drop feathers, including down, from all its designs by 2020” (02 Apr).

Blackstone, Jack Wolfskin dispute labor rights activists’ call to pay factory workers $10.8M: “A Blackstone Group executive noted that the factory in question was owned by a third party, and Blackstone no longer has an investment in Jack Wolfskin ... Four years after two Jaba Garmindo factories abruptly closed in Indonesia, displacing 4,000 workers, a group of labor activists is calling upon the Blackstone Group, which at one time controlled a sportswear label that was among the companies that produced goods there, to compensate the former employees $10.8 million in unpaid and severance wages” (02 Apr).

Why Indonesian workers travel 6000km to Japan for justice – a quest to hold Uniqlo responsible: “Nov 2018, Warni and Teddy left their families, and travel 6000km to Japan. This is the first time they travel aboard, and they bear the hope and expectation from 2000 workers, who was dismissed [from Jaba Garmindo] without severance pay. The factory they used to work shut down, shortly after Uniqlo pull out from the production” (02 Apr – 12:06-minute video).

Zadig & Voltaire pledges to stop using fur: “French fashion house Zadig & Voltaire has confirmed to PETA France that it won’t offer clothing and accessories containing animal fur in its future collections. A spokesperson for the company – which has more than 300 outlets in over 30 countries worldwide – confirmed, “[W]e have stopped using fur”” (02 Apr).

Gender equity at factories: Cambodia’s female leadership program: “With women making up more than 80 percent of the global workforce in the apparel supply chain, [Levi’s] is expanding its efforts to support and empower the women working across its supply chain” (02 Apr).

NEWS & REPORTS

German draft law on abuses in supply chains faces uncertain future: “A draft law leaked earlier this year would require German companies to take more responsibility for monitoring their subsidiaries and contractors abroad for human rights violations, or risk fines or even jail time for their executives” (04 Apr).

  • Tchibo calls for fair-trade regulation: “Fair-made clothing remains an illusion when factory workers do not receive higher wages, Tchibo said. But this is not the only reason why more companies should strive [for fair wages], and governments in customer countries should do likewise. Otherwise the project threatens to fail” (02 Apr – in German).

  • “On fairness in unfair times” The end of sustainability?Tchibo calls for a clear commitment by industry and governments to the ACT on Living Wages initiative (Living Wages in the Textile Industry); State rules on industrial due diligence must apply across Europe and to all market participants” (03 Apr – in German). [Ed’s note: a post on the Tchibo blog.]

  • Chancellery wants to bury human rights report: A confidential draft report obtained by Spiegel on human rights due diligence in supply chains by German companies has called into question the effectiveness of voluntary commitments (01 Apr – in German).

The leather network is invaded by alien materials: “The Asian launch this week in Manila of H&M’s Conscious Exclusive Collection for 2019 would have been taken for an April fool a few years ago, but this is serious. H&M makes it clear that this targets a vegan audience, but the items look likely to be attractive beyond that target. H&M is using relatively new materials in what is now their 9th capsule collection made from oranges, pineapples and algae. It is the first move of a fast fashion brand into what it sees as “sustainable” territory. On the way, it has been persuaded to go fur-free, not use exotic skins, and apparently drop angora and mohair but is using the long established cellulosic Tencel” (03 Apr).

Activists welcome progress towards eradication of forced labour, child labour in Uzbekistan: “A conference in Brussels has welcomed an ILO report that found the Uzbek government did not systematically use child labour or forced labour during the 2018 cotton harvest. The report found that government reforms are having an impact, but that there are still many challenges at local level” (03 Apr).

Does the ethical fashion community have a diversity problem? “Recent controversies on Instagram and beyond have highlighted issues in the rapidly growing space” (03 Apr).

Corporate Social Responsibility in 2019: Social issues people expect businesses to support: 1. 71% of people want businesses to speak up on social issues; 2. 63% claim they’d continue shopping at businesses that stay silent about social issues they care about; Conclusion: silence may still be the best PR policy for businesses (03 Apr).

Due diligence for responsible supply chains in the garment and footwear sector: “Last month, Sedex product manager, Tom Sewell joined the OECD Forum on Due diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector to discuss key issues and risks related to due diligence in global garment and footwear supply chains” (03 Apr).

New York City Council proposes ban of fur sales for apparel: “New York City officials are considering banning the sale of fur apparel, following in the footsteps of such West Coast cities as San Francisco and Los Angeles” (03 Apr).

‘Sweatshop’ or ‘Sweet Stop?’ “The Center for Faith and Justice (CFJ) and the Alternative Breaks (AB) board have announced a new trip for the upcoming year Students will have the option to travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to work in the sweatshops where Xavier University [Cincinnati, OH] apparel is made” (03 Apr).

Australia: first down under – the Legacy responsible fashion summit: “The Legacy summit included topics such as: responsible material sourcing, sustainable fibers,  worker empowerment, climate change, decarbonizing supply chains, circular economy designed with circularity, and best practice ethical sourcing programmes…and much more” (02 Apr).

‘Made in Rwanda’: How wool is helping Rwanda boost textile exports: “Handspun Hope imports merino sheep from Kenya and employs local farmers to look after them. After the farmers sheer the sheep, the wool is collected and brought to Handspun Hope's workshop, where it goes through many stages before products are made” (02 Apr).

Circular production and consumption in fashion and beyond: Perspectives from the GlobeScan/C&A Foundation SDG Leadership Forum: “In this live, online discussion, we brought together brands, manufacturers, funders, innovators, academics, NGOs and government to explore how we can accelerate our transition to a circular economy – at pace and scale – inside and outside the fashion industry” (02 Apr).

Key sustainability trends for 2019: what consumers expect from fashion brands: 1. Walk the walk 2. Support locals 3. Right to repair 4. Zero waste 5. Viable alternatives (02 Apr).

Livia Firth and Alberta Ferretti team up to take on fast fashion: “Livia Firth and Alberta Ferretti are both dynamic advocates of sustainable fashion; together the Eco-Age and Green Carpet Challenge founder and Italian designer are a veritable force to be reckoned with. Ahead of the release of their new eco-conscious capsule collection, they talk to Vogue about helping fashion wake up to a new age of awareness” (02 Apr).

Your cotton tote is pretty much the worst replacement for a plastic bag: “If you’re trying to contribute as little as possible to the two global calamities of climate change and the swirling gyres of forever-materials slowly filling our oceans, there’s a useful formula to keep in mind: Use fewer things, many times, and don’t buy new ones” (02 Apr).

Can blockchain technology make fashion more transparent? “Imagine a Google spreadsheet set on “view only”: it’s digital, it has information on it, it’s shared on different computers, everyone can access it, but no one can edit it. That’s blockchain” (01 Apr).

Sustainable fashion’s case for making clothing labels simpler to read and easier to understand: “What if clothes made of polyester had their labels read “Made of 100% polyester” on one side, followed by “Too much washing can release microplastics into the ocean. Please wash only when necessary and use a specially designed laundry bag when you do” on the other?” (01 Apr).

SMART Myanmar launches “Myanmar Consumer Awareness Campaign”: “In collaboration with partner the Foreign Trade Association of German Retailers (AVE), SMART Myanmar organized the first "Myanmar Consumers Awareness Campaign" on the 17th March 2019 at the Myanmar Plaza Shopping Mall in Yangon. The objective of the campaign is to provide Myanmar apparel consumers greater awareness on Sustainable Consumption and Production within the Myanmar textile and garment Industry and to promote responsible consumption in accordance with "Sustainable Consumption and Production" which is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 12)” (21 Mar).

PAU inks pact with Japanese company for developing cotton: “Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nippon Steel and Sumikin Bussan (NSSB) Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, for the development of cotton through biotechnological means … Dr Sakae Suzuki of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan, has cloned the genes responsible for pigment (colour) production in flowers. Using the same analogy, PAU will be working on developing the coloured cottons” (18 Mar).

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Albania

Albanian unions and employers want collective agreement: “The textile, clothing, leather and shoe industries in Albania employ 51,000 workers, to which tens of thousands of informal workers can be added. Living wages and a unionised workforce are needed for a sustainable future for the country’s garment sector” (01 Apr).

Bangladesh  

Mill workers clash with cops in Khulna, 16 hurt: “The third day of jute mill workers’ countrywide strike ended up in a clash in Khulna today resulting in injuries to at least 16 including policemen” (04 Apr).

Protecting the safety of Bangladeshi garment workers: “After a tragic fire at a garment factory, the Bangladeshi government passed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety. While the reform has been successful in preventing more tragedies, its future is uncertain. Ahead of the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on April 7th, Online Editor Ritika Iyer argues that the accord should be protected” (04 Apr).

Letter to gov of Bangladesh – FR Tower fire and Accord commitment to safety: “The scope and size of the challenge to achieve fire and building safety in Bangladesh’s industries are significant. Joint efforts of the Government of Bangladesh, manufacturers & building owners, workers & unions, and the Accord will make these challenges easier to meet and overcome. The FR Tower fire underscores that a great deal of work remains to make the country’s commercial infrastructure safe” (04 Apr). [Ed’s note: a letter from the Accord in the lead up to Sunday’s court decision on it future in Bangladesh.]

Could an end to the Accord lead to a sourcing shift? “statement from Norwegian firm Kid Interiør has suggested that were the Accord to be removed from the South Asian garment producing nation that it may look to source elsewhere” (03 Apr).

Labour unrest halts production at Dhaka Export Processing Zone: “A fresh bout of labour unrest has swept across the new unit of Dhaka Export Processing Zone, forcing closure of the apparel factories for the day to avert further problems” (03 Apr).

  • 25 DEPZ factories shut amid labour unrest: “At least 25 garment factories at Dhaka Export Processing Zone at Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, were shut amid workers unrest on Wednesday.The management of the factories shut their unit around 9:00 am when some 4,000 agitated workers of Talisman Ltd, a unit of FCI Group, pelted stones at the factories” (03 Apr).

  • Labours end protest at DEPZ: “Workers of a garment factory have ended their protest demonstration in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ). More than 2,000 workers had launched a protest on Wednesday after seeing a closure notice posted by Talisman Apparels Ltd. The protest demonstration began around 9am, and concluded around 12pm” (03 Apr).

Bangladesh Government’s Safety Inspection Agencies Not Ready to Take Over Accord’s Work: “The government of Bangladesh is using proceedings before the Supreme Court of Bangladesh to prevent the Accord on Fire and Building Safety from operating, thereby putting workers’ safety at risk. A ruling on 7 April 2019 in Bangladesh’s Appellate Court could require the Accord to close its Dhaka office and operations without taking into account whether national agencies would be ready to take up the work” (02 Apr). [Ed’s note: a report by Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Worker Rights Consortium.]

Reducing carbon footprint in the RMG sector: “Sustainability in the Bangladesh ready-made garment (RMG) industry is a subject that is never far from people's minds and occupies conversations with customers and industry partners. It is an area that requires significant investment, but also one that can generate a significant return for those investors who think innovatively” (02 Apr).

1 killed, 5 hurt in fire incidents: “[One] fire started at Pushpita Plastic and Ribbon factory in Mohammadpur union around 11:00pm and continued for two hours” (02 Apr).

India

Union activists beaten at factory gates: “#TexportApparelsLLP management attack on freedom of association. KOOGU activists beaten at the factory gate this morning for distributing pamphlets about outcome of conciliation where management had promised to create harassment free working conditions” (03 Apr).

Jordan

Migrant worker leaders elected in Jordan garment factories: “A union election was held in the garment factories of Al-Dulayl Industrial Zone in Amman, Jordan, to develop democratic representation for migrant workers” (04 Apr).

Mexico

Workers spark a 20/32 movement in Mexico: “Unions in Mexico have long been surrounded by questions regarding the benefit they provide to actual workers. According to Labor Minister Luisa María Alcalde, “90 percent of unions are chosen by management behind the backs of workers. There is no representation”” (31 Mar).

MANUFACTURERS

Cone Denim launches next evolution of Sustainblue – Eco-friendly salt-free denim in the Americas: “this collection combines Dystar Indigo Vat 40% Solution, the most eco- awarded Indigo in the world, with the ecologically advanced reducing agent Sera Con C-RDA to create a salt- free dye that completely eliminates hydrosulphite. The Cadira process reduces water, waste and energy consumption, and results in strong effluent load reduction to better support mills, brands and retailers in their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their goods” (03 Apr).

This denim mill is now one of five companies in South Asia With LEED Platinum certification: “Pakistan’s Artistic Milliners’ Eco-Tech Unit has received LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council” (03 Apr).

MAS Holdings to develop wearable menstruation tech for Sri Lankan women: “MAS Holdings, an apparel manufacturer, is working on wearable technology to make menstruation more bearable for Sri Lankan women, an official said. “Where we want to start work in Sri Lanka first is on periods,” MAS Holdings Femtech Head Gayani Abeysinghe said” (02 Apr).

Archroma with sustainable solutions at China Interdye: “Archroma, a leader in colour and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, will be presenting its system solutions for optimised productivity and/or value creation in textile colouring and manufacturing at China Interdye, in Shanghai, next week. The company offers a wide portfolio of dyes and chemicals aiming to increase sustainability and innovation along the entire value chain, from fibre to finish” (02 Apr).

Piña leather jacket, anyone? H&M introduces sustainability in its global collection: “One of the known proponents of this cause, Piñatex founder Dr. Carmen Hijosa [whose company Ananas Anam], will be part of a big discussion on sustainability in fashion. Hijosa is a leathergoods expert who was consulting on the Philippines leather export industry in the 1990s. This exposed her to the environmental impact of mass leather production and chemical tanning, which led to her drive to research a sustainable alternative” (02 Apr).

Start-up looks to take the shirt off your back – and recycle it: “Start-up firm BlockTexx has been working with researchers from the Queensland University of Technology to create a process that separates the cotton and polyester found in most items of clothing” (02 Apr).

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group wins 2019 Sustainable Business Recognition Award from SGIA, The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association: “Aurora Specialty Textiles Group has won SGIA’s 2019 Sustainable Business Recognition award, which spotlights leaders in the global printing industry that have implemented programs that reduce that company’s environmental impact and protect and improve employee safety” (01 Apr).

Viscose-rayon: Next big thing in sustainable fashion: “Viscose-rayon is expected to be the next big thing in sustainable fashion fabric, as its production involves lower carbon emissions and zero deforestation, its Indonesian producer, Asia Pacific Rayon, said in Jakarta on Thursday” (01 Apr).

Michigan brewers wrestle with reputational effects of statewide water issues: “After stories began to emerge in late 2017 that [Wolverine World Wide] tannery wastes had contaminated the Rogue River, customers at nearby Rockford Brewing Co. started expressing concern about the safety of drinking the beer” (31 Mar).

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

Adidas: Manager Sustainability Materials FW (Ho Chi Minh City)

* Aldo: Senior Social Compliance Manager (Dongguan)

Aldo: Sustainability Analyst (Montreal)

Allbirds: Intern, Sustainability (San Francisco)

Amazon: Fashion Sustainability Program Manager (London)

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

Amazon: Japan Environmental Manager (Tokyo)

Asics: Summer Internship - Sustainability Coordinator (Irvine, CA)

Asos: Sustainable Sourcing Administrator (London)

Bestseller: Sustainability Lead for Owned & Operated Buildings and Indirect Procurement (Aarhus, Brande or Copenhagen)

BSR: Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)

BSR: Human Rights Director (Paris or San Francisco)

* Centre for Sustainable Fashion: Digital Content Officer (London)

Chanel: Group Director, US Corporate Social Responsibility (Piscataway, New Jersey or New York)

Columbia Sportswear: Product Sustainability Manager (Happy Valley, Oregon )

Common Objective: Content Editor/Writer (London)

Common Objective: Product Designer (UX/UI) (London)

Common Objective: Office Manager (London)

Eco-Age: Sustainability Practice – Account Director (London)

Fair Trade: Brand Partnerships Program Manager, Apparel and Home Goods (Oakland, California)

Gant: Global Sustainability Coordinator (Stockholm)

Garcia: Sustainability Manager (Alblasserdam)

Hop Lun: Sustainability Manager (Hong Kong)

* H&M: Business Controller- Beauty & Sustainability (Shanghai)

H&M: Global Sustainability Controller (Hong Kong)

H&M: Internal Communications and Sustainability Responsible (Sydney)

Impactt: Marketing Manager (London)

Kering: Sustainability & Ethics Analyst (Paris)

Levi Strauss: Sr. Analyst, Global Product Sustainability (San Francisco)

Lululemon: Social Responsibility & Compliance Manager (Vancouver)

Lululemon: Director, Product Sustainability (Vancouver)

Lululemon: Director, Product and Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

Nike: Sustainability Professional II (Jakarta)

Organic Cotton Accelerator: Program Officer (Amsterdam area)

Patagonia: Head of Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility (Ventura, California)

* Prana: Sustainability Intern (Carlsbad, CA)

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

PVH: Corporate Responsibility Coordinator, Programs & Operations (New York)

PVH: Sr Manager, Corporate Responsibility (Transparency & Engagement) (New York)

Ralph Lauren: VP, Sustainability (Lyndhurst, NJ)

s.Oliver: Senior Global Sustainability Manager Environment & Chemical Compliance (Rottendorf)

Selfridges: Senior Sustainability Manager (London)

* Stitch Fix: Responsible Sourcing Specialist (San Francisco)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Senior Manager of Verification (San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam, or Hong Kong)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Senior Manager of Higg Facility Tools (San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam, or Hong Kong)

Ted Baker: Sustainability Coordinator (London)

Ted Baker: Ethical and Sustainability Assistant (London)

Ted Baker: Ethical Specialist (London)

Tchibo: Junior Manager Nachhaltigkeit/Sustainability (m/w) (Hamburg)

VF: Manager, Sustainable Products Data (Denver, Colorado)

Wolverine: Product Sustainability Manager (Rockford, Michigan)

Zalando: Director Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (Berlin)

Zalora: Regional Sustainability Manager (Singapore)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

08 – 11 April, Budapest: 4th Global Sustainable Fashion Week: “press conference, international conferences, workshops, eco fashion shows and cultural programs.”

09 April, Shenzhen: Sustainable Apparel, Footwear & Textile Industry Forum: A forum by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to increase manufacturers’ environmental and social labor impact across their supply chains.

09 – 10 April, Amsterdam: Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference: “How brands can transform factories, increase transparency and implement circularity in fashion and textile supply chains.”

10 April, New York: Building a Global Human Rights Program: “By Elizabeth Pulos, an Associate Manager of Social Compliance at Macy’s.”

* 11 April, webinar: AII: A New Model for Scaling Impact: “learn about the Apparel Impact Institute, a collaboration of brands, manufacturers and industry stakeholders that have come together to select, fund and scale high-impact projects that dramatically and measurably improve the sustainability outcomes of the apparel and footwear industry.”

11 April, Shanghai: Sustainable Apparel, Footwear & Textile Industry Forum: A forum by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to increase manufacturers’ environmental and social labor impact across their supply chains.

11 April, Toronto: Ontario’s Textile Diversion Symposium: “this Symposium will delve into various textile diversion strategies…”

17 April, Northampton, UK: Half Day Understanding REACH Training Course: “Understanding the differences between the Candidate List, Annex XVII and Annex XIV.”

19 April, New York: Principles of Fair Fashion: “This course provides an overview of what sustainability actually means and how your organization can move beyond CSR.”

23 – 26 April, Northampton, UK: 4 Day Practical Leather Technology Training Course: “Ideal for those who are heavily involved with leather, such as supply chain staff, tannery staff, leather buyers, footwear technologists or those who need to top up their leather technology knowledge.”

* 24 April, Amsterdam: 'Goat to Garment' Screening + Learning Lab: By Fashion for Good on re-thinking how we work with wool (and drive change in the fashion industry).

24 April, Los Angles: The Future of Design Workshop: Presented by Sustainable Apparel Coalition for  fashion designers and product developers.

24 – 25 April, Brussels: Circular - Bio-based - Digital: the Keys to Europe's Textile Future: Annual Textile ETP Conference and General Assembly.

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

08 May, Manchester, UK: Time for Change – Facing up to fashion’s sustainability and ethical challenges: ASBCI’s 2019 Spring Conference.

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

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

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

12 June, Northampton, UK: 1 Day 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.” (For the leather industry.)

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

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

08 September, Dhaka, Bangladesh: GOTS Bangladesh Seminar 2019: For sponsorship or speaking opportunities Sumit Gupta at the link.

15 – 18 October: Vancouver: Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference: Textile Exchange call for breakout presentations.

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

12 – 14 November, San Jose, California: BSR Conference: Note: this link is only to sign up for updates; registration will begin in May.

(Photo Valentin Sabau, 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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