THIS ISSUE

Brands in this issue include: El Corte Ingles, Groupe Casino, H&M, ÏDGROUP, LPP S.A, Mango, New Look, Next, Peter Christian, Tesco, Tom Tailor and Zeeman (responded to BHRRC on worker dismissals in Bangladesh), Forever 21 (teens mailing hair in wool protest), Guess (launches vintage program), Lindex (new sustainability pledge), H&M (Global Change Award winners; Change Makers Lab 2019; trials sales of vintage garments), Otto (interview with Michael Otto), Patagonia (co-branding companies must meet outfitter’s mission), Tentree (on target to plant a billion trees), The RealReal (consumer-facing Sustainability Calculator), and more.

Reports released this week:

In general news:

  • US ban on slave-made goods nets tiny fraction of $400 bln threat

  • Fashion’s footprint in our forests

  • Why this spring is all about the rise of the no-buy wardrobe

  • Germany just shut down its last fur farm

  • Recycling isn’t about the planet. It’s about profit

  • Stitching for success – the cheap labour fuelling India’s election campaign

  • Who’s responsible for minding the supply chain?

In the supply chain:

  • Bangladesh: the Accord decision has been deferred to 15 April; Rubana Huq elected first female president of the BGMEA; fire guts jute godown in Chuadanga; temporary chemical warehouse gets go-ahead; police, jute mill workers clash in Khulna (300 sued); 8 Chattogram RMG units face closure on safety grounds; brands respond to worker dismissals

  • Cambodia: five garment workers lose arms in truck accident; number of workers having babies rises

  • Indonesia: the ‘massacre premium’

  • Mexico: is Mexico on the brink of a labour revolution?

  • Turkmenistan: Forced labour tainted cotton: from Turkmenistan via Turkey

  • Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan praised for curtailing forced labor in cotton harvest. Activists say not so fast

  • Vietnam: women making clothes for west face sexual abuse

Manufacturers in this issue include: Aquafil (CEO gives keynote speech on circular economy), Hirdaramani Group (partners with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Lenzing (partners with One Tree Planted), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 17 new jobs listed (at Blackberrys Menswear, Burton, GoodWeave, Gucci, H&M, HEMA, Macy’s, Nike, PVH, Under Armour, University of Leeds, Vantage Apparel, and VF).

Quotes of the week:

  • “150 million trees are logged and turned into fabric every year. If placed end to end, these trees would circle our earth’s equator 7 times over. It’s a big problem, and with fast fashion increasingly shaping our purchasing behaviours we need big solutions!” Canopy, quoted in article on fashion’s footprint in forests (08 Apr).

  • “We are very grateful to the Accord. But almost 90 percent of the factory remediation has been completed, so we need a transition from here. If Accord can follow the eight conditions laid out by the High Court, it can be given the extension for a brief period.” Rubana Huq, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (07 Apr).

  • “It was dark and empty and had bare earth instead of a floor with a few tatty felt mats laid out. […] Our group of cotton pickers had to get by on their own food for two weeks. […] There was no shower at all and no toilet for probably five kilometres.” A worker at Dashoguz vegetable oil mill sent to pick cotton during the harvest season in Turkmenistan, 2018 (05 Apr).

  • “How do luxury brands expect to survive if one day we have no more cotton, no more leather, and no more wool? That is where the word ‘sustainability’ comes from.” Laurent Claquin, president, Kering Americas (04 Apr).

  • “The first question coming to my mind is ‘where are those nice counterfeit shoes made?’ I think Primark got it wrong, they should not copy the style of our shoes, they should copy the way we do them. With organic cotten, with recycled plastic, with more ecological fabrics, in factories where workers are paid decently and working in secure conditions.” Veja creator Sebastien Kopp comments on Primark’s counterfeit design of his ethical brand (02 Apr).

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

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Change Makers Lab 2019 brings together visionaries, experts and disruptors to raise attention on current sustainability questions: “Looking to find answers and solutions for a sustainable fashion future, H&M Group invited around 300 international stakeholders, industry experts, colleagues and customers to its’ latest Change Makers Lab in Berlin on April 5th” (08 Apr).

Guess launches vintage program at Fred Segal Sunset with circular fashion in mind: “For the first time in its brand history, Guess is introducing the #GUESSVintage program with over 150 authenticated pieces to be sold exclusively at LA based retailer Fred Segal on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood” (06 Apr).

How sustainable is consigning clothing? The RealReal is glad you asked: “To help publicize the sustainability of consigning clothing and participating in a circular economy, The RealReal quietly rolled out its first consumer-facing Sustainability Calculator this week” (06 Apr).

Companies wanting to co-brand with Patagonia must now align with outfitter’s mission: “Several news outlets reported this week that the outdoor clothing and equipment company Patagonia has begun rejecting certain clients who wish to co-brand with them, choosing instead to accept only new business from companies who align with Patagonia’s corporate mission. Simply stated, Patagonia’s mission asserts: “We’re in business to save our home planet”” (05 Apr).

  • Are bankers and venture capitalists really getting fleeced by Patagonia? “The great fleece freak-out of 2019 — the days of crazed excitement around the idea that Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company, was sticking it to Wall Street and Silicon Valley by refusing to make any more of the branded fleece vests that had become a banker signifier — began, as many confused news cycles do, with a tweet” (05 Apr).

Tentree eco-friendly clothing brand to plant 1 billion trees by 2030: “At Tentree, we plant ten trees for every item we sell. Our goal is to become the most environmentally progressive brand on the planet, and we are using our mission as well as eco-progressive materials to plant 1 billion trees by 2030” (05 Apr).

Levi’s VP of global innovation talks sustainability, upsides of hemp: “Having launched the Levi’s Wellthread x Outerknown collection, Dillinger spoke enthusiastically about the potential of hemp” (05 Apr).

Fashion backwards? H&M to trial sales of vintage garments: “H&M will trial sales of second-hand and vintage clothes as it seeks to tap into consumers’ growing concerns about the environmental cost of fast fashion, its head of sustainability said on Friday” (05 Apr).

Lindex publishes a sustainability pledge for future generations: “Today, Lindex is launching a new sustainability pledge to help future generations. The fashion company wants to further improve its work towards sustainable development, especially in three key areas based on Lindex’s corporate vision” (04 Apr – in Swedish).

Teens are mailing Forever 21 their hair to protest wool: “[PETA] asked teens to mail Forever 21 some of their own hair, since—unlike sheep and lambs—humans can consent to our hair being used to make sweater” (04 Apr).

From Lab-grown leather to nettle fabric: award-winning tech set to shake up sustainable fashion: “Lab-grown leather, clothes that “grow”, and a tech take on crafting a truly circular economy are among this year’s Global Change Award winners. And to further support the victors, the H&M Foundation, the non-profit arm established by the Swedish multinational, has announced a new initiative with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, which gives consumers an active role by encouraging them to back the pioneers financially” (04 Apr). [Ed’s note: see a 1:32-minute video on award winners here.]

Softstar Shoes: Where slow fashion meets sustainability: “Their flexible, lightweight shoes are shipped in minimal packaging from their Oregon, USA, workshop, reducing the carbon footprint to 1/20th of comparable shoes made overseas” (04 Apr).

Michael Otto – his mail order house was the only one in Europe to survive the digital transformation: [Ed’s note: a wide-ranging interview with Dr. Otto, founder of Cotton made in Africa, and head of Germany’s Otto Group.] “I have just visited factories in South India and loved it. I have seen a dyeing plant where most of the water is purified, recycled and the portion that is precipitated by chemical processes is used in the cement industry. The energy is gained via solar roofs” (29 Mar – in German).

NEWS & REPORTS

US ban on slave-made goods nets tiny fraction of $400 bln threat: “The value of suspicious shipments seized so far under the 2016 law amount to 0.0015 percent of the estimated $400 billion in tainted goods believed to enter the U.S. market each year” (08 Apr).

Fashion’s footprint in our forests: “We’ve heard about deforestation caused by the mass production of products such as palm oil and timber, but the fashion industry leaves a destructive footprint in our precious forests too. But in a time where we shop online and things land at our doorstep almost instantly, the connection between fashion and the lungs of the earth might not be a clear one” (08 Apr).

Why this spring is all about the rise of the no-buy wardrobe: “This spring’s hottest trend isn’t what’s new, but rather what’s old; dresses, tops, coats and shoes – whatever you already own that can be dusted-off, re-styled and worn in place of buying something new. Welcome to the season of the ‘no-buy’ wardrobe” (07 Apr).

Worker Voices: From Talk to Action: [Ed’s note: policy brief from Electronics Watch, but relevant for fashion supply chains as well.] “[E]nding the systematic silencing of workers requires more than brief auditor visits or new mobile applications that promise to transmit workers’ concerns, unilaterally, to companies. When workers have a voice they can engage in meaningful dialogue with employers and buyers to call attention to problems, contribute to solutions, and help improve working conditions. Creating opportunities for this dialogue may require a fundamental reconceptualization of the organisation of production: imagining and realising ways to achieve flexible output based on meaningful work and without coercing workers or employing flexible modes of employment that rob workers of their security” (07 Apr).

Germany just shut down its last fur farm: “Germany’s last remaining fur farmer has closed. The Rahden-based farm “now stands empty,” according to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), signalling the end of fur production in yet another EU country” (05 Apr).

Recycling isn’t about the planet. It’s about profit: “We tend to think of recycling (abstract noun) as an idea in which we are deeply, perhaps morally, invested. But recycling is also a concrete noun, a word for physical stuff with a supply chain full of rivalrous buyers and sellers whose interests are often at odds. And it is also a verb—one we use to describe what we do in our kitchens and on our streets, though that is only the first step of a Coke bottle’s long, uncertain path toward reincarnation” (05 Apr).

Stitching for success – the cheap labour fuelling India’s election campaign: “Labour rights advocates say political parties are building their campaigns on the back of cheap casual labour” (05 Apr).

Who’s responsible for minding the supply chain? “Talk is cheap, but most large companies are failing their supply chains when it comes to human rights issues” (04 Apr). [Ed’s note: based on findings in the 2018 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB).]

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bangladesh  

Accord hearing deferred yet again, next sitting Apr 15: “The issue of Accord’s extension for operation has been yet again deferred at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh with the next hearing set for April 15. During hearing on April 8, 2019, which was rescheduled the day before because of a time shortage of the apex court, both sides placed arguments for some time” (08 Apr).

Clothes that don’t stain the environment: “How can we make our RMG sector more sustainable? The Bangladesh ready-made garment (RMG) industry is now, quite rightly, experiencing increased demands from international customers to address a broader spectrum of issues related to the sustainability of the sector” (08 Apr).

Rubana climbs BGMEA summit: “Rubana Huq, managing director of Mohammadi Group, is set to be the next president of the BGMEA after her panel managed a clean sweep at the biennial election -- becoming the first woman to lead the garment sector's apex trade body” (07 Apr).

Fire guts jute godown in Chuadanga: “A jute godown was gutted as a fire broke out in Pashurhat area of Alamdanga upazila, Chuadanga early on Sunday … The fire was ignited from electric short circuit” (07 Apr).

Safety first: Mostafiz Uddin makes a suggestion regarding the generally low level of building fire safety in Bangladesh: why don’t garment factories, which have become much safer under the Accord share their knowledge? (07 Apr).

Temporary chemical warehouse at Shyampur to cost $10.5 million: A temporary government solution in the wake of the Chawkbazar fire in February. Traders want sector-specific warehouses. E.g., textile chemical traders want a warehouse in Ashulia (07 Apr).

Police, jute mill workers clash in Khulna: “The three-day countrywide work abstention of workers of different state-owned jute mills ended yesterday amid violence when police and workers clashed in Khulna, leaving 16 people injured” (05 Apr).

  • 300 people sued: “Police lodged a case with Daulatpur Police Station in Khulna city Thursday night accusing 250 to 300 people of attacking Pabla police box under the police station Thursday morning” (06 Apr).

8 Chattogram RMG units face closure on safety grounds: The factories are: Angela Fashion Ltd., Sea Shore Apparels Ltd., Madina Enterprise, Inter Care Ltd., Link Wear, Gold Star, Gold Mark Ltd., and Pentagon Apparels (05 Apr).

‘Intelligence’ units brief govt over labour unrest update: “Bangladesh government’s ‘intelligence’ units formed for the apparel sector has briefed the authorities on labour unrest situation that swept the sector through December and January” (03 Apr).

Brands respond to mass dismissals of garment workers following minimum wage protests: “In March 2019, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre reached out to companies listed as buyers on the websites of factories that have been named publicly as having dismissed workers and asked them to outline what concrete steps they are taking to remedy the situation. El Corte Ingles, Groupe Casino, H&M, ÏDGROUP, LPP S.A, Mango, New Look, Next, Peter Christian, Tesco, Tom Tailor and Zeeman responded. Their responses are included below” (April 2019).

Cambodia

Five Cambodian garment sector workers lose arms in truck accident: “The governor said that 41 workers were packed into the truck when the accident occurred, and those who were injured were all employed by the Golden Aperia and Horizon factory. The drivers of both trucks were arrested” (05 Apr).

Rise in garment workers delivering babies: “In the report released on Monday, the NSSF said 19,102 workers delivered babies from January to March, compared to 13,133 during the same period last year, an increase of more than 45 percent. “The government paid out nearly $2 million to these workers,” it said” (04 Apr).

Indonesia

Blood Money: Indonesian wage theft and the massacre premium: “When I spoke with [academic Jeff] Winters on my return from Indonesia, he explained that the vast national memory hole engulfing the 1965 massacres was more than a set of convenient state fictions; it was part of Indonesia’s induction into the now-infamous race-to-the-wage bottom in the supply chain of globalized manufacturing. “The Massacre Premium is the premium that has accrued to capital because Indonesian workers have never been able to organize and fight for their rights ever since the events,” he told me. “You can’t precisely quantify it, but it’s billions and billions of dollars. Since 1965, anyone trying to position themselves as a powerful, genuine voice for workers has risked their life”” (08 Apr). [Ed’s note: the Jaba Garmindo case involving Jack Wolfskin and hedge fund Blackstone Group are cited.]

Mexico

Is Mexico on the brink of a labor revolution? “The Trump administration's new NAFTA revisions and a labor-friendly Mexican president could turn unexpected strikes on the border into a movement that transforms both countries” (05 Apr).

Myanmar

EU says trade privileges depend on Annan report: “Implementation of the Annan report will be crucial for Myanmar to retain its trade privileges, the European Union (EU) said, as dialogues between the two sides on human and labour rights conventions related to the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) take place” (08 Apr).

Turkmenistan

Forced labour tainted cotton: from Turkmenistan via Turkey: “Does your business source cotton products from Turkey? Or maybe you have been buying clothes with ‘Made in Turkey’ tag? I have bad news for you: you may be inadvertently supporting a massive scale system of forced labour. You can be forgiven for not being aware of it, because Turkmenistan – which we’re talking about here – very rarely, if ever, hits the news headlines. But with over 300 million dollars’ worth of cotton and textile exported to Turkey every year, it uses Turkey as the main gateway for its cotton products to the global supply chains. Anti-Slavery International has released a new report bringing those the strong links between Turkey and Turkmenistan to light. (05 Apr).

  • Turkmen cotton and the risk of forced labour in global supply chains: Turkmenistan is one of the most closed and repressive regimes in the world. It is characterised by isolated, authoritarian, one-person rule. International NGOs point to restrictions on freedoms of expression, association and assembly, along with cases of arbitrary detention and torture. The Freedom House ‘Not Free’ ranking scores Turkmenistan just two out of 100, one point below North Korea. Freedom House has also identified that the government “forces thousands of students, public employees, and other citizens to participate in the annual cotton harvest without pay”. In other words, Turkmenistan’s cotton production has the characteristics of a forced-labour system.” (March 2019).

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan praised for curtailing forced labor in cotton harvest. Activists say not so fast: “Last year, according to the International Labor Organization, around 170,000 people were forced to pick cotton, a sizable number but one the agency says showed “major progress” in eliminating the problem. Not so fast, say Uzbek and Western rights activists: While forced child labor has dramatically decreased, there's still a significant level of forced labor involving adults, and the government's production system perpetuates the problem” (04 Apr).

Vietnam

Revealed: women making clothes for west face sexual abuse: “Study finds workers in Vietnamese factories have been harassed, groped and even raped” (07 Apr).

MANUFACTURERS

Hirdaramani Group partners with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative: “Hirdaramani Group recently strengthened its sustainability pledge by joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative. With this, the company joins with influential fashion industry stakeholders including brands, cities, philanthropists, NGOs, and innovators to collaborate around the initiative’s aim to create a new textiles economy, aligned with the principles of the circular economy” (07 Apr).

Tencel celebrates Earth Month with One Tree Planted: “For the entire month of April, Tencel [Lenzing’s flagship brand] and key brand partners will be working with One Tree Planted in an effort to replant the 876,000 acres of trees that were destroyed by wildfires in California last year. Throughout April, for every Tencel product purchased through its brand partners, one tree will be planted” (05 Apr).

Algae tiles turn walls into living water filtration systems: “Up to 80% of India’s surface water is polluted, according to a 2015 report. But while much of the pollution comes from untreated sewage, industrial waste water is a major contributor, with textile production releasing dyes and unwanted chemicals into rivers … a group of designers and biochemical engineers at University College London have created a leaf-shaped clay tile that can clean heavy metals out of wastewater by capturing these particles in an algae-infused hydrogel” (03 Apr).

Giulio Bonazzi delivers speech about circular economy in the age of fast fashion: “Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and chief executive officer of Aquafil, a leading manufacturer of ECONYL regenerated nylon through innovative recycling technology delivered the keynote speech at Product Innovation Apparel in Los Angeles, CA on February 20” (02 Apr).

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)

Amazon: Fashion Sustainability Program Manager (London)

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

Amazon: Japan Environmental Manager (Tokyo)

Asos: Sustainable Sourcing Administrator (London)

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

* Blackberrys Menswear: Sr. HR Executive-Employee Engagement & CSR (Gurgoan)

BSR: Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)

BSR: Human Rights Director (Paris or San Francisco)

* Burton: Sustainability Analyst with Sports Equipment (Burlington, VT)

Centre for Sustainable Fashion: Digital Content Officer (London)

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

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)

* GoodWeave: Senior Program Officer (Washington DC)

* Gucci: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Scandicci)

Hop Lun: Sustainability Manager (Hong Kong)

* H&M: Sustainability Developer for Social (Shanghai)

* H&M: Sustainability Project Intern (Jakarta)

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

* HEMA: Social and Environmental Compliance Strategist (Amsterdam)H

* HEMA: Sustainability Strategist (Amsterdam)

 Impactt: Marketing Manager (London)

* JCPenney: Director Inclusion & Diversity, CSR and Supplier Diversity (Dallas TX)

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)

* Macy’s: Environmental Services Intern/Co-op (Cincinnati, OH)

* Macy’s: Manager, Corporate Giving (New York)

* Nike: Environmental Deployment Director (Singapore)

Nike: Sustainability Professional II (Jakarta)

Organic Cotton Accelerator: Program Officer (Amsterdam area)

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

* PVH: Corporate Responsibility Specialist, 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)

* Under Armour: Environmental Sustainability Analyst (Baltimore, MD)

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

* Vantage Apparel: QA Compliance Specialist (Woodbridge, NJ)

* VF: Analyst, Direct Environmental Impacts (Denver, CO)

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

Wolverine: Product Sustainability Manager (Rockford, Michigan)

Zalora: Regional Sustainability Manager (Singapore)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                          

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

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 Johannes Plenio, 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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