THIS ISSUE

Brands in this issue include: Adidas, H&M, and Gap (cited in article on China’s Muslim clampdown), Alyx (using blockchain to track garment authenticity), Carter’s (urged to improve chemical usage in children’s clothes), Gap, PVH and Nike (listed in CR Magazine’s top 100 companies), LVMH (partners with UNESCO), Old Navy and Missguided (rated by ethical fashion app Good On You), PVH (unveils new sustainable fashion vision), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • Lucy Siegle interviews Kate Fletcher on the Union for Concerned Researchers in Fashion’s goals

  • New report says almost 80% of consumers think that retailers are not doing enough

  • NYC’s proposed fur ban meet resistance from black pastors

  • France seeks ban on destroying unsold goods

  • C&A Foundation on child labour in fashion supply chains

  • Will we soon see labels saying “Made by Humans”?

  • World’s first digital only blockchain clothing sells for $9,500

  • The Netherlands adopts child labour due diligence law

  • PETA takes on cashmere

In the supply chain:                                                         

  • Bangladesh: the next court hearing on the Accord’s fate is on Sunday; factory owners unable to fix deadline on monthly pay and festival allowance before Eid-ul-Fitr; 200 factories vulnerable to fire

  • Cambodia: two unionists jailed

  • Indonesia: homeworkers under the spotlight

  • Iraq: war widows working in garment factories

  • Mexico: labour reforms making progress

  • Rwanda: another garment factory investment

Manufacturers in this issue include: Indorama (highly rated on human rights disclosure), SiPure (wins MIT water award), Tintoria di Quaregna (certified for natural dyes), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 9 new jobs listed (at Amer Sports, ETAM, Fair Labour Association, GMS Egypt, Hudson’s Bay, Hugo Boss, Impactt, Nike, and VF).

Quotes of the week:

(All quotes this week are from speakers at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Check out #CPHFS19 on Twitter for more.)

  • “The goods are expensive but the human (labour) is still very cheap … Whether the product sells for €200 or €2 the workers are still getting the same wages and welfare.” Nazma Akter, President of Sommilito Garment Sramik Federation, Bangladesh (16 May).

  • “Why shouldn’t every brand take their products back? If you stand behind your product, you should stand behind it always.” Vanessa Friedman (16 May).

  • “You think the last 10 years were tough? You don’t want what is coming!” Vanessa Friedman (16 May).

  • “The old idea of leadership is done. At this point in history we can’t have a plan, we can only have a goal.” Cyrill Gutsch, Founder, Parley for the Oceans (16 May).

  • “The Fashion Industry will never be changed by Sustainability Groupies. It will only be changed by Fashionable & Creative People who value Fashion, Texture, Colour & Creativity!” Sandra Rupp, commenting on the Copenhagen Fashion Summit (16 May).

  • “If the governments can’t take the responsibility, why don’t we step up to the plate?” Paul Polman (15 May).

  • “If the brands don’t step up, government will regulate.” Tal Group’s CEO Roger Lee (16 May).

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

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Western companies get tangled in China’s Muslim clampdown: “Western companies, including brand name apparel makers and food companies, have become entangled in China’s campaign to forcibly assimilate its Muslim population. Adidas AG, Hennes & Mauritz AB, Kraft Heinz Co., Coca-Cola Co. and Gap Inc. are among those at the end of the long, often opaque supply chains that travel through China’s northwest region of Xinjiang. Residents there are routinely forced into training programs that feed workers to area factories, according to locals, official notices and state media” (16 May).

100 Best Corporate Citizens, 20th Anniversary: CR Magazine’s 20th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking went live this week. Fashion retailers/brands listed are: Gap (#19); PVH (#56); and Nike (#97) (15 May).

Green America: Largest kids’ clothes retailer should improve transparency on chemical usage and eliminate toxins that harm workers and consumers: “Carter’s [the owner of OshKosh B’gosh and Skip Hop], the leading retailer of baby and children’s clothing in the US is not transparent about the toxins and other chemicals used to manufacture its clothing. In response, Green America has launched a new campaign to urge Carter’s to adopt a strong and transparent chemical management policy, starting by implementing a public Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) and issuing public updates as the company phases out the most dangerous chemicals” (15 May).

Clothing brand Alyx turns to Iota’s blockchain to track garment authenticity: “Clothing designer Matthew William’s luxury fashion brand Alyx announced today that it will use Iota Foundation’s blockchain distributed ledger technology to track the production of clothing from raw materials to the final product” (15 May).

LVMH partners with UNESCO to achieve sustainable goals: “LVMH, who preside over leading fashion institutions like Dior, Givenchy, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Rihanna’s new Fenty range, has gone into partnership with UNESCO. The industry giant made the announcement just a couple of hours ago, posting on Instagram that the collaboration will last for five years. The plan is set to make the fashion front-runner more transparent in where it sources its materials and will more closely monitor the traceability of each house's supply chain” (14 May).

PVH Corp. unveils new sustainable fashion vision: “[PVH] has unveiled ‘Forward Fashion’, the evolution of its corporate responsibility (CR) strategy that aims to reduce the company’s negative impacts to zero and increase positive impacts to 100% -- all while improving more than one million lives throughout its value chain” (14 May).

Good On You rates Old Navy and Missguided: (13 May).

NEWS & REPORTS   

Fashion Futures 2030: “Fashion Futures 2030 toolkits have been created for industry professionals and educators to engage in critical consideration of fashion and nature through the exploration of four possible future scenarios. By engaging with these future scenarios, fashion industry and education can develop visions and commitments to guide strategy for design, business and communication” (16 May).

Cause for concern - the researchers calling for fashion change: “As we come to the end of what I regard as the industry’s annual horse and pony show, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, we will have discovered precious few answers. Although we will almost certainly have 200 more initiatives and a cynic may say enough sustainable rhetoric emitted to power a mid-sized Nordic town. Chat is in abundance. It’s frank evidence and clear-eyed solutions that are in short supply … Enter the Union for Concerned Researchers in Fashion. The UCRF, founded by academics Kate Fletcher, Lynda Grose, Timo Rissanen and Mathilda Tham emerged in January with a manifesto that puts some sanity back into the quest for a just and sustainable fashion industry. It also aims to stop us disappearing down convenient yet ineffective rabbit holes. So far, as well as the manifesto, ahead of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit the UCRF issued a damning statement unpicking the super charged rhetoric of the event’s press releases. The gloves are off” (16 May). [Ed’s note: you can see the UCRF’s manifesto here.]

Stories about the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, 15 & 16 May:

  • At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, Kering’s François-Henri Pinault shares a radical new vision of sustainability: “yesterday in his opening address at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, Kering chair and CEO François-Henri Pinault revealed he’s been hired by French president Emmanuel Macron for a first-of-its-kind role: to create a “coalition” of CEOs and top brands in the fashion industry to join forces and set ambitious sustainability targets together. What’s significant about this is that it could mark a new era of collaboration and open-source cooperation across the fashion industry, and eventually other industries, too” (16 May).

Google’s new pilot aiming to measure the environmental impact of the fashion industry: “After working with Current Global, an innovation consultancy that empowers fashion brands to reach their sustainability goals through the use of relevant technologies, we determined that Google could help be part of the solution through the use of cloud-based tools for data collection and analysis. Today at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, one of the fashion industry’s key sustainability events of the year, we’re announcing an experiment to do exactly that” (15 May). [Ed’s note: Google will collaborate with Stella McCartney to look initially at cotton and viscose.]

Retailers urged to ‘act fast’ to engage sustainable shoppers: “Retailers are urged to act fast in order to engage and satisfy underwhelmed sustainable shoppers in the latest UK Sustainability 2019 report by GlobalData. The report found that almost 80% of consumers think that retailers are not doing enough to address issues around sustainability and climate change. It also revealed that those who are most likely to purchase more frequently are more often engaged with sustainability and ethics” (15 May). [Ed’s note: report (for purchase) is available here.]

Proposed fur ban in New York pits animal rights advocates against black ministers: “As Corey Johnson, the speaker of the New York City Council, urged his colleagues on Wednesday to ban the sale of fur in the city, he argued that it was the “moral thing to do.” But the proposed ban, backed by animal rights advocates, has met an unexpected challenge from a diverse set of opponents, including black pastors and Hasidic leaders. They say a prohibition would fly in the face of centuries of religious and cultural tradition” (15 May).

France to seek ban on destroying unsold goods: ““Too many companies feel OK with just throwing away or destroying the shoes or the clothing that haven’t been sold,” French deputy ecology minister Brune Poirson said at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. “You can’t do this anymore. It’s shocking.” Although Poirson is calling on brands to take matters into their own hands and handle this, but says that the government will pursue a ban” (15 May).

Is child labor out of fashion? Meet Arshi’s family and find out: “Talking with Arshi’s family I learned that the Western buyer placed its order with its “tier one” supplier in Jaipur, Rajasthan, some 360 kilometers away from where we stood.  Then the jacket took a trip:  first the Jaipur-based subcontractor placed the order for embellishment across state borders to smaller factories and “dedicated centers” (DCs) in Sikandrabad. One of those DCs sub-contracted a portion of its order to Jousef, who lives 10 kilometers away. Jousef stitched a portion of the order and sub-contracted the rest to 20 women, home-based workers in his village. And finally, the same chain reversed to get the embellished fabric back to Jaipur for tailoring and finishing. The DCs were paid 600 rupees, or $8 per jacket. But the home-based workers who completed the majority of production earned 250 to 300 rupees per jacket, around $4” (15 May).

The Supply Chain Leadership Ladder 2.0: “The Supply Chain Leadership Ladder is a maturity model that BSR has developed for companies to evaluate and evolve their approach to supply chain sustainability. A better understanding of their current standing with regards to supply chain knowledge, management, and supplier engagement helps these companies to identify how and where they need to invest in their supply chain in order to drive competitive advantage. Supply chain sustainability, also known as responsible sourcing, sustainable sourcing, responsible supply, sustainable procurement, and by other names, continues to evolve, and as such, our approach needed to evolve as well” (15 May).

Dhana Inc. releases the WearOurValues Report 2019 revealing the need for greater brand to customer value alignment in the fashion industry: “The report discloses a clear need for more transparency as 97% of consumers want more brand transparency. When shopping almost half of consumers want to know about the ethical aspect, 41% want to know the environmental, and the remaining 16% want to know the location of production. In assessing marketing influencers like price, style, brand name, and trends in conjunction with whether consumers perceive value alignment with brands they shop with, Dhana found the consumer’s interest in wanting transparency when shopping was relatively the same” (14 May).

Driving circular business models in fashion: “Fashion for Good, in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, today launch a new report, “The Future of Circular Fashion: Assessing the Viability of Circular Business Models“, that for the first time explores the financial viability of circular business models in the fashion industry. The study looks into three different models – rental, subscription-rental and recommerce, to assess the financial viability of each when adopted in four different market segments – value, mid-market, premium and luxury. With established brands and retailers being slow to adopt circular models, the report presents further incentives for implementation, helping to identify where circular models are attractive today and the critical levers to enhance their viability in future” (14 May). [Ed’s note: full report here.]

15 recycling efforts that are reshaping the fashion industry: “FashionUnited has traced such recycling efforts over the course of the last year, involving individual apparel, outdoor and sportswear brands and department stores as well as non-profit organisations, cities and professional recyclers” (14 May).

Yoox Net-a-Porter CEO: One day we will see a ‘made by humans’ label: ““I’d like to make a prediction,” said Yoox Net-a-Porter CEO Federico Marchetti on Tuesday at the World Retail Congress. “Today we see labels like ‘British made’ or ‘Swiss watches.’ I think that one day we will see another label: ‘made by humans’”. According to Marchetti, despite continual advancements of technology, the human touch will remain important to customers in the fashion industry” (14 May).

World’s first digital only blockchain clothing sells for $9,500: “Last week, London-based start-up Favourup held a panel discussion between a panel of Instagram-based sustainability influencers about the perils of ‘fast-fashion’ and challenges of conscious consumption. A Q&A session followed, during which the question was raised ‘why not wear digital clothing? If your platform of communication is digital, why can’t your clothes be?’.  A heated debate ensued, with the audience and panel protesting that ‘digital fashion would just encourage more consumption’ and that digital fashion is disingenuous because it ‘doesn’t exist’” (14 May)

The Netherlands takes an historic step by adopting child labour due diligence law: “Today the Dutch Senate voted to adopt the Child Labour Due Diligence Bill. In doing so, the Netherlands demonstrates that it is serious about combating child labour in global supply chains. When the law enters into force, Dutch companies will have to declare that they have addressed the issue of child labour in their supply chains. By legislating minimum requirements for responsible business conduct, the Netherlands stands out as a frontrunner in the international trend towards mandatory human rights legislation” (14 May).

PETA exposé reveals cruelty behind your cashmere sweater: “A PETA exposé into the cashmere industry in China and Mongolia—the world's top cashmere exporters—reveals goats screaming in pain and fear as workers tear their hair out using sharp metal combs. Later, their throats are slit in slaughterhouses, and they're left to die in agony” (13 May – 2:20-minute video). [Ed’s note: see also story here.]

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bangladesh  

Calling for Remedy: “This report [by International Labor Rights Forum] analyzes the structure and procedures of the Accord’s complaint mechanism, worker and union complaints received by Accord staff, Accord responses, and resolutions reached. Additionally, it draws on worker interviews conducted in October 2018, which we feature in two factory case studies” (15 May).

Safety program established six years ago in Bangladesh has saved lives and stopped retaliation across hundreds of factories: “An independent mechanism allowing garment workers to directly raise safety issues is making factories safer and empowering workers to advocate for their own safety, according to a report published today by the International Labor Rights Forum. The success of the complaint mechanism run by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh – trusted by workers for its independence and its effectiveness – is one more reason why the program should remain in Bangladesh and continue to operate independently until the government and local institutions are ready to take on the task. The next High Court hearing that could determine the future of the Accord is scheduled for this Sunday, May 19” (15 May). [Ed’s note: by Clean Clothes Campaign.]

Committee to meet again to fix deadline: “The meeting of the crisis management core committee in the garment sector yesterday ended without any decision on fixing the deadline to pay monthly salary and festival allowances to apparel workers before Eid-ul-Fitr” (14 May).

200 RMG factories vulnerable to fire: “200 readymade garment factories in the district are vulnerable to fire and the buildings they are housed in lack adequate firefighting system, reports UNB. After a number of fire incidents in the capital, Gazipur fire service is identifying risky buildings and trying to take action against their owners but these moves are not enough” (13 May).

Cambodia

2 unionists detained for alleged violence in garment factory: “Two representatives of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) have been held in pre-trial detention in Kandal Provincial Prison since last week after they got involved in a fight with members of a ruling-party affiliated union, according to C.CAWDU … Choub Chanthy, 30, and Phun Sokha, 34, C.CAWDU representatives in garment factory Quint Major Industrial Co., Ltd. (QMI) in [Cambodia], were arrested on May 7 and charged with “intentional violence” under the Penal Code” (16 May).

Indonesia

The plight of Indonesia’s homeworkers: “Long and complex supply chains give big brands the ability to claim ignorance that their products are made by homeworkers employed through exploitative practices. However, companies have a moral responsibility, if not yet a legal one, to ensure that all workers engaged in the productions of their goods enjoy decent and dignified working conditions” (15 May). [Ed’s note: article mentions several initiatives in Indonesia developed to engage homeworkers.]

Iraq

Widows of Iraq’s war pick up the threads of fragmented lives: “In a workshop in a bombed-out factory in Mosul, Najlaa Abdelrahman joins scores of other women on a production line as they sew garments and try to knit their lives back together” (13 May).

Mexico

Labour reform: Mexico’s independent unions highlight progress: ““Nothing will prevent us from organizing and mobilizing workers.” This was the conclusion made by Mexico's independent unions after the new labour reform was published on 1 May, International Workers’ Day” (16 May).

Rwanda

New garment factory to boost employment creation: “A new garment factory; “Kigali Garment Centre Ltd,” is set to begin mass production of garments in the next two weeks after government, through Workforce Development Authority, placed thousands of youth to different industries for training and employment” (14 May).

MANUFACTURERS

Indorama listed in top 10 companies in new report on human rights disclosure in ASEAN: “The following companies had the highest UNGP diagnostic disclosure scores across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand and hence represent the most mature companies in select countries.” Indorama Ventures was listed equal second, with a score of 90% (14 May).

Technology for textiles wins MIT water prize: “SiPure has developed a patented membrane technology capable of purifying textile wastewater while drastically reducing capital and operational costs. With enhanced performance and significantly extended lifetime over its competitors, the SiPure team says its membrane has the potential to reduce global textile industry water demand by 500 billion litres per year” (14 May).

They’re finally here: All natural, woolmark certified stay true colors for the fashion industry: “Tintoria di Quaregna is the first textile company to be certified by Woolmark for Natural Colouration Technology because the colors are not only vibrant and beautiful, they  stay true through the life of the fabric and consistent across multiple dye batches. For decades this has been the biggest challenge in the fashion industry.  Their secret?  They carefully coax out molecules of color from plants using modern science” (12 May).

Hirdaramani Group reaches ‘Net-Zero Status’: “The Hirdaramani Group announced that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy use of its Sri Lankan apparel vertical has reached a net-zero status. This quantification using ISO 14064 standards was externally validated; considering overall emission reductions and the actual emissions from energy use in its apparel manufacturing operations” (12 May).

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

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

Amazon: Fashion Sustainability Program Manager (London)

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

Amazon: Japan Environmental Manager (Tokyo)

* Amer Sports: Performance Improvement Sustainability Specialist (Hong Kong)

ASOS: Ethical Trade Assistant (Hong Kong)

BSR: HERproject Associate (Hong Kong)

BSR: Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)

Canada Goose: Sustainability Programs Specialist (Toronto)

Canada Goose: Manager, Sustainability and Social Compliance Programs (Toronto)

Canada Goose: Sr. Manager, Corporate Sustainability (Toronto)

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

Chanel: Senior Compliance Manager (Shanghai)

Cotton made in Africa: Project Manager for Verification Management (Hamburg)

EcoVadis: Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst (Hong Kong)

END.: Head of Facilities and Health & Safety (Washington, England)

* ETAM: Sustainability & Compliance Manager Asia (Hong Kong)

Ethical Trading Initiative: Senior Advisor, Gender & Social Inclusion (London)

Ethical Trading Initiative: Membership Services Assistant (maternity cover) (London)

Ethical Trading Initiative: Assistant Strategic Lead (London)

* Fair Labor Association: Communications Intern (Washington, DC)

Fair Labor Association: Social Compliance Program Manager (Washington, DC)

G-Star RAW: Intern GSRD Foundation (Amsterdam)

* GMS Egypt: Manager/Associate Manager, CSR (Hong Kong)

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): GOTS Public Procurement Specialist (EU) (Stuttgart)

GoodWeave: Director of Communications (Washington DC)

GoodWeave: Senior Program Officer (Washington DC)

W.L. Gore & Associates: APAC Sustainability Communication Leader - Fabrics Division (Hong Kong)

Gucci: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Scandicci)

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

H&M: Chemical Compliance Specialist (Stockholm)

Herschel Supply Company: Product Quality & Compliance Manager (Vancouver)

Hop Lun: Sustainability Manager (Hong Kong)

* Hudson’s Bay: Labour Relations Coordinator (Etobicoke)

* Hugo Boss: Internship, Sustainable Supplier Management & Social Compliance (Metzingen) (see ad in German here)

International Labour Organisation: Programme Manager, Better Factories Cambodia (Phnom Penh)

* Impactt: Marketing Manager (London)

Impactt: Principal Consultant (London)

Impactt: Project Officer (London)

Kering: Ready to Wear Materials Research & Sustainability Specialist (Novara)

Lululemon: Director, Product and Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

Macy’s: Facility Management Energy Manager (Woodbridge, NJ)

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

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

Nakd: CSR Coordinator (Gothenburg)

Nakd: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Gothenburg)

New Era Cap: Senior Manager, Global Social Compliance (Buffalo, NY)

* Nike: Data Analyst - Product Sustainability (Portland, OR)

Nike: Director of Supplier Relationship Management – Supply Chain (Beaverton, OR)

Nike: Senior Director Labor, Health & Safety, Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing (Beaverton, OR)

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

Politix (Country Road Group): Social, PR and Events Manager (Melbourne)

Primark: Product Compliance Coordinator (Dublin)

PVH: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

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

REI: Senior Administrative Assistant, Brand Stewardship & Impact (Kent, WA)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Senior Manager, Public Affairs (Amsterdam)

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)

TAL Apparel: Environmental Sustainability Executive (Hong Kong)

Ted Baker: Sustainability Coordinator (London)

Ted Baker: Ethical and Sustainability Assistant (London)

Ted Baker: Ethical Specialist (London)

Textile Exchange: Standards Coordinator

The North Face: Director, Global Sustainability (Denver, CO)

Tommy Hilfiger: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

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

Vestiaire Collective: Chief Sustainability Officer (Paris)

* VF: Specialist, Supply Chain Sustainability (Shanghai)

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

Wearable Collections: Drivers, Route Helpers and Market Coordinators (New York)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

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

10 June: Online course: Fashion’s Future and the Sustainable Development Goals: “explore the fashion industry’s impact on people and planet, what the Sustainable Development Goals are, and how they are intrinsically linked.” From Fashion Revolution.

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.)

13 – 13 June, Bangkok: Responsible Business & Human Rights Forum 2019: “[A] multi-stakeholder event addressing an array of priority issues under the Responsible Business Conduct and Business and Human Rights Agendas.”

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: Driving impact through integrity and preferred fiber & materials.

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.”

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.

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

(Photo Sathish Kumar Periyasamy, 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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