THIS ISSUE

Brands in this issue include: Amazon, Adidas, C&A, Decathlon, Fruit of the Loom, GAP, G-Star RAW, Gucci, H&M, Hugo Boss, Inditex, Levi Strauss, Nike, Primark, Puma, PVH, Tchibo, Under Armour, Fast Retailing/Uniqlo and Zalando (in living wage report), French Connection (rated by Good On You), Primark (more ethical than you think), Tchibo (sports collection from recycled materials), Ted Baker, Farfetch and FW (new circular fashion partnership), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • Millions at risk of child labor in manufacturing hubs, say researchers

  • How transparent are garment labels?

  • Podcast on combatting textile waste

  • Can fashion labels ever be ethical, or are they pulling the wool over our eyes?

  • Is fast fashion a class issue? (update of a 2017 article)

  • New survey shows customers demand sustainable fashion, but won’t pay extra for it

  • Common Objective has a new fibre briefing on wool

  • Collectif Éthique sur l’étiquette has a new report on the performance by French companies regarding the duty of vigilance law of 2017

  • Fashion Revolution rounds up Copenhagen Fashion Summit

  • What are the legal tools for holding corporations account globally?

  • A view from Bangladesh on tackling unethical purchasing practices

  • Is “woke-washing” a thing? The Guardian thinks so

  • Microfibres in rain? New findings from Colorado rain samples

  • World Bank gives Sh1.2b to boost Kisumu cotton sector in Kenya

In the supply chain:                                                         

  • Bangladesh: BGMEA calls for 5% cash aid from government to offset wage rise and low prices; the Accord published progress report

  • Cambodia: union sends worker plea to EU over tariffs; government ponders impact of automation

  • China: protest at shoe factory

  • Ethiopia: the garment industry of the future

  • Guatemala: sustainable mills ready to take up orders shifting from China

  • India: factory fire

  • Uzbekistan: pleas for companies to retain cotton boycott

Manufacturers in this issue include: Chongjin Chemical and Textile Factory (North Korean factory contaminates local streams), Jeanologia (showcasing new production model for denim at ITMA), Lenzing (sustainability in a wasteful industry), PG Denim (increasingly “circular” dyeing processes), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 12 new jobs listed (at Adidas, CDC, Gap, GoodWeave, Gymshark, H&M, Kmart Australia, Nike, s.Oliver, and Sustainable Apparel Coalition). [Ed’s note: CDC is a development finance institution in the UK, but is urging people with labour rights experience in apparel and textiles to apply. An interesting opening for someone in the industry contemplating a career shift.]

Quotes of the week:

  • “We are most concerned about the prospect of losing our hard-earned livelihood.” Signatories to a letter from the National Union Alliance Chamber of Cambodia (NACC) to the EU over possible revocation of tariff-free access to the EU (29 May).

  • “Some brands try to avoid the issue with labels that point to the design instead of the production, “Designed in Italy”, for example, or “Crafted in France”. What is next, “Conceptualised in my bathroom in Tuscany”? But seriously: It is worth reading labels carefully?” Simone Preuss, on what fashion labels actually reveal (29 May).

  • “Really, it’s all investor-led. Big banks and investment funds are fueling fashion retail, and [environmental, social and governance is] now a key part of their due diligence. For my book, “Slave to Fashion,” I researched the banks behind the British High Street and found their analysts had very little understanding three years ago. That has changed dramatically, and fashion companies are highly sensitive to reputational risks, from waste to slavery in supply chains. Now that analysts are requiring the legal departments to answer these concerns, human rights and sustainability are moving front of mind in the C-suite.” Safia Minney, founder People Tree (28 May).

  • “Just as voters will swear they don’t mind paying higher taxes for better public services, but then quietly vote for tax cuts, it’s possible shoppers know what they should do, but balk at paying more than they have to.” Gaby Hinsliff in an article on Primark and sustainable fashion (28 May).

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

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Global garment companies failing to deliver on living wage promises to workers, study finds: “Global garment companies are failing to meet living wage promises to workers, according to a study published by researchers at the University of Sheffield today … The researchers investigated the commitments and actions of 20 of the world’s leading garment companies (full list below). Of those, 17 are members of initiatives that profess a commitment to living wages. Just three companies have a supplier code of conduct that requires workers to be paid wages that meet the Clean Clothes Campaign’s definition of a living wage. H&M, C&A and G-Star RAW promise to cover the basic needs of workers and their families, provide some discretionary income and specify that this wage should be earned within a normal working week” (30 May 2019). (30 May). [Ed’s note: the 20 companies reviewed are: Amazon, Adidas, C&A, Decathlon, Fruit of the Loom, GAP, G-Star RAW, Gucci, H&M, Hugo Boss, Inditex, Levi Strauss, Nike, Primark, Puma, PVH, Tchibo, Under Armour, Fast Retailing/Uniqlo and Zalando.]

Fashion retailers join new partnership to drive sustainable business models: “The retailers – including Ted Baker, Farfetch and soon-to-launch outdoor brand FW – “will be exploring more sustainable ways of operating through the Circular Fashion Fast Forward project”” (30 May).

Marketing sustainability in a wasteful fashion industry: “For a decade, the fashion industry has faced massive – and what some might see as long overdue – blowback from consumers over environmental and social practices. But brands are finally cutting out the cynical greenwashing and putting sustainability front and centre. Rick Boost speaks with two companies [one of which is Hong Kong innerwear brand Chicks] in the industry about the challenges ahead” (29 May).

Tchibo offers sports collection of ‘Ocean Plastic’, PET bottles & textile waste: “With the second Tchibo bathing and sports collection of recycled materials, consumers can share responsibility with the company. Because the responsible consumption of already used raw materials saves valuable resources and protects the environment. For example , the nylon fiber Econyl (‘Ocean Plastic’) used in some swimwear and sportswear articles contains 2700 kg of fishing nets … "From 2020 Tchibo will largely dispense with disposable plastic packaging for textile products” (28 May – in German).

Cheap and cheerful: why there’s more to Primark’s success than you thought: “There is a recycling bin on every floor, encouraging customers to deposit old clothes for recycling or resale. There are free water fountains because the cafes don’t sell single-use plastic water bottles, and a new denim range made from sustainable cotton grown with less water, pesticide and fertiliser. For the festival season, the store is pushing eco-friendly glitter because the ordinary kind creates plastic pollution, and, while the greenest solution would probably be to stop wearing glitter, that is not the Primark way. The message is that you can still have fun with fashion, and they will take care of the guilt for you” (28 May).

How ethical is French Connection? “Overall rating: Not good enough: 2/5” (27 May). [Ed’s note: rating by ethical shopping app Good On You.]

NEWS & REPORTS   

Millions at risk of child labor in manufacturing hubs, say researchers: “Child labor is an “extreme risk” in one in 10 countries globally, found an index on Thursday, urging businesses to be more vigilant about abuses in their global supply chains. Little progress was recorded in key manufacturing hubs India and China, which ranked 47th and 98th out of 198 countries in the Child Labour Index, with North Korea in first place with the highest risk, said research consultancy Verisk Maplecroft” (30 May). [Ed’s note: see details on how to download the report at Verisk Maplecroft here.]

How transparent are garment labels? Five realisations: “Everyone talks about transparency in the fashion industry but is it a reality? Hang tags for example, the small, annoying things that feel scratchy at the neck or lower back. They are useful and the first source of information for a potential customer in the store (unless he or she already found information online beforehand). But how much information do they actually reveal when it comes to the country of production, suppliers and other information?” (29 May).

Innovation to combat textile waste: “Nearly 6 million tons of leftover textiles - the equivalent 18 million new clothes - are wasted in South East Asia and China alone. If we could remanufacture these textiles and reuse them, or ensure we only produce what we need when we need it, we may be able to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of clothing production and support the transition to a circular fashion system” (29 May – 34:28-minute podcast).

Can fashion labels ever be ethical, or are they pulling the wool over our eyes? “From dangerous sweatshops to blackface sweaters (yes, that was a thing) the fashion industry is never far from an ethical quagmire” (29 May).

Is fast fashion a class issue? ““Don’t let Zara and Uniqlo educate you on the price of a garment because that’s not fashion. That’s McDonald’s.” With this one pithy comment, Virgil Abloh – the brains behind lauded street style brand, Off-White – inadvertently touches on an issue that haunts every panel discussion and every magazine article about fast fashion and price points: are ethically produced clothes a privilege for the wealthy? Should people with limited disposable income really be expected to pay more for clothes just to avoid buying cheap stuff that’s bad for the planet?” (28 May). [Ed’s note: an updated version of an article published in 2017.]

Customers demand sustainable fashion, but won’t pay extra for it: “Customers’ increasing demands for sustainable fashion put financial pressure on merchants’ businesses as the majority of shoppers refuse to pay extra to fund ‘green’ initiatives, says new research by Nosto” (28 May).

How social entrepreneur Safia Minney is designing responsible sourcing into the fashion industry: “Safia Minney, consultant and founder of People Tree, has pioneered sustainable and ethical sourcing in the fashion industry. She has won many international awards, been acknowledged by the World Economic Forum as an outstanding social entrepreneur and received recognition from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II for services to the fashion industry and fair trade. Minney is author of nine books about sustainable fashion and is featured in "The True Cost," a movie that showcases her company’s best-practice sustainable work” (28 May).

Fibre briefing: Wool: “The Made-By Environmental Benchmark for Fibres ranks wool as Class E along with conventional cotton and virgin nylon. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Materials Sustainability Index ranks wool’s impact at 82 out of 100, compared to 98 out of100 for cotton, but much higher than polyester at 39” (28 May).

Textile industry: “every purchase is a political act!”: “Has the duty of vigilance requirement established by the Law of 21 February 2017 been respected by corporations? In our report [by Collectif Éthique sur l’étiquette] published two years after the law was created, we made a two-fold observation. The first is that certain companies have still not published their vigilance plan, despite the legal obligation. The second is that the plans of other companies (we have analysed nearly 80) are too brief or evasive” (28 May).

A view from the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019: “In its Statement on Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019, published after the CFS publicised its programme on May 5, the Union of Concerned Researchers into Fashion questioned some of the language and continued assumptions made by much of the industry around sustainability. When industry leaders get together to talk about what they are doing to solve problems, there is a tendency to oversell ideas, to gloss over statistics, to make grand statements, and to pat themselves on the back for the slightest progress. While the Copenhagen Fashion Summit celebrated its 10th year of ‘rewriting fashion,’ there is no doubt that the industry is still working from the same notes it has always used” (28 May).

What are the legal tools for holding corporations account globally? “On 11th September, 2012, a fire broke out at the Ali Enterprises textile factory in Pakistan. As a result, 262 workers died, and many more were injured. The large number of casualties were due to inadequate safety measures at the factory premises, which had led to the flames spreading within minutes, resulting in one of the most catastrophic tragedies in the textile industry worldwide. Ali Enterprises had been producing most of its products for the German retailer KiK, headquartered in Bönen, Germany. It could be argued that the responsibility of maintaining adequate health and safety standards at the factory fell upon KiK” (27 May).

Tackling unethical purchasing practices: “Can a few unscrupulous buyers undermine everything [the Bangladesh] RMG industry has achieved? … This handful of unscrupulous brands are also tarnishing the image of the whole gamut of buyers who are doing business with Bangladesh. So, I would raise the question: Should such brands and retailers, who adopt such underhanded tactics, be allowed to conduct business?” (27 May).

GS1 US’ new apparel and general merchandise guideline: “GS1 US, together with leading North American apparel and general merchandise brands, retailers and solution providers, has come out with the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Guideline – Order Consolidation Best Practices, to provide industry-supported recommendations for consolidating multiple purchases across multiple departments into a single carton” (26 May).

Woke-washing: how brands are cashing in on the culture wars: “Earlier this year, Nike’s profits soared to $6bn after its Kaepernick ad. The company then launched a campaign fronted by Serena Williams that challenged attitudes towards women. “If we show emotion, we’re called dramatic. If we want to play against men, we’re nuts,” she says over footage of female athletes campaigning for equal pay or demanding to play in exclusively male leagues. All very noble, but with the Nike-sponsored runner Alysia Montaño condemning the company this week for not providing her paid maternity leave, the firm might want to look at whether it is treating its own female athletes with basic rights first” (23 May).

‘It’s raining plastic’: Researchers find microscopic fibers in Colorado rain samples: “When Greg Wetherbee sat in front of the microscope recently, he was looking for fragments of metals or coal, particles that might indicate the source of airborne nitrogen pollution in Rocky Mountain National Park. What caught his eye, though, were the plastics” (23 May).

World Bank gives Sh1.2b to boost Kisumu cotton sector: “Kisumu National Polytechnic [in Kenya] has received Sh1.2 billion [$319,184] funding from World Bank to create centres of excellence for value addition in the cotton industry in Nyanza region” (20 May).

IMPACTable FASHION: Making the case for a sustainable fashion accelerator: “Micro-Documentary on making the case for an upgrade of sustainable fashion via the implementation of a new business model based on IMPACTable FASHION Impact Driven industry” (09 May – 4:334-minute video).

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bangladesh  

BGMEA calls for 5% cash assistance in next national budget: “BGMEA has called for a 5 percent cash aid for all export sectors in the next national budget to tackle ‘mutli-pronged challenges’ in the readymade garment industry” (27 May).

Accord issues progress report: “The Accord launches its second Quarterly Aggregate Report (QAR) of 2019, showing the remediation progress and the status of workplace programs at >1,600 Ready-Made Garment factories covered under the 2018 Transition Accord” (17 May).

Cambodia

Cambodia’s garment workers have written a plea to the EU over tariffs: “Cambodia’s biggest employer is its garment industry. Garment manufacturing has been critical to the country’s economic growth over the past several years, and has helped lift workers out of poverty. But those workers now find themselves caught between their own government and the European Union” (29 May).

Government seeks to prepare labour force over automation: “Labour Minister Ith Samheng yesterday highlighted the importance of preparing Cambodia’s labour market to face challenges raised by the advancement of technology” (28 May).

China

Workers sit in to protest wage arrears owed by shoe factory in Heyuan, Guangdong: From CLB’s strike map (29 May).

Ethiopia

Hawassa: Building the garment industry of the future: “Importers recognized that at some point they would have develop new supplying countries. The dual catastrophes -- the Tazreen Fire (2011) and Rana Plaza (2012) -- finally brought these importers to a final decision. PVH and VF were among the first. They would build a new industry in Africa. Their final decision was the Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia. They recognized that this would be a very long-term project requiring collaboration not only with other importers but also with upstream mills, as well as governments and institutions. Their decision was to a large degree based on their need create an environment of compliance, sustainability and transparency” (30 May).

Guatamala

Sustainability and secure trade: Guatemala provides supply-chain solutions for the Americas: “As a country that benefits from the Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement, Guatemala is preparing to see an increase in business from United States apparel brands that might need to shift sourcing partnerships away from China. With the demand for sustainable sourcing from apparel brands, mills in the region are preparing to meet that need” (23 May).

India

Goods worth lakhs gutted in factory fire: “A massive fire broke out in [Naresh Garment’s] factory in sector 63 area of Noida on Tuesday morning. Fire officials said that nearly eight fire tenders were pressed into action and after three hours of fire fighting, the blaze was controlled. No casualties was reported in the incident, however, goods worth lakhs was gutted in the fire” (29 May).

Uzbekistan

Uzbek Human rights defenders appeal to international companies not to lift boycott of Uzbek cotton: “In the last few years, the government of Uzbekistan has undertaken reforms aimed at ending forced labor in its cotton industry, some of which have resulted in a significant reduction of the number of citizens forced into the fields. However, the root structural problems of the system which continue to incentivize and drive forced labor on a massive scale remain unaddressed” (27 May).

MANUFACTURERS

PG Denim using increasingly “circular” dyeing processes: “The novelties in the PG Denim range include substantial investment in recovery and reuse processes for fabric finishing and fine-tuning a dyeing process based on sulphur and reactive colourings, which reduces water use by 75%, the consumption of chemicals by 35%, thus cutting by 20% energy costs and by 70% CO2 emissions, the company reports” (29 May).

Marketing sustainability in a wasteful fashion industry: “For a decade, the fashion industry has faced massive – and what some might see as long overdue – blowback from consumers over environmental and social practices. But brands are finally cutting out the cynical greenwashing and putting sustainability front and centre. Rick Boost speaks with two companies [one of which is Lenzing] in the industry about the challenges ahead” (29 May).

Jeanologia to show new production model for denim at ITMA: “The innovative process also reduces to a minimum the use of water and chemicals, obtaining significant savings and eliminating discharge; helping companies to reduce their environmental footprint, lower costs and taking care of workers’ health” (28 May).

Chongjin factories releasing contaminated water into local streams: ““A water purification facility was constructed in 2018 at the Chongjin Chemical and Textile Factory [North Korea’s largest rayon pulp production facility], but is failing to properly process the waste water from the factory,” a North Hamgyong Province-based source told Daily NK. “Unfiltered wastewater is being released and is contaminating nearby streams and the sea”” (27 May).

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

* Adidas: Senior Manager SEA, Environment - South Asia (Jakarta/Bangkok)

Adidas: Director SEA, Field Operation - North Asia (Guangzhou)

Adidas: Manager Sustainability A&G Materials (Guangzhou)

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

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)

Avery Dennison: Global Senior Manager, Sustainability (Boston, MA)

BSR: HERproject Associate (Hong Kong)

BSR: Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)

C&A Foundation: Data Analyst (Gurgaon)

Canada Goose: Sustainability Programs Specialist (Toronto)

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

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

* CDC: Job Quality Executive, Value Creation Strategies Team (London) [NB: although CDC is the UK’s development finance institution, it urges people with labour rights experience in apparel & textiles to apply.]

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

Chanel: Senior Compliance Manager (Shanghai)

EcoVadis: Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst (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: Social Compliance Program Manager (Washington, DC)

G-Star RAW: Intern GSRD Foundation (Amsterdam)

* Gap: Operations Adminstrator, Supplier Sustainability (Hong Kong)

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

Good Business Lab: Marketing and Partnerships Associate (Bengaluru/Delhi)

Good Business Lab: Data Associate (Bengaluru/Delhi)

Good Business Lab: Data Intern (Bengaluru/Delhi)

Good Business Lab: Research Associate (Bengaluru/Delhi)

* GoodWeave: Senior Manager, Standards and Certification (Washington DC)

GoodWeave: Director of Communications (Washington DC)

GoodWeave: Senior Program Officer (Washington DC)

* Gymshark: Sustainability Manager (Solihull)

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

* H&M: Sustainability Expert Industrial Relations and Wage (Yangon)

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

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)

Kenneth Cole: Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (New York)

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

* Kmart Australia: Community Relations Advisor (Melbourne)

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

Marc Fisher Footwear: Compliance Coordinator (Greenwich, CT)

Mint Velvet: CSR Coordinator (High Wycombe, UK)

Nakd: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Gothenburg)

Nanushka: Sustainability Manager (Budapest)

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

* Nike: Sustainability Engagement Manager (Beaverton, OR)

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

Pandora: Sustainability Specialist (Copenhagen)

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

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

PVH: Intern CR (Amsterdam)

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

Reset Carbon: Senior Consultant – Corporate Sustainability (Hong Kong)

Ross Dress for Less: Director, Sustainability (San Francisco, CA)

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

Samil Vina International: Compliance, CSR (Tây Ninh).

Superdry: Ethical Sourcing Assistant (Hong Kong)

* Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Executive Director (San Francisco)

* Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Senior Manager, Higg Brand & Retail Tool (San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam, or Hong Kong)

* Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Project Manager (Irvine, CA)

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

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

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

Ted Baker: Sustainability Coordinator (London)

Ted Baker: Ethical and Sustainability Assistant (London)

Ted Baker: Ethical Specialist (London)

Textile Exchange: Standards Coordinator

Tommy Hilfiger: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

Top Form: Head of Operations Compliance (Hong Kong)

Uniqlo (Thailand): Sustainability Officer (Bangkok)

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

VF: Sustainable Operations Manager, North East Asia (Shanghai).

VF: Manager, Worker Rights (Hong Kong)

VF: Specialist, Supply Chain Sustainability (Shanghai)

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.

* 05 June, Webinar: Transparency: Opportunities, Obstacles & Outlook 2019: “The apparel industry is under mounting pressure to increase the level of transparency into its products and processes. Led by savvy consumers and fuelled by a handful of vocal competitors in the space, it’s becoming expected for fashion firms to be able to verify what’s happening in their supply chains.” From Sourcing Journal and Cotton Incorporated.

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 June, Webinar: Journey from Sustainable to Organic + Regenerative Cotton Production Systems: “in-depth webinar on regenerative and organic farming issues, what life-cycle analysis’ (LCAs) do and what LCA’s don’t tell us and also explore a discussion on the benefits and challenges of adopting and delivering positive impacts in cotton production systems.” By Textile Exchange.

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.)

12 – 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.”

* 12 – 13 June, Brussels: Chemical Watch Expo 2019: Global Chemical Regulations: “An international event with a programme of workshops to address important regulatory issues around the world across six streams.”

* 17 June, Webinar: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)- Screening Protocol for Cotton & Textiles: “Textile Exchange, in partnership with the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA), is pleased to present this webinar as part of our continued focus on improving integrity focuses on the recently delivered international reference protocol for GMO-screening in cotton and textiles.”

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.”

* 24 June, Webinar: 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge: Review and Brand Perspective: “review the findings from the first (2018) 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge report and learn from the successful partnerships between Cotton Connect and Lindex.”

27 June, Webinar: Discover how to drive success with transparency: “Work in fashion and want to learn how to set a strategy for your transparency journey?”

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.”

* 09 July, Webinar: Biosynthetics E-Learning Series Part 2: “Biosynthetics can play an important role in replacing fossil-based resources with renewable feedstock. At the same time, there are various sustainability challenges also associated with the use of renewable feedstock.”

08 September, Dhaka, Bangladesh: GOTS Bangladesh Seminar 2019: “The theme of this year´s seminar is ‘Connecting for Success’. In 2018, Bangladesh reached second position (after India) in terms of GOTS certified facilities in the country. This growth trend showcases the commitment of the Bangladeshi textile industry to not only use organic fibres, but also to environmental and social compliances. Fire and Building Safety are included in GOTS criteria and the country has made significant progress in all these areas.” Speaking opportunities available: contacts at link.

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

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.

11 March, London: Drapers Sustainable Fashion 2020: “[With a] focus on collaborating for change within the fashion retail industry.”

(Photo image, 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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