THIS ISSUE

Brands in this issue include: Adidas, Amazon, C&A, Decathlon, Fast Retailing, Fruit of the Loom, Gap, G-Star RAW, Gucci, H&M, Hugo Boss, Inditex, Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Primark, Puma, PVH, Tchibo, Under Armour, and Zalando (subjects of a report on living wages by Clean Clothes Campaign), AERA (luxury vegan shoe brand), Birkenstock (open factories to public), Cotton On (recognition for Kenyan cotton project), Kering (launches EP&L platform), VF (opens new sustainable HQ in UK), Wrangler (launches foam-dyed denim collection), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • Slow Fashion Season, 2019: Can you commit to no new clothes for three months? Sign up by 21 June

  • Fur on the way out in Norway and California

  • Ten companies commit to improving the health and empowerment of more than 250,000 women workers in global supply chains (seven from fashion)

  • Sustainability discussion needs to include the East’s view

  • Central Saint Martins announces new sustainable fashion program focused on biodesign

  • Fast fashion could already be past its peak

  • Nigeria to blacklist all involved in textile smuggling

  • International Labor Conference to meet on new international treaty on workplace harassment and violence

  • France to ban destroying unsold goods, targeting Amazon, luxury brands

  • 5 ways to fix fashion’s biggest pollution problem, dyeing

  • The fashion industry’s massive transformation: two experts (from Mara Hoffman and Lenzing) share what you need to know

  • Report on European Union market for sustainable products finds clothing is only negative product grouping

In the supply chain:                                                         

  • Bangladesh: insightful article on the industry from the BGMEA president; police vehicle kills 3 workers; and Bangladesh Investor Initiative says let Accord do its work

  • Cambodia: GMAC says EU unlikely to withdraw EBA; nearly 60 workers injured in crash; tops brands back contract ruling; and civil society groups issues joint statement on political, economic situation

  • India: US cancels GSP with immediate effect; SLCP launches in Tirupur; fire in garment unit

  • Myanmar: new figures show industry and employment growing fast

  • Uzbekistan: forced labour not yet eradicated

Manufacturers in this issue include: Brandix (first to achieve ‘Net Zero Carbon’ status), Candiani Denim (Italian supply chain partnership), Far Eastern New Century (increases polyester recycling in the US), Tyton BioSciences (explains how it separates cellulose from polyester in blended materials), Xeros (starts China trial using water saving tech) and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 5 new jobs listed (at Avery Dennison, Canada Goose, Centric Brands, Strategic Partnership for Supply Chain Transformation, and WSR).

Quotes of the week:

  • “More than anything else, why can’t an international conference get a weaver, an embroiderer, a seamstress, a khadi spinner or a lace maker to the global table to ask what “sustainable production, workplace and wages” means to them.” Shefalee Vasudev (05 Jun).

  • “While we are celebrating a Nike Pro hijab and Mango’s Ramadan collection, we know that Muslim garment workers in sweatshops are exploited to make these clothes.” Hoda Katebi (03 Jun).

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

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Tailored Wages 2019: The state of pay in the global garment industry: “The Tailored Wages report analyses responses from 20 top clothing brands about their progress in implementing a living wage for the workers who produce their clothes. It found that whilst 85% of brands had some commitment to ensuring wages were enough to support workers’ basic needs, no major clothing brand is able to show that any workers making their clothing in Asia, Africa, Central America or Eastern Europe are paid enough to escape the poverty trap. Of the 20 companies surveyed, 19 received the lowest possible grade in the report. This means that they produced no evidence that any worker making their clothes was paid a living wage anywhere in the world. These companies are: Adidas, Amazon, C&A, Decathlon, Fast Retailing, Fruit of the Loom, Gap, G-Star RAW, H&M, Hugo Boss, Inditex, Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Primark, Puma, PVH, Tchibo, Under Armour, and Zalando. The exception was Gucci, which was able to show that, for a small proportion of its production in Italy, national wage negotiations mean a family can live on a wage paid in some areas in the South and Central regions” (05 Jun). [Ed’s note: full report here. Brand responses here.]

Cotton On: from 15 farmers to 2,500 farmers and global recognition: “Cotton On Group (the Group) has received international recognition for Responsible Retailer Initiative of the Year, through its sustainable cotton program in Kwale County, Kenya. The Group received the accolade at the 2019 World Retail Awards, as part of the 13th World Retail Congress held in Amsterdam” (05 Jun).

VF opens Axtell Soho HQ, sustainability is key: “It’s a state-of-the-art development featuring “sustainable design and craftmanship combined with innovative technology and brand experience.” For a start, the 16,000 sq ft, six-storey building has a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating for its sustainability” (05 Jun).

Birkenstock opens manufacturing sites for behind-the-scenes- tour: “Birkenstock has opened its manufacturing sites in Bernstadt and Görlitz to the public for the first time ever. Lifting the veil on how the brand’s famous leather and cork sandals are made, FashionNetwork.com reports about the shoe company’s expansion strategy and vision for the future” (05 Jun).

Kering launches digital EP&L and hackathon to drive greater transparency and innovation in sustainability: “To mark World Environment Day, Kering launched its new digital platform dedicated to its pioneering Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) account. The digital EP&L showcases Kering’s new, interactive 2018 Group EP&L report and provides access to unprecedented open data with an aim to support luxury and fashion players with information and insight into the complexities of their own environmental impacts. As a second step to leverage the EP&L data, a “Hackathon” will invite developers, tech experts and sustainability specialists to create a new generation of Apps and digital solutions to help close the gap on understanding the link between fashion and its impact on the environment” (05 Jun).

Wrangler launches first foam-dyed denim collection: “Wrangler has launched the first denim collection using its new Indigood foam-dyeing technology which is said to eliminate almost 100 percent of the water typically used in the indigo-dyeing process” (04 Jun).

Fashion industry veterans launch luxury vegan shoe brand, AERA: “Yesterday, along with their partner and investor, Alvertos Revach, the trio launched AERA, a shoe brand which epitomizes luxury shoes handmade in Italy, but with a very zeitgeisty twist—they’re vegan, sustainable, and what Bhojwani is calling “radically transparent”” (30 May).

NEWS & REPORTS   

Slow Fashion Season, 2019: Can you commit to no new clothes for three months? “In the summer of 2018, we took on a big issue: the (fast) fashion industry. With 2,625 people across the globe, we didn’t buy any new clothes for three months. And now we're back! Join us for the biggest crowd act to date and buy no new clothes during the summer/winter season of 2019 together with 9,999 other people!” Sign up closes 21 June and organisers are targeting 10,000 people to make the commitment: 3 months, 10,000 people, no new clothes.

Days are numbered for Norway’s fur farms: “The Norwegian parliament is due this month to adopt new legislation immediately banning any new fur farms and requiring existing ones to be dismantled by February 1, 2025” (06 Jun).

Ten companies commit to improving the health and empowerment of more than 250,000 women workers in global supply chains: “Ten global companies today announced new and expansive commitments to improving the health and empowerment of a combined more than 250,000 women workers and community members around the globe. Commitments from … Nordstrom, Lindex, Shahi, MAS Holdings, Hela Clothing, Inditex, … and Ethical Apparel Africa will reach workers in 14 countries with health and empowerment information or services, such as contraception, maternal health, menstrual health, reproductive cancer screening, skill building, anti-harassment programs, and more” (05 Jun).

Waste measurements: East versus West: “Sustainability may be the new black of global fashion but on World Environment Day we need to look at the growing East-West divide” (05 Jun).

Central Saint Martins announces new sustainable fashion program focused on biodesign: “Central Saint Martins’… newest program, taught by the architect Nancy Diniz, [is] on biodesign and creating fashion looks via bio-materials. Announced via an article by Business of Fashion, the school aims to incorporate eco-consciousness throughout their program, rather than participating in one-off initiatives” (05 Jun).

Fast fashion could already be past its peak: ““fast fashion” [is], a contemporary term for inexpensive clothes that are quickly mass-produced to reflect the latest catwalk trends. But while Kiwi shoppers are excited that these hip global brands have finally graced our shores, there are signs that the fast fashion trend is already past its peak” (05 Jun).

Nigeria to blacklist all involved in textile smuggling: “The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said on Monday that it will be blacklisting all the banks, firms and individuals involved in any way in the smuggling of textiles” (04 Jun).

The future of women at work is alarming — and promising, new report shows: “The findings, launched Tuesday at Women Deliver in Vancouver, Canada, reveal that roughly 40 million-160 million women globally may need to transition between occupations and skill levels as automation transforms working landscapes” (04 Jun). [Ed’s note: see full McKinsey & Company report here.]

A chance to protect workers from violence and harassment: “Beginning June 10, labor officials, trade unions, and employers’ associations from around the world will meet at the International Labor Conference in Geneva to negotiate a new international treaty on workplace harassment and violence. The proposed treaty, and an accompanying, non-binding recommendation, would provide concrete guidance on steps governments should take to protect workers from harassment and violence” (04 Jun).

France to ban destroying unsold goods, targeting Amazon, luxury brands: “France’s prime minister on Tuesday announced a crackdown on the destruction of unsold or returned consumer products that will affect online retailers such as Amazon and luxury goods brands” (04 Jun).

5 ways to fix fashion’s biggest pollution problem: “With landfill and plastics at the forefront of our minds, dyeing is often overlooked when it comes to fashion’s impact on the environment. But our desire for colour is quite literally toxic, and plays a key role in the argument for more sustainable style. So what’s the solution? Vogue speaks to the experts who might just have the answers” (03 Jun).

The fashion industry’s massive transformation: two experts share what you need to know: “We talked with Dana Davis, VP of sustainability for fashion brand Mara Hoffman, about the shifts taking place in the fashion industry. Florian Heubrandner of textile manufacturer Lenzing shared his insights from a supply chain point of view” (03 Jun).

California just took a big step towards banning fur: “This week, the bill passed a crucial vote in the Assembly, and now moves on to the Senate” (02 Jun).

Report on European Union market for sustainable products finds clothing is only negative product grouping: “Retailers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain find growing consumer demand for sustainably sourced products. Many work in partnership with their suppliers, both inside and outside the European Union, to introduce environmental and social standards, according to an ITC company survey in the five EU countries … [In six of the eight product groupings, the growth rate in sales for sustainably sourced goods was much higher than for all sales. Exceptions were household and office furniture and clothing. Clothing was the only product grouping to be negative (-0.3%) [from the Report, p. 17]” (16 May). [Ed’s note: see report here.]

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bangladesh  

Up in the clouds: “Your columnist has just completed a little over a month of being a “female” leader of an exporters’ association. A number of congratulatory messages have flowed in, the bouquets have flooded our living room, and then there were the telephone calls and texts, the social media felicitations… they have all been wonderful. Victory, I assumed, was going to be a humbling experience. It has, in turn, turned out to be an overwhelming one” (04 Jun). [Ed’s note: insightful article about apparel manufacturing in Bangladesh by Rubana Huq.]

Police pickup kills 3 RMG workers in Cumilla: “Three female garment workers [at Dragon Sweater Factory] were killed and nine people injured as a vehicle of Police Bureau of Investigation hit them at Chandul in Chouddagaram upazila on Monday afternoon” (04 Jun).

Let Accord work independently during its transition period: “The Bangladesh Investor Initiative has called on the government and apparel makers to allow Accord to work independently during its transition period and extend its activities in all factories of the garment sector” (03 Jun).

Cambodia

European Union unlikely to fully withdraw EBA: GMAC: “The Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia yesterday said after a meeting with European Union representatives that a full withdrawal of the Kingdom’s Everything-but-arms trade status is unlikely” (06 Jun).

Nearly 60 garment workers hurt in three-vehicle crash: “Nearly 60 garment workers were yesterday injured in an accident involving four vehicles along National Road 1 in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Teab district. Pum Sokunthy, a union representative from You Li garment factory, said the accident happened at about 7am when the workers were in two trucks travelling to work” (04 Jun).

Boost for Cambodian workers as top fashion brands back contract ruling: “Levi’s, H&M and Gap Inc. have backed a ruling that restricts the use of short-term contracts for garment workers in Cambodia, where critics say they are widely used to control staff and silence dissent” (04 Jun).

Civil society groups issues joint statement on political, economic situation: “We, the undersigned NGOs, Associations, Trade Unions, Members of the Cambodian Civil Society and citizens are deeply concerned about the current political and economic situation in Cambodia after respect for human rights and democratic principles has declined...” (03 Jun).

India

India Loses GSP Preferential Status Effective June 5, 2019: “In a sudden announcement after 8pm on Friday May 31, 2019, the President made the anticipated decision that India was to be removed from the Generalized System of Preferences (“GSP”), effective June 5, 2019.  The statement issued by the White House claims that the President had “determined that India has not assured the United States that India will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets” (03 Jun).

SLCP operations launched in Tirupur: “The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), in association with the Social and Labour Convergence Program (SLCP), today organised a workshop to announce the launch of SLCP operations in Tirupur. A Sakthivel, Vice-Chairman, AEPC, said in his inaugural address that there were many certifications and audits in the market currently. Exporters spend huge sums and time for all such certifications. SLCP is an initiative that is aimed at eliminating audit fatigue by replacing current proprietary tools with a standard-neutral Converged Assessment Framework” (03 Jun).

Fire breaks out at garment unit in New Shakti Nagar: Fire breaks out at VK Manufacturing (a garment producer) in New Shakti Nagar. Firemen suspect a short circuit triggered the blaze” (03 Jun).

Myanmar

CMP garment sector sees a three-fold increase in export earnings: “Till May 10 of 2018-2019 Fiscal year, the total export earnings from the CMP garment sector hit over 2.56 billion US dollars. The export earnings has increased threefold, according to the Ministry of Commerce … The garment sector sees a five-fold increase in the number of workers while the income has increased tenfold. We are making constant efforts to double the productivity, Khaing Khaing Nwe added. The local garment sector sees the massive inflow of foreign investments. The association has more than 500 members and the garment sector has  more than 500,000 workers” (04 Jun).

Uzbekistan

Umida Niyazova on Forced Labor in Uzbekistan: “If the ultimate goal is the eradication of all forced labor in Uzbekistan, Tashkent hasn’t yet achieved it. While most observers concede progress on this front, and welcome greater openness on the part of Uzbek authorities in discussing the cotton industry, the reality remains that some people in Uzbekistan are forced to pick cotton and state policies aid and abet this exploitation” (04 Jun).

MANUFACTURERS

Partnerships in the denim supply chain are critical for sustainable change: “While a “made in Italy” label once added instant caché to any product, changing consumer mindsets and a growing emphasis on sustainable products is redefining what it means to be a premium Italian product. No company in denim knows this better than Candiani Denim, the 81-year-old, family-owned denim mill located just outside of Milan” (05 Jun).

Brandix world first to achieve ‘Net Zero Carbon’ status: “The Batticaloa factory of Sri Lankan apparel solutions provider Brandix has become the world’s first manufacturing facility to achieve ‘Net Zero Carbon’ status, the company said in a statement yesterday” (05 Jun).

Subcritical Water… what the “!#@%” is that? And what can it do for the apparel industry? “The founders of Tyton BioSciences are not personally interested in fashion, but that won’t stop them from using subcritical water to help solve the current textile-recycling conundrum. Mike Schragger talks to Luke Henning, CFO of Tyton, about their unique process for separating cellulose from polyester in blended materials” (05 Jun – 14:20-minute podcast).

Making China’s textiles industry more sustainable: “In tackling environmental pollution, all sectors have a role to play. An example of such a sector is the Dutch textile industry. In 2016 the sector signed a covenant on making the sector more sustainable. Only by joining forces can SDG-12, sustainable consumption and production, be achieved. As such, the sector is also partnering up globally. As China is a key production partner for the Dutch garment industry, late 2018 a joint Sino-Dutch project was launched in the Yangtze River Delta. The aim is to achieve more sustainability within the supply chain and take the first steps towards a fully circular production cycle” (05 Jun).

Researcher is making textile dyeing more sustainable: “Traditional dyeing methods involve a dye bath that requires massive amounts of water, much of it released as toxic wastewater that can damage the environment and be costly to treat. Liyanapathiranage, along with FACS faculty members Sergiy Minko and Suraj Sharma, is researching a better approach using nanocellulose as a carrier of textile dyes that significantly reduces the amount of wastewater and toxic chemicals” (04 Jun).

Far Eastern New Century acquires U.S.-based recycled PET firm: “In a Monday posting on the Taiwan Stock Exchange, where Far Eastern New Century is listed, the company said through its subsidiary APG Polytech U.S. A., it spent US$10 million to acquire Phoenix Technologies International LLC, located in Ohio [as part of its expansion into polyester recycling development]” (04 Jun).

Xeros shares jump as agrees to trial technology in garment production: “Xeros Technology Group PLC on Monday said it has signed a joint development agreement with Dongguan Crystal Knitting & Garment Co Ltd to trial the use of its [water saving] technologies in garment production” (03 Jun).

Kingpins: Top 10 of the most sustainable denim products: “Kingpins Shows has just disclosed its new “Kingpins’ Most Sustainable Products” (MSP) guide, a new initiative meant to vet and identify the top sustainable offerings seen within its Kingpins Amsterdam show and aimed at buyers and brands searching for information regarding sustainable products” (03 Jun). [Ed’s note: article cites the following mills: Advanced Denim, Artistic Fabric Mills, Bossa, Candiani Denim, DNM, Orta Anadolu, Prosperity Textiles, Soorty, Tejidos Royo, and Vicunha.]

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)

America Today: Internship sustainability department (Corporate Social Responsibility) (Diemen)

Amer Sports: Performance Improvement Sustainability Specialist (Hong Kong)

ASOS: Ethical Trade Assistant (Hong Kong)

* Avery Dennison: Sustainability Project Engineer (Boston, MA)

BSR: HERproject Associate (Hong Kong)

BSR: Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)

C&A Foundation: Data Analyst (Gurgaon)

Camira Fabrics: PR & Communications Manager (Mirfield)

* Canada Goose: Corporate Citizenship Department Coordinator (Toronto)

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)

* Centric Brands: Global Sourcing & Compliance Analyst (New York)

Decathlon China: Supplier Quality Engineer (Shenzhen)

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 Administrator, Supplier Sustainability (Hong Kong)

German Retailer (undisclosed): Senior Global Sustainability Manager, Environment & Chemical (Furtwangen)

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)

Guess Europe: CSR Coordinator (Bioggio)

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)

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)

Marc Fisher Footwear: Compliance Coordinator (Greenwich, CT)

Mint Velvet: CSR Coordinator (High Wycombe, UK)

Nakd: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Gothenburg)

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)

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

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

Samil Vina International: Compliance, CSR (Tây Ninh)

Selfridges: Senior Sustainability Manager (London)

* Strategic Partnership for Supply Chain Transformation: Strategic Advisor & Facilitator for the Steering Committee

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)

Tommy Hilfiger: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

Uniqlo (Thailand): Sustainability Officer (Bangkok)

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

VF: Sustainable Operations Manager, Bangladesh and India (Dhaka)

VF: Sustainability Analyst, Global Materials Supply (Hong Kong)

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)

* WSR: Director of Outreach and Communications (New York)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

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.”

* 11 – 13 June, Shanghai: 2019 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference: “Join industry leaders and experts for an interactive opportunity to explore thematics at field level, in the supply chain and in consumer facing business.”

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 John Fowler on Unsplash, 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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