Brands in this issue include: Asics (first sporting goods company to support task force on climate-related financial disclosures), Asos (penalises over-orderers), Chanel (invests in green chemistry), Farfetch (fronting the sustainable fashion movement), Filippa K (denim is starting point for sustainability), G-Star Raw (thinking innovatively like a startup), Gap (joins with Arvind in India to save water), Nike (doing more to tackle social issues), Primark and C&A (new report on Sri Lankan factory conditions), Ralph Lauren (news goals in latest CSR report), and more.
Recently released reports:
Gender Justice on Garment Global Supply Chains: An Agenda to Transform Fast-Fashion, by Global Labor Justice and the Asia Floor Wage Alliance
2019 Global Citizenship & Sustainability Report, by Ralph Lauren
India Country Study 2019, by Fair Wear Foundation
Fast Fashion: Working Conditions (Part 1); Purchasing Practices (Part 2); and The Consequences by Numbers (Part 3), by Christian Initiative Romero (in German)
Environmental Prospects for Mixed Textile Recycling in Sweden, by Greg M. Peters, et. al.
In general news:
Shopping sprees killed?
France’s ban on destroying unsold fashion goods to include “concessions” for luxury brands
Why we need to forget about owning clothes
The circular economy will not fix fashion’s sustainability problems
Growing silk worms in Uzbekistan
ILO concluding negotiations on ending violence and harassment at work
UK research team says workers remain exploited in garment industry
Companies can now be held to account on no-deforestation commitments
Cradle to Cradle looking for companies to get involved in new pilot program
Swiss investors call for mandatory human rights due diligence (see also a business perspective on the issue from Adidas)
Why is living wage still an exception?
Why the ILO should care about workers’ commutes (hint: Cambodia)
Don’t forget to sign up to Slow Fashion Season 2019
Purpose messaging has greater impact on consumers
In the supply chain:
Bangladesh: NGO express concern about the Accord; ActionAid UK report find sexual harassment and violence rising in factories
Cambodia: workers demand better conditions; another transport accident; China tells EU/US to respect Cambodia’s sovereignty; government says it will monitor seniority payments closely
China: progress on child labour but problems remain
Ethiopia: factories growing but workplace conditions, unionisation and collective bargaining remain problems
India: factories handing out illegal pills to workers for period pain; workforce is masculinising rapidly
USA: Los Angeles apparel factory fined for underpaying workers
Manufacturers in this issue include: Birla Cellulose (completes LCA), HeiQ (launches a new fluorine-free product), Tinctorium (transforming indigo-dyeing), Unifi (launches new sustainable fibre), and more.
Sustainable fashion jobs: 8 new jobs listed (at Aldi, Chanel, IDH, Pentland, PVH/Calvin Klein, Smartwool, and Sustainable Apparel Coalition).
Quotes of the week:
“I have asthma and had kidney failure. I’m often told that if I am unhappy, I can resign.” Mulutesfa Anbachew (42), who started working at 12 when the Falcon BM garment factory opened in Ethiopia (13 Jun).
“My shift starts at 8 pm and ends at 4 am. We sleep on the factory’s concrete floor.” Etalemahn Tadesse (53) from Ethiopia’s Yirgalem Textile’s knitting department, who complains of pain in her knees and the employer’s failure to provide transport (13 Jun).
“As a European-headquartered company, [Adidas has] been watching with interest, and introspection, the translation of the soft law expectation of a corporate responsibility to respect human rights, under the UN Guiding Principles, into hard law, through legislative action.” William Anderson, Inhouse Counsel (Human Rights), Adidas (11 Jun).
“[Cambodian] employers have long argued that the existence of violence and harassment during commutes doesn’t mean they have a responsibility to address it. They are quick to say they’re not responsible for anything that happens outside of their physical workplace.” Sarah Newell, ILRF (10 Jun).
“Owning nothing is now a luxury, thanks to a number of subscription start-ups ... renting isn’t just a matter of necessity these days. It’s become almost posh.” Sapna Maheshwari (08 Jun).
“Most people don’t understand the supply chain. An organic garment can change hands seven to ten times, all using middlemen and brokers. How do you know if the cotton is truly organic?” Marci Zaroff (06 Jun).
By Stephen Frost, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
BRANDS & RETAILERS
When it comes to innovation, G-Star Raw thinks like a start-up: ““We believe that it’s our responsibility to lead the denim industry,” said Adriana Galijasevic, G-Star Raw’s denim and sustainability expert. At Kingpins Transformers in New York City Tuesday, Galijasevic shared how innovation and sustainability is as ingrained in the company’s DNA as indigo ... “Every time that you buy [a product], you can see where is it actually made by clicking on this the ‘Where is it made?’ icon. And you can see the exact address of our suppliers as well as the relationships that we have with them,” Galijasevic said” (12 Jun).
Ralph Lauren defines new global citizenship and sustainability goals: “Ralph Lauren Corporation has announced the launch of “Design the Change”, its new global citizenship and sustainability strategy, outlining 16 goals aiming to drive progress in the classic American brand’s commitment to ecological and social causes. The strategy will be led by the company’s senior management and is structured around three main areas of focus, defined by the brand as “Creating Timeless Style, Protecting the Environment, and Championing Better Lives”” (12 Jun).
Asics became first sporting goods company to support task force on climate-related financial disclosures: “[Asics has] announced it became the world’s first sporting goods manufacturer to support the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). ASICS will disclose information of business risks and opportunities related to climate change in the areas of strategy, risk management, and governance, based on TCFD recommendations” (12 Jun).
Here’s how Farfetch is fronting the sustainable fashion movement: “Farfetch, one of the foremost online luxury fashion retailers, is using their platform for good and empowering others to do the same. They’ve launched their new ‘Positively Farfetch’ campaign, celebrating their eco-minded schemes, with the help of an international cast of trendsetters including Reem Kanj, Nuria Val and Primmy Patnasiri. The company has joined forces with a whole host of brands and boutiques in an attempt to transform today’s fashion industry into one that can coexist with our environment, hoping to become the ultimate ‘global platform for good in luxury fashion’” (12 Jun).
50 years Primark - no reason to celebrate: “Primark celebrates its 50th anniversary on 13 June. We do not party with you. Reasons for this are the eco-devastation of "disposable fashion" as well as the recent results of our research in Primark suppliers in Sri Lanka, which provoke the opposite of a celebratory mood” (11 Jun – in German). [Ed’s note: by Christliche Initiative Romero [Christian Initiative Romero] (CIR), a German NGO, which has released three “dossiers” on conditions in Sri Lankan factories supplying to Primark and C&A. You can see the three reports – in German - here]
How workers in Sri Lanka need to work for Primark: The textile discounter Primark turns 50 - and officially promises fair working conditions. But according to a study, the reality is different … Sahan Tharuka (name changed) has not noticed anything yet. The 22-year-old works at Regal Caliber, a factory in western Sri Lanka. Besides Primark it also supplies textile giants such as C&A . Tharuka earns 18,000 Sri Lanka rupees, a bit more than the minimum wage of 79 Euros, a month. Once again the pressure for an upcoming shipment, then the work becomes agony: “We sometimes do 60 overtime hours a month,” says Tharuka” (11 Jun – in German).
Gap Inc. and Arvind Limited join together to reduce apparel industry's water use and drive water-saving innovation: “Global apparel retailer Gap Inc. today announced a new partnership with its longtime sourcing and franchise partner in India, Arvind Limited, to drive industry-leading solutions that address global water scarcity. The apparel industry is one of the most intensive users of water in the world and, in India, 54 percent of the population faces high to extremely high water risk. The two companies will open a new innovation center to promote the adoption of proven techniques and technology that reduce water use by the textile manufacturing industry” (11 Jun).
Chanel invests in green chemistry startup: “[Chanel] has taken a minority stake in Boston-based Evolved by Nature, according to multiple reports. The green chemistry company has come up with a way to use liquid silk in the creation of high-performing textiles, as a natural alternative to harsh or toxic chemicals that are often currently used in the process” (11 Jun).
Just Do More: Nike is tackling real social issues unlike any other brand: “A recent development in Nike’s attempt at keeping up with the progressives shows the company displaying plus-sized mannequins inside their London flagship store” (11 Jun).
Consumers welcome Asos returns policy penalising those who over-order: “In April, Asos announced a clampdown with the threat of it closing the accounts of those too often buying huge volumes of items with every intention of returning them, and especially those who buy, wear once and then return pieces. But while Whistl said more than three-quarters of consumers are supportive, the changes are less popular with younger (63%) and less affluent shoppers (66%)” (10 Jun).
Denim is a starting point for Filippa K’s sustainable journey: “A close partnership with Isko—the first denim mill to receive the Nordic Swan Ecolabel for some of its products—has help the brand green its denim collection. However, denim is just one part of the brand’s path toward a sustainable, circular economy. At the recent Denim Première Vision in Milan, Filippa K sustainability director Elin Larsson shared how the brand’s larger mission is to “inspire a movement of mindful consumption” (07 Jun).
NEWS & REPORTS
Clothes are cancelled: “Marie Kondo-inspired minimalism is just one of many forces killing the shopping spree … “Rental, the bigger it grows, will have impacts on sustainability,” said Raymond Wimer, an assistant professor of retail practice at Syracuse University, who suggested this effect was only poised to get more pronounced. “Rental and second hand will capture some more of the consumer spend away from traditional retail”” (13 Jun).
France’s ban on the destruction of unsold fashion goods to come with a “concession” for luxury brands: “There is expected to be potential exception to what is expected to be a sweeping ban on throwing away or destroying garments and accessories that have not been sold, and instead, a requirement that all brands with unsold stock turn it over to French authorities for re-use or recycling. While the French government will not elaborate, it is being reported that there will be “concessions” made in connection with the budding legislation for high-fashion brands aimed at enabling them protect their intellectual property rights” (12 Jun).
#GarmentMeToo campaign launches report on gender justice on garment global supply chains — an agenda to transform fast-fashion: Recommendations for the ILO and garment brands: “This new report provides a clear road map for fast fashion brands on how to end gender based violence and harassment (GBVH) on garment production lines, along with a set of recommendations to the ILO” (12 Jun). [Ed’s note: see full report here.]
The rise of rental fashion: why we need to forget about owning our clothes: “As our society becomes more aware of the consequences on the environment, people are more keen than ever to educate themselves. “There’s a similar shift in people not eating meat and being more conscious with the veganism movement," says [Victoria Prew, co-founder of HURR]. "It’s infiltrating beauty with clean living and it’s happening with fashion through rental. It’s more of a movement now than a trend.” (12 Jun).
Why the circular economy will not fix fashion's sustainability problem: “So can the circularity be the answer to fashion’s sustainability problem? While it’s indeed a positive trend, I’m afraid it’s not the cure-all. Moreover, it might end up becoming a frontrunner of the greenwashing agenda. The fashion industry grows by 4-5% every year and is expected to reach $3.3 trillion in 2030 from the projected $1.9 trillion in 2019. This is 1.7x growth in just eleven years” (12 Jun).
Uzbekistan video: The silkworm harvest: “[Sabohat Khudayberdiyeva sells cocoons] to the state for between $1.50 to $3.50 per kilo, netting $540 for 180 kilograms this year. Families like hers harvested some 18,000 tons of silkworm cocoons in 2018. After being sorted and collected, the cocoons are sent for processing in government-run factories” (12 Jun).
The environmental cost of fast fashion: “We ask whether clothing retailers are doing enough to minimise their environmental impact. Jaana Jatyri is chief executive of TrendStop, which analyses big movements retailers need to keep up with, and tells us sustainability is fast becoming a top priority” (12 Jun – 26:29-minute broadcast from the BBC).
A global solution to end violence and harassment at work: “The ILO is concluding negotiations on a new international law that would finally make employers and governments responsible for ending violence and harassment at work” (12 Jun).
Workers remain exploited in garment and cocoa industries: “The UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 and anti-slavery commitments by major firms are having little impact on working conditions in the supply chain, and could even push exploitation into even more unregulated markets, according to research carried out by the University of Liverpool. Professor Alex Balch, from the University’s Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS), led a multinational team that spoke with more than 250 workers in four countries—Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Ghana and Myanmar—between March 2018 and February 2019” (12 Jun).
‘Now companies can finally be held to account for their no-deforestation commitments’: “CDP’s Morgan Gillespy and Rainforest Alliance’s Leah Samberg argue that the new Accountability Framework, launched this week by a coalition of civil society partners, will close the ‘accountability loop’ that has prevented more than 500 companies from making real progress on removing deforestation from commodity supply chains” (12 Jun).
Study finds sustainable sourcing front of mind for retailers: “The research by the International Trade Centre on ‘The European Market for Sustainable Products’ found 98.5% of retailers interviewed across five EU member states consider sustainability as a factor in product sourcing” (12 Jun).
Cradle to Cradle certified version 4 pilot program: “We’re looking for companies at the forefront of the circular economy to pilot the draft version of the new Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard. Pilot program participants will help test the efficacy and practicality of the forthcoming standard and inform the development of guidance materials and tools. Pilot participants will lead the market in adopting the latest requirements to ensure they deliver the dual goals of best quality and usability” (12 Jun).
Fashion’s original eco-warrior Katharine Hamnett on the fight to clean up the industry: “The outspoken British designer, who will mark the 40th anniversary of her brand in September, has been championing sustainability in fashion for 30 years. She talks to Vogue about ethical industry practices, Extinction Rebellion, and the power of her iconic protest tees” (11 Jun).
Investor Statement for mandatory human rights due diligence legislation in Switzerland: “We are a group of 23 global institutional investors with CHF 395 billion in assets under management. We believe that sustainable development matters equally to both companies and their shareholders. For this reason, we encourage companies in our investment portfolios to address material environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and improve their respective practices … We are writing to urge the members of the Swiss parliament to back the introduction of mandatory human rights due diligence by supporting the counter-proposal to the responsible business initiative. Such legislation will help Swiss companies to avoid breaches of human rights and environmental standards in their subsidiaries and supply chains” (11 Jun).
Mandatory human rights due diligence: A business perspective: “In short, it is not a question of if, but when such laws will be in place and how they will impact current business operations and practices” (11 Jun). [Ed’s note: by William Anderson, Inhouse Counsel (Human Rights), Adidas.]
Why a living wage in the clothing industry is still an exception: “The clothing industry can help the poorest economies in the world and give millions of workers a better future. But in practice, the sector actually maintains poverty. Why do clothing workers still get far too little paid and what can be done about it? An explainer” (11 Jun – in Dutch).
More than half of British and American consumers want a more sustainable fashion industry: “As brands from Wrangler to Chanel have begun investing in sustainable production, is the fashion industry finally making progress? … Whether it’s too little, too late - or indeed even enough to combat the impending real-world implications of the global climate crisis - remains to be seen” (11 Jun).
In the drivers’ seat: why the ILO should care about the commute: “For garment workers in Cambodia, that dance takes place nearly every night. So much so that the Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights (CENTRAL), keeps a crowdsourced map up on the wall. Workers who come through the center for trainings and meetings add to the map. They draw arrows down the safest paths, and mark hazards with orange dots” (10 Jun).
Slow Fashion Season 2019: This is the season to mend, borrow & stitch: “To counter [over consumption] as well as to tackle the ecological effects of fast fashion, Netherlands-based organisation CollAction began Slow Fashion Season in 2018. This challenge motivates the participants to not buy any new clothes for three months” (05 Jun). [Ed’s note: you can commit to not buying any new clothes from 21 June to 21 September here. 7,085 signatories so far, so less than 3,000 to get in the next 8 days.]
Purpose messages evoke greater attention, arousal and emotion, according to first-of-its-kind biometrics research by Porter Novelli/Cone: “Americans are more likely to have a positive image of (89%), trust in (86%) and be loyal (83%) to brands that lead with Purpose, according to the 2019 Porter Novelli/Cone Purpose Biometrics Study. This first-of-its-kind biometrics study, examines not only what consumers say they will do to support responsible brands, but also how they feel and physically react when exposed to Purpose-driven messaging” (29 May).
THE SUPPLY CHAIN
The Bangladesh Accord continues to operate but its independence may be at risk: “As witness signatories to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, we are concerned about the potential negative impact on worker safety, both short-term and long-term, of the recently concluded Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Accord and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the diverging interpretations that have emerged over the last few weeks” (13 Jun). [Ed’s note: by Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Worker Rights Consortium.]
Growing number of garment factory workers in Bangladesh subjected to sexual harassment and violence, ActionAid UK finds: “Garment factory employees in Bangladesh are subjected to prolific sexual violence and harassment at work, a new survey has found. ActionAid UK – an international charity working with the poorest women and girls in the world – conducted a survey of 200 garment factory workers in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka in a bid to investigate how women are treated in the workplace” (11 Jun).
8 in 10 garment workers in Bangladesh have experienced or witnessed sexual violence at work: “Witnessing a colleague sexually assaulted on the factory floor, women abused for not meeting targets and another fired for being pregnant – these are just some of the shocking experiences of violence and harassment garment workers in Bangladesh have shared with ActionAid UK” (11 Jun).
‘This piece of cloth is bathed in my blood, sweat and dignity’: The fight to improve the lives of garment workers: “A significant majority of workers in garment factories in Bangladesh have experienced or witnessed some form of sexual harassment while at work, a new survey has shown. International human rights and justice charity Action Aid carried out a survey of 200 garment factory workers – including 181 women – in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh” (11 Jun).
Thousands of workers demand better conditions: “According to a petition signed by workers of Sunrise Light Enterprise, all 1,562 workers are demanding their rights, such as the right to elect a representative and for the company to provide overtime pay to workers who are made to work during holidays and weekends” (13 Jun).
Dozens of garment workers injured in collision in Kampong Speu: “Six garment workers sustained “critical wounds” while 29 others were “mildly injured” in a head-on collision between two vehicles on National Road 41 in Kampong Speu province’s Baset district on Tuesday” (12 Jun).
EU, US should respect Cambodia’s sovereignty: Chinese official: “A Chinese government official has urged the European Union and the United States to respect Cambodia’s sovereignty by not interfering in its domestic affairs” (12 Jun).
Ministry to monitor seniority payments: “The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training says it will monitor the implementation of seniority indemnity payments to all factory employees in line with the new policy which comes into force this month. The ministry is also ready to impose a fine on any factory failing to follow the policy” (11 Jun).
China sees progress in tackling child labour but problems remain: “Just over a decade ago, child labour was a “widespread, systematic and increasingly serious problem in China.” Teenagers from poor rural families regularly dropped out of school to work in nearby factories, restaurants etc. and the abduction of children into forced labour in Shanxi and Henan became a national scandal. Today, the forces creating both the supply of and demand for child labour have diminished considerably, and although there are still occasional reports of child labour in the Chinese media, the situation has improved” (12 Jun).
If you are unhappy resign, Ethiopian workers told: “It seems like work experience in Ethiopia’s growing textile and garment sector matters little for some employers … At a women’s meeting in Adama on 6-7 June, three women with more than three decades each of work experience spoke about the terrible working conditions in their factories. The meeting was organized by IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Industrial Federation of Textile Leather and Garment Workers Trade Union (IFTLGWTU) with support from FNV Mondiaal and attended by 26 participants, mainly women” (13 Jun).
Ethiopia, the new factory of the world: “The country is turning into an industrialized economy. Focusing on low wages, the government promoted light manufacturing and attracted global clothing brands. But unionization and collective bargaining are still hampered” (13 Jun – in Italian).
Indian factories found endangering seamstresses’ health with illegal pills: “A Thomson Reuters Foundation expose based on interviews with about 100 women in Tamil Nadu's multi-billion dollar garment industry found all of them were given unlabelled drugs at work for period pains, and more than half said their health suffered” (12 Jun).
India’s workforce is masculinizing rapidly: “Just nine countries around the world, including Syria and Iraq, now have a fewer proportion of working women than India, new official data confirms. And if Bihar were a country, it would have the lowest share of working women in the world. Among urban women who do work, domestic cleaning work is the second most common profession after textile-related jobs, the periodic labour force survey (PLFS) data published by the NSSO show” (10 Jun).
Los Angeles apparel contractor fined for underpaying employees: “After a six-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a nearly $54,000 fine against a Los Angeles garment sewing contractor for underpaying 21 employees. ESS Apparel Inc., which is owned by Young Suk Song, was charged with violating the minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act” (06 Jun).
Unifi launches Repreve Our Ocean sustainable fibre: “Unifi, makers of Repreve, the leading recycled fibre, has launched a new sustainable product that enables customers and consumers to play a role in solving the ever-growing problem of ocean plastic. Repreve Our Ocean fibre is made from bottles collected within 50 kilometres of coastlines in countries or areas that lack formal waste or recycling systems” (13 Jun).
HeiQ launches HeiQ Eco Dry for Footwear: “Swiss textile innovator HeiQ launches a new fluorine-free product in their HeiQ Eco Dry product family for a full range of durable water repellence technologies, from apparel to footwear options” (12 Jun).
New textile processing cluster with zero-discharge units: “A textile processing cluster is all set to be established at a private industrial estate at Thamaraipatti in Virudhunagar district [Tamil Nadu, India] to reduce environmental impact of textile processing. (11 Jun).
Once a lifeline for Marwar, Luni river now fighting pollution: “Discharge of untreated effluents by textile industries into Luni [River in Rajasthan, India] has turned river water unfit for agriculture and contamination of groundwater poses dangers to health” (10 Jun).
Birla Cellulose bid for securing a sustainable supply chain: “Birla Cellulose has just completed a life cycle assessment (LCA) of all products in its portfolio … The LCA exercise has assessed the environmental footprint and its effects on human and animal health (acidification) and the environment, such as ozone layer depletion, excess mineral usage and excessive usage of nitrogen and phosphates, and has been verified by Green Delta” (07 Jun).
Tinctorium’s natural indigo dye receives help from the godfather of denim: “Michelle Zhu and Tammy Hsu, co-founders of San Francisco–based Tinctorium, are entering the apparel supply chain with a revolutionary natural product projected to transform sustainable indigo-dyeing methods in denim manufacturing” (06 Jun).
SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS
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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)
* Aldi: Corporate Responsibility in Supply Chain (Salzburg)
Amazon: Social Responsibility, Senior Program Manager (Shenzhen, China)
Amazon: Japan Environmental Manager (Tokyo)
America Today: Internship sustainability department (Corporate Social Responsibility) (Diemen)
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: Manager- Fabrics Research, Development, and Sustainability (Toronto)
Canada Goose: Sr. Materials Developer, Fabric Research, Development & Sustainability (Toronto)
Canada Goose: Corporate Citizenship Department Coordinator (Toronto)
Canada Goose: Sustainability Programs Specialist (Toronto)
Canada Goose: Manager, Sustainability and Social Compliance Programs (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)
* Chanel: Sustainability Project Coordinator – Internship (London)
Decathlon China: Supplier Quality Engineer (Shenzhen)
Fair Labor Association: Social Compliance Program Manager (Washington, DC)
G-Star RAW: Intern GSRD Foundation (Amsterdam)
Gap: Operations Administrator, 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: Director of Communications (Washington DC)
GoodWeave: Senior Program Officer (Washington DC)
Guess Europe: CSR Coordinator (Bioggio)
Gymshark: Sustainability Manager (Solihull)
H&M: Sustainability Expert Industrial Relations and Wage (Yangon)
Herschel Supply Company: Product Quality & Compliance Manager (Vancouver)
Hop Lun: Sustainability Manager (Hong Kong)
* IDH: Senior Program Manager Cotton (Utrech or Gurgaon)
Impactt: Marketing Manager (London)
Impactt: Principal Consultant (London)
Impactt: Project Officer (London)
Kenneth Cole: Senior 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)
Nakd: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Gothenburg)
New Era Cap: Senior Manager, Global Social Compliance (Buffalo, NY)
New Look: CSR Administration Assistant (London)
Nike: Community Impact Director Latam (Mexico City)
Nike: Sustainability Engagement Manager (Beaverton, OR)
Nike: Director of Supplier Relationship Management – Supply Chain (Beaverton, OR)
Patagonia: Head of Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility (Ventura, CA)
* Pentland Brands: Corporate Responsibility Business Partner (Nottingham)
* PVH: Director, Corporate Social Responsibility – Calvin Klein (New York)
Ralph Lauren: Associate, Global Employee Communications & Philanthropy (New York)
REI: Director, Communications and Public Affairs (Kent WA)
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)
* Smartwool: Sustainability Intern (Steamboat Springs: CO)
Strategic Partnership for Supply Chain Transformation: Strategic Advisor & Facilitator for the Steering Committee
Superdry: Ethical Sourcing Assistant (Hong Kong)
* Sustainable Apparel coalition: Operations Coordinator, Europe (Amsterdam)
* Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Senior Manager, Public Affairs (Amsterdam)
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: 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)
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)
WSR: Director of Outreach and Communications (New York)
CONFERENCES & SEMINARS
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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.”
* 21 June, Barcelona: Manufacturer Forum: “The event will examine ZDHC tools and their practical application, the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) and how to make continuous improvements at facility level.”
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.”
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?”
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.”
* 29 – 30 October: Washington DC: “Brands Taking Stands – What’s next?”: “bringing corporate leaders together on a fast-paced main stage, keenly focused on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind their thinking”
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.”
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.