Fast fashion has become the hundred-billion dollar industry it is today on a very simple premise: As consumers, on face value, we will always chose the similarly styled $10 T-shirt over the $25 T-shirt. It’s unfortunately not that cut and dry.
Category: Corporate Responsibility
This category is about corporate social responsibility (CSR), a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. The goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere.
From the beginning of civil societies, people have expressed their history, traditions, culture and occupations through clothing. From the humble beginnings of homemade garments to the fast fashion world, styles created in the sketchbooks of designers have been embraced across the globe. There is tremendous room for improving the elemental features of the fashion industry that can reinforce the relation between the maker and the user.
While many companies turn a deaf hear to customers’ requests for transparency, some are heeding the call and taking bold steps toward sustainable ingredients sourcing. Here are 10 of our favorite success stories (and one cautionary tale that shows what not to do).
Unilever is leading the CSR pack in a new survey by Globescan & SustainAbility. But how much longer will they last at No. 1?
Threads 4 Thought was founded in 2007 with a simple but clearly defined purpose. We are committed to creating and manufacturing fashion that empowers.
An ongoing debate amongst corporate leaders is the conundrum between sustainability goals and economic growth. Are the two diametrically opposed?
Do consumers really have a choice about the kind of seafood that is sold in supermarkets? What about when it comes to ethical, sustainable fishing? Yes to both, says one expert, and that voice counts mightily when it comes to the survival of our marine ecosystem.
With the growing focus on recycling clothes and other textiles, apparel companies are coming up with new ways to turn those old, worn jeans and comfy shirt into a new product that will reduce our impact on our water sources and the environment even further.
Yellowstone National Park leaders in 2010 established a five-year plan to elevate Yellowstone as a world leader in environmental stewardship. In other words, lead by example by being one of the greenest parks in the world.
If you look at studies exploring consumer attitudes, you find that consumers indeed seem to be more conscious about sustainability and are more willing to incorporate it into their decision-making process. Yet, when it comes to actual behavior, (almost) all of these good intentions disappear somehow, and sustainability or corporate responsibility doesn’t seem to make much of a difference for most consumers. Hence my question is: Why is it that whenever we find ourselves at the store or the supermarket we forget all the good intentions we had back home?
Coca-Cola announced it will remove brominated vegetable oil, a controversial flame retardant, from its Powerade sports drinks following a 15-year-old girl’s petition on Change.org.
Forest Heroes, a group campaigning to prevent global deforestation, has urged Dunkin’ Donuts to adopt a responsible palm oil policy. Palm oil is primarily grown on land that has been deforested of ecologically rich rainforests – and it’s one of the primary ingredients in Dunkin’s doughnuts.