Target Commits to 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton by 2022

Target announced that by 2020, it will only source cotton from sustainable sources for its national brands in apparel, home products and other goods. The retailer said it will work with suppliers to improve their performance on water, chemical use, labor issues and soil health.

The World’s Leaders in Sourcing Sustainable Cotton Has Some Surprises

The NGO Solidaridad released its annual sustainable cotton rankings. The survey’s researchers considered initiatives that are transforming the apparel industry, such as the Better Cotton Initiative and fair trade certification programs, and also evaluated various companies’ policies, sourcing and traceability.

How to Conceal with Flair: NRA Hosts First-Ever ‘Fashion Show’

The catwalk sported a new image this August, as the NRA unveiled its first-ever fashion show. The point on this runway, however, wasn’t what you could see on the models, but what you couldn’t. Paris couturiers, meet the American concealed weapon industry.

Timberland Helps Cotton Production Return to Haiti

Timberland and the Smallholders Farmers Alliance have reintroduced cotton as not only a way to help revitalize the economy, but to also claw back against ongoing deforestation that has contributed to the country’s stubborn poverty.

The Apparel Industry’s Environmental Impact in Six Graphics

Roughly 20 pieces of clothing per person are manufactured each year. Growth of the multi-trillion-dollar apparel industry has been fed by “fast fashion,” which makes clothing cheaply and quickly with a low price-tag. These visuals illustrate why the apparel industry must embrace a new approach to sustainably meet demand in tomorrow’s markets.

Bangladesh Claims Global Leadership in Garment Transparency

According to a coalition of trade industry groups, NGOs and academics, Bangladesh will soon have the world’s most transparent garment industry, due to a mapping tool that will improve traceability and accountability within the country’s $30 billion sector.

Reebok Mocks Trump Over Comments to French First Lady

Reebok’s response to Donald Trump’s comments about Brigitte Macron’s physique was one of the best-timed tweets in years. We expect more companies to risk taking a political stand as the president’s popularity continues to decline.

Researchers: Better Working Conditions Mean Better Business

By proving that improved worker welfare leads directly to increased profitability, researchers demonstrate that better conditions are a profitable business decision for manufacturers. Such evidence has the potential to transform the argument for greater responsibility in the garment supply chain – from an abstract moral imperative to a concrete business opportunity. And it might just hold the key to the kind of scalable improvements we’ve been striving for over the last 30 years.

Global Apparel Industry Weaves Toward Transparency

A pact to improve garment factory working conditions worldwide was signed last month by the UN agency Better Work and the Fair Wear Foundation, the Amsterdam-based multi-stakeholder campaign group.

TJ Maxx Accused of Shady Labor Practices

The parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshall’s has been accused of having far too many ties to garment factories in Los Angeles that pay their workers less the local minimum hourly wage – and in some cases, have even shorted them of their promised wages.