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.

Gap Expands Paid Internship Program

Gap Inc. has recently announced that it is doubling the size of its paid internship program, with 1,200 workers completing a 10-week stint at stores in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom. Given the proliferation of unpaid internships, the retailer’s announcement is newsworthy.

Did Amazon Acquire Conscious Capitalism Along with Whole Foods?

While speculation still unfolds over the reasons behind Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, the founders of the “conscious capitalism” movement say this is a huge opportunity for Amazon to emerge as a responsible business leader.

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.

Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods: Death to Retail?

The acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon raises a bevy of questions about the future of retail. Are we seeing automation gone awry, or are about to embark on new ideas that could actually save brick-and-mortar stores?

Marks & Spencer Promises 100 New Sustainability Commitments

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has long been a first mover in the retail sector on supply chain sustainability, garment recycling and human rights. Now the venerable United Kingdom department store chain, which operates about 1,000 locations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, says it is pushing even more boundaries. A decade after its first “Plan A” sustainability commitments, M&S is setting 100 new targets to be reached by 2025.

Corporate Furniture Procurement Stamps Out Toxic Flame Retardants

The California-based Center of Environmental Health received an award this week for its efforts to stomp out the use of chemical flame retardants. By focusing on corporate purchasing guidelines, the organization has had impact far beyond its four walls.

CVS Banishes Formaldehyde, Other Toxics From Cosmetics

CVS Pharmacy announced on Wednesday that it would be stripping certain toxic ingredients from its personal care products. It’s the latest manufacturer to acknowledge the push from consumers, advocacy groups and state agencies for companies to be more responsible in what they put in their care products.