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.
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility announced that the five companies will adopt “no-fees” recruitment policies, which advocacy groups claim can reduce problems such as bonded labor, the loss of identification documents such as passports and other labor and human rights violations.
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’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.
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.
Despite improvements across the apparel industry’s global supply chain, viscose, also known as rayon, is causing numerous problems, including environmental degradation and increased risks to public health in nations including India, Indonesia and China.
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.
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.
Wrangler plans to expand a pilot program to boost the supply of more responsible cotton in the U.S., the company announced during the Sustainable Brands conference in Detroit this week.
VF Corporation the driving force behind North Face, Timberland and Wrangler, is upping its use of ethically sourced materials by introducing a new welfare policy and banning the use of angora, fur and exotic leathers.
Patagonia’s Clean Color Collection for men and women includes garments dyed with materials such as pomegranate, silkworm excrement, mulberry leaves and agricultural waste.
Gap, Inc. plans to purchase all of its cotton for Gap-branded clothing from sustainable sources by 2021. The company says Better Cotton Initiative-certified fibers, organic cotton, recycled materials and cotton grown in the U.S. will comprise this supply chain strategy.
The athletic apparel giant Adidas plans to release yet another line of sneakers made from salvaged ocean plastic – and says it will manufacture 1 million pairs of upcycled shoes in the coming year.
KnowTheChain takes a detailed look at the working conditions in the global supply chain in its second-annual report on forced labor. And while some companies are sticking to their commitment to eradicate forced labor and slavery in the tech, textile and food sectors, they still have a long way to go.