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Searches for sustainable fashion have increased by 66% in the past year

Searches for sustainable fashion have increased by 66% in the past year | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In 2018, searches for “sustainable fashion” increased by 66%, while for more specific items, like “sustainable denim” the surge was even higher, with page views up by 187%. Lyst’s research suggests that consumers are being more aware and careful about what they purchase, with customers searching for keywords like “ethical brands”, “econyl” and “organic cotton”.

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Business models create downward pressure on labour standards in global supply chains, says ETI 

A report commissioned by ETI has investigated how business models are at the forefront of creating pressures on labour standards in global supply chains. The Business Schools of King’s College London and the University of Warwick find that aggressive price competition and a reliance on supplier sourcing models drive deteriorating standards. Meanwhile, the rise of fast and super-fast fashion compounds problems. As do ‘no-frills discounters’ in food retail. Against this backdrop, the report recommends changes across the business spectrum – at shareholder, consumer, competition and production levels.

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Haelixa ensures traceability of organic cotton 

Haelixa ensures traceability of organic cotton  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
With the goal of ensuring organic cotton supply chain transparency and integrity, Haelixa has developed a solution to trace cotton fibers along the entire supply chain. The technology has been validated in real-life operational environment and scale. Among the various initiatives that Haelixa is joining to foster transparency in the industry, the company took part in a pioneering new project, called the Organic Cotton Traceability Pilot. The pilot which started in Q4 2018, is testing the combination of cutting-edge technologies including physical in-product markers and blockchain to trace organic cotton through its value chain.
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Consumers are demanding deeper insights and greater involvement: Today’s consumers are well informed, which requires companies to maintain transparency.

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J.Crew and Madewell Launch Fair Trade Certified Denim Collection

J.Crew and Madewell Launch Fair Trade Certified Denim Collection | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The J.Crew Group and Fair Trade USA have formed a partnership to introduce a Fair Trade Certified denim collection for men and women. Sold at J.Crew and Madewell stores and on the retailers’ websites, the new clothing ranges from $60 to $128. “Through our work with Fair Trade USA, we’re empowering workers and ensuring fair conditions and equal economic opportunities for everyone who touches J.Crew and Madewell products,” said Libby Wadle, president of Madewell.

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MPs want legislation to fix UK fashion

MPs want legislation to fix UK fashion | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

UK politicians have called on the Government to change the law to require fashion retailers to perform due diligence across their supply chains and have recommended tax breaks for companies that comply with environmental and social standards – while at the same time, punishing firms that don’t.

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Britons say willing to pay more for fair fashion but trust in brands lacking

Britons say willing to pay more for fair fashion but trust in brands lacking | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Most British consumers would pay more for their clothes if factory workers received fairer wages, but lack trust in the ethical pledges made by brands, a poll found on Thursday, amid growing concerns around labour abuses in the fashion industry.
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Worker exploitation is rampant in the global fashion industry, if brands are to eradicate labour exploitation, they must take more control of their supply chains. Industry and producers need to distribute better information to consumers about their products.

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Top UK fashion brands team up with law enforcement to combat modern slavery

Top UK fashion brands team up with law enforcement to combat modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major British retailers including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Next are joining forces with law enforcement agencies in a bid to eradicate labour exploitation and modern slavery from the fashion industry, Britain's anti-slavery body said on Tuesday. Six of the country's top fashion brands have vowed to raise awareness to stop worker abuses, protect at-risk and exploited employees, and root out modern slavery from their supply chains, according to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

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How Tiffany, Chopard and Boucheron are adding an ethical shine to their gemstones

How Tiffany, Chopard and Boucheron are adding an ethical shine to their gemstones | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Sustainability is a core value of the Chopard business, and in March co-president Caroline Scheufele announced that the brand would be using 100 per cent ethical gold in all of its jewellery and watches by July. It is the first major player in the industry to make such a commitment as part of the “Journey to Sustainable Luxury” programme it introduced in 2013. Tiffany, Forevermark and Boucheron have also taken an increasingly ethical approach to the sourcing of precious materials.
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Fast fashion hurts workers and the environment, British lawmakers told

Fast fashion hurts workers and the environment, British lawmakers told | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain should pressurise fashion brands to design clothes that pollute less and are easier to recycle to reduce fast fashion's environmental impact, experts told lawmakers on Tuesday. Demand for cheap garments is also leading to poor working conditions and exploitation in global supply chains, the Environmental Audit Committee was told at the first hearing of its inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry. 

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Human trafficking, essentially modern slavery, happens all around the world, even in developed countries and poses risks to companies across all industries. At the same time, however, businesses are in a unique position to help eradicate human rights violations, improve millions of lives globally and protect their operations by implementing sustainability collaborative platforms.

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Consumer thirst grows for ‘sustainable fashion’ online

Consumer thirst grows for ‘sustainable fashion’ online | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global fashion search platform Lyst has released a new report based on the online shopping behaviour of 80 million shoppers over 12 months that shows there’s been a 66 per cent increase in searches based around sustainable fashion. Search terms were tracked more than 100 million searches across 5 million fashion products from 12,000 designers which picked up search terms such as “ethical brands” and “vegan fashion” as well as a 16 per cent increase in searches for “organic cotton” compared to the previous 12 months.

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Primark debuts denim jeans made from organic cotton

Primark debuts denim jeans made from organic cotton | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Fast fashion retailer Primark's first ever line of women's jeans made from organic cotton will soon be available in the U.K. and European Union — selling for the equivalent of less than $20, according to a press release. These jeans fall under the retailer's "Primark Cares Initiative" under which the company has used fabric made from recycled polyester and water bottles. Katharine Stewart, ethical trade and environmental sustainability director at Primark, said the brand intends to eventually employ organic cotton "across our entire product range."

EcoVadis's insight:

More and more companies in the fashion industry are revamping their business models and improving their supply chains to reduce overall environmental impacts, improve social conditions in factories, etc. One would remember the tragedies of the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013, Bangladesh, where the victims were manufacturing clothes to be supplied to top fashion retail companies. Even when these top retail fashion companies did not own these suppliers, they were implicated in the investigations and suffered a negative association with their brands. 

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Fashion industry should pay for clothes impact

The committee scrutinised the impact of the fashion industry, inviting evidence from brands, retailers and campaign groups. The inquiry found that UK consumers buy more new clothes per person than any other country in Europe, with more than one million tonnes discarded each year. Although some parts of the industry are making progress in reducing their carbon and water consumption, these improvements have been outweighed by the increased volumes of clothing being sold, the MPs found. Some 1,130,000 tonnes of clothing was purchased in the UK in 2016, an increase of almost 200,000 tonnes since 2012, MPs found.

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LVMH Creates New Standard for Responsible Crocodile Leather Sourcing 

LVMH Creates New Standard for Responsible Crocodile Leather Sourcing  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Luxury fashion group LVMH has launched a new standard for the responsible sourcing of crocodile leather. The Paris-based company, which includes luxury leaders like Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Christian Dior, Fendi, Berlutti, Celine and Marc Jacobs in its Fashion and Leather Goods unit, is rolling the program out at three pilot farms.

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Paris Outlines Plans To Become The Sustainable Capital Of Fashion By 2024

Paris Outlines Plans To Become The Sustainable Capital Of Fashion By 2024 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

As the style capitals prepare for the autumn/winter 2019 shows, Paris has launched a plan outlining its steps to become greener. Over the next five years, it will implement “Paris Good Fashion” – an initiative calling on influential industry players to push eco-conscious practices forward.

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US clothing company drops Chinese supplier over Xinjiang forced labour concerns 

US clothing company drops Chinese supplier over Xinjiang forced labour concerns  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A US sportswear company has stopped using a Chinese supplier following concerns it was using forced labour in camps in Xinjiang.
Badger Sportswear, a company based in North Carolina, said it would stop sourcing clothing from Hetian Taida in north-western China. The company said in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday: “Out of an abundance of caution and to eliminate any concerns about our supply chain given the controversy around doing business in north-western China, we will no longer source any product from Hetian Taida or this region of China.”

EcoVadis's insight:

Agriculture, food and beverage processing, manufacturing and construction are sectors that are especially prone to violations and corruption. To illustrate the scale and reach of human rights abuses, the U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries most likely made by forced and child labour.

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Global garment workers exploited as big brands pressure suppliers 

Global garment workers exploited as big brands pressure suppliers  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Pressure by big brands on suppliers to deliver more quickly and cheaply contributes to labour abuses in factories that manufacture garments, footwear and textiles, according to a report published on Wednesday. More than half the suppliers surveyed were affected by cost negotiation strategies that cut into their profits, according to the report by Better Buying, a Delaware-based group that rates purchasing practices of brands and retailers.

EcoVadis's insight:

Worker exploitation is rampant in the global fashion industry , according to countless investigations, studies and reports. If brands are to eradicate labour abuses they must take more control of their supply chain. Large companies face a big challenge when outsourcing operations, not to mention that the level of compliance on environmental regulations is not ensured in risk countries.

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UK fashion retailers and law enforcement agencies to partner on tackling modern slavery

Some of the UK's largest fashion retailers, including John Lewis and Marks & Spencer (M&S), have committed to work with law enforcement bodies to help identify and act on cases of modern slavery in the textiles industry.
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Apparel and Footwear Firms Sign AAFA-FLA Pact Against Forced Labor 

Apparel and Footwear Firms Sign AAFA-FLA Pact Against Forced Labor  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Fair Labor Association (FLA) are seeking to raise the bar on how workers in the industry are treated. On Monday, 123 apparel and footwear companies signed the new “AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment,” emphasizing a commitment to the fair treatment of workers in the global apparel, footwear and travel goods supply chain. Developed together by both associations, the commitment represents a proactive industry effort to address potential forced labor risks for migrant workers at all levels of apparel and footwear manufacturing.

EcoVadis's insight:

Creating a more transparent supply chain has long been a focus of the apparel and footwear industry, and removing the possibility of forced labor is a major part of these efforts. Businesses are in a unique position to help eradicate human rights violations, improve millions of lives globally and protect their operations by implementing sustainability collaborative platforms.

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