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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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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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