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Brand Watch 1: One step forward, three back in fashion industry’s sustainability ‘journey’

Oliver Balch, (Jul 26, 2021)

In the first part of his monthly column, Oliver Balch looks at a series of damning reports on a sector that is trying to play up its green efforts, from plastics content to human rights

Nicole Rycroft: ‘We can’t protect 30% of nature if we’re chopping down forests to make t-shirts’

Oliver Balch, (May 30, 2021)

Oliver Balch talks to the Canopy founder about the urgent need to scale up sustainable alternatives to materials like viscose in the fashion industry

Brand Watch: Xinjiang forced labour allegations put brands and investors in hot seat

Oliver Balch, (Apr 28, 2021)

In contrast to their positioning on climate action, companies are struggling to get on the front foot with human rights risk, Oliver Balch reports

‘It’s time for fashion to turn its focus from the catwalk to cutting water pollution’

Cate Lamb, (Nov 9, 2020)

Comment: Cate Lamb, head of water risk at CDP, says with only 10% of fashion firms showing awareness of their environmental impacts, the sector urgently needs a redesign

Fashion 'slow to act on ocean plastic pollution from microfibres'

Mark Hillsdon, (Aug 30, 2020)

With textiles the biggest source of the 1.4 quadrillion chemically laced microfibres that are floating in our seas and entering the food chain, Mark Hillsdon looks at nascent efforts by the likes of H&M and other Fashion Pact members to clean up its act

'We went way too far', says Gucci as pandemic forces fashion industry to take stock

Angeli Mehta, (Jun 2, 2020)

The inventory crisis that now faces the garment trade adds to a litany of well-known sustainability issues. Some brands are leading calls for a radical new approach. Angeli Mehta reports

The companies taking energy use from the boiler room to the boardroom

Mike Scott, (Apr 6, 2020)

Mike Scott reports on how signatories to The Climate Group's EP100, including Mahindra, Johnson Controls and H&M, are aiming to double energy productivity as part of their response to climate change

Investing in people: how brands are stepping up to the refugee crisis

Michael Levitin, (Aug 7, 2019)

Michael Levitin reports on how organisations like the Tent Partnership for Refugees are proving that employing refugees is good for business

Why women workers in global garment supply chains are saying #MeToo

Bobbie Sta Marie, (Jun 21, 2019)

Bobbie Sta Maria of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, and JJ Rosenbaum of Global Labor Justice say the drafting of a convention to end gender-based violence against women workers at the ILO’s meeting in Geneva this week is long over-due

Beyond recycling: Putting the brakes on fast fashion

Angeli Mehta, (Apr 28, 2019)

With the jury still out on the most sustainable textiles, efforts to make the garment industry more sustainable are focusing on reducing consumption, reports Angeli Mehta

Apparel brands join forces to clean up their act in Bangladesh

Angeli Mehta, (Nov 29, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on how collaborative platforms such as the Partnership for Cleaner Textile are pushing for improvements in one of the world’s most polluting industries

‘World's largest viscose supplier ABG still in denial over rampant water pollution'

Urska Trunk, (Mar 20, 2018)

Urska Trunk of Changing Markets Foundation says pollution by India’s Aditya Birla Group is only getting worse after last year’s exposé on the fashion industry, despite its membership of numerous sustainability certification schemes

Weekly Watch: 16 June 2017

Rebecca Ley, (Jun 16, 2017)

Apple launches green bond, Carlsberg's science-based targets, retailers linked to viscose pollution, Hershey cuts packaging waste, RSPO grows, and WBCSD calls for action on food waste

Who's moving the dial in circular economy?

Maxine Perella, (Apr 27, 2017)

With a proliferation of standards, metrics and tools to help firms join the zero-waste revolution, we look at those that are doing most to close the loop

Weekly Watch: 13 April 2017

Rebecca Ley, (Apr 12, 2017)

Ford electrifies China, Smurfit Kappa's cardboard tent, O2 reduces emissions, AccorHotels goes low-carbon, Riversimple gets funding, and H&M boosts circular innovation

BrandWatch – September 2016

Nadine Hawa, (Sep 23, 2016)

Oil firms 'failure', Coca-Cola hits water goal, GSK tops Change the World list and GM turns bottles into coats

BrandWatch – May 2015

Nadine Hawa, (May 5, 2015)

Textile recycling, triple supply chain advantage, Levi's washing campaign and McDonald’s raises wages

Employee engagement briefing: People, planet, profits - Making employees part of the bottom line

Ellen R Delisio, (Mar 4, 2015)

Sustainability programmes that actively engage employees put a stamp on the employer’s brand

H&M Sustainability Report 2013 – Conscious conundrum

April Streeter, (Jun 10, 2014)

H&M is making impressive strides against its own sustainability targets, but how long can it keep growing and its customers keep buying more clothes?

Sustainability news roundup – February 2014

Stephen Gardner, (Feb 4, 2014)

Clothes recycling from H&M, millennials’ values and corporate trust