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  • Top stories this week on Just Style…

    Here are the top stories on Just Style this week:

    Tunisia apparel sector remains resilient during political upheaval
    The Tunisia apparel sector has declared it is open for business despite the political upheaval instigated by the seizure of power and dismissal of parliament by the country’s President Kais Saied.

    Report shows modern slavery takes place across all supply chains
    A new report on the ‘Implications of Covid-19 for modern slavery challenges in supply chain management’ has found modern slavery takes place in multiple sector supply chains and should be addressed across sectors.

    Forced labour elimination efforts in US falling short
    Current efforts to eliminate forced labour in global supply chains are falling short, US lawmakers have been told.

    How to take sustainable textile sourcing more mainstream
    Sustainability. It has become a household word, essential value, and coveted practice — especially among younger generations. In fact, the green movement has altered life in many ways, not the least of which is consumerism.

    Panda Biotech and Oritain develop ‘world’s first fully traceable hemp’
    Industrial hemp and hurd company Panda Biotech and scientific traceability company Oritain are developing what they call ‘the world’s first fully traceable hemp fibre’.

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  • Fanatics Brands social compliance programme gets FLA accreditation

    Fanatics Brands manufactures its products at three owned and operated facilities located in Tampa, Florida, Easton, Pennsylvania, and Norman, Oklahoma, and sources from 94 contracted facilities across 17 countries.

    The FLA works to promote and protect workers’ rights and improve workplace conditions and its accreditation process requires companies to meet standards and benchmarks that are based on those of the International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Guiding Principles, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. As part of the process, companies agree to assessments of corporate systems for purchasing and sourcing and regular review of facilities in their global supply chain.

    A company’s accreditation signifies that it understands the consequences of its business practices on workplace conditions, has put effective systems in place to prevent workplace abuses, and commits to remediating violations that occur. Accreditation provides a basis for socially responsible investors and consumers to make informed investing and purchasing choices.

    The accreditation report on Fanatics Brands’ programme noted the following:

    • Commitment to workplace standards: ‘Sustainability at Fanatics Brands’, the company’s social compliance programme, includes 11 global staff members, including regional managers in six countries. The company publishes its labour standards commitments online, reinforcing its obligations.
    • Responsible purchasing practices: A long-range planning template and adherence to planning and operations calendars preserves production lead times and mitigates last-minute changes to orders. Regular cross-departmental meetings and weekly meetings with suppliers provide forums to analyse the impact of purchasing practices on working conditions.
    • Fair compensation: Fanatics Brands has used the FLA Fair Compensation Dashboard to analyse wage data from 21% of its suppliers in scope and map wages against living wage estimates. Fanatics Brands drafted a blueprint for making living wage progress using this information.
    • Monitoring: FLA verified that 100% of Fanatics Brands owned and tier one contract facilities received a full social compliance audit over a two-year period. Further, Fanatics Brands deployed an online workforce impact survey to all suppliers in response to Covid-19 restrictions that limited in-person audits. The survey focused on retrenchment risks, wage payment accuracy, and health and safety issues.
    • Training: An extensive social compliance training programme for Fanatics Brands staff includes a required introductory training on responsible purchasing practices for all staff, and quarterly and annual sessions on workplace standards and topics such as grievance mechanisms, retrenchment, and freedom of association and collective bargaining for sustainability staff. The commitment to training extends to ensuring that global suppliers are aware of their responsibilities and the production workers are fully informed of their rights.

    “On behalf of the entire Fanatics Brands team, we are extremely proud to receive this accreditation from the Fair Labor Association, one of our industry’s most important and purposeful organisations,” says Joe Bozich, president, Fanatics Brands. “We take great pride in running a socially responsible business that respects workers’ rights, and believe we have an obligation and opportunity to use our business to make a positive difference for the people and in the communities in which we operate.”

    Sharon Waxman, FLA president and CEO, adds: “Accreditation by the Fair Labor Association shows that Fanatics Brands plays by the rules when it comes to protecting the rights of the workers who make its officially licensed gear for sports fans. FLA accreditation is a tangible sign of Fanatics Brands’ pledge to meet the world’s highest labour standards and its commitment to continuous improvement toward better conditions for workers.”

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  • Top stories on Just Style in July…

    Here are the top stories on Just Style last month:

    Overcoming implications of cheap cashmere is an industry-wide effort
    The founders of the UK’s first cashmere brand, Loop Cashmere, which launched in the midst of a global pandemic, tell Just Style green runs through the brand’s veins.

    From field to shelf – an Independence Day for American textiles
    Is it time to take a fresh look at American textiles? From its long history to where it is today, explore the textiles professionals who are successfully producing apparel on US shores.

    The economic impacts of US free trade agreements
    The newly-released ‘2021 Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented under Trade Authorities Procedures report from the US International Trade Commission (USITC) uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to assess the impact of trade agreements on US industries, including workers, since 2016. Here are the key findings related to textiles and apparel.

    Tunisia apparel sector remains resilient during political upheaval
    The Tunisia apparel sector has declared it is open for business despite the political upheaval instigated by the seizure of power and dismissal of parliament by the country’s President Kais Saied.

    How Uncle Sam is raising your footwear and apparel costs
    As footwear and apparel costs in the US rise faster than they have done in years, the presidents of the USFIA and FDRA ask: Is it time to end the outdated footwear and apparel tariffs?

    Report shows modern slavery takes place across all supply chains
    A new report on the ‘Implications of Covid-19 for modern slavery challenges in supply chain management’ has found modern slavery takes place in multiple sector supply chains and should be addressed across sectors.

    Looting impacts clothing stores and apparel sector in South Africa
    Unrest in South Africa has led to both looting and arson for both the apparel sector and clothing stores.

    Why doesn’t forced labour in supply chains matter to Western governments?
    The world has been critical of the treatment of China’s Uyghur Muslims, but governments are consistently poor when it comes to taking action over forced labour in supply chains.

    How fashion brands can make jeans fit for a circular economy
    The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has published a new report that reveals it is possible for fashion and apparel brands to make jeans fit for today’s circular economy. ‘The Jeans Redesign: Insights from the first two years’ reveals the barriers, solutions and innovation gaps faced by the 72 brands, retailers, garment manufacturers, fabric mills and laundries signed up to The Jeans Redesign’s common guidelines and definitions.

    Forced labour elimination efforts in US falling short
    Current efforts to eliminate forced labour in global supply chains are falling short, US lawmakers have been told.

    US apparel shipments from Latin America jump in May
    The year continues to see apparel and textile suppliers to the US double down on orders in a bid to recover from a catastrophic 2020 linked to factory and store closures amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Latin America, in particular, enjoyed a spike in shipments during May.

    Singapore plays straight to the garment industry future
    Why Singapore is the most trustworthy place for the centre of the post-virus global garment industry.

    Where are apparel supply chain companies focusing their big data hiring efforts?
    Companies are increasingly hiring for big data roles in the fashion and accessories sector, but some parts of the world are proving more attractive than others.

    UK clothing sales fall again in June
    UK retail sales edged up in June from the month prior but consumer demand for apparel continues to wane with sales volumes at clothing stores falling by 4.7%

    Coalition calls for UK due diligence law
    Countries such as France, Germany and Norway have already passed laws on supply chain due diligence, and the UK now needs to do the same.

    US and Vietnam reach agreement over currency concerns
    The US Treasury Department has reached an agreement with the State Bank of Vietnam to address concerns it had over the southeast Asian country’s currency practices.

    AAFA shares concerns on shipping crisis and rising inflation with Biden
    The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has shared a letter sent to US President Biden that requests extra support for the apparel and textile industry due to the ongoing shipping crisis and rising inflation rates.

    How to make sustainable textile sourcing more mainstream
    Four ways to overcome the common stumbling blocks to integrating sustainability into fashion and textiles.

    Roadmap to a greener garment sector for Sri Lanka
    HSBC and the IUCN have launched a roadmap for Sri Lanka’s garment sector that offers recommendations to improve its circularity and environment governance.

    Guess Inc makes new green pledges with Vision Guess plan
    Guess Inc has unveiled a series of new sustainability commitments under its new Vision Guess plan, including replacing virgin polyester with recycled materials, increasing sustainable denim offerings to 75% within three years, and reducing supply chain emissions by 30% by 2030.

     

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  • Childrenswear marketplace introduces eco-friendly resale collective

    The childrenswear marketplace has launched a new initiative to bring childrenswear brands together who are keen to be more eco-friendly by reducing the amount of waste created by fast fashion.

    Dotte is the official resale partner for a number of childrenswear brands, including Tobias & the Bear, Turtledove London, Zig and Star, Another Fox, RaspberryPlum, Indikidual, KISO, and Mère Soeur.

    Its Resale Collective is committed to helping sustainably-minded brands extend the lifecycle of their garments by offering a full-circle remedy. The company is also encouraging consumers to “buy well and resell.”

    Dotte’s brand partners direct customers to resell on Dotte and in return increase their brand loyalty and raise awareness amongst new customers.

    Beyond peer-to-peer buying and selling, Dotte also offers its community the chance to donate and recycle in a bid to tackle production waste.

    Dotte’s chief sustainability officer Amy Powney says: “Brands that stay ahead of the curve and embrace the opportunity that Resale presents now, will continue to resonate with consumers and long outlast those that do not.”

    Click here to find out more about how recycled fashion retail schemes are increasing the sustainability credentials of both brands and retailers. 

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  • UK textile factory is being accused of staff exploitation

    The employee of the Leicester-based factory, which remains unnamed, told Sky News her boss has found a new way to…

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  • JCPenney latest to join The Jeans Redesign

    As part of its membership to The Jeans Redesign, JCPenney is focusing its design and manufacturing efforts on durability standards, eco-friendly packaging, increasing its organic and recycled fibres content, and eco-friendly wash programmes.

    Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Jeans Redesign was created by the British circular economy charity’s Make Fashion Circular initiative and launched in July 2019. Its aim is to help fashion brands and manufacturers transform the way they produce jeans by tackling waste, pollution and the use of harmful practices.

    The initiative includes guidelines that tackle the issues of waste and pollution associated with denim production, and have an ultimate aim of ensuring jeans last longer, can easily be recycled, and are made in a way that is better for the environment and the health of garment workers.

    “With this initiative and part of our ongoing sustainability commitment, we are steadily building long-term sustainability into our products, processes, and practices to offer our customers the best products with less environmental impact and in the most ethical, safe, and sustainable ways available,” Briana Seferian, senior designer, specialty women’s apparel and circularity lead for the Product Sustainability Working Group, JCPenney, said in a blog post announcing the move.

    The Ellen MacArthur Foundation recently published its ‘The Jeans Redesign: Insights from the first two years’  report which reveals the barriers, solutions and innovation gaps faced by the brands, retailers, garment manufacturers, fabric mills and laundries signed up to The Jeans Redesign’s common guidelines and definitions.

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  • US Q1 in brief – VF Corp, J.Jill, Vince Holding Corp

    The latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers show some companies are beginning to recover from…

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  • US Q2 in brief – Wolverine Worldwide, Steve Madden, Crocs

    Wolverine Worldwide Wolverine Worldwide has reported record financial results for the second quarter ended 3 July and raised its full…

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  • Columbia Sportswear reveals 2020 sustainability highlights

    Columbia Sportswear has revealed its social successes and the steps it took during the Covid-19 pandemic to empower its people,…

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  • Australian textile tracing technology receives European patent

    The Australian textile tracing technology company hopes the new European patent – EP3538692 – will take it a step closer to offering a completely traceable and transparent solution that combines physical and digital traceability with the power of authentication.

    The system works by embedding a natural, non-toxic, scannable luminescent pigment into any natural, man-made or synthetic fibre. It delivers end-to-end traceability in real-time to allow for irrefutable data and storytelling that is backed by scientific evidence.

    Fibretrace co-founder Danielle Statham said: “It’s encouraging to see the rapid pace at which the global fashion and interiors industries are moving towards complete transparent and traceable solutions. Finalising the European Patent for Fibretrace is recognition for the hard work, research and development of our team which provides brands and manufacturers full confidence in the origin of fibre and integrity in their claims.”

    A survey conducted by Mckinsey (2020) revealed that 57% of UK and German consumers have already made significant changes to their lifestyles to reduce their environmental impact with 65% making a commitment to purchase more durable fashion items.

    Brands are recognising the need to speed up their development of transparent solutions to ensure they remain at the forefront of sustainability for the benefit of consumers.

    There is also a growing conversation around digitalisation and transparency throughout the textile supply chain as the European Environment Agency (EEA) has reported that textiles are the fourth-largest cause of environmental pressure after food, housing and transport.

    Fibretrace’s CEO, Shannon Mercer explained: “Consumers want the ability to make informed choices when it comes to their purchases. The continued growth of
    technology patents allows solutions like ours to offer brands real change with global impact.”

    Fibretrace received its US patent – US Patent 10,247,667 B2 for the ‘Photon Markers in Fibre Materials’ on 2 April 2019.

    Click here to find out more information about the world’s first fully traceable hemp. 

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