GLOBAL: Apparel brands reveal zero discharge roadmap
Some of the world's leading brands and retailers have teamed up to release a joint 'roadmap' outlining the steps they intend to take to achieve the goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in their supply chains by 2020.
Adidas Group, C&A, H&M, Li Ning, Nike Inc and Puma say the plan, unveiled this week, sets a new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwear industry. And they are calling on other firms in the global apparel and footwear industry to join the initiative.
In particular, it includes specific commitments and timelines to realise their goal, including conducting pilot projects at major, vertically integrated and materials suppliers between 2011 and 2013 to better understand scope of use and discharge of hazardous chemicals.
They also intend to verify that nine classes of hazardous or persistent chemicals are not currently used, and will initiate an inventory of all chemicals used in apparel manufacturing by the end of 2012.
Other steps include disclosing the results of all pilots and studies undertaken as part of this commitment, and reporting regularly and publicly on their progress, quarterly in 2012 and annually from 2013 to 2020.
The firms see the joint roadmap as a "living" document, and say it will continue to be refined in response to the initial pilots and research carried out, as well as collaboration with other brands and stakeholders. They also note it will be reviewed and updated at least annually.
One of their first steps has been to ask consultancy SustainAbility to solicit feedback from a key group of stakeholders over the next six weeks. In addition, they are also accepting comments from the public until 31 December and, based on this feedback, will consider refining the roadmap in 2012.
"Tackling and achieving the goal of zero discharge is a complex challenge - one that our brand collaboration cannot solve alone," the firms said in a joint statement.
"Our vision is that the roadmap serves as a benchmark and that many more brands join us in our efforts. Ultimately, we want and need a broad array of participants to partner with us in this endeavour: chemical suppliers, academics, NGOs, textile experts, entrepreneurs, policy makers and others.
"We understand that we are setting out to change the way apparel and footwear is manufactured, globally, and are thus casting our net wide for the best ideas and solutions."
The US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement comes into force today (15 May) - but, as in so many cases, the disruptive nature of US trade policies means all is not quite what it seems. Here Steve Lamar, exec...
Top stories on just-style this week include a report on Adidas suing Big 5 over an alleged infringement of its three stripe trademark, an article on western apparel companies considering reshoring to ...
New York & Co has promoted Christine Munnelly from senior vice president of merchandising to executive vice president of merchandising. ...
Specialty apparel chain New York & Company has narrowed its first quarter loss after efforts to improve unit costs and expand its e-commerce and outlet businesses offset a fall in sales....
Apparel firm Perry Ellis International Inc today (17 May) said it was "pleased" with its first quarter, after efforts to overhaul its brands "made progress", and falling earnings and sales both came i...
Higher costs, "challenging" trends in Europe, and falling same-store sales in the US have combined to push teen-apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co to a sharp drop in first quarter earnings....
Mauritius-based apparel major Ciel Textiles has seen its nine-month profit more than treble thanks to improved efficiency and aggressive cost cutting....
- Expensive US dollar hitting H&M sourcing costs
- Enthusiasm for tech in outdoor apparel on rise
- 2015: Welcome to the new fashion consumer
- Apparel industry gains traction says IAF chief
- Performance apparel set for continued growth
- Kanati pulls production out of Pakistan
- Sears Holdings cuts 115 corporate jobs
- H&M Q4 mixed but plans 400 new stores
- JC Penney to close 10 Foundry stores
- UK clothing sales see strongest rise in two years
- Myanmar's Garment Sector - Opportunities & Challenges in 2015
- Outdoor performance apparel: peaks, valleys, and green fields
- Apparel Retail: Top 5 Emerging Markets Industry Guide
- Li & Fung Limited (494) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review
- Management briefing: Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues in the year ahead