This autumn, nearly 10% of US womens denim purchased for the season is made with water-saving technology and contains environmentally preferred materials

This autumn, nearly 10% of US women's denim purchased for the season is made with water-saving technology and contains environmentally preferred materials

US fashion retailer Guess Inc has highlighted progress towards its sustainability goals over the course of the last two years, with achievements including increasing supplier training and worker welfare programmes in a bid to develop and protect workers in its supply chain.

In its latest Sustainability Report, the retailer's third overall and its first since 2017, Guess said as part of its supply chain social responsibility commitment, employees at 150 supplier factories have now been trained in its top five sourcing countries. In addition, it has launched a Workers Grievance Hotline for more than 1,000 people. 

The milestones mark Guess's progress towards its 2021 goals of strengthening vendor training and factory worker grievance programmes.

Elsewhere, the retailer has achieved 10% energy emission reductions from its fiscal year 2016 baseline and, this autumn, nearly 10% of US women's denim purchased for the season is made with water-saving technology and contains environmentally preferred materials.

"I am delighted to introduce our third sustainability report, 'Evolution! Change for Good,' which charts our progress addressing these challenges and our sustainability goals," says Guess CEO Carlos Alberini. "In our commitment to empower our people, we have launched a diversity council for corporate associates, and increased supplier trainings and worker welfare programmes to develop and protect workers in our supply chain."

Meanwhile, as part of its bid to lessen its impact on the planet, Alberini says Guess is on-track to fulfil its commitment to circular fashion: the idea that clothing should be continuously re-worn and recycled.

"In connection with this, we launched Resourced, our customer recycling programme and Guess Vintage, offering a selection of second-hand Guess garments curated from around the globe. We are also committed to sourcing responsible materials, which represents the primary source of our products' environmental impact. Our commitment is reflected in our ever-expanding global eco collection."

The report covers the three pillars of the Guess sustainability plan: operating with integrity; empowering people; and protecting the environment. Updates to the plan emphasise the company's commitment to transparency and verification, protecting workers, promoting diversity and inclusion, internal guidelines for product responsibility and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

Click here to access the full report.