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Apparel sector lagging on sustainable engagement

10 May 2018 | Ben Cooper

A report from Boston-based sustainability non-profit Ceres analysing the performance of US companies on a range of sustainability criteria has found footwear and apparel firms are lagging behind in terms of investor engagement on sustainability, notably with regard to water-related risks.... read more

US fashion sector taking climate change seriously

23 August 2017 | Ben Cooper

When President Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord three months ago, there was concern the move would undermine international resolve behind the global push on climate change. Nevertheless, the reaction of major US-based clothing companies speaks to the importance the sector attaches to addressing climate change.... read more

just-style management briefing: Industry action on inappropriate children's wear

5 August 2011 | Ben Cooper

Working conditions in the supply chain and environmental concerns may have been the primary CSR hotspots for the clothing sector in recent years, but this year has brought into clear relief the level of public concern over the commercialisation and sexualisation of children.... read more

just-style management briefing: Setting up a Sustainability Index

5 August 2011 | Ben Cooper

The sustainability field is often accused of spawning 'talking shops' and that is a tag no new initiative wants. The emphasis on its three clear goals, even in its earliest communications, underlines that the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is not intended to be a 'forum' for discussion but a coalition for action.... read more

just-style management briefing: The Sustainable Apparel Coalition's collective efforts

5 August 2011 | Ben Cooper

Over the past decade and more, industry associations and individual companies have launched numerous initiatives with the aim of addressing and reducing the environmental and social impacts of clothing manufacture. However, this year the clothing industry's collective effort witnessed what many hope will be a game-changing development with the formation of a new multi-stakeholder partnership.... read more

just-style management briefing: Collaboration on social and environmental issues

5 August 2011 | Ben Cooper

This year is turning out to be a significant one with regard to the corporate responsibility profile of the global clothing industry, as Ben Cooper outlines in his overview of just-style's August management briefing.... read more

Speaking with style: Ben Eavis, Sainsbury’s

3 September 2010 | Ben Cooper

Corporate sustainability is seen by sceptics as too often being 'more talk than action'. Ben Eavis, head of corporate responsibility at Sainsbury’s, spoke with Ben Cooper about how the various steering groups, reporting processes and stakeholder discussions at Sainsbury's facilitate action rather being an end in their own right. ... read more

Speaking with style: Ingrid Schullström, CSR manager, H&M

30 November 2009 | Ben Cooper

H&M has a solid reputation for social and environmental responsibility, and launched a new sustainability strategy last year aimed at further embedding ethical tenets into every area of the company. But corporate social responsibility manager Ingrid Schullström believes there is potential to communicate more directly to consumers how sustainability is informing the way it does business.... read more

Speaking with style: Mike Barry, head of sustainable business, M&S

25 September 2009 | Ben Cooper

Recessions are difficult times for most retailers but Marks & Spencer (M&S) arguably has a harder time than most. Not only does it endure the leaner pickings all retailers suffer, but it does so under the glare of the media spotlight. That said, one area where it looks set to stay well ahead of the game is in the sustainability stakes, as Mike Barry, head of sustainable business at M&S, tells just-style.... read more