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UK: Environmental Audit Committee releases interim report on sustainability of fashion industry

Author: Environmental Audit Committee, Published on: 31 January 2019

"Interim Report on the Sustainability of the Fashion Industry", 31 January 2019

1. As part of our inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry, we heard evidence outlining the urgent need for the fashion industry to address its labour market and environmental sustainability issues. In autumn 2018 we wrote to sixteen leading UK fashion retailers to ask what steps they are taking to reduce the environmental and social impact of the clothes and shoes they sell... We also asked four leading online retailers to answer similar questions... In addition, we wrote to two leading luxury UK fashion brands, Burberry and Kurt Geiger, following reports of stock burning...

2. We were impressed with the level of engagement by some retailers. Others expressed openness to engaging on these issues and have taken some small steps. A few retailers, unfortunately, do not seem to consider social and environmental responsibility as a priority. One, Kurt Geiger, did not reply at all...

3. We believe that there is scope for retailers to do much more to tackle labour market and environmental sustainability issues. We are disappointed that so few retailers are showing leadership through engagement with industry initiatives.

4. This is an interim report on the sustainability of the fashion industry...

The full report is available here.

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