Fashion can contribute towards creating a better world for everybody

A supply chain like fashion, with its ramifications all over the world, can contribute towards creating a better world for everybody. Or the opposite…

While sustainability should be built into supply chains, the fashion industry is today responsible for much of the exploitation of people and the environment: number one in terms of exploitation of people and the second most polluting industry after oil. Looking at the ecosystem of this industry, these drawbacks can be improved by proposing alternative business models, the use of technology and the engagement of governments and consumers.

Some major retailers and brands – prompted by outraged consumers, workers’ advocacy groups and by the general public – engage in CSR schemes to improve their supply chains and public relations. This is a first step, albeit often triggered by factory inspections and audits. But this is not enough. Why? Because supply chains are structured to meet the interests of two strong stakeholder groups: the companies based in the developing world and the big western retailers and brands. Then there are mega-suppliers who carry out the matchmaking between both these entities, often at the expense of people with only profit margins and tight production deadlines on the agenda.

Full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/simone-cipriani/sustainable-fashions-real-problem_b_8174504.html?_tmc=rLb8VZeYxnD5wDDg_TUPJhPTv2RPN2yl49tLZVcslVI

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