Right as I’m about to hand in my DA the ethical fashion report for 2021 got dropped, a perfect way to close l.w.S- the sustainable.
What is the ethical Fashion report?
The fashion report is a large PDF that can be sent to your inbox for free, tabbing through it I can quickly grasp the main concepts that make up the report. Overall, it is a grading report on brands across the world. The grading is from A+ to F, taking in the “three big challenges – modern slavery, climate change and COVID-19” (2021 Baptist World). It also compares the report from previous years to show where improvement has been made and where it is lacking. The website also provides a space to type in your favourite brands to see what rating they get.
the insight into 2021
- 80 billion items have been bought across the world annually.
- Over 50 million people work in the industry.
- 420 Brands were assessed, 20.5% ranked in A+ and A, 56% ranked in B and C and 23.5% ranked in at D and F.
- Fashion industry is TOP 5 in most exposed to MODERN SLAVERY RISK.
- The industry also contributes to 10% of global greenhouse gasses.
the COMPARISON to PREVIOUS years
The Modern Slavery challenge
- “Migrant workers are particularly vulnerable to forced labour because they are outside of the protections of their home company.”
- The industry and companies involved have a level or responsibility, and in many cases higher levels of monitoring are put in place to keep up fair work.
- But certain cases in which the “governments may be complicit in human rights abuses, boycotts may be the only option to mitigate modern slavery risk.”
- 37 companies signed the Uzbek Cotton Pledge (commiting to the end of forced labour in the cotton section in Uzbekistan.
- 22 companies have signed the Turkmen Cotton Pledge (commiting to the end of forced labour in the cotton section in Turkmenistan.)
- China is still in very early days, but progress is slowly being made.
- Xinjang is “the largest cotton producing region in China” making it difficult to verify if it is free from forced labour .
The climate challenge
- 70% of the fashion industry’s emissions stem from the supply chain and the other 30% is related to the consumer, retail and end-of-life phases.
- If the fashion industry doesn’t take a significant reduction in emissions, the greenhouse gases are predicted to rise from 2.1 billion tones a year (2018) to 2.7 billion tones a year (2030).
- Overproduction and over consumption (fast fashion) is how businesses model there sales, but half of the companies surveyed are looking at re-evalutating and this is worth it! If the whole industry minimised by 10% the emissions produced could be reduced by 158 million tonnes by 2030.
Some major concerns
- Only four companies could demonstrate paying a living wage to 100% of there workers in 2021, but in 2013 it was just two companies. Almost 10 years and 2 more companies joined the team!
- Only 29% of companies have pathways in place to target decarbonisation.
What can you do?
- Take the quiz at http://www.myshoppingtype.com.au to see where you are at.
- Take interest in reports, articles and blogs about the ethical consumption.
- Make small switches to brands that score well or even better, BUY SECOND HAND!
- Start a conversation!