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Talking Strategy: Benefits of Integrating Sustainability into Global Supply Chains

November 2011 | 12 pages | ID: T096354EA29EN
Textiles Intelligence Ltd

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The textile and clothing industry has a significant impact on the global environment. Many of the processes used in the manufacture of textiles and clothing, from the growing or production of fibres to the stocking of finished items in retail stores, as well as the laundering and drying of clothes, have a negative effect on the environment.

In recent years the industry has come under scrutiny for the negative impact it has on the environment and this has pushed sustainability to the forefront of the business agenda in many apparel companies. To this end, several major brands have responded by setting out sustainability plans and targets covering: reductions in CO2 emissions and waste, water and energy usage; reductions in virgin fibre consumption involving recycling initiatives; and the promotion of ethical and fair trade practices across supply chains. At the same time, a number of organisations have developed standards relating to sustainable production. However, there is still a long way to go before the textile and clothing industry becomes carbon neutral.

In “Talking Strategy” this quarter, Esther Verburg, the general manager of MADE-BY Benelux, discusses the key social and environmental issues and challenges faced by brands and retailers. Also, she provides insight into what makes a good sustainability strategy and the importance of implementing this within a company’s business plan. Furthermore, she offers her opinion on likely trends in the industry over the coming years in the light of these issues.
SETTING THE SCENE

ABOUT ESTHER VERBURG

ABOUT MADE-BY

KEY ISSUES AND CHALLENGES

Social issues
Collaboration
Brand risk and integrity
Sustainability strategies
Outlook

COMPANY BACKGROUND


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