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Social Goods | Protecting Female Workers, Primark on Sustainability, Cotton Recovery

Social Goods is a weekly roundup of the most important news at the intersection of fashion and ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Primark, Madrid | Source: Wikimedia Commons
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  • Kate Abnett

"Low Wages, Unsafe Conditions and Harassment: Fashion Must Do More to Protect Female Workers" (The Guardian)
"While approximately 80% of the world's garment workers are women, the number of women heading the 15 largest mass-market apparel companies on the Fortune 500 list is zero."

"'I Don't Like Setting Targets' — How Primark Plans to Forge Its Own Path for Ethical and Environmental Change" (Business Green)
"According to Lister, the firm's low prices are not achieved through artificially depressing worker's wages and eroding supply chain standards, as some critics allege, but through a combination of volume buying, zero advertising, and tight margins."

"How Cotton Recovery is Changing the Game for Sustainable Fashion" (Triple Pundit)
"I:CO has created a closed-loop system in which textiles and shoes can be recycled and remade into new products."

"The Modelling Industry Laid Bare(CNN Style)
"Models themselves are now arguably more vocal than ever through social media, and industry bodies have been making decisive moves in various areas of concern. But what about those behind the scenes?"

"Can the Throw-Away Fashion Industry Lead a New Trend Toward Sustainability?" (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
"'Whatever industry that is not sustainable, including fashion, will lose its market share because consumers will be more and more aware.'"

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