After the Rana Plaza disaster, hundreds of brands signed the Bangladesh Accord, a highly effective binding commitment on safety many labour groups had hoped could serve as a template elsewhere. With the Accord due to expire next week, its legacy hangs in the balance.
Walmart and other large fashion retailers tout their progress on worker safety to consumers. But suppliers say they’re often on their own when it comes to improving factory conditions.
The first wave of the pandemic devastated fashion’s supply chain. Fresh restrictions in Europe this month have already led to more cancellations and price pressure, and more pain is on the horizon as cases worsen in North America.
What does it take to build a fashion brand that is good for both people and the planet, but still makes business sense? In the next chapter of BoF's five-part masterclass, we'll look at the importance of purchasing practices and how brands can establish supportive partnerships with their suppliers.
Fashion is doubling down on ambitious promises to clean up its environmental impact, but bad and misleading data are complicating efforts to build a more sustainable industry.