Labor and Equity and the Circular Economy

Actively managing and promoting the rights and equity of all stakeholders within the fashion industry is vital in creating a fairer and more ethical global fashion economy. Circularity presents an opportunity to address the global fashion industry’s ongoing social and environmental issues. A circular economy for fashion contributes to a more resilient fashion industry and aids in restoring the industry’s environmental impact. In delivering this vision of a circular economy, the rights and equity of all stakeholders involved in the fashion industry are prioritized. The circular economy for fashion creates new opportunities for growth that are diverse, distributed, and, most importantly, inclusive. By taking a people-centered approach, it is possible to build a more resilient industry through safer inputs that increase the health and safety of workers and production communities. Below are various sources showcasing an intersection of social and environmental justices and which are committed to finding a fairer and more environmental way to make clothes that protect the health and livelihood of all those touched by the garment industry.

Labor and Equity

Fair Wear Foundation

The Fair Wear Foundation is a non-profit organization working toward more ethical practices and fairly paid labor in the fashion value chain.

– Fair paid labor

– Brand performance checks

– Factory audits

– Factory training and support

The Slow Factory

The Slow Factory is a 501c3 organization working to educate about, research, and fund sustainable, equitable, and antiracist systemic change in the fashion industry.

– Recorded lectures covering a variety of topics

– Fashion industry as a system

– Sustainability literacy

– How design thinking can be used to redesign the fashion system

– Environmental justice

The Circular Economy

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is powering innovation for the circular economy through products that have a positive impact on people and planet, this is done through the Cradle to Cradle Certification® creating standards, guidance, methodologies, policies and forms supporting the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products Program.

– Cradle to Cradle Certified® is a globally recognized measure of safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy

– Material Health Certificate Standard

– Circular Economy Design Book- Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is an organisation whose main goal is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

– Developing the vision, skills and mindsets needed to transition to a circular economy

– Catalysing circular innovation and creating the conditions for it to reach scale

– Providing robust evidence about the benefits and implications of transition

– Systemic Initiatives through bringing together organizations from across value chains

Global Fashion Agenda

The Global Fashion Agenda is a non-profit organisation that is the leading forum for industry collaboration and public-private cooperation on fashion sustainability. GFA is behind the largest business event on sustainability in fashion, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, which has been leading the movement for over a decade.

– Circular Fashion Partnership

– CEO Agenda

– Regular policy-focused events

– 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling companies to set science-based emissions reduction targets.

The SBTi is a partnership among CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

– Climate action

– Zero-net economy and targets

– Science-based emission reduction target

– Target setting methods and guidance

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