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Footwear Insiders Deem Sustainability More Relevant to Sales Than Fashion

Sustainability finally trumped fashion as the more relevant sales factor in a semi-annual survey of footwear insiders. The Portuguese Footwear, Components and Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association (APICCAPS) released its fourth semi-annual World Footwear report this month. Its findings drew on the results of an online survey it conducted last month. Of the 141 respondents, 35…… Continue reading Footwear Insiders Deem Sustainability More Relevant to Sales Than Fashion

Sustainability should be the right choice morally, not just commercially

The green agenda, net zero, carbon neutral, sustainability; these words are being batted around the board rooms of manufacturers large and small across the UK. The goal is to reduce emissions that are damaging to our environment and improve operational efficiency, but how we achieve this is the big question. We recently partnered with E.ON… Continue reading Sustainability should be the right choice morally, not just commercially

How digital process monitoring drives sustainability

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Optimizing Sustainability with Certified Cottonized Hemp

Just as consumers crave cotton for its comfort, hemp is adored for its sustainability. In an inevitable matchup of these two fibers, cottonized hemp fiber is the perfect lovechild—soft to the touch, easy on the earth, and increasingly requested by textile manufacturers. French fiber producer The Flax Company has taken its 30+ years of experience… Continue reading Optimizing Sustainability with Certified Cottonized Hemp

Walmart Sustainability Chief on the Link Between ESG and Shareholder Value

As America’s largest retailer and a force felt around the world, Walmart is keenly aware of its influence when it comes to ESG, or environment, social and corporate governance—a top-of-mind topic for businesses and investors alike. “You can’t create long-term shareholder value unless you are addressing the needs of your customers, your associates or employees,…… Continue reading Walmart Sustainability Chief on the Link Between ESG and Shareholder Value

New Tool Helps Find Forced Labor in Cotton Supply Chains

As brands and retailers feel mounting pressure to divest from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, a major fiber producer in northwestern China, over human-rights abuses, a leading supply-chain transparency platform is offering a new way for businesses to identify forced labor risk in their supply chains. California’s SupplyShift announced last week that it will host…… Continue reading New Tool Helps Find Forced Labor in Cotton Supply Chains

How Sustainability Drives the Future of Turkish Apparel Production

Turkey is the sixth-largest supplier of apparel worldwide, with the country producing more than $17 billion worth of exports in 2020, according to the Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association (IHKIB). But the success of the industry down the road isn’t going to come down to sheer volume, the association believes. In fact, as more apparel is… Continue reading How Sustainability Drives the Future of Turkish Apparel Production

Factory Disasters Are Still Happening—and This Is a Big Reason Why

A fire tore through a garment factory in East Delhi’s Gandhinagar district in India Wednesday, drawing 15 fire engines to deal with the blaze, local media reports. While the cause of the fire is still unknown, and no injuries have been reported, the incident is another in a string of industrial catastrophes that continue to…… Continue reading Factory Disasters Are Still Happening—and This Is a Big Reason Why

Turning the Tide: Creating Sustainable Packaging Solutions

It is predicted the global population will reach 9.3 billion and resource consumption will triple, to 140 billion tons a year, by 2050.1 With more and more societies being defined by consumption, it has become necessary to ‘decouple’ economic growth and human well-being from resource consumption.2 Packaging is an inevitable part of our global markets.… Continue reading Turning the Tide: Creating Sustainable Packaging Solutions

SGS ESG Assurance Solutions Enable Customers to Mitigate Risk and Improve ESG Performance

As part of our Sustainability Solutions framework, we have launched ESG Assurance Solutions. ESG refers to the environmental, social and governance criteria and goals that a company strives to achieve to demonstrate the value it brings to stakeholders and society. It impacts all stakeholders in the corporate and investment arenas. Our new portfolio of services,… Continue reading SGS ESG Assurance Solutions Enable Customers to Mitigate Risk and Improve ESG Performance