Fashion is making some progress on sustainability, this is what needs to come next
Reflecting on the 10 year anniversary of the Rana plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, where more than 1100 garment workers lost their lives in one of the worst industrial accidents in the history of the apparel industry, our CE Jacinta FitzGerald looks at what progress the industry has made on its social and environmental impacts, and explores where we need to see more ambitious action to address the industries challenges.
While the industry is making progress on sustainability, the need to accelerate action grows stronger. We all have an important role to play. Industry must innovate and strive ambitiously to meet best practice for its people, meet emissions targets and move towards a circular economy, Government needs to support best practice through policy, and all of us who wear clothes engage with fashion in a considered way. It’s a shared responsibility.
At Mindful Fashion we've created a platform for the industry to work together on some of these complex challenges. We are collectively shaping a full circle, thriving future and we are supporting industry members to step up their ambition and unite behind a common sustainability agenda, particularly around climate action and circular economy.
Rana Plaza collapse survivor Nilufa Begum poses for a portrait at her home in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She sustained a leg injury when Rana Plaza collapsed in 2013. Photo / Piyas Biswas, Getty Images.