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Avery Dennison Teams Up with Fashion Revolution to Uncover New #Haulternatives
Avery Dennison Teams Up with Fashion Revolution to Uncover New #Haulternatives

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Seventy-five million people work directly in the fashion and textiles industry. Many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, unsafe working conditions and poor pay. While some progress has been made since the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in 2013, which killed 1,138 people, there is still a lot to be done.

Doc from Stella Artois, Nat Geo Shines Light on Global Water Crisis
Doc from Stella Artois, Nat Geo Shines Light on Global Water Crisis

MARKETING AND COMMS - In celebration of World Water Day, brewer Stella Artois and National Geographic have joined forces to create Our Dream of Water, a documentary by Crystal Moselle spotlighting the effects of the global water crisis. The film, which was commissioned by Stella Artois, will premiere on National Geographic on March 22nd at 6:00 p.m. EST/PST. Our Dream of Water is an extension of the brewer’s Buy a Lady a Drink campaign, an ongoing partnership with Water.org.

3rd Fashion Revolution Will See Activists in 84 Countries Asking Brands #WhoMadeMyClothes
3rd Fashion Revolution Will See Activists in 84 Countries Asking Brands #WhoMadeMyClothes

SUPPLY CHAIN - This year, Fashion Revolution’s annual campaign has expanded into a week-long series of events featuring hundreds of activities, stunts and social experiments across 84 countries worldwide. Throughout Fashion Revolution Week, April 18th to 24th, consumers will demand transparency and raise awareness of exploitation in the fashion supply chain by posting on social media using the hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes.

Beyond Good Intentions: Tweaking the Buy One, Give One Model
Beyond Good Intentions: Tweaking the Buy One, Give One Model

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - While these models were implemented with the best of intentions, their lack of a holistic approach to the problems they’re aiming to address undermines a key selling point for mission-driven business models: the mutual benefits of improved reputation and profits.

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Fashionistas Around the World to Demand Industry Clean Up Its Act on Fashion Revolution Day 2015
Fashionistas Around the World to Demand Industry Clean Up Its Act on Fashion Revolution Day 2015

SUPPLY CHAIN - On Friday, the second annual Fashion Revolution Day, people in 66 countries around the world will challenge global fashion brands to demonstrate commitment to transparency across the length of the value chain, from farmers to factory workers, brands to buyers and consumers.One in six people work in the global fashion supply chain. It is the most labor-dependent industry on the planet, yet the people who make our clothes are hidden from us, often at their own expense, a symptom of the broken links across the fashion industry.

Discovery of 'Heat-Beater Beans' Could Safeguard Vital Crop from Climate Change
Discovery of 'Heat-Beater Beans' Could Safeguard Vital Crop from Climate Change

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - As the effects of climate change on our global ecosystems continue to reveal themselves, fears are growing that it could threaten food security, particularly a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries. Luckily, bean breeders at the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a global food research consortium, have announced the discovery of 30 new lines of “heat-beater” beans that could keep production from crashing in large swaths of bean-dependent Latin America and Africa.

Stella Artois, Water.org Want You to 'Buy a Lady a Drink' to Help End Women’s Water-Collecting Journeys
Stella Artois, Water.org Want You to 'Buy a Lady a Drink' to Help End Women’s Water-Collecting Journeys

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Every day, women in developing countries spend a combined 200 million hours collecting clean water for their families. To raise awareness of this issue as part of the global water crisis and to help provide solutions, Belgian beer maker Stella Artois has launched its first global social impact campaign, “Buy a Lady a Drink.” With the support of Water.org and its co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White, “Buy a Lady a Drink” aims to help put a stop to these water-collecting journeys. The campaign formally launched on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, of which Stella Artois is an annual sponsor.

Turlington to Fashion Industry: 'One Preventable Death Is a Death Too Many'
Turlington to Fashion Industry: 'One Preventable Death Is a Death Too Many'

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - When over 1,100 garment workers died in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in April 2013, it shined an unflinching light on the untenable conditions that many in the industry have long been forced to endure. Since then, consumers, activists and other stakeholders around the world have demanded that brands take immediate action to ensure that workers are not only safe, but paid fairly while they’re constructing the clothing we wear every day.

adidas, M&S, IKEA Among Brands Making Great Strides to Source Slave-Free Cotton
adidas, M&S, IKEA Among Brands Making Great Strides to Source Slave-Free Cotton

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a nonprofit dedicated to ending human rights abuses associated with the raw materials found in everyday products, today released a new report, Cotton Sourcing Snapshot: A Survey of Corporate Practices to End Forced Labor. The report includes survey results and ratings of 49 companies in the apparel and home goods industries reflecting steps companies are taking to identify risks and establish procedures to prevent cotton from Uzbekistan picked with forced labor from entering their supply chains.

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Fashion Revolution Day: A Global Movement to Clean Up an Industry
Fashion Revolution Day: A Global Movement to Clean Up an Industry

MARKETING AND COMMS - For those within the fashion industry who have been working for many years to highlight the need for more transparent, traceable and accountable supply chains, the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh was a metaphorical call to arms. The days following the tragedy saw a plethora of articles calling for a more ethical fashion industry and we looked for ways to channel this energy and momentum into lasting change.

Fair Trade USA, Kiva Launch Microlending Program for Fair Trade Farmers
Fair Trade USA, Kiva Launch Microlending Program for Fair Trade Farmers

SUPPLY CHAIN - Fair Trade USA has partnered with nonprofit Kiva to help small-scale coffee farmers access financing, improve crop quality and invest in the future of their families and communities.The partnership resulted from a successful collaboration last year between Fair Trade USA, Kiva and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to pilot Kiva’s first agricultural lending program with a Fair Trade coffee cooperative in Mexico. Kiva says its lenders around the world fully funded nearly all of the loans, which benefited hundreds of small farmers working to prepare their fields for harvest.

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