The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a global non-profit alliance for the consumer goods industry, has partnered with Fair Wear and the Ethical Trading Initiative focused on facilitating collective action across the industry towards achieving the 45 per cent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction by 2030.
The partnership, which falls under The Industry We Want (TIWW), is part of an initiative geared towards ensuring dignity for workers in decent jobs, thriving businesses along the supply chain, and a positive impact on the planet.
TIWW has developed a set of metrics for the garment and footwear industry to measure action across 3 pillars: social, commercial and environmental. The impact metrics will be presented in TIWW’s first ever industry dashboard, which will be updated annually and function as a ‘temperature check’ for the sector as a whole.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a global non-profit alliance for the consumer goods industry, has partnered with Fair Wear and the Ethical Trading Initiative focused on facilitating collective action across the industry towards achieving the 45 per cent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction by 2030. The partnership falls under The Industry We Want (TIWW).
The SAC will lead TIWW’s environmental pillar and work closely with fellow Apparel Alliance member, the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), to ensure an annual update of the dashboard data, providing a yearly check-in on the progress the industry has made to reduce emissions. The SAC will also support in the development and implementation of TIWW’s overall strategy, coordinate key partnerships, support the TIWW led events and participate in the annual evaluation of the project to identify areas for improvement as needed.
“We are honoured to be partnering with the Fair Wear and the Ethical Trading Initiative on this initiative and believe it will enable us to leverage our strength in collaboration with our fellow Apparel Alliance members to achieve our vision of an industry that gives more than it takes. As an organisation committed to empowering the consumer goods industry with data to understand how to improve its environmental credentials, this partnership reinforces our commitment to transforming the industry to better serve the needs of people and planet,” said Amina Razvi, executive director of the SAC.
The SAC will leverage TIWW’s platform to support organisations set and achieve clear science-based targets (SBTs), ensuring the industry stays on track to fulfil its climate change commitments, particularly the 45 per cent reduction target, to significantly reduce emissions and deliver on the climate goals to keep warming within planetary boundaries.
“The tumultuousness of COVID-19 and growing impacts of climate change are near daily reminders that real change is needed in the way we conduct business. The urgency is clear, yet, working on root problems in the garment and footwear sector is a challenge we have yet to overcome. Therefore, it is with great excitement that Fair Wear and ETI welcome SAC as a lead partner in The Industry We Want initiative, assuring we drive industry-wide progress on environmental impact as well as on commercial and social practices,” said Alexander Kohnstamm, director Fair Wear and Peter McAllister, director ETI.
TIWW will be hosting a Deep Dive Session on May 12th, from 5pm – 6pm CEST, on the GHG emissions metric, which sits under its environmental pillar. The session will explore details of the TIWW’s GHG metric, which is informed by the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) and World Resources Institute (WRI) report Roadmap to Net Zero.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (KD)