Procurement Resources

Procurement is concerned with the logistics of acquiring materials.
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Place-based Sustainability

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A place-based collection of curated sustainability resources that show the connection between sustainability and real estate.

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Sustainable Procurement Requires Perseverance

MIT Sloan Management Review (SMR)

Your company’s commitment to sustainability depends on finding sustainable suppliers. What if there aren’t any? Meeting your sustainability commitments requires long-term... Read More...

Human Rights Due Diligence Framework

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

This tool will help companies to meet their corporate responsibilities to respect human rights in the labour rights context, and report against these obligations. It sets... Read More...

Fighting Corruption in the Supply Chain: A Guide for Customers and Suppliers

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

Outlines common supply chain corruption scenarios and provides a framework and set of tools for addressing them. This resource was updated in 2016.

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The Breakthrough Pitch

Project Breakthrough

Stretch the sustainability ambitions of your executive team. The Breakthrough Pitch is designed to help you stretch the sustainability ambitions of your company. Its... Read More...

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Supply Chain Sustainability - A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement, Second Edition

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), BSR

Illustrates how Global Compact signatories can implement the ten principles throughout their supply chains and integrate sustainability into procurement strategies. In... Read More...

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BREEAM Communities

BRE

This is a tool for improving, measuring and certifying the sustainability of large-scale development plans. It provides a framework to support planners, local authorities,... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

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The Business Case for Supply Chain Sustainability

BSR

Supply chain sustainability is increasingly recognized as a key generator of business value and an important element of strong corporate responsibility performance.

Comparison Sets: Business Case Resources

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The aim of this module is to assist forest managers, forest policymakers and decision-makers, urban planners, urban foresters, arborists, private landowners and other... Read More...

The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability

Ceres

The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability is a resource to help companies re-engineer themselves for success in a world beset with unprecedented environmental and social... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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Deforestation-free Supply Chains: Financial Impact for Brazilian Beef Production

NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Humanity has an urgent need to fight climate change, and businesses can play a key role in doing so. But we recognize that, in many businesses, resources are often... Read More...

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LEED Reference Guide for Neighborhood Development

U.S. Green Building Council

LEED fully interactive web-based Reference Guide for Neighborhood Development. Provides information for project teams pursuing LEED certification.

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

This article provides a sustainability business case for the 21st century corporate executive and includes examples of how sustainability benefits the bottom line.

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas

World Resources Institute

Aqueduct's global water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging... Read More...

Higg Index

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

The Higg Index is the core driver of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). This groundbreaking suite of self-assessment tools empowers brands, retailers and facilities... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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The Poverty Footprint – A People-centred Approach to Assessing Business Impacts on Sustainable Development

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), OXFAM

An assessment tool that enables companies and civil society partners to understand corporate impacts on multi-dimensional poverty. As a tool to help implement the SDGs, the... Read More...

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Business Reporting on the SDGs: An Analysis of the Goals and Targets

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

This report is a first step towards a uniform mechanism for business to report on their contribution to and impact on the SDGs in an effective and comparable way. It... Read More...

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SDG Resource Center

RELX Group

The SDG Resource Centre showcases the latest in science, law, business, events and more that can help drive forward the SDGs, drawing on content from across the whole of... Read More...

Protect, Respect and Remedy: a Framework for Business and Human Rights

John Ruggie

Responding to the invitation by the Human Rights Council for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations... Read More...

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A new agenda for the board of directors: Adoption and Oversight of Corporate Sustainability

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

Contains inspiration and recommendations for Boards of Directors on adoption and oversight of corporate sustainability.Global trends like climate change and population... Read More...

Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability

Sloan Management Review (SMR)

Explores how sustainability pressures are transforming the ways we all work, live, and compete. As a part of the annual study by MIT Sloan Management Review's... Read More...

Changing Fashion - The Clothing and Textile Industry at the Brink of Radical Transformation Environmental Rating and Innovation Report 2017

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

This report shows how frontrunners are improving the environmental performance of their value chain, and how they are adopting innovative business models which could reduce... Read More...

Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

The Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs aims to inspire all business — regardless of size, sector, or geography — to take leading action in support of the... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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Sustainable Apparel Coalition Product Category Rule Guidance

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

This guidance was developed through a consensus process by the SAC’s Metrics Working Group, and conforms to international standards (the ISO 14040 and 14020 series). It is... Read More...

SWP Toolkit: Improving Water Security

Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP)

This series of toolkits presents an effective and efficient process to address water risks, including long-term water stresses that constrain social and economic... Read More...

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State of the Apparel Sector Report on Water

Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel (GLASA), The Sustainable Business Group for the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA)

A report for the global leadership award in sustainable apparel.There is an urgent environmental, human and business case for accelerating water management improvements in... Read More...

NSF/ANSI 426 - 2017 - Environmental Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility Assessment of Servers

NSF International Standard / American National Standard

The purpose of this Standard for servers is to establish product environmental performance criteria and corporate performance metrics that exemplify environmental... Read More...

5 Sustainability Threats Facing Fashion

Robin Mellery-Pratt

Fashion's need for raw materials and labour intensive production processes make it an industry particularly vulnerable to environmental disruption — as are the profit... Read More...

Accumulation of Microplastic on Shorelines Woldwide: Sources and Sinks

Mark Anthony Browne, Phillip Crump, Stewart J. Niven, Emma Teuten, Andrew Tonkin, Tamara Galloway, and Richard Thompson

Plastic debris <1 mm (defined here as microplastic) is accumulating in marine habitats. Ingestion of microplastic provides a potential pathway for the transfer of... Read More...

Textile dyeing industry an environmental hazard

Rita Kant

Color is the main attraction of any fabric. No matter how excellent its constitution, if unsuitably colored it is bound to be a failure as a commercial fabric. Manufacture... Read More...

Sustainable cotton pilot project

Jim Steadman

Wrangler is partnering with a family of Alabama cotton growers on a pilot program to help U.S. cotton farmers achieve greater sustainable growing practices. The pilot... Read More...

Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Textiles & Apparel Sector

G&A Institute

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Textiles & Apparel Sector... Read More...

Chemicals Management Action Plan Template - DOWNLOAD WORD DOC

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

Word document with a chart that works as a template for the Chemicals Management Action Plan.

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The Sustainability Fundamentals - Fashion

The Sustainable Fashion Academy

The Sustainability Fundamentals course provides the knowledge and tools you need to address your sustainability challenges. A largely self-driven course with built in... Read More...

The Global Opportunity Explorer

Sustainia, DNV GL, and the UN Global Compact

The Global Opportunity Explorer is a platform which offers direct access to the most innovative solutions and market opportunities.Rooted in over five years of research... Read More...

Children Are Everyone’s Business Workbook 2.0

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

‘Children Are Everyone’s Business: Workbook 2.0’ is a comprehensive tool designed to guide companies through the ongoing process of learning about and integrating... Read More...

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Sustainability Compendium

Fibre2Fashion Pvt. Ltd.

Fashion in itself is a dynamic industry, and if you choose to look at fashion solely from the sustainability point of view, then keeping track of developments is simply not... Read More...

Sustainable 100

Fibre2Fashion Pvt. Ltd.

The Commitment of Hundred Textile Entrepreneurs Towards Sustainability.Sustainability five shall be an informative source-book that will hold detailed description of... Read More...

The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade.

Pietra Rivoli

The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is a critically-acclaimed narrative that illuminates the globalization debates and reveals the key factors to success in... Read More...

NRDC’s 10 Best Practices for Textile Mills to Save Money and Reduce Pollution - A Practical Guide for Responsible Sourcing Version 2.0

Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC)

To address the rapidly increasing global effect of this industry, in 2009 NRDC approached a group of multinational  apparel retailers and brands to create the Responsible... Read More...

The Textile Exchange Responsible Down Standard: What it Does, and What You Can Do

Textile Exchange

The down and feather used for insulation in consumer products is sourced from worldwide production and processing supply chains. As a result, retailers and consumers are... Read More...

Cotton 2040 Webinar

Forum of the Future

The video is an overview of Cotton 2040 an initiative that seeks to enable a systemic shift towards sustainability in the cotton industry by focusing, integrating and... Read More...

Textile Calculator

Brown and Wilmanns Environmental

The Brown and Wilmanns Environmental Textile Environmental Calculator (BWE TEC) helps textile, apparel, and footwear companies deliver environmental performance to their... Read More...

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It's time for a Fashion Revolution

Sarah Ditty - Fashion Revolution

This white paper is for people who don’t know that much about the human rights and environmental issues behind fashion but want to know more. It is for those who may have... Read More...

Making of Making Powered by NIKE MSI

Nike, Inc. Designed by Dave Cobban, Jana Panfilio, Molly Conroy and Howard Lichter of Nike Inc

MAKING is a tool to inspire designers and creators to make better choices in the materials they use. We know that every decision a designer makes in the product creation... Read More...

Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Danish Fashion Institute

Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the world's most important conference on sustainability in fashion. It is a nonprofit biennial mega-event organized by Danish Fashion Institute.

Academic Leaders' Round Table

Danish Fashion Institute

Academic Leaders' Round Table sought to convene the most influential decision-makers from across fashion education, industry and non-governmental organizations for an... Read More...

Critical aspects in design for fiber-to-fiber recycling of textiles

Maria Elander & Hanna Ljungkvist

This report outlines critical aspects found for increased fiber-to-fiber recycling from a stakeholder’s perspective. The interviewed stakeholders from the fashion... Read More...

Cotton 2040: The Case for Action

Forum of the Future

To better understand the challenges ahead for the cotton industry, we developed a set of scenarios describing plausible future worlds for cotton in 2040.

Cotton 2040: The Scenarios

Forum of the Future

Cotton 2040 brings together stakeholders from across the globe to integrate existing efforts and speed up the shift to a sustainable cotton industry. Its four scenarios... Read More...

Responsible Down Standard

Textile Exchange Standards

The Responsible Down Standard ensures that down and feathers come from ducks and geese that have been treated well. This means enabling them to live healthy lives, express... Read More...

The Organic Content Standard

Textile Exchange

The Goal of the Organic Content Standard (OCS) is to ensure trust in organic content claims. The  OCS  accomplishes  this  goal  by  verifying  the  presence  and  amount ... Read More...

Responsible Wool Standard

Textile Exchange

The Responsible Wool Standard is a voluntary global standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and of the land they graze on. The RWS is a tool to ensure that wool comes... Read More...

RWS Farm Questions - DOWNLOAD EXCEL

Textile Exchange

The purpose of the initial questions are to help prepare for the audit as well as collecting information to help measure the impact of the RWS. Responsible Wool.

Land Management Self Assessment Tool - DOWLOAD EXCEL

Textile Exchange

Excel tool that can be used for conducting self-assessment against the Land Management module requirements or as an audit tool.

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in a sustainable textile production.The ECO... Read More...

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® is a comprehensive verification and reporting system that prepares facilities along the textile chain for the requirements requested by the Detox... Read More...

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

The LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for leather and leather articles of all levels of production.... Read More...

CRAiLAR Fiber Technologies

Fiber Technologies International, Inc

Natural fiber producer CRAiLAR Fiber Technologies launched a groundbreaking new policy in which it pledges to only source agricultural residues to create next-generation... Read More...

The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) provides access to a large amount of relevant information about the impacts of material production used in the apparel,... Read More...

Fairtrade Textile Standard

Fairtrade

The Fairtrade Textile Standard is one component of the greater Fairtrade Textile Programme to facilitate change in textile supply chains and related business practices.... Read More...

Manufacturing Restricted Substances List

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group

The ZDHC MRSL V1.1 is a list of chemical substances banned from intentional use in facilities that process textile materials and trim parts in apparel and footwear. The... Read More...

ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group

The ZDHC Programme is creating a new standard in wastewater discharge that goes beyond regulatory compliance to ensure wastewater discharge does not adversely affect the... Read More...

Fixing Fashion Framework

Jess Berentson-Shaw - huffingtonpost

Drawing on this model from health we can propose a framework for fixing fashion - a framework where solutions to achieve a sustainable fashion industry (both those that are... Read More...

Ethical Fashion Guide - Behind the Barcode Report

Baptist World Aid Australia

The Ethical Fashion Guide is a companion to the 2017 Ethical Fashion Report. Use it to help you make everyday, ethical purchasing decisions. Take it with you when you shop... Read More...

2017 Ethical Fashion Report

Baptist World Aid Australia

The Ethical Fashion Report sheds light on what the industry and individual companies are doing to address forced labour, child labour and exploitation. Each report – since... Read More...

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Version 5 .0

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

The new version of GOTS is a result of a comprehensive stakeholder input process in which various organizations with expertise in organic production, textile processing and... Read More...

Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA)

Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA)

Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) is an accreditation body working collaboratively with local textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) companies to ensure their Australian... Read More...

CO - Common Objective

CO - Common Objective

At CO, our mission is simple. We're dedicated to supporting fashion people to do better business. Better for people, better for profits and better for the planet. That's... Read More...

Wet Processing Benchmark

Made-By

The MADE-BY Wet Processing Benchmark, developed in cooperation with Systainable Solutions, uses actual data to bring transparency and drive change. Using field data from... Read More...

Forest-Friendly Alternative Fabrics

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

RAN looked into a number of different fabrics and  found that there are also a few fabrics that are gentler on the earth.  Examples include:  Hemp, Ramie, Jute, Linen,... Read More...

The Truth About Cashmere

Zady

Woven into the soft luxury of a cashmere sweater is a harsh tale involving climate change, capitalism and consumption. As we think more and more about how our clothes... Read More...

Fashion x Water

Zady

We often think of our clothes using water when they’re in the washing machine. Yet washing our clothes represents only one of the many ways our clothes connect to our water... Read More...

Fashion x Forests

Zady

When we think about our wood consumption, paper is often the main product that comes to mind. Yet, we find wood in many places beyond our desks, including, of course, our... Read More...

Out of Fashion - Stop Fashion from grinding up forests to make clothes

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Stand with RAN as we demand the fashion industry address the growing global threat to forests, animals and Indigenous communities of dissolving pulp.  Rain-forests are... Read More...

Understanding the environmental impacts of wool: A review of Life Cycle Assessment studies

Australian Wool Innovation, International Wool Textile Organisation

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is increasingly being used as a tool to report on the environmental impacts of products, and LCA impact categories are being used individually... Read More...

Responsible usage of Fluoromaterials

Gore-tex

Gore Fabrics’ Goal and Roadmap for Eliminating PFCs of Environmental Concern.

EcoMetrics for Textiles

Colour Connections

An online tool that measures the EDUs (environmental damage units) of textiles. Eco-metrics is a simple tool devised to calculate the environmental impact of the different... Read More...

The Detox Catwalk 2016

Greenpeace

Greenpeace launched its “Detox My Fashion” campaign in July 2011 to address this problem, asking the textile industry to urgently take responsibility for its contribution... Read More...

Detox Catwalk 2016 – Performance Results of Selected Apparel Companies

Greenpeace

Document providing further detail on companies analyzed and their performance in detoxing their apparel and footwear products.  Companies covered include Adidas, Levis,... Read More...

PFC Revolution in Outdoor Sector: Sounding the alarm on PFCs

Greenpeace

Since the beginning of its Detox campaign in  2011, Greenpeace has been calling on the  clothing industry to eliminate all hazardous  chemicals from its supply chain by... Read More...

Fashion Transparency Index 2017

Fashion Revolution

A review of 100 of the biggest global fashion brands and retailers ranked according to how much they disclose about their social and environmental policies, practices and... Read More...

Polyester Standard

Zady

When we think of plastic, images of plastic bottles, grocery bags, and food containers instantly come to mind. While those are perhaps the most recognizable forms of... Read More...

Scaling Corporate Action on WASH in Supply Chains – White Paper (2016)

CEO Water Mandate, the WBCSD, and WaterAid

Primary Functions:Provides an overview of challenges and approaches that companies take to scaling action on WASH in their supply chainsLays out potential next steps for... Read More...

SDG Compass (2015) by UNGC, GRI, WBCSD

UN Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Primary Functions:Learn how you can align your strategies as well as measure and manage your contribution to the realization of the SDGs.The SDG Compass provides guidance... Read More...

Water Stewardship in Sustainable Agriculture (2013)

Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform

Primary Functions:Learn about and implement effective water stewardship actions specific to agricultureSAI Platform, the global initiative helping food and drink companies... Read More...

United Nations Global Compact 2018 Toolbox

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

Explore the UNGC's extensive 2018 Toolbox to see how our new tools, resources and activities can help you achieve your sustainability goals and find the right UN Global... Read More...

A SNAPSHOT OF CHANGE: One Year of Fashion Loved by Forests

Canopy

Two years ago, the issue of ancient forests disappearing into fabric wasn’t really on anyone’s  radar. One year ago, after significant research into the issue, Canopy... Read More...

Well dressed?

Julian M Allwood, Søren Ellebæk Laursen, Cecilia Malvido de Rodríguez and Nancy M P Bocken. University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing

Our clothes are getting cheaper, they follow fashion more rapidly and we’re buying more and more of them. At the same time, we hear more about poor working conditions in... Read More...

Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 2020 Commitment

WRAP

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 2020 Commitment is avoluntary agreement targeting every stage of the clothing journey. It brings together retailers, brands,... Read More...

Fashion x Climate Change

Zady

Of course, at this stage, we are all aware of the concept of global warming. The association we usually have is of gas guzzling cars and oil fields. But did you know that... Read More...

Sustainable clothing: A practical guide to enhancing clothing durability and quality

WRAP

The Sustainable Clothing Guide is a practical guide to help brands and retailers to enhance the durability and quality of the clothing they produce.

Valuing our Clothes

WRAP

Valuing our clothes is a summary of the key findings of a major technical report published by WRAP. It presents estimates of the carbon, water and waste footprints of... Read More...

Love Your Clothes (LYC)

WRAP

Love Your Clothes (LYC) has been developed with industry to raise awareness of the value of clothes and the benefits of re-using and recycling them. It helps people make... Read More...

Textile Technology Business Center

Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT)

Identifying the need for a credible knowledge center, PaCT has established in partnership with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA),... Read More...

PaCT Advantage

Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT)

PaCT enables textile factories to gain sustainability in their businesses by setting up an in-house resource management diagnostic tool called PaCT Advantage. PaCT... Read More...

Textile Sustainability Platform

Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT)

PaCT is the first program in Bangladesh to establish a dialogue platform, called Textile Sustainability Platform (TSP), at the national level to address issues pertaining... Read More...

Better Mills Initiative in China

Solidaridad, H&M

The Better Mill Initiative (BMI) aims to improve the sustainability performance of wet processing in the textile supply chain in China. The program, initiated by... Read More...

Bring It campaign

H&M

Bring garments you no longer want, from any brand and in any condition. We’ll make sure they get a new life.

Plan A 2025 Commitments: An ambitious customer focused sustainability Plan

MARKS AND SPENCER GROUP PLC

 Our customers’ world is changing fast. They are living through a period of great political, social and technological disruption. They’re looking for organizations they can... Read More...

Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART)

Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART)

Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART) is a research and development centre, located at Loughborough University, formed in 2004. Its remit is to... Read More...

Cotton 2040

Forum of the Future

The Cotton 2040 initiative is a unique cross-industry partnership, including leading brands and retailers, cotton standards, producers and industry initiatives. It aims to... Read More...

Cotton 2040: Proposals for cross-industry workstreams to mainstream sustainable cotton

Forum of the Future

The purpose of Cotton 2040 is to facilitate greater collective action within the cotton industry to enable sustainable cotton to shift from niche product to mainstream... Read More...

Responsible Wool Standard - Kick Start program

Textile Exchange

Take a look at what you are required to contribute and how you will benefit from becoming a “Kick Starter.” The best part is that your contributions will not only make you... Read More...

Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) - Farmer Guidebok

Textile Exchange

The RWS Farmer Guidebook is intended to support farmers in the implementation of the  Responsible Wool Standard. This is a separate document from the Responsible Wool ... Read More...

List of Regulated Substances under the Risk Management Plan (RMP) Program

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule provides a List of Regulated Substances under section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act. This includes their synonyms and threshold quantities... Read More...

BizNGOs Chemical Alternatives Assessment Protocol

BizNGO

The BizNGO Chemical Alternatives Assessment Protocol is a decision framework for substituting chemicals of concern to human health or the environment with safer... Read More...

Introduction to the Chemicals Management Module

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

The Chemicals Management Module (CMM), developed by the OIA Chemicals Management Working Group, is organized around seven primary objectives; three levels of performance... Read More...

The Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group Supplier Toolkit

The Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group

The Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group has developed this Restricted Substances List (RSL) Toolkit as part of its mission, “to reduce the use... Read More...

Meeting Customers’ Needs for Chemical Data

Green Chemistry & Commerce Council

Business-to-business communication of chemical data, such as chemical identity and health and safety impacts, along supply chains is critically important to product... Read More...

Restricted Substances List

American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA)

This restricted substances list by the American Apparel and Footwear Association is intended to provide apparel and footwear companies with information related to... Read More...

CSR Benchmarking Survey Reports

American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA)

The AAFA Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Benchmarking Survey Report provides AAFA member companies with a barometer of how its company's CSR programs compare to the... Read More...

Chemistry for Any Weather Supplemental Report

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Chemicals Management Working Group

This report was commissioned by Outdoor Industry Association to serve as a reference document to provide OIA members, and any other interested stakeholders, with context to... Read More...

Responsible Wool Standard - Implementation Manual 1.0

Textile Exchange

The RWS Implementation Manual provides interpretations and clarifications for the  Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). All guidance given in the manual shall be considered ... Read More...

Product Category Rules - Environmental Product Declaration - Textile yarn and thread

EPD® System

To be able to fulfill high market expectations for a number of practical applications, EPDs (Environmental Product Declaration) have to meet and comply with specific and... Read More...

ISO 14001:2015

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

ISO 14001:2015 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to... Read More...

FSP FairTrace

ChainPoint

As the single certifier for Fairtrade, FLOCERT supports all facets of Fairtrade, including the Fairtrade Sourcing Programs. For supporting the Fairtrade Cotton Program,... Read More...

Social Responsibility Toolkit

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

The Social Responsibility Toolkit is a guidebook with tools and resources ranging from basic to advanced that can be adapted to suit any company or supplier to create and... Read More...

Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard Guidance Document

Cradle to Cradle Certified

This guidance document is a supplement to the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard, containing important interpretations and clarifications.

Material Health Certificate

Cradle to Cradle Certified

The Material Health Certificate uses the acclaimed material health assessment methodology of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard to provide manufacturers with... Read More...

Basic Criteria for Award of the Environmental Label Textiles RAL-UZ 154 Blue Angel - DOWNLOAD

Blue Angel Environmental Label

There are many textile standards on paper - but on most products they are missing. And not all label guarantee environmentally friendly standards for the entire production... Read More...

Water Stewardship Toolbox

CEO Water Mandate

This Toolbox is a collection of guidance documents, discussion papers, online tools, and other resources that can help your company build its water stewardship practice. It... Read More...

Manual for Implementation of Global Organic Textile Standard

GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD (GOTS)

The Manual for the Implementation of the Global Organic Textile Standard provides interpretations and clarifications for specific criteria of the Global Organic Textile... Read More...

The Cradle to Cradle Case for Good Business

Cradle to Cradle Certified

The purpose of the research presented was to:Develop a framework suitable for use by the Institute and stakeholders, to determine the impacts of the pursuit of Cradle to... Read More...

The Business Benefits of Sustainability

Everblu

Businesses around the world are realizing that harmonizing business practices with environmental stewardship is not only the right thing it to do, it is also good business.

Comparison Sets: Business Case Resources

Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Luxury Goods Table

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

This table shows a list of topics identified as relevant by different stakeholder groups. They can be considered as stakeholders’ suggestions or requests for topics to be... Read More...

Factory Standard for Apparel and Home Goods

Fair Trade USA (FTUSA)

This document contains the requirements that comprise the Fair Trade USA Factory Standard for Apparel and Home Goods and defines the rules for participation of Apparel and... Read More...

Compliance Criteria for the Factory Standard for Apparel and Home Goods

Fair Trade USA (FTUSA)

In the following pages, each standard is followed by a table with its corresponding Compliance Criteria, against which factories are audited. 

How to use the GRI G4 Guidelines and ISO 26000 in conjunction

International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

This publication helps to relate the social responsibility guidance given in ISO 26000 to the reporting guidance provided by GRI. In particular, this publication provides... Read More...

Social Fingerprint

Social Accountability International (SAI)

Social Fingerprint® is a program of ratings, training, and toolkits designed to help companies understand and measure their social impact now, and then learn how to improve... Read More...

ELEVATE Responsible Sourcing Management Model

ELEVATE

The Model is a tool developed by ELEVATE to help identify the management practices that will improve efforts to responsibly source private label products. The Model is only... Read More...

The Recycled Claim Standard

Textile Exchange

The Recycled ClaimStandard (RCS) is an international, voluntarystandard that sets requirements for third-party certification of Recycledinput and chain of custody.The goal... Read More...

The Global Recycled Standard

Textile Exchange

The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third -party certification of Recycled Content, chain of... Read More...

The Content Claim Standard

Textile Exchange

The Goal of the Content Claim Standard (CCS) is to ensure the accuracy of content claims. The CCS accomplishes this goal by verifying the presence and amount of a given raw... Read More...

Global Efluent Guidelines

Levi Strauss & Co.

Untreated wastewater discharged from garment operations directly to the environment—such as to rivers, lakes, and creeks—may harm ecosystems, as well as cause health and... Read More...

Wet Processing Tool

Made-By

Our Guide to Textile Wet Processing Standards provides an objective and comparative overview of many of the industry certifications related to wet processing. The tool... Read More...

Made-by DETOX package

Made-By

MADE-BY’s Detox package supports you to proactively address the issue of hazardous chemicals within your supply chain.Over 2,000 different chemicals are used by the fashion... Read More...

MODE Tracker

Made-By

MODE Tracker is a holistic, transparent and verified progress tracking tool to support fashion brands and retailers in improving their sustainability performance through... Read More...

Mapping Materials

Zady

Before we joined the slow fashion movement, we hardly ever looked to see what our clothes were made of. If we liked the style, and if the price was right, that was enough... Read More...

Getting to Know Cotton

Zady

Historian Sven Beckert has written of cotton that it “is as familiar as it is unknown.” [1] Indeed, cotton is all around us, and yet what do we really know about it? Let’s... Read More...

Getting to Know Wool

Zady

One of the seasonal changes we eagerly welcome as the last days of summer fade into the first few of fall is the opportunity to greet the chill in the air with a warm... Read More...

Getting to Know Linen

Zady

Few things get us more excited than a great, sustainable fabric. Fabric is the building block of our wardrobes and an important measure of the quality, durability, and... Read More...

Global Social Compliance Program - Reference tool on Supply Chain Social Performance Management Systems

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

The GSCP Reference tool on supply chain Social Performance Management Systems (SPMS) has been developed by and for buying organisations (retailers and manufacturers) to... Read More...

Global Social Compliance Programme - Reference tool for Auditing Competence

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

The objective of this Reference tool for Auditing Competence is to establish the requirements that define a reliable and appropriate level of competence for organisations... Read More...

Social Accountability 8000 International Standard

Social Accountability International (SAI)

The intent of SA8000 is to provide an auditable, voluntary standard, based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, ILO and other international human rights and labour norms... Read More...

Getting to Know Alpaca

Zady

High in the Andes Mountains of South America live one of our favorite animal species, alpaca. What is alpaca?HistoryWhy is alpaca sustainable?Beyond the environment: alpaca... Read More...

Fashion x Corruption

Zady

In 2013 over 1,100 fashion workers were killed as the building they were forced to stay in despite visible cracks in the foundation collapsed with the workers inside.We’re... Read More...

Fashion x Animals

Zady

Clothing comes from many difference sources, as we discussed here. Included in that is clothing from animals.There are important considerations to consider regarding animal... Read More...

Fashion x Soil

Zady

When was the last time you thought about the soil while shopping? We’ll assume it’s been a while. But lurking in our closets, hidden in our cotton t-shirts, wool sweaters,... Read More...

Fashion x Toxicity

Zady

Have you ever thought about the relationship between food and fashion? We’re not talking here about the fact that they can both be dictated by trends (hello, cronut!). Nor... Read More...

Closed Loop, A Primer

Zady

Now let’s think about an assembly line. First of all, notice the shape: we’ve got a line, not a loop. Think about the first assembly line, invented for the model T Ford. It... Read More...

Global Social Compliance Program - Audit Process and Methodology Reference tools

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

The Global Social Compliance Programme is a business‐driven programme for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. The... Read More...

Global Social Compliance Programme - Reference tool on Social & Labour Management Systems for Suppliers

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

This Reference tool forms part of the GSCP set of Reference tools designed to provide a common interpretation of good social and labour requirements and their... Read More...

Designing for Sustainability

Zady

As we rethink our relationship with fashion, a big part of the evolution involves considering the many features of a piece of clothing beyond how it looks. The future of... Read More...

Guidelines for Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment of the Environmental Performance of Wool Textiles

International Wool Textile Organization

These Guidelines for assessing the environmental performance of wool textiles using a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach have been developed by the International Wool... Read More...

Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI)

Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI)

The Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) is a business-driven initiative supporting retailers, importers and brands to improve environmental performance in... Read More...

Global Fashion Agenda

Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI)

Global Fashion Agenda is a global leadership forum on fashion sustainability founded in 2016 and anchored around Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the world’s principal event on... Read More...

Mistra Future Fashion

Mistra

Mistra future fashion is a research program on circular economy and serves for a future positive fashion industry it holds uniquely a system perspective and operates cross... Read More...

Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) Toolkit Supply Chain Certification

Textile Exchange

The Responsible Wool Standard requires that each stage of wool production is certified against the requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS), up to the seller in the... Read More...

Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) Toolkit - Sourcing for brands and retailers

Textile Exchange

Content:01. Why RWS?02. Creating a StrategyA. Make a CommitmentB. Read and Understand the RWSC. Set Targets and TimelinesD. Choose Supply Chain PartnersE. Plan for... Read More...

bluesign certification

bluesign

The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets... Read More...

bluesign® bluetool

bluesign

The special web-based software application easily guides you through the homologation procedure. bluesign® bluetool provides you all the necessary information on the... Read More...

bluesign® bluefinder

bluesign

The advanced search engine for textile manufacturers contains data of bluesign® approved chemical products meeting the bluesign® criteria. Moreover, it contains all the... Read More...

bluesign® blueguide

Bluesign

The easily comprehensible database for brands and retailers contains data of bluesign® approved fabrics. Textiles manufactured from bluesign® approved fabrics meet highest... Read More...

MSI Package

Brown and Wilmanns Environmental

Our MSI Data Submission Support Package includes: BWE Insider's Guide to the MSI: Cradle-to-Gate Guidance for Data Preparation and Submission 2 hours of BWE consulting... Read More...

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme

Road Map to Zero

The ZDHC Programme has identified four key areas and two cross-cutting areas which are critical towards eliminating hazardous chemicals from the global textile, leather and... Read More...

Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL)

Road Map to Zero

The ZDHC MRSL V1.1 is a list of chemical substances banned from intentional use in facilities that process textile materials and trim parts in apparel and footwear. The... Read More...

Wastewater Quality

Road Map to Zero

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme is a collaboration of brands, value chain affiliates and associates committed to eliminating hazardous chemicals... Read More...

Recycled Content Standard, V7.0 - Environmental Certification Services

SCS Global Services

The purpose of the Standard is to describe the requirements for third-party substantiation of the recycled content claims asserted by companies with regard to specific... Read More...

Solution paper: From cotton to counter

ChainPoint

An overview of the cotton market and the solutions available to improve sustainability. A step-by-step approach to building a more sustainable textile supply chain. We will... Read More...

Canopy- CanopyStyle Audit

Canopy and the Rainforest Alliance

The first ever comprehensive, third party audits of a global viscose and rayon producer to assess their risk of sourcing from the world’s endangered forests. Conducted by... Read More...

Animal Derived Materials (ADM) Policy

VF Corporation

We believe in treating animals with care and respect. In cases where we use animal derived materials in our products, we are committed to ensuring the animal’s ethical... Read More...

Forest Derived Materials (FDM) Policy

VF Corporation

This forestry policy covers the sustainable and responsible use of forest products, to avoid the issues associated with deforestation and forest degradation including:-... Read More...

CHEM-IQ℠

VF Corporation, University of Leeds, University of Massachusetts Lowell

CHEM-IQ℠ is VF's innovative chemical management program. It provides a simple, cost-effective and scalable method for identifying and eliminating unwanted chemistries... Read More...

Chemical Management Module

Leather Working Group

The LWG Chemical Management Module (CMM) will be a voluntary additional module when initially launched, but will ultimately be incorporated as a compulsory new section in... Read More...

Leather Trader Protocol

Leather Working Group

The LWG Assessment Protocol for Traders has been developed and refined over two years as the natural progression to allow Trader LWG members to fully engage in the LWG... Read More...

Made-By

Made-By

A European nonprofit committed to improving environmental and social conditions in the fashion industry, has created benchmarks to evaluate the sustainability of textiles... Read More...

Environmental Benchmark for Fibres

Made-By

The Fibre Benchmark compares the environmental impact of the most commonly used fibres in the garment industry, supporting you to shift to more sustainable alternatives.Our... Read More...

Material Health Certificate Standard

Cradle to Cradle Certified

The official scope of the Material Health Certificate standard, as it relates to the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard.

EU Ecolabel Textiles and Footwear / Footwear

European Commission

EU Ecolabel Footwear products meet criteria that guarantee:       ✓ Limited water pollution during production       ✓ A reduction of emissions of volatile organic compounds... Read More...

EU Ecolabel Textiles and footwear / Textile products

European Commission

EU Ecolabel Textiles products meet criteria that guarantee:       ✓ Limited use of substances harmful to health and environment       ✓ Reduction in water and air... Read More...

Naturtextil iVN certified Best

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

This quality standard, known primarily within Europe, currently defines the highest level of textile sustainability by applying the maximum currently achievable parameters... Read More...

NATURLEDER IVN certified - Leather Standard

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

iVN has been involved in developing a standard for sustainable leather since 2001. The quality seal NATURLEDER IVN ZERTIFIZIERT certifies a high level of ecology and... Read More...

Purchasing guide - Retail outlets

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

This list includes stores specializing in natural textiles, supermarkets, retailers for sustainable goods, fashion boutiques as well as factory outlets. The list includes... Read More...

iVN Certified Supplier Data Bank

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

Here are contacts to companies that have certified as IVN BEST or NATURLEDER. The individual quality seal logo displayed under each entry delineates which certification the... Read More...

WeAre SpinDye: new dyeing technology

SpinDye®

SpinDye® is an ingredient brand that offers a technically innovative color system. We deliver a clean, traceable coloring method of textiles with an unparalleled... Read More...

Naia Cellulosic Yarn™

Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman Naia™ cellulosic yarn, the new name in fashion apparel, offers a differentiated product for brands looking to innovate in their next collection. Create comfortable,... Read More...

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program - Training and Education Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the goal of the BioPreferred program is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The BioPreferred... Read More...

Sustainable Threads

Sustainable Threads

Sustainable Threads was born from our collective professional experience and personal interest in rural development, entrepreneurship and social justice. Among the various... Read More...

Cutting Water Use in the Textile Industry

SARA PETERS - The New York Times

The process of making textiles can require several dozen gallons of water for each pound of clothing, especially during the dyeing process. Amid tightening environmental... Read More...

Sustainability in the leather supply chain

Ernst & Young MVO Nederland

In this research report Ernst & Young assesses the sustainability issues in the leather supply chain with a focus on the effects/risks and relevant trade flows from... Read More...

Material flows in the life cycle of leather

Joseph, K. and N. Nithya Journal of Cleaner Production

This paper presents a study on the resource and environmental profile of leather for communicating to the consumers about the environmental burdens of leather products. The... Read More...

Greenhouse gas emissions from ruminant supply chains: A global life cycle assessment

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

This report presents a life cycle analysis of the GHG emissions arising from ruminant supply chains around the year 2005. This  first comprehensive and dis- aggregated... Read More...

Global resource extraction by material category

Administrated by SERI (Sustainable Europe Research Institute) and WU Vienna (University of Economics and Business)

In the past 20 years, the concept of material flow accounting and analysis (MFA) has developed into one of the most successful and influential approaches within the area of... Read More...

The sustainability of cotton: Consequences for man and environment

Kooistra, K., A. Termorshuizen, et al. Wageningen University

This project aimed to summarise literature that compares conventional, IPM, and organic cotton production systems in terms of environmental impact; to select indicators... Read More...

LCA benchmarking study on textiles made of cotton, polyester, nylon, acryl, or elastane

Natascha M. van der Velden & Martin K. Patel & Joost G. Vogtländer INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT 19(2): 331-356.

The purpose of this paper is to provide an improved (up-to-date) insight into the environmental burden of textiles made of the base materials cotton, polyester (PET),... Read More...

Life Cycle Assessment: Principles and Practice

Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

The following document provides an introductory overview of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and describes the general uses and major components of LCA. This document is an... Read More...

GreenScreen Version 1.3 (2e) Hazard Criteria

Clean Production Action

The data and expert judgement are used to classify the hazard level for each of 18 human health and environmental endpoints according to the GreenScreen Hazard Criteria.... Read More...

Carbon Productivity Tool

The Carbon Productivity Consortium

The Carbon Productivity Tool is a prototype designed to help businesses identify how to measure carbon productivity, improve their performance by generating more value from... Read More...

BookTemplate / Workbook
DollarFree

ISO 14040:2006 - Life cycle assessment

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

ISO 14040:2006 describes the principles and framework for life cycle assessment (LCA) including: definition of the goal and scope of the LCA, the life cycle inventory... Read More...

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

European Chemicals Agency

 REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while... Read More...

Global Social Compliance Program - Environmental Implementation Guidelines

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

The Implementation Guidelines complement the GSCP environmental Reference Requirements by giving guidance to sites as to how to reach the required level. It is designed for... Read More...

Global Social Compliance Programme - Reference Environmental Audit Process & Methodology

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

The reference tools on Environmental Audit Process and Methodology are part of the GSCP set of reference tools designed to provide a common interpretation of environmental... Read More...

Environmental assessment of Swedish fashion consumption: Five garments – sustainable futures

Mistra Future Fashion

The Mistra Future Fashion research program was created to deliver knowledge and solutions that the Swedish fashion industry and its stakeholders can use to improve the... Read More...

A New ‘T’ for Textiles: Up skilling design researchers to inspire Buying Office staff towards sustainability at Hennes and Mauritz (H&M)

University of the Arts London, Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

The paper addresses the research question: What new skills and capabilities do textile designers need to promote sustainable design innovation in large fashion... Read More...

A life cycle assessment (LCA)-based approach to guiding an industry sector towards sustainability: the case of the Swedish apparel sector

Chalmers University of Technology (CUT)

The environmental challenges associated with consumption of textiles have generally been investigated on product level in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies. For social... Read More...

D4.7 Report: the sustainability toolbox - "Green Textiles Guide"

Mistra Future Fashion

The Green Textiles Guide is a result of the Swedish research programme Mistra Future Fashion, project 4 (P4) called Moving towards eco-efficient textile materials and... Read More...

Future-Fit Business Benchmark, Part 2: Indicators Release 1

Future-Fit Foundation

This is an in-depth, technical guide, presenting a set of Key Fitness Indicators that aim to help companies assess their progress toward each Future-Fit Goal.

D6.2 FASHION FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR: Sustainability study of new handling system

Mistra Future Fashion

Previous research in the P6 project (Deliverable D6.1) has shown that public procurement in Europe is becoming more regulated, although on a voluntary basis. Environmental... Read More...

State of the Art in research on 'Policy for Future Fashion'

Mistra Future Fashion

The report considers and summarises policy suggestions and proposals that range from specific to broad brush proposals. The material assessed includes academic research,... Read More...

Base Code Guidance: Living Wages

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

Through this guide , we share what companies can do to create the enabling conditions for the payment of living wages, in line with their commitment to the ETI Base Code.... Read More...

Identifying, managing, mitigating, and preventing forced labor and modern slavery

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

The paper aims to clarify the concepts and issues, the actors and the options for addressing the challenges in preventing, managing and mitigating forced and slave labour... Read More...

Living Wages in Global Supply Chains

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

This report aims to reposition the debate on living wages for companies within global supply chains. Instead of asking ‘how can I calculate living wage levels in my supply... Read More...

Integrating Ethical Trade Principles into Core Business Practices - An Introductory Toolkit

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

This introductory guide has been developed by the Ethical Trading Initiative to support internal teams to begin the process of integrating ethical trade principles into... Read More...

Greening street-level procurement practice in highly decentralised systems: the case of Sweden

Mistra Future Fashion

This article investigates the every-day street-level practice of green public procurement (GPP) in Sweden, a country with one of the most decentralised systems of public... Read More...

The SocioLog.dx Experience: A Global Expert Study on Sustainable Fashion

Mistra Future Fashion

In May 2013, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), in collaboration with GfK (Growth from Knowledge), conducted a global expert study on sustainable fashion, which is... Read More...

The Natural Capital Protocol

Natural Capital Coalition (NCC)

The Natural Capital Protocol is a framework designed to help business managers identify, measure, and value impacts and dependencies on natural capital. The Protocol... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

BookFramework
DollarFree

The Sustainability Consortium Toolkits

The Sustainability Consortium

The toolkits are designed to facilitate decision-making by retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers along the value chain, with an emphasis on impact and improving product... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

Essensus Tool

Essensus

We support companies to mature sustainability integration into their core business, product development and related processes. By understanding their current maturity,... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

Blueprint For Corporate Sustainability Leadership

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

The Blueprint is a model for leadership within the Global Compact, designed to inspire advanced performers to reach the next level of sustainability performance. It... Read More...

Pulse of the Fashion Industry

Global Fashion Agenda and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

This first edition of the Report on the Pulse of the Fashion Industry exposes the challenges in a number of sustainability impact areas and along the industry’s value... Read More...

Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the Planet?

Tatiana Schlossberg

When you do need new clothes, you will usually be choosing among four major types of fibers: oil-based synthetics, cotton, rayon and wool. Their environmental trade-offs... Read More...

Conservation Pays Off for Bangladeshi Factories

Amy Yee - The New York Times

Success story on water saving initiative in textile and garment factories in Bangladesh. The article describes how this initiative helped save money, energy and water. 

Gender Equality in Codes of Conduct Guidance

BSR Group

This toolkit is designed to be used in the textile and garment sectors in India but might also be applicable in other export-oriented industries that employ large numbers... Read More...

Women’s Economic Empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recommendations for the Apparel Sector

BSR Group

This brief provides recommendations for apparel companies to advance women’s economic empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This brief was developed alongside the BSR... Read More...

Climate Change: Implications and Strategies for the Luxury Fashion Sector

BSR Group, Kering

While the report outlines the climate risks facing global luxury fashion companies, it also focuses on the impact of climate change at the very base of the supply chain... Read More...

VPEPxchange

Texbase, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

VPEPxchange is a subscription-based collaboration platform that allows suppliers to author and publish Voluntary Product Environmental Profiles (VPEPs). Suppliers can then... Read More...

Base Code Guidance: Child Labor

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

This guidance is intended to help businesses understand child labour and the responsibilities of companies to embed the application of ETI’s Base Code Clause 4 in their... Read More...

Closing and Slowing the Loop

Greenpeace

Innovative business models in the textile sector – an overview This summary does not attempt to present an exhaustive list of examples, but focuses instead on giving an... Read More...

Supply Chain Water Guidance for Responding Companies 2016

CDP

This document should be read by anyone responding to CDP’s 2016 supply chain information request,regardless of whether you have responded to CDP before. It contains... Read More...

Chemicals Management Module (2015)

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

Benchmark, establish, build, maintain and improve your chemicals management processes and thus reduce water pollutionThe Chemicals Management Module is a roadmap for... Read More...

The Water Network (2015)

AquaSPE

Primary Functions:Connect and share knowledge with water professionals from 185 countriesThe Water Network is a neutral platform for multi-stakeholders to share content,... Read More...

WASH in the Workplace Self-Assessment Tool (2014) - DOWNLOAD (.XLSX)

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Primary Functions:Assess the current status of access to safe WASH at the workplace in a given facilitySupport decision-making regarding investments and priority actionsThe... Read More...

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DollarFree

Water Action Hub (2013)

CEO Water Mandate

Primary Functions:Put your water projects on the mapIdentify and connect with potential collective action partnersLearn about water stewardship projects

Water Scarcity Solutions (2015)

2030 Water Resources Group

Primary Functions:Learn about existing water risk solutions to inform your own approachesIn collaboration with Arup, WRG has developed a new web tool that compiles and... Read More...

Water Stewardship in the Beverage Industry (2016)

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, Ceres, World Resources Institute

Primary Functions:Guide and inspire companies to continually improve on matters related to water stewardshipOutline water stewardship essentials for the beverage... Read More...

A.I.R. Strategy - Parley Corporate Partner Guidelines

parley

We see the key to the solution in collaboration. Nobody can end this problem alone. We need to approach it from different angles and in a collaborative and... Read More...

Supporting your CEO and their Decision-Making around Sustainability

Embedding Project

This report comprehensively covers research conducted by Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Jess Schulschenk,  Andrea Ferry, Vanessa Otto-Mentz, and Esther Speck. It enables the... Read More...

Fashion forward: Innovations drive sustainable clothing

Anna Clark

Tips for integrating sustainability into apparel. Talks about design, manufacturing and transportation plus provides a list of helpful tools and apps. 

5 New Solutions For The Fashion Industry’s Sustainability Problem

Adele Peters

We buy–and throw out–more clothes than ever. It’s time for new innovation to lower the footprint of our clothing. It’s the holy grail for the fashion industry: Can... Read More...

Clothing brands need to pull at the threads of the apparel industry

Mary Hable

Lessons learned of a corporate sustainability professional at a major apparel retailer. The problems and opportunities were obvious, but one big thing was missing:... Read More...

In Copenhagen, Gearing up for a Circular Fashion System

Robin Mellery-Pratt

The Copenhagen Fashion Summit will ask the global fashion industry to come together and work towards the adoption of a circular economic model. This call to action has... Read More...

What Is Fast-Fashion Actually Doing About Sustainability?

Jake Hall

In a nutshell, fast-fashion describes society’s obsession with relentless consumption. This insatiable hunger creates unsustainable demand, meaning big brands have to cut... Read More...

Hazard Assessment Protocol

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

Chemical hazard assessment to identify and prioritize chemical substances for possible replacement with safer alternatives is increasingly required by retailers, brands,... Read More...

CDP

CDP

CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

Social Progress Index

The Social Progress Imperative

The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of... Read More...

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all... Read More...

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is an independent textile label for highlighting consumer products and semi-finished products at all levels of the textile chain that are made... Read More...

MySTeP by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

MySTeP by OEKO-TEX® is a database strengthening your textile supply community. The database can be accessed worldwide from any location. As the central database of... Read More...

The 13 ‘muka buttons’ for ethical & environmental practice

Muka kids

To be accredited a clothing brand needs to earn a certain number of ‘muka buttons’ – each button is for a specific ethical & sustainable practice. A brand that is... Read More...

The New Balance Restricted Substances Manual (RSM)

New Balance

New Balance Athletics Inc., and its affiliates (collectively New Balance or NB) are committed to operating its business in an environmentally sustainable manner to protect... Read More...

Prefered Substances List

Levis Strauss & Company

Concerning Materials, Parts, Chemicals, Components, Packaging and Other Goods (including Sundries)The objectives of the LS&CO. RSL (2016) are to:Ensure that Materials,... Read More...

Restricted and Priority Substances Database

SUBSPORT - Substitution Support Portal

This database contains 34 lists of substances that are legally or voluntarily restricted or are recommended for restriction due to their hazards. Lists are grouped in five... Read More...

Planet Textiles

Planet Textiles

The Planet Textiles annual event on sustainability was first launched in Hong Kong in 2009. The issues of water availability, water conservation in wet processing,... Read More...

Innovating Sustainable Lifestyles Cluster

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Our Innovating Sustainable Lifestyles work stream is investigating what combination of products and services will enable a sustainable lifestyle.Sustainable lifestyles... Read More...

OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Tool Selector

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The Tool Selector is designed to provide information on tools that can be used in conducting chemical substitutions or alternatives assessments. The filters below may be... Read More...

NRDC’s 10 Best Practices for Textile Mills to Save Money and Reduce Pollution Version 2.0

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

A practical guide for responsible sourcingIn homes spread the globe over hang curtains at windows and clothing in closets made in developing countries like China, India and... Read More...

A Practical Guide to Catchment-Based Water Management for the Mining and Metals Industry (2015)

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Planning a responsible water management for mining & metals operationsThis practical guide for the mining and metals industry sets out a collaborative catchment-based... Read More...

Children's Rights and Business Principles

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights represent a milestone in the business and human rights discussion. However, recognizing the need for... Read More...

UNEP Guidleines for Social Lifecycle Assessment of Products

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

It is a social impact (and potential impact) assessment technique that aims to assess the social and socioeconomic aspects of products and their potential positive and... Read More...

ISO 26000 - Social responsibility

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

ISO 26000:2010 provides guidance rather than requirements, so it cannot be certified to unlike some other well-known ISO standards. Instead, it helps clarify what social... Read More...

ISO 26000 and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Learn how ISO 26000 contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Tata Steel: The Business Case for Product Sustainability

thinkstep

The Business Case for Product Sustainability. Through LCA Tata Steel is able to understand the impacts and benefits across the life cycle.

Comparison Sets: Business Case Resources

Future-Fit Business Benchmark, Part 1: Concepts, Principles and Goals Release 1

Future-Fit Foundation

This document describes the Future-Fit Goals that all companies must strive to reach. It also explains why these goals are required, how they were derived, and how to get... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

The Circular Fibres Initiative

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Circular Fibres Initiative brings together key industry stakeholders to build a circular economy for textiles, starting with clothing. This group will attempt to create... Read More...

Sustainable Apparel Materials

MIT Materials Systems Laboratory. Randolph Kirchain, Elsa Olivetti, T. Reed Miller and Suzanne Greene.

An overview of what we know and what could be done about the impact of four major apparel materials: Cotton, Polyester, Leather, and Rubber. This document does not... Read More...

Making Climate Change Fashionable – The Garment Industry Takes On Global Warming

James Conca - Forbes Magazine

This article presents some facts about environmental effects from the fashion industry, such as: "The apparel industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions and... Read More...

Introducing: Out of Fashion

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Article introducing “Out of Fashion”. With this campaign, RAN is bringing attention to a growing global threat to forests, animals and Indigenous communities -- a threat... Read More...

Fashion and controversy

Christy Tennery-Spalding - Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

The second post talked about how clothing companies are turning forests into fashion. In order to produce rayon, viscose and other textiles, companies source fiber through... Read More...

Ecological utilization of leather tannery waste with circular economy model

Jing Hu, Zuobing Xiao, Rujun Zhou, Weijun Deng, Mingxi Wang and Shuangshuang Ma.

Circular economy (CE) focuses on resource-productivity and eco-efficiency improvement in a comprehensive way, especially on the industrial structure optimization of new... Read More...

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