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EAC to hold further session on fashion sustainability as Government confirms it is exploring Garment Trade Adjudicator

22 April 2021

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) will be holding a further evidence session as part of its Fixing Fashion inquiry follow-up to examine the new Textiles 2030 voluntary industry initiative aimed at putting the UK fashion industry on a path to net zero carbon.

The evidence session comes as the EAC publishes correspondence by the Business Secretary, who has confirmed that the Government is considering the introduction of a Garment Trade Adjudicator as one of the possible routes for improved supply chain compliance with ESG and other regulations.

The EAC made this recommendation last month amid concerns that voluntary corporate social responsibility initiatives have failed to make substantial improvements to pay and working conditions in the fashion industry.

Purpose of the session

More significant progress has been made in the fashion industry against environmental commitments. Textiles 2030 launches on Monday and aims to align the UK fashion industry with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Signatories, that include some of the UK’s biggest brands and retailers, will commit to reduce their emissions by 40-50% by 2030.

WRAP, as coordinators of the scheme, will be appearing on the first panel of the evidence session alongside participators Primark and the Renewal Workshop which is working with brands to incorporate greater circularity in their business models.

The second panel will discuss how the welcome announcement by the Government accepting another EAC recommendation of an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme for textiles policy can be designed to support Textiles 2030 and incentivise sustainable design within the fashion industry.

Witnesses

From 2.30pm

  • Catherine Salvidge, Sustainable Textiles – Sector Specialist WRAP
  • Katharine Stewart, Corporate Responsibility lead, Primark
  • Nicole Basset, Co-founder, Renewal Workshop 

From 3.30pm

  • Maud Hardy, Circular Economy Director, Re-fashion
  • Joe Papineschi, Director of circular economy policy, strategy and operations consultancy, Eunomia Research & Consulting
  • Wayne Hubbard, Chief Executive, ReLondon (formerly London Waste and Recycling Board)

Further information

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