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Fixing fashion: follow up

Inquiry

The Environmental Audit Committee will follow-up work on its 2018 inquiry, Fixing fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability. The Committee has chosen to revisit the issue to monitor progress due to continued concerns around the environmental impact of the fashion industry and working conditions in UK garment factories.

The Government rejected most of the Committee’s recommendations in 2019, which ranged from a producer responsibility charge to pay for better clothing collection and recycling to requiring due diligence checks across fashion supply chains to root out forced or child labour. However, the Government has identified textile waste as a priority area to address its Resources and Waste Strategy.

Fashion production has a considerable impact on climate and biodiversity. The global fashion industry is estimated to have produced around 2.1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2018; the equivalent to the combined emissions of France, Germany and the UK.

Fast fashion also creates a waste problem in the UK and developing countries. UK citizens buy more new clothes than any other European country and throw away over a million tonnes of clothing every year. While two thirds of clothing is either donated or collected for resale or low quality recycling, around 336,000 tonnes is disposed of in household bins destined for landfill or incineration.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on garment factories in Leicester. Reports of poor working conditions suggests there has been little improvement since the Committee’s report, which recommended regular audits and for companies to engage with unions for their workers.

The Committee’s follow-up work will consist of gathering written evidence and a one-off oral evidence session.

Read the call for evidence for more information about this inquiry.

Work news

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Boohoo considering EAC recommendation to align bonuses with ESG improvements
Boohoo is looking into whether it can link senior executive remuneration incentives to Environmental Social and Governance improvements.
24 April 2021
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EAC to hold further session on fashion sustainability as Government confirms it is exploring Garment Trade Adjudicator
Committee will hold a further evidence session as part of its Fixing Fashion inquiry follow-up to examine the new Textiles 2030 voluntary industry initiative.
22 April 2021
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EAC calls for Garment Trade Adjudicator
The introduction of a Garment Trade Adjudicator could help stamp out non-compliance with labour market regulation in the UK garment industry, the Environmental Audit Committee has said.
12 March 2021
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Boohoo should link bonuses to workers' rights and sustainability improvements
The Environmental Audit Committee has asked Boohoo Group Chairman Mahmud Kamani to link its bonus scheme for senior executives to achievement of its pledges on workers’ rights and environmental sustainability.
5 March 2021
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Boohoo Chairman to give evidence as MPs revisit fashion sustainability
As part of its follow-up inquiry on fashion sustainability, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) will hold an evidence session with Boohoo Group’s Executive Chairman.
11 December 2020
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Boohoo Chairman to give evidence to EAC as MPs revisit fashion sustainability
Environmental Audit Committee announces evidence session with Boohoo Group’s Executive Chairman, Mahmud Kamani, on Wednesday 16 December
27 November 2020
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EAC revisit fashion sustainability and working conditions in UK garment industry
Environmental Audit Committee follow-up work on its 2018 inquiry, Fixing fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability
6 October 2020
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Chair writes to Boohoo on illegal working practices
Chair writes to Boohoo after claims it was ‘shocked' by allegations of poor pay and conditions for garment workers
16 July 2020
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