REAL Sustainability and Business Declares convened a panel of fashion industry change-makers, including a worker’s representative from the global South, to discuss the need for the sector to declare a climate, ecological and social crisis. There was agreement that the serious, urgent nature of the situation means there is a need to declare and demand brands are transparent and accountable.
Earth Day – 22 April – marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It continues to grow now inspiring an estimated one billion people globally to take action. Take the opportunity to consider your carbon, ecological and social footprint.
REAL Sustainability attended the online event “Fashion and Degrowth” hosted by Extinction Rebellion. Historically wealth has been created in the global North through extraction and exploitation in the South. We need to work collaboratively to imagine solutions to the broken system which will vary between regions and countries. There needs to be a focus on people and the environment.
REAL Sustainability takes a look at green growth. Green growth theory asserts that continued economic expansion is compatible with our planet’s ecology. But empirical evidence on resource use and carbon emissions does not support green growth theory. We need a cross-sector approach looking at ideas such as degrowth and doughnut economics.
As part of the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, the UK government is planning to restrict public access to the countryside. Extinction Rebellion is supporting the Right to Roam campaign opposing this through a mass trespass on April 24th.
REAL attended the Aspen UK webinar The Future of Fashion. Panelists discussed the social and environmental challenges facing the industry, some encouraging initiatives and how to get stakeholders to support change. The speakers talked about a range of issues including changing public behaviour and the need for new economic models.
On International Women’s Day, Safia Minney of REAL was in conversation with Roopa Mehta, CEO of SASHA and President of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). They talked about issues affecting women, particularly in the global south, and how WFTO works to empower women, what action needs to be taken to achieve gender parity and promote female leadership.
Purpose Disruptors is a network of advertising insiders created in 2018. REAL attended their event launching a new initiative to bring about a sustainable shift in lifestyle by presenting a tangible vision of the future. Involvement of the media and advertising sectors will harness their skills in communicating cultural change. The project will run alongside Race to Zero.
REAL Sustainability takes a look at BCorporation the organisation building a community of businesses focused on balancing the outdated primacy of shareholder profit with environmental and social impacts. Certification as BCorp requires a company to make appropriate changes to its Articles of Association. BCorporation is seeking changes to the UK Companies Act to make business responsible for their impacts.
REAL reports on the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA) webinar “Climate Action – The Countdown Continues”. The event considers the challenge facing the industry in terms of targets necessary to meet the Paris Agreement. There is a discussion on how to achieve a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 and for STICA to lead the way in climate action.