Product Code: 93991
The just-style green report is an innovative research report that looks at
ethics, sustainability, Fairtrade and corporate social responsibility in the
fashion retail and clothing industries. Included in the report' s findings are
the results of an exclusive online survey to just-style readers, asking vital
questions about these important issues for the modern apparel industry. The
report considers moral issues in the supply chain that starts with fibre,
moves through fabric then garment manufacturing and ultimately becomes apparel
sold to consumers at retail.
The research addresses four main areas of interest in ‘greenness’:
- 1. Are the companies, both retailers and clothing brands, acting
- 2. Are the products that they sell produced sustainably?
- 3. Is trade conducted on a level playing field, in a fair manner?
- 4. Do the companies, both retailers and clothing, behave with
corporate social responsibility?
This latest just style report investigates green compliance from three different points of view:
- How governments and other authorities attempt to impose compliance upon
the fashion retail and clothing supply and manufacturing industries;
- How individuals and pressure groups strive to force compliance on the
fashion retail and clothing supply and manufacturing industries;
- How the companies in these industries independently manage compliance.
Issues considered include, amongst others:
- Is compliance a moral issue?
- Is it good business practice?
- Is it a marketing tool?
Leading people active in the field have been interviewed and their opinions
canvassed, including interviews with The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), The
All Party Political Group for ethical fashion (APPG), The Centre for
Sustainable Fashion (CSF), Marks & Spencer, The Fairtrade Foundation, The
Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), and Hennes & Mauritz (H&M).
The report then questions the argument that behaving responsibly will also
deliver the optimal commercial outcomes by retaining customers, increasing
sales and maximising profit.
Findings from the 600 respondees of the just-style green survey are analysed,
and the following key areas are discussed chapter by chapter:
- Ethics: Are fashion retailers and clothing suppliers acting ethically?
- Sustainability: Is the merchandise sustainable?
- Fairtrade: Is the clothing trade conducted on a level playing field, in a
- CSR: Do fashion retailers and clothing suppliers behave with corporate
Finally, just-style' s conclusions on the industry' s relationship with green
issues are presented.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - The argument
- Whose job is green anyway?
- The overlap between the elements of green
- The argument against
- The argument for
Chapter 3 - The just-style green survey
- Green has become a real issue, not just posturing
- The survey questionnaire
- The survey results, questions 1-4.
- The survey results, questions 5-7: responsibility, effectiveness and
morals in the fashion business on green issues
- just-style' s survey summarised
Chapter 4 - Ethics: Are fashion retailers and clothing suppliers acting ethically?
- Some examples of recent ethical practices
- The Ethical Trading Initiative
- Government, pressure groups or industry self-regulation?
- just-style' s commentary on ethics
Chapter 5 - Sustainability: Is the merchandise sustainable?
- Some examples of recent sustainable practices
- Environmental laundering
- From sheep to chic
- EU recycling legislation
- Estethica, the sustainable activity of the British Fashion Council
- The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP)
- The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF)
- The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)
- just-style' s commentary on sustainability, and the stance of Marks &
Chapter 6 - Fairtrade: Is the clothing trade conducted on a level playing field, in a fair manner?
- Fairtrade labelling' s international history
- An example of Fairtrade practices
- The role of government in Fairtrade
- The Fairtrade Foundation
- The Environmental Justice Foundation
- just-style' s commentary on Fairtrade
Chapter 7 - CSR: Do fashion retailers and clothing suppliers behave with corporate social responsibility?
- Government legislation and pressure group activities on corporate social
- A big retailer company example of corporate social responsibility
- A clothing industry example of corporate social responsibility
- CSR according to Lee Ahrendorff, and a criticism from John Zarocostas
- just-style' s commentary on corporate social responsibility
- Brandix, Sri Lanka: A green apparel manufacturing plant
Chapter 8 - just-style' s conclusion on green
- How green is the fashion industry in 2010?
- Conclusions on the survey
- Conclusions on the issues
- Conclusions on morality, business policy and marketing
List of figures
- Figure 1: The three spheres of sustainability
- Figure 2: The three spheres of corporate social responsibility
- Figure 3: The just-style CSR chart
List of tables
- Table 1: Question 1: Classify yourself into one or more of the following
‘green compliance’ categories
- Table 2: Question 2: How interested are you in green issues?
- Table 3: Question 3: How involved are you in green issues?
- Table 4: Question 4: Which elements of green capture your attention?
- Table 5: Question 5: Who do you think is responsible for green in clothing?
- Table 6: Question 6: Rate the following in terms of their effectiveness
within green compliance
- Table 7: Question 7: Do you agree or disagree that green compliance is: