UK ESF APPG releases Cleaning Up Fashion Report

19 Jul '21
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Catherine West (left) and Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey. Pic: APPG Fashion
Catherine West (left) and Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey. Pic: APPG Fashion

The United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion (ESF APPG) recently recommended collective action for net-zero emissions; resourcefulness for waste elimination; expediting legislative changes in the Modern Slavery Act and introducing a garment adjudicator; and supporting UK manufacturing and skills development.

It has also suggested an overhaul of the current civil service system to provide a sector lead expert approach, rather than each sector working across multiple Whitehall departments; incentivising tax and funding to support onshoring of fashion manufacturing; and measures of success for a just transition and well-being economy.

The recommendations were part of the Cleaning Up Fashion Report released by the group, which was co-chaired by member of parliament Catherine West and Lola Young, baroness of Hornsey district of north London.

The report examines how the UK government and other supportive actors can help amplify sustainability in action, recognising and supporting the work of pioneers and putting an end to exploitation and environmental harm, according to a press release from Fashion Roundtable.

The ESF APPG hosted a number of parliamentary evidence sessions exploring the issues, as well as conducting a survey with over 110 respondents ranging from business leaders to consumers.

Cleaning Up Fashion addresses the combined issues of worker exploitation, climate change and offers sustainable solutions to support sector transformation towards net zero and the levelling up agenda.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)

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