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Responsibility in Fashion is dedicated to the development of innovative programs designed to raise the standard of responsibility in the global fashion industry.
Responsibility in Fashion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Let's face the facts.
From unprecedented levels of water pollution, air pollution, waste and carbon emissions in our ecosystem, to pesticides and toxic chemicals in our clothes, we can't ignore the industry's impact on our lives, the lives of our families, and the lives of millions around the world.
Sustainable, ethical and eco-fashion combined total less than 4% of today's three trillion dollar global fashion industry.
1. The leader in global pollution output is the petrochemical industry, followed by the clothing and textile industry (Forbes). 2. The monthly minimum wage for garment workers in Bangladesh is $68, while a living wage is estimated at $327 (Bloomberg, The New York Times, Reuters, Tribune, WSJ, Financial Times and NPR). 3. Forbes and NRDC 4. Forbes 5. Ethical Fashion Forum and Environmental Justice Foundation 6. Forbes 7. World Wildlife Fund 8. The 5 pesticides are: Cyanide, Dicofol, Naled, Propargite, and Trifluralin (EPA). 9. Stockholm University Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, 2015 10. The New York Times
Support Responsibility in Fashion's programs and initiatives,
and help raise the standard of responsibility
across the industry.
Access to essential information, tools and resources for all, regardless of financial means.
Empowerment, motivation and recognition of responsible innovation and achievement.
Support for development of innovative and cost-neutral responsible materials and manufacturing.
Simplification of terminology and communication. Access to a simple and achievable action plan.
Collaboration of thought leaders, brands, organizations, consultancies, influencers and innovators.
Consumers in growing numbers are questioning the impact of every product they shop and seeking out responsible brands. Cost-neutral responsible materials are becoming more readily available. Smarter brands are keeping up on innovative technologies, taking responsible steps, celebrating their successes with their followers, and realizing the benefits of the informed, empowered and engaged consumer on their bottom line. Responsibility is the future… don't get left behind.
Responsibility is simple: clean materials, clean manufacturing and basic rights for workers.
Responsibility unites the full range of social and environmental causes: ethical fashion, eco-fashion, conscious fashion and sustainability.
Responsibility is more than a concept or cause: it's about caring and moral compass, about fairness and doing our part. it's our wakeup call, our call to action, our obligation and our motivation.
Get energized. Get motivated. Get going.
Understand the severity of the situation.
Check the facts and get a sense of the serious global issues our industry faces. From widespread chemical dumping, pesticide and toxic chemical overuse, worker abuse and child labor— to unprecedented levels of air pollution, carbon emissions and waste— the production of clothing and textiles has become the second most polluting global industry* and the employer of millions working in unsafe and unhealthy conditions.
Challenge rationalization where you work.
In the fashion industry, rationalization is ubiquitous. From lack of budget, time, staff and information, to pressure for profits and by corporate stockholders, companies large and small rationalize inaction. But, we all have a voice. When we encounter rationalization, we can challenge it. We can make suggestions and take initiative. Read through the Responsibility Toolkit and see how every brand can get started taking responsible steps today.
Recognize the business potential of responsibility.
Consumers in growing numbers are questioning the impact of every product they shop and seeking out responsible brands. Cost-neutral responsible materials are becoming more readily available. Smarter brands are keeping up on innovative technologies, taking responsible steps, celebrating their successes with their followers, and realizing the benefits of the informed, empowered and engaged consumer on their bottom line.
Encourage your brand to take responsible steps.
Start a responsibility workgroup using the Responsibility Toolkit as your guide. Watch The True Cost. Recommend materials that are more responsible. Learn about basic labor rights. Share information, sources and solutions. Get together with other brands, companies and designers. Share our platform with your coworkers, your network and on social media.
*Source: Forbes. ©2017 Responsibility In Fashion Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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From New York and Paris to Dhaka and Beijing, the high cost of information is putting responsibility out of reach of thousands of brands, designers and manufacturers around the world. The cost of fees and memberships required to access basic information, the fundamental first step toward any move toward more responsible materials and manufacturing, can run into the tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars— a harsh reality standing in the way of brands large and small, and in the way of a more responsible global fashion industry.
Open access to information is the first step toward a more responsible fashion industry. Responsibility in Fashion is committed to providing the global fashion industry with access to basic responsibility information and resources.
Essential information, practical steps, global resources and tools. A roadmap for responsible design. A strategy for better business. A starting point for a more responsible fashion industry. Get started today.
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Responsibility in Fashion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of innovative programs designed to raise the standard of responsibility in the global fashion industry.
Empowerment, motivation and recognition of responsible innovation and achievement.
Open access to information. Support for innovative and cost-neutral responsible materials and manufacturing. Simplification of terminology and communication. Collaboration of thought leaders, brands, organizations, consultancies, influencers and innovators.
Responsibility in Fashion Network of Industry Thought Leaders
Robert Bergmann / Founder, Responsibility in Fashion
Burak Cakmak / Parsons School of Design
Anna Scott Carter / Clean by Design, Natural Resources Defense Council
Simone Cipriani / Ethical Fashion Initiative, United Nations
Jonas Eder-Hansen / The Danish Fashion Institute
Livia Firth / Eco-Age
Julie Gilhart
Linda Greer / Clean by Design, Natural Resources Defense Council
Scott Mackinlay Hahn / Loomstate
Amy Hall / Eileen Fisher
Anna McMullen / Labour Behind the Label
Andrew Morgan / The True Cost
Chloé Mukai / Ethical Fashion Initiative, United Nations
Diana Verde Nieto / Positive Luxury
LaRhea Pepper / Textile Exchange
Lewis Perkins / Fashion Positive, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Timo Rissanen / Parsons School of Design
Lisa Smilor / Council of Fashion Designers of America
Marina Spadafora / Altos de Chavón School of Design
Tyson Toussant / Bionic Yarn
Amber Valletta / Master & Muse
Dilys Williams / Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London
Responsibility in Fashion has the ongoing support of The Council of Fashion Designers of America.
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