The fast-moving, three trillion-dollar fashion market requires the most successful companies to be at the cutting edge of change and progress.
With far-reaching change being driven from several different areas, including externally from the media, NGOs and consumers and internally through commercial performance and risk profiling, thriving businesses in the global apparel industry require innovation, careful market consideration and the integration of a solid, sustainable business model to match future ambitions.
Acting now will help companies keep ahead of the changing curve by:
- Meeting consumer and NGO expectations to improve environmental and social performance
- Assessing and preventing potential business risks along the supply chain
- Gaining advantages over slow-moving competitors
Sustainable Apparel Hot Topics In 2019
Designing For More Sustainable Products
Creating products that are in-line with customer expectations and better performing from an environmental perspective is an increasingly more important area. Key considerations for your company include fibre choice and responsible sourcing, durability and quality of products produced, eco-labels and fibre-to-fibre technologies.
Carefully designing your products with these in mind can significantly alter your environmental and social impacts, putting you on more secure ground for future growth.
developing your business-aligned strategy
All to often, environmental and social issues are considered separate from core business operations. Adopting this approach may prove detrimental in the long term to your business.
Ensure you’re getting the most value from your environmental and social initiatives by developing a clear, customised strategy. Any strategy developed should fully align both your business objectives and sustainability ambitions.
Managing your chemical use responsibly
To avoid supply chain risks and reputational damage, your company needs to understand the chemicals used during the whole product manufacturing process. This will help identify chemicals of concern that may impact environmental or human health, or those that face potential future regulatory actions.
Essential for a responsible chemical management plan is then finding suitable, low-risk alternatives that maintain equal technical performance. This can be a major challenge for companies.
Creating a circular economy and reducing waste
There are tough regulations and sector standards around resource use and the amount of waste you produce. To put it simply from a business standpoint, better resource efficiency saves you money.
Companies are now going beyond this to find ways to implement circular economy principles throughout their business models to limit the waste they produce and maximise further opportunities.
Identifying supply chain risks and improving transparency
Covering sprawling geographic areas, supply chains can be notoriously difficult to manage. Yet, it's vital for your business to be able to identify environmental and social risks, such as bad labour practices and conditions, assess how material these are to your business and the financial risks they pose.
Only then can you begin to increase your transparency, lessen your risk and help improve the sustainability performance of the companies and manufacturers you work with.
“We started working with Anthesis in 2017, when they helped to write and produce our CSR report. Since then, we have collaborated on a pilot chemical management project with our key denim mills. I've worked with several teams and individuals within Anthesis and have been continually impressed by the quality and concerted effort they put into delivering value to our business through our sustainability programs.”Jaclyn Allen, Director of Corporate Sustainability, GUESS?, Inc
"Anthesis have been collaborating with Tesco for the last few years. Among a range of projects, Anthesis have supported and facilitated the Supplier Network Platform, which promotes communication and stimulates discussion and knowledge sharing between Tesco and our suppliers."
Carmen Chan, Senior Sustainability and Fabric Manager, F&F (Tesco)
“Aritzia initially worked with Anthesis to set our environment baseline – which highlighted the areas to focus on in our sustainability strategy. Part of this process included using RiskHorizon™ to assess where and what the likely risks are in our raw material supply chains. We look forward to continuing collaborating with the apparel team to support our objectives around Higg Index adoption and supply chain engagement.”
Corporate Responsibility Director, Aritzia
We're also the sole service provider of adoption and advanced analytics to Sustainable Apparel Coalition members.
What makes anthesis unique?
With a global footprint and extensive experience across the value chain, our team are trusted advisors to some of the most well-known clothing companies - including 4 of the top 10 most valuable apparel brands in the world. Our goal is to build more sustainable fashion businesses and improve sustainability in the apparel industry.
Building productive, long-lasting relationships to benefit your business performance is at the heart of the Anthesis approach.
As the only service provider of adoption and advanced analytics to members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, our expertise comes highly trusted.
We have in-depth knowledge and experience in supporting businesses using the Higg Index, analyzing the resulting data, and specialist capabilities when it comes to visualizing your big data into manageable, easy to understand insights.
We can help you to engage your suppliers by translating individual facility responses into actionable engagement strategies. This is done by presenting trends, hotspots, aggregated impact data and benchmarking to support you in getting better results.
We have a strong track record in realistic, easy-to-use solutions that help companies cut costs across stores, manufacturing facilities, warehouses and logistics. With exceptional expertise in carbon footprinting, GHG reduction and energy performance, we can help your business become more efficient and operationally resilient.
Our sustainable chemistry and responsible sourcing expertise puts us in a leading position to help organizations develop and implement leading chemical management programmes, hot spotting substances of concern and developing substitution strategies. Our understanding of regulatory requirements, industrial initiatives, tools and best practices in the apparel industry will help you to reduce your chemical footprint and achieve the sector-leading position you desire.
Whether you want a simple report or a comprehensive sustainability communications plan, or something in the middle, we can help define the needs and approach for your company. Our cost-effective reporting and communications expertise will engage your core audience by helping you to tell your story clearly and effectively.
We have world-leading expertise in waste and resources, combined with cutting edge capabilities in the new and growing field of circular economy, particularly around the risk and opportunity in plastic use, including microplastics and microfibres.
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With a wealth of experience in developing strategy and targets for apparel businesses, we’ll support you to identify and prioritize the environmental and social challenges specific to you, as well as establishing business opportunities to consider. When planning your business strategy, we’ll work collaboratively with you to define key focus areas, develop an integrated approach and roadmap for execution, including the essential enablers of governance structure, management approach and engagement activities.
Having worked with major clients in the clothing and textile sector, we understand how complex and nuanced supply chains can be. We can assess the Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) risks of any supply chain thanks to our in-house knowledge and technical software capabilities via RiskHorizon, our own cloud-based assessment tool that will help you to understand, evaluate, action and monetise the risks in your supply chain.
Our specialists have deep and detailed knowledge of the core and emerging sector standards, from Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to the Higg Facility Environmental Module developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Our team can act as expert advisors, helping organisations navigate the best approach and have extensive experience in preparing organisations ensure compliance and prepare for verification.