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Brands, organizations publish open letter on sector’s need for revival


As global operations slowly resume, 15 major companies, brands and organizations have published an open letter stressing on the need for the sector to build back better and more sustainably from this crisis. Launched during 2020’s virtual World Water Week, the letter’s signatories include multinationals such as H&M, Tchibo, Burberry, PVH, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Primark as well as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, ZDHC, Alliance for Water Stewardship, CDP and WWF. Other companies, brands and organizations can also sign up to the Open Letter to add their voices to the call for a more sustainable future for the industry

It calls on companies, brands and organizations in the fashion, apparel and textile sector to support and encourage governments to deploy green economic recovery plans; maintain and strengthen corporate sustainability commitments; recognize the importance of WASH and pledge action; recognize the importance of nature, particularly freshwater ecosystems, in maintaining human wellbeing; increase brand-led sustainability efforts and ensure a role for circularity; enhance and strengthen supplier relationships; and enhance traceability and transparency