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Fashion's sustainability progress slows

The fashion industry’s sustainability efforts have slowed by a third in the past year, new data has shown.

A report from Global Fashion Agenda, Boston Consulting Group and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition has warned that fashion will continue to contribute to climate change unless the pace of change picks up.

The report’s Pulse Score – which measures sustainability based on surveys and expert interviews – declined by four points in 2019, compared with a six point increase the previous year.

Although the report found the fashion industry has made some progress towards better social and environmental performance, the improvement was attributed to rapid progress among brands in the early stages of their sustainability journeys. Meanwhile, progress by larger companies has slowed.

Morten Lehmann, chief sustainability officer at Global Fashion Agenda, said: “These latest findings emphasise the dire need for the whole industry to join the race and accelerate change now. Scaling existing solutions will depend on leadership from brands. However, some transformational changes will take co-operation among policy makers and stakeholders across the entire value chain.”

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