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British Parliament committee hopes to see more companies join ACT

14.02.2019

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British parliament committee hopes to see more companies join ACT –

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MP Mary Creagh, Environmental Audit Committee Chair. Source: UK Parliament 31.01.2019

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In its interim report, the Committee finds that “the current exploitative and environmentally damaging model for fashion must change.” The committee also states: “We believe retailers have an obligation to engage with these issues and recommend that they show leadership through engagement with industry initiatives.”

The report is based on the responses by sixteen leading UK fashion retailers on their efforts to reduce the environmental and social impact of the clothes and shoes they sell.

Commenting on the report, Member of the British Parliament Mary Creagh expresses hope to see more companies take responsibility for their workers in the future.

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