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The U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals

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No Poverty Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-being Quality Education Gender Equality Clean Water and Sanitation Affordable and Clean Energy Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequality Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life Below Water Life on Land Peace and Justice Strong Institutions Partnerships to Achieve the Goal

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Sustainability: Fashion by the Numbers

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Size of fashion industry: $2.5 trillion, globally Employment numbers: 1 in 6 work in a fashion-related job Global water waste to produce one shirt: 2.7 liters Global carbon emissions from apparel sector: 10 percent Percentage of textiles sent to landfills each year: 85 percent, or 21 billion tons annually Percentage of apparel purchases never worn: 40 percent

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The Diversity and Inclusion Pledge

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CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion on Dec. 7 hosted a Day of Understanding, where more than 150 chief executive officers gathered for closed-door discussions on long- and short-term initiatives to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The ceo-driven coalition began in June 2017 with 175 ceo’s that included those from The Home Depot, Staples, Target Corp. and Walmart Inc. There are more than 500 companies that have signed the pledge. The idea was the brain child of Tim Ryan, the U.S. chairman of PwC. The organization recently initiated a “Check Your Blind Spots” mobile tour, making 100 stops across the country in 2019. The aim of the tour — it expects to engage one million people — is to give participants the opportunity to learn how to mitigate unconscious bias in their everyday lives through immersive and interactive elements. And its key framework is to have a cross-industry dialogue on how to advance diversity across three areas — a safe working environment that fosters dialogue, mitigating unconscious bias and the sharing of best practices among the ceo participants.   Companies and their ceo’s who have taken on the D&I pledge include: Ascena Retail Group Inc., David Jaffe Ashley Stewart, James C. Rhee The Estée

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CFDA Helping to Push U.N. Call on Sustainability

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In the U.S., the Council of Fashion Designers of America has taken up the mantle of the United Nations’ call for a need for the fashion industry to move on its global mandate on sustainability. Earlier this year, the CFDA, considered a non-governmental organization, launched a sustainability-centered resource hub to provide members, educators and the professional community with open-access resources pertaining specifically to the fashion business. The NGO is also paying particular attention to professional development, and helping early-stage brands build businesses with a sustainability focus. Among the informational options set for launch on Jan. 14 on the CFDA platform is a Materials Index that contains a directory of materials, including fiber information with descriptions. Another is a Sustainability Directory, a resource hub that connects fashion designers, companies and students with resources that include organizations and tools. There is also a Guide to Sustainable Strategies that’s meant as an overview to help members create, meet and exceed their sustainability goals. The Guide also contains case studies of members on their sustainability journey. And there’s the Sustainable Strategies Toolkit that maps and frames out the sustainability priorities so brands have access to diagnostics for their use, as well as a step-by-step guide on

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