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Traceability News to Read from April

01 May 2023

TrusTrace Sustainability team

Welcome to the Traceability Edit, TrusTrace's curated list of news to know from the month. In April, Textile Exchange published its 8th Material Change Insights report, SAC's Andrew Martin discusses legislation, and a decade since Rana Plaza, has anything really changed for garment workers?

First Complaint Case Filed Under German Supply Chain Act by the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights. National Garment Workers Federation have filed the first complaint on the basis of the Supply Chain Act which came into force in January 2023 with the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control.

Businesses Encouraged To Disclose Plastics Footprint Through CDP For The First Time by Sarah George for Edie. This voluntary function has launched as a reaction to public and investor pressure to track and decrease plastic reliance in industries like fashion and food and beverages.

A Decade Since Rana Plaza: Has Anything Changed? by Sophie Benson for Atmos. Benson reflects on the last 10 years since the industry's worst factory disaster and speaks to labor organisers about the work still left to do.

Material Change Insights 2022 by Textile Exchange. This report comes at a pivotal moment for fashion and reflects on the challenges and opportunities facing the industry just 7 years away from 2030 climate goals.

Fast Fashion Purchasing Practices in the EU by Fair Trade Advocacy Office and Clean Clothes Campaign. Based on interviews with supply chain players in six EU member states, this report uncovers the volatile relationship between fashion brands and manufacturers.

A Broken Partnership: How Clothing Brands Exploit Suppliers and Harm Workers—And What Can Be Done About It by Natasja Sheriff Wells And Chana Rosenthal for NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. calls for industry-wide reform to enable collaborative relationships with suppliers.

We Represent Half Of The Global Fashion Industry–and They Want To Stop Polluting The Planet. But No Industry Can Police Itself by Andrew Martin for Fortune. Sustainable Apparel Coalition's Andrew Martin discusses the need for stronger, more ambitious regulation in fashion. 

Can Regenerative Wool Make Fashion More Sustainable? by Parisa Hashempour for the BBC. Meet Sheep Inc., a London-based brand working to bring regenerative practices into the wool industry.

Better Cotton Trials Traceability Solutions Across Indian Supply Chains by Cenia Zitter for Just Style. Better Cotton has partnered up withRetraced, Textile Genesis, Haelixa and Tailorlux to develop better digital traceability of cotton supply chains. 

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