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Traceability News to Read from March

31 March 2023

TrusTrace Sustainability team

Welcome to the Traceability Edit, TrusTrace's curated list of news to know from the month. In March, how data FOMO can drive traceability, what an EPR scheme could look like, and is it time to hire a head of traceability?

‘We’ve Lost The Right To Be Pessimistic’: Patagonia Treads Fine Line Tackling Climate Crisis As For-profit Company by Lauren Aratani for the Guardian. Arantani meets with Patagonia CEO to understand the outdoor brand's unprecedented commitment to environmental causes and grappling with contradictions.  

The Outside View: Traceability in Fashion on the Hot Seat by Brian Ehrig, Nora Kleinewillinghoefer for WWD. Fashion brands must prioritize mapping beyond tier-one suppliers to understand the true impact of their products, says experts from consultancy firm, Kearny.

How Data FOMO Can Drive Traceability by Mark Banham for Drapers. Following Draper's Sustainability Conference in London, discover what  TrustTrace CEO Shameek Ghosh and panellists discussed on stage in a conversation about traceability and transparency. 

What An Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Scheme For The UK’s Fashion And Textiles Industry Could Look Like by WRAP. Read two reports released this month by climate action NGO WRAP, delving into the UK textile industry's policy options and the role of EPR in creating a circular economy. 

New Report: Fashion Industry Needs to Make Climate Action a Top Trend by the UNCC. Read the Fashion Industry Charter For Climate Action Progress Report 2023 to understand how participating brands are meeting their commitments.  

EU Commission Releases Proposed New Rules to Cut Down on Greenwashing by The Fashion Law. Alongside the greenwashing directive, the EU Commission is proposing common rules to promote the repair economy. 

Apparel Sector Faces Global Sustainability Reporting Standards In 2023 by Keith Nuthall for JustStyle. From January 2024, new sustainability reporting standards will come into practice for the fashion and textiles sector in an effort to unify practices and make funding opportunities clear to investors.

Is It Time to Hire a Head of Traceability? by Bella Webb for Vogue Business. Few brands or retailers have the expertise, infrastructure or oversight to deliver traceability, says Webb in this story about fashion's key new role: Head of Traceability.

OECD Forum: The Challenges And Opportunities Of Adopting Circular Business Models by Huw Hughes for Fashion United. The circular economy is coming for the fashion industry, driven by legislation and consumer demand. It comes with a host of challenges brands have yet to overcome. 

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