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Should apparel brands be held responsible for pollution caused by their suppliers?

After a year-long investigation into toxic water pollution in China, Greenpeace has published its findings in a report called "Dirty Laundry". The report reveals that hazardous chemicals are being released into two major rivers in China by two textile factories which have links to several global apparel brands-including Adidas, Nike and Puma. In this report, Robin Anson examines the a

9th August 2011

Innovation in Textiles
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Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Performance Apparel Markets

Report summary

After a year-long investigation into toxic water pollution in China, Greenpeace has published its findings in a report called "Dirty Laundry". The report reveals that hazardous chemicals are being released into two major rivers in China by two textile factories which have links to several global apparel brands-including Adidas, Nike and Puma.

In this report, Robin Anson examines the arguments for and against making the brands responsible for the environment practices of their suppliers. He also discusses the responses of some of the major brands which have been targeted in the report.

This edition of Fast track will be especially beneficial to those who need to be aware of the environmental issues facing a multi-faceted supply chain as well as those with a special interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Table of Contents 

Fast track: should apparel brands be held responsible for pollution caused by their suppliers?

Introduction

Water pollution in the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta regions

Greenpeace analyses waste water from two textile factories in China

Brands associated with the two Chinese plants

Are brands under any obligation to influence environmental policies and practices?

How have the companies responded?

Conclusions

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