A report by global environmental non-profit organisation CDP has revealed that only one in ten fashion companies show awareness of water pollution across the whole value chain, reports ILM.
According to the CDP report titled ‘Interwoven Risks, Untapped Opportunities’, of the 136 fashion and textile companies requested by investors and customers to disclose water impacts, less than half (62) provided data in 2019. Only seven (or 11%) of these 62 companies (including Gap, H&M and Kering) are showing awareness of water pollution across their whole value chain, and only one of the 62 companies (H&M) mentions microplastics or microfibers, despite the production, use and disposal of textiles being a major source of microplastics. The research also revealed that the companies report over US$180 million in business opportunities related to water pollution reduction, for example through investing in sustainable materials that contribute to improved brand image. Less than a quarter (23%) of analysed companies are setting targets or goals to reduce water pollution, while a mere 6% monitor and report on progress.
Brands, manufacturers and retailers analysed by the report are involved in the fashion/apparel, footwear and home textiles industry, including Adidas AG, Burberry, Gap Inc, H&M, Inditex and Kering Group. These 62 companies disclosed through CDP’s water security questionnaire in 2019, at the request of investors and corporate customers. “Water pollution has been one of the six environmental impacts covered by Kering’s Environmental Profit & Loss account for nearly ten years. Because of the large amounts of water used by tanneries, special wastewater treatment measures are required: we have been working with our suppliers to improve processes, and implement programs to protect the environment all along our supply chain”, said Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs, Kering Group.
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