corporate social responsibility

Inditex, Zara's Owner, Announces Plan to "Close the Loop" on Fashion

The world’s largest apparel retailer wants to close the loop on fashion. Cribbing a page from H&M’s playbook, Inditex is teaming up with Lenzing, the Austrian textile…

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Uruguay's Mamut Lets Customers Buy Shoes With Used Plastic Bottles

Talk about an offer footwear fanatics can’t refuse. As part of a drive to clean up local beaches, Uruguay shoemaker Mamut is allowing plastic bottles as a form of currency. The…

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JetBlue Recycles Used Uniforms, Saves 18.5 Tons of Fabric From Landfills

Photo by Chris Parypa Photography/Shutterstock JetBlue is going out with the old, in with the new. The airline, which overhauled its uniforms in June, announced Tuesday that it has…

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Forever 21 Installs Solar Panels, Debuts $7.80 Jeans

Forever 21 has had a busy weekend. Not only did the fast-fashion powerhouse announce plans to the largest single-rooftop solar-power system in Los Angeles County, it also unveiled a new…

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Patagonia Wants to Promote a "Responsible Economy"

Patagonia wants to usher in a more “responsible economy,” and it’s willing to sacrifice its bottom line to do so. The outdoor-apparel firm, which has built a…

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15 Major Retailers That Haven't Signed the Bangladesh Safety Agreement

Photo by Northfoto/Shutterstock GAP While competitors such as H&M, Mango, and Zara have committed themselves to financing vital safety upgrades in Bangladesh, Gap has held back,…

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Patagonia Creates $20M Venture Fund to Support Like-Minded Companies

Patagonia wants to play fairy godmother. The outdoor-apparel giant has announced plans to invest more than $20 million in like-minded, socially responsible startups through a new…

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A&F Would Rather Destroy Its Clothes Than Donate Them to the Homeless

If you thought Abercrombie & Fitch couldn’t get more offensive, you’d be wrong, oh so wrong. After CEO Mike Jeffries drew fire last week for deliberating excluding…

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Walmart Launches Environmental Health and Safety Academy in Bangladesh

Is Walmart’s latest act of contrition a case of too little too late? Five months after labor groups linked the world’s No. 1 retailer with a devastating fire claimed the…

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The North Face Launches "Clothes the Loop" Garment-Recycling Program

The North Face is looking to “clothes the loop.” The outdoor-apparel company announced Tuesday the launch of a pilot take-back/recycling program designed to reduce the…

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Victoria's Secret Considering Post-Mastectomy Bras for Cancer Survivors

Battling breast cancer is a difficult enough ordeal; finding a post-mastectomy bra that fits shouldn’t be. And it looks like Victoria’s Secret agrees. After an online…

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Uniqlo Pledges to Eliminate Hazardous Chemicals From Clothing by 2020

Guess we’re not the only ones turning over a new leaf for 2013. Uniqlo is making a New Year’s resolution of its own. In response to Greenpeace’s “Detox”…

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Abercrombie & Fitch, Forever 21 Fueling Modern-Day Slavery

Photo by Shutterstock Abercrombie & Fitch, Carter’s, Forever 21, Quiksilver, and Walmart are among the brands fueling modern-day slavery through negligence, according to a…

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Oliberté Creates Jobs in Africa by Manufacturing Its Shoes on the Continent

WALKING TALL Although the business launched in 2009 with only two silhouettes and a handful of employees, it’s now a global brand that’s projected to sell between 20,000 and…

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IKEA Pledges $10 Million to FIght Child Labor in India's Cotton Industry

The IKEA Foundation is extending $10 million in grants to protect 3.55 million children in India, according to an announcement on Wednesday. Together with Save the Children, the Swedish…

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Patagonia Boosts Corporate Transparency With Revamped "Footprint Chronicles" Website

The abundance of greenwashed claims can make even the least cynical among us wary—and weary—of so-called eco-friendly labels. Patagonia, on the other hand, wants you to see right…

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Did JCPenney Renege on Promise to Compensate Bangladesh Factory Fire Victims?

Photo by Reuters JCPenney has allegedly backed out of negotiations to compensate the families of victims killed at a Bangladesh factory fire in December, according to the International…

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Uniqlo Launches All-Product Recycling Initiative in U.S., Europe

Come September, Uniqlo will debut its All-Product Recycling Initiative at stores in the United States, United Kingdom, and France. A partnership between the Japanese retailer and the…

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