12 Apr '12, 11am

How the fashion industry can avoid its own Foxconn

How the fashion industry can avoid its own Foxconn

[Editor's note: Companies with limited visibility into their supply chains face huge reputational risks should it be discovered that their products are made in factories that violate environmental and labor laws. Take Apple's China scandal, for example. In this article, Susan Egan Keane explains why brands must aggressively make environmental compliance a priority for their suppliers -- or face a potential public relations nightmare.] More than 6,000 water pollution violations from apparel factories in China – that is just one revelation in a stunning new account of water pollution from the Chinese textile industry, from noted Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun and his Green Alliance of activist partners. The violations included serious threats such as illegally dumping untreated toxic wastewater into rivers and streams. And these are the just violations we know about! Given ...

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