Newsletter No. 33 / 4 September 2020
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Tommy Hilfiger accelerates sustainability journey with ambitious make it possible program
Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH] announces Make it Possible, a bold approach to environmental and social sustainability that reinforces the organization’s commitment to create fashion that ‘Wastes Nothing and Welcomes All’. With Make it Possible, Tommy Hilfiger is initially committing to 24 ambitious targets centered around circularity and inclusivity, outlined across four pillars towards 2030:
Tommy Hilfiger’s program is powered by parent company PVH Corp’s Forward Fashion strategy, a set of 15 priorities designed to reduce negative impacts to zero, increase positive impacts to 100%, and improve the over 1 million lives across the company’s value chain.
“I opened my first store, People’s Place, in 1969 in my hometown of Elmira for people of all backgrounds to come together and share exciting pop culture experiences,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “As our brand has evolved over the years, driven by this inclusive spirit, so has our commitment to social and environmental sustainability. With Make it Possible, we will go even further with our commitment. We’re working towards our vision with the entire organization focused on it and, while we’re not there yet, we are going to get there.”
“In these times of health, human, environmental and economic crisis, we share a responsibility to find innovative solutions that will encourage inclusivity and build a more circular future,” said Martijn Hagman, CEO, Tommy Hilfiger Global and PVH Europe. “It is in our nature to drive change, even in the most challenging of times, which is why we are announcing our ambitious Make it Possible sustainability program, outlining 24 targets towards 2030. Tommy Hilfiger has a decade’s long track-record for driving a more sustainable future, including pioneering low impact denim processes, championing water stewardship, and creating more inclusive collections. Make it Possible is one way we will work together to make a meaningful and lasting contribution towards a better fashion industry.”
Make it Possible marks the latest milestone in Tommy Hilfiger’s sustainability journey. Key achievements include the launch of Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, designed to make dressing easier for adults and children with disabilities, and the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge, a global program aimed to support start-up and scale-up stage businesses developing solutions that promote inclusivity and sustainability in fashion. More recently Tommy Hilfiger launched People’s Place Program to advance the representation of black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities within the fashion and creative industries. To date, more than 80% of Tommy Hilfiger designers have been trained on circular design strategies and, in 2019, 72% of cotton used globally came from more sustainable sources. Additionally 2 million pieces of denim have been finished in lower impact, reducing the amount of water and energy used. Each seasonal TOMMY HILFIGER collection includes more sustainable styles in its collections, as evidenced by the 50% more sustainable styles planned for Spring 2021, double the amount from Spring 2020.
Recognizing that no one company can change the sustainability landscape alone, Tommy Hilfiger, as part of PVH Corp., has joined forces with industry partners by signing The Fashion Pact in August 2019, as well as joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Make Fashion Circular and Jeans Redesign initiatives. For the past several years, Tommy Hilfiger has partnered with the WWF to address water risk in our strategic supply chain locations. This includes training on water risk management for suppliers and industrial parks in China’s Taihu River Basin and serving as the founding brand partner of a new water stewardship program in Vietnam in the Mekong basin.
Throughout its journey, Tommy Hilfiger will share its progress. For more information on Make it Possible and a full overview of achievements to date, visit: http://sustainability.tommy.com Styling Concepts
Nominations new open for Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020
Twyg, a local not-for-profit organisation and online publication, is calling on fashion designers who implement sustainable and circular approaches, and who foster ethical practices, to enter its second annual Sustainable Fashion Awards.
“The awards come at a time of deep introspection. Getting on with the business of fashion has been hard, sometimes impossible, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people have lost their jobs, and the industry has had to think about the ethics and sustainability of its practices.
Innovative Design and Materials Award: Recognises a designer who has used techniques that minimise textile waste through innovative pattern cutting, the use of pre- and post-consumer fabric waste, and/or reconstruction techniques.
“We are very honoured to be in a position to celebrate excellent work despite, and sometimes because of, the current circumstances,” said Twyg founder and director, Jackie May.
Exports must for sustained economic recovery: Mauritian Prime Minister
Mauritius must start goods exports for a sustained economic recovery, according to Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, who recently said the COVID-19 pandemic has badly affected several sectors, including textiles, tourism, financial services and technology. He said this while visiting a textile factory of Denim de L’Ile Ltd (DDI) in Rivière du Rempart.
Kenya to build a Sh70-million ginnery in Kwale
Kenya will build a Sh70-million ginnery in the Kinondo area of Msambweni sub-county in Kwale, whose governor Salim Mvurya recently announced that land has already been set aside for the project. He thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for choosing Kwale to be among the five counties with immense potential in cotton production, where ginneries will be built as part of a programme to revive the sector.
Did you know……..
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