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The Impact Index for fashion

November 11, 2021

In brief

Driving sustainability in retail fashion

Communicating to retail fashion consumers

01 Defining product-level sustainability

Consumers navigating sustainability claims is hard. Aligning on industry-wide reporting can build trust and help consumers make good choices.

02 Understanding the certification landscape

The current certification landscape is complex. A streamlined approach with accepted industry standards could scale adoption and progress.

03 Data collection and assurance

Measuring and reporting are often non-standard. A consistent approach to data and information flow between parties can enable a standardized solution.

By aligning around a harmonized approach for communicating product-level sustainability information, the retail fashion industry has a significant opportunity to build trust and help consumers make more sustainable choices.

Introducing the Impact Index for fashion

Raw materials

Products sourced with certified materials that reduce impacts to the environment and the communities who create them.

Animal welfare

Supporting the five freedoms of animal welfare and responsible land management practices.

Chemical usage

Products certified as free from harmful substances and chemicals.

Education and empowerment

Driving action for the benefit of workers and gender equity in global supply chains.

Closing the gap between retailers and consumers

Cara Smyth

Managing Director – Sustainability

Cara works with retail clients to build responsibility and resilience into their Environmental, Social and Governance strategies.

Frank Zambrelli


Frank works with clients globally to guide Environmental, Social and Governance practices across multiple sectors of retail.

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