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Why the Colombian Fashion Industry is Leading the Region on Sustainability

The Global Fashion Agenda, a leadership forum on sustainability, released a report last week that highlights that even though the fashion industry is making small progress on sustainability, there’s still plenty of things to fix and improve. In its Pulse of Fashion Industry Report 2018, the group stated, “The fashion industry has a responsibility to continue to improve its environmental and social performance. As one of the largest and most creative industries, it has a vital interest in securing a prosperous and sustainable future.”

Colombia is one of the countries in the Americas that has been taking this topic seriously and has been engaged in promoting and acting to tackle this social responsibility issue.

Why Colombia?

The South American country is Latin America’s No. 1 in sustainable development and ethics practices. It is also ranked second on social responsibility thanks to its support of single mothers, indigenous communities and national artisans, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, 2015. Its industry supports equal opportunities as well as the development of better job practices and conditions. As a result, its industry creates more than 200,000 direct jobs and 700,000 indirect jobs.

Colombia also supports environmental initiatives and fair trade with companies earning international certificates such as: BASC, ISO 9000. ISO 14000, among others. It has a trade platform with more than 16 commercial trades agreements that allow investors preferential access to third markets.

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In addition to these sustainability practices, Colombia has become a key international powerhouse by offering duty free, being flexible on production quantities, operating in the same time zone as many of its partners, operating on 30 to 45-day lead times and building vertically integrated facilities.

Colombia works with leading brands like Levi’s, Old Navy, Hollister and J.C. Penney in jeans; Neiman Marcus, Arena, Vineyard Vines in swimwear; and American Airlines, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts and Hard Rock Café in uniforms. It also counts Patagonia, Columbia, Oakley, Adidas, Under Armour and Kappa as clients in sportswear, works with Target, Jockey and Hanes in hosiery, and partners with Victoria’s Secret and Avon in underwear.

Colombia is also the No. 1 exporter of control/shape wear in the Americas and the third largest in the world.

Be part of the Upcoming events where Colombia will be present:

Miami Fashion Week

Colombia will be the country of honor

May 30- June 3


Colombia Full Package Innovation Showroom

Exclusive showroom with mills and vertical vendors in NY

June 14-15


Pre-Coterie St Dome- Procolombia

Presence of resort brands at the Jacob Javits Center with nine top brands

Miami in July


Miami Swim Show

Meet Colombian designers networking at Faena Hotel

July 13-17


Colombiamoda 2018 Trade show

One of the largest business platforms in Latin America that integrates business, knowledge and the latest fashion trends in the same place in Medellin

July 24-26



Meet the Colombian offer at the fashion textiles sourcing event

July 23-25, NYC



Las Vegas, NV

August 13-15


To know more, contact Sylvia Reyes at