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.
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.
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
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
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
Meet the Colombian offer at the fashion textiles sourcing event
July 23-25, NYC
Las Vegas, NV
To know more, contact Sylvia Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org