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MADE-BY works with brands to create impactful solutions 

Throughout 2013, MADE-BY supported brands across a diverse array of projects to reduce the environmental impact of their clothing production and to improve the social conditions under which their garments are produced. 
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Work in 2013 included:

  • Kicking off a pioneering traceability project with international women’s wear brand EILEEN FISHER. This project will see the brand map 100% of its supply chain, an industry first for a brand of this size and scope. Read more on page 28.
  • Developing decision making tools, training sessions and guides to support national retailers and fashion brands to integrate sustainable materials within their collection.
  • Supporting brands to set social strategies and gain a better insight into the social standards within their supply chain, as well as supporting them in their dialogue with suppliers in order to tackle any non-compliances. 
  • Engaging a number of UK retailers and public bodies to trial new resource efficient business models. This work, commissioned by Waste & Resources Action Plan (WRAP), saw MADE-BY support national retailer John Lewis to pilot an in-store clothing take back scheme, work with a public body on national procurement services and model the business case for retailers offering clothes that are designed to last longer.
  • Creating bespoke social improvement manuals, providing brands with an comparative over view of differing standards.
  • Working with brands to implement sustainable wet processing production techniques. See page 18 for more information on MADE-BY’s 2013 wet processing support.
  • Creating guides for purchasers on how to work with their suppliers to encourage labour standard improvements
  • Training H&M’s Dutch Conscious Ambassadors on the key sustainability issues facing the fashion industry, in particular the training focused on the environmental impacts associated with conventional wet processing techniques and sustainable processing alternatives.