United Nations

Government and Trade

Textile, Apparel Trade Plunges 12 Percent, Study Says

A U.N. agency projects global trade overall in value terms will contract by 27 percent in the second quarter.

clock June 11, 2020John Zarocostas

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EXCLUSIVE: Abercrombie & Fitch Enters Resale Market With ThredUp

The partnership is part of the retailer’s sustainability efforts. But it comes in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic — when the future of resale is still uncertain.

clock April 22, 2020Kellie Ell

Garment factory

Government and Trade

COVID-19 Crisis Triggering Huge Losses in Textile, Apparel Sector

Quarantine measures and factory and retail store closures have significantly suppressed consumer demand, leading to sharp cutbacks in orders.


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Artisan fashion workshop in Kenya, UN Ethical Fashion Initiative


Cancellations Could Lead to Social Crises in Emerging Economies

The founder of the U.N.’s Ethical Fashion Initiative argues that canceled orders will impact every link in the supply chain.

clock April 2, 2020Fiona Ma

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Government and Trade

Global FDI Seen Plummeting by Up to 40 Percent

The demand shock will be the biggest factor pushing down investment in all sectors, including services, as earnings plummet.

clock March 26, 2020John Zarocostas

RMI Report

Business Features

‘SDG-washing,’ Selective Reporting Threaten Authentic Sustainability

The Responsible Mining Foundation’s RMI Index 2020 report raises concern over “saying” versus “doing.”

clock March 2, 2020Tracey Meyers

The scene at the Kingpins Amsterdam denim fair.

Business Features

Kingpins Show Announces Partnership With Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations

The global collaboration prioritizes the sustainable development goals in Kingpins efforts for making cleaner denim.

clock February 27, 2020Alexandra Pastore

Models in the new Helena Christensen x H&M line.

Fashion Scoops

Helena Christensen Talks H&M Collaboration, Her Undiscovered Model Niece, Helping Refugees for the United Nations

Redefining ambidextrous, Christensen gave H&M some of her floral photographs to use for the collection and photographed the new campaign, which features her niece Sarah-Sofie Sonne.

clock January 21, 2020Rosemary Feitelberg

The scene at Berlin Fashion Week Fall 2020 at Kraftwerk Mitte.

Government and Trade

Sustainable Fashion Rules at Upbeat Berlin Fairs

Sustainable fashion is the main issue amidst talks about the challenges of retail at Berlin fairs.

clock January 19, 2020Quynh Tran

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Business Features

U.N. ‘Texpertise’ Event Looks at Fashion’s Sustainable Development Goals

The event focused on the organizations’ joint efforts to swiftly implement the SDGs into the fashion and textiles industries.

clock December 20, 2019Tracey Meyers

COP25, United Nations

Government and Trade

Madrid COP25 Climate Talks — Anticlimactic

The U.N.’s COP25 two-week climate conference made history but “underwhelmed.”

clock December 16, 2019Kaley Roshitsh

Ted, Paris Agreement, Climate change

Marketing and Promotion

What Do TED, YouTube and Leonardo DiCaprio Have in Common? The ‘Countdown’ Climate Campaign

Wednesday, organizations TED and Future Stewards announced the “Countdown” climate campaign.

clock December 4, 2019Kaley Roshitsh

Leila Naja Hibri, incoming chief executive officer of the Australian fashion industry peak body, the Australian Fashion Council.

Designer and Luxury

Australian Fashion Council Signs UN Fashion Charter, Appoints New CEO

The Australian council is the second fashion body to become a signatory to the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.

clock November 25, 2019Patty Huntington

United Nations, academia


There’s an ‘Alarming Inability to Overcome Trade-offs,’ Disparity in Sustainable Development

A new study from independent researchers find UN Sustainable Development Goals are still far off.

clock November 14, 2019Kaley Roshitsh

UN Women women entrepreneur panel

Business Features

Fresh Takes on ‘Sustainability’ – Except Call It Ecology

Neri Oxman, Abrima Erwiah, Tracy Reese, Gabriela Hearst, Eileen Fisher, Karina Givargisoff addressed the issue at U.N. Women USA event.

clock November 14, 2019Kaley Roshitsh

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