Globalization has dramatically changed the way business is conducted in the apparel manufacturing industry, particularly with respect to social responsibility in the design, production, and sourcing of products. Social Responsibility in the Global Apparel Industry combines an introduction to social and environmental issues in apparel manufacturing with an analysis of how corporate strategy and decisions made throughout the global supply chain can increase social responsibility. Readers learn how leading apparel brands and retailers attempt to solve complex problems including child labor, harassment and abuse, discrimination, excessive hours of work, low wages, poor factory health and safety, and negative impacts on the environment. Drawing on their research and industry experience, the authors prepare the next generation of industry professionals to change the apparel industry from the inside out by instilling within them awareness, knowledge, and passion.

Social (people)

  • Better working conditions and increased workers motivation
  • Decreased overtime and decreased reworking
  • Increased productivity and increased wages
  • Improved health & safety, less illness and accidents
  • Increased ability to attract and retain quality employees

Environmental (planet)

  • Reduced raw materials and energy inputs
  • Eliminated toxic materials use
  • Reduced quantity and toxicity of emissions and waste water) outputs

Economical (profit)

  • Reduced costs on input materials and energy
  • Reduced (wastewater) treatment costs
  • Increased production revenues
  • Better product quality
  • Enhanced reputation and brand value
  • Increased efficiency and productivity
  • Increased total income
  • Increased sales and customer loyalty
  • Attracting and retaining quality investors and business partners
Health & Safety Zero Discharge