2023 Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

Greenwashing your clothes? Addressing unsubstantiated sustainability claims in the garment and footwear sector 

Feb 17, 2023 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


For many companies in the garment and footwear sector, product sustainability claims have been the answer to increased market expectations to prove their efforts. Recent investigations by consumer market authorities in the sector, however, found that product claims used by companies and retailers are often not sufficiently backed by product-specific data, were too generic or selective. The session aims to explore the types of claims used by companies and retailers and discuss the implications of unsubstantiated claims for companies and the industry at large. Panellists will discuss whether claims can become more credible by improved data collection, transparency, and awareness. They will also explore whether collecting specific and reliable data to back sustainability claims will remain impossible as long as supply chains remain volatile and complex.  

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