Clothing Production - The Commons Environmental Committee Debate

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by Charlotte HannaNo comments

Today the Environmental Audit Committee will questions leading high street, luxury and online fashion retailers on the Sustainability of the Fashion Industry.  They are examining the impact of clothes production - for example, the pollution produced by factories - especially items produced cheaply and quickly in response to trends.

 Witnesses be called 

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 10.15am: high street fashion retailers

  • Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer

  • Paul Lister, Head of Ethical Trade & Environmental Sustainability Team, Primark

  • Jamie Beck, Head of Supplier Management, Arcadia Group

  • Leanne Wood, Chief People, Strategy and Corporate Affairs Officer, Burberry

At 11.15: online fashion retailers

  • Carol Kane, Joint Chief Executive Officer, Boohoo

  • Nick Beighton, Chief Executive Officer, ASOS

  • Paul Smith, Head of Product Quality & Supply, Missguided

Minimum wage

CEOs of online retailers ASOS, Boohoo and Missguided were invited to attend after concerns were raised at the Committee's first hearing about UK garment workers not being paid the minimum wage.

However, Missguided CEO Nitin Passi has declined to attend. The Chair has written to Mr Passi to express disappointment that he has declined to appear alongside the CEOs of ASOS and Boohoo.


Here are some relevant articles from the BBC and the government website on the current debate.

Fast fashion: 'How do you justify selling a £2 T-shirt?'

Can the 'broken' fashion industry become more sustainable?

Fast fashion: Are we buying too many clothes?


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