💌 Welcome to Issue #64 of The Conscious Edit!
When it comes to building more ethical fashion supply chains, there is a missing link that is too often overlooked by the industry:
🧵 The power imbalance between big fashion brands and their suppliers that puts nearly all of the financial risk onto the manufacturers.
And if we want to really address issues like exploitive labor conditions and unlivable wages, this is something that we NEED to talk about.
🎙 So in this week's podcast episode, I talked with Arjen Laan, the CEO of manufacturing company Pactics to get a glimpse into the world of a fashion supplier.
Arjen shared his perspectives from a supplier's point of view on audits, certifications, and compliance legislation, as well as:
➡️ The unequal distribution of risk between big brands and suppliers (and what that means for garment workers),
➡️ The differences between working with large fashion corporations vs. small mission-driven brands, and
➡️ What needs to change to create a more ethical fashion supply chain.
🎧 Listen to this episode on your fave app OR get the transcript here.
Now let's get to the rest of this issue!
Founder, Conscious Life & Style