Government begins inquiry into Next, Arcadia and M&S sustainability

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The ten largest clothing retailers in the UK have been asked to submit evidence for a government inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry.

Next, Arcadia and Marks & Spencer are among those asked to provide details on the steps that they are taking to reduce the environment and social impacts of their business.

MP Mary Creagh, the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, has written directly to each of the ten retailers’ chief executives, including Marks & Spencer, Next, Asda, TK Maxx, HomeSense, Arcadia, Tesco, JD Sports, Debenhams and Sports Direct.

The retailers will be probed on their manufacturing ethics, recycling, plastic pollution and sustainability practices.

“The way we design, produce and discard our clothes has a huge impact on our planet,” Creagh said.

“Fashion and footwear retailers have a responsibility to minimise their environmental footprint and make sure the workers in their supply chains are paid a living wage.

“We want to hear what they are doing to make their industry more sustainable.”

Retailers have been given until October 12 to submit evidence, after which the businesses may be called to Parliament for further questioning.

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