Better Cotton Initiative
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a not-for-profit organisation bringing together the cotton industry’s complex supply chain, from farmers, spinners and manufacturers to retailers. It exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment and better for the sector’s future. Inditex has been supporting the BCI’s work since 2011, especially for growers in India, by helping them use better farming techniques that reduce water consumption and cut down on pesticides, among others.
Better Work brings diverse groups together – governments, global brands, factory owners, unions and workers – to improve working conditions in the garment industry and make the sector more competitive. Better Work aims to have a significant and direct impact through its own country-based programmes in the garment sector, as well as its influence, knowledge sharing and partnerships. We have teamed up with Better Work to help establish fundamental labour rights in supplier factories, such as in Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
In early 2014, Inditex was one of the first global fashion retailers to partner the environmental non-profit organisation Canopy to stop ancient and endangered forests being felled to make wood-based fibres. Through this partnership we developed our Forest Product Policy, and work towards its goals through traceability and transparency of the supply chain, sustainable sourcing, encouraging governments to conserve the world’s ancient and endangered forests, and innovation in the use of recycled and alternative fibre sources for fabric.
Caritas is the official confederation of the Catholic Church’s charity organisations operating in more than 200 countries and territories across the world. We have been helping their international work since 2008 on relief and community development programmes in Bangladesh and Cambodia, raising living standards and the health and education levels of deprived communities. In Spain, our partnership has been focused on the social integration of vulnerable groups through employment programmes, and helping us sort donated old clothing for recycling, reuse or repair.
CEO Water Mandate
Our membership of The CEO Water Mandate since 2011 demonstrates our commitment to reduce the impact of the textile industry’s demands on water resources. The CEO Water Mandate is part of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. We followed The CEO Water Mandate’s guidelines when we developed the core principles of our Global Water Management Strategy, which outlines our approach to responsible water use and the protection of marine and freshwater habitats.
The Cotton Campaign is a global coalition of human rights, labour rights, investor and business organisations dedicated to eradicating child labour and forced labour in cotton production. Its goals are to end the state systems of forced labour in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan’s cotton sectors. Inditex and all our brands are signatories of the Cotton Pledge, arranged through the Responsible Sourcing Network, stating that we will not use this cotton in any of our products until this practice is eliminated.