Date

2019 12:00 AM

Major

Global Resource Systems

Department

Natural Resource Ecology and Management

College

Agriculture and Life Sciences

Project Advisor

Emily Zimmerman

Description

The fashion industry is one of the largest global supply chains. In recent decades, consumers have shown increasing interest in reducing their global impact, and in response, companies are moving toward sustainable supply chain management (SSCM). However, little research documents how reported practices in fashion companies’ corporate sustainability reports (CSRs) align with academic knowledge of SSCM and industry best practices. This study fills this void in a two-step process. First, I conducted a literature review to obtain research on SSCM in the fashion industry. Second, using a model created by Turker and Altuntas (2014), I analyzed five fast fashion companies (H&M, Gap, Fast Retailing, Inditex, and PVH), according to criteria for avoiding risks, supply chain performance, criteria and communication with suppliers, and improvement of suppliers. Results from the literature review generated 30 articles about best practices of SSCM in the fashion industry, including supply chain collaboration, CSR incorporation, employee training, traceability, and sustainable materials. Analysis revealed that each company’s CSR contain elements from the Turker and Altuntas’s model, however include less material relating to literature best practices. Therefore, it is increasingly important for fashion companies to update their practices to include the expanding research on SSCM.

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Fast Fashion: Evaluating Sustainability in the Supply Chain

The fashion industry is one of the largest global supply chains. In recent decades, consumers have shown increasing interest in reducing their global impact, and in response, companies are moving toward sustainable supply chain management (SSCM). However, little research documents how reported practices in fashion companies’ corporate sustainability reports (CSRs) align with academic knowledge of SSCM and industry best practices. This study fills this void in a two-step process. First, I conducted a literature review to obtain research on SSCM in the fashion industry. Second, using a model created by Turker and Altuntas (2014), I analyzed five fast fashion companies (H&M, Gap, Fast Retailing, Inditex, and PVH), according to criteria for avoiding risks, supply chain performance, criteria and communication with suppliers, and improvement of suppliers. Results from the literature review generated 30 articles about best practices of SSCM in the fashion industry, including supply chain collaboration, CSR incorporation, employee training, traceability, and sustainable materials. Analysis revealed that each company’s CSR contain elements from the Turker and Altuntas’s model, however include less material relating to literature best practices. Therefore, it is increasingly important for fashion companies to update their practices to include the expanding research on SSCM.