Earthsight Report Shows Fashion Crimes in Zara and H&M

Earthsight published a new report «Fashion Crimes», investigating how the world’s largest fashion brands, H&M and ZARA, use cotton linked to land grabbing, illegal deforestation, violence and human rights violations in Brazil. Deforestation is happening in the Cerrado biome, home to 5% of the world’s species, and it is only getting worse. Not only animals but also the inhabitants are losing their living environments and are facing severe human rights violations by the companies.

This shows how the fashion sector is failing its responsibility to monitor and ensure sustainability and legality in the cotton supply chains. The new Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) to be voted up by the EU parliament on 24 April requires companies to do due diligence and prevent such human rights violations.