An increasing number of businesses recognise the importance of addressing emissions across their supply chains - also known as Scope 3. Their contributions are crucial. On average, Scope 3 emissions are 11.4 times higher than operational emissions.
The SBTi provides a comprehensive framework for apparel and footwear companies to slash planet-warming emissions. The guidance divides emissions into four tiers, from raw material extraction to retail and distribution centres.
Other organisations are trying to push innovation for a more sustainable fashion industry. Fashion for Good, a global initiative working to drive change in the sector, launched the certification programme Cradle to Cradle (C2C) to spur renewable energy and carbon management throughout supply chains.
The garment industry is expected to grow 5% annually through 2030. Its greenhouse gas emissions could skyrocket. But as climate action becomes more urgent, more consumers choose garments made responsibly and brands with solid environmental targets. More companies would be wise to follow.