Citizens’ initiative for the supply chain law publishes extensive research on the Spanish textile giant before “Black Friday” and reveals grievances in the fashion industry

Vienna (OTS) – Next Friday, November 26th, the world will experience another “Black Friday” – the meanwhile traditional high consumption day “Black Friday”. The discount battles have also become a fixture in Austria, an estimated 100 million euros in additional income will be earned on this day. In the lockdown this year, heavy shopping activities are expected on the online portals, especially for clothing.

Textile companies in Austria have annual sales of 900 euros per capita, buying 57 items of clothing on average – but 40 percent of them never being worn. Most consumers are unlikely to be aware of the fact that “slave-like conditions” are hidden behind this. Not even how badly the environment is affected. The production of a T-shirt uses as much drinking water as a person consumes in 2.5 years.

One of the biggest beneficiaries of this system is the Spanish textile group ZARA. He is considered the inventor of “fast fashion” and has taken his disposable fashion system to extremes so that up to 24 collections are now delivered to ZARA stores worldwide every year. The results of this business model are not only astronomical sales, but also dramatic damage to people and the environment.

Comprehensive dossier on ZARA published

On the occasion of “Black Friday”, the citizens’ initiative for a supply chain law has now published a dossier (see below) in which a comprehensive overview of ZARA’s machinations is given. It reports on forced labor and labor exploitation of minors in supplier companies, environmental degradation and tax avoidance. ZARA acts as an example of the many grievances in the global textile industry.

Because with over 20 billion euros in sales per year, INDITEX, the parent company behind ZARA, is the world’s number one fast fashion company. This goes hand in hand with a special responsibility for the way in which clothing is manufactured and sold. And what happens to it when it ends up in the trash can – often unworn. A responsibility that the top management demonstrably does not meet.

“ZARA’s business model, which is so toxic for people and the environment, has made the owner one of the richest men in the world. The allegations that have been made against the Group for years have not led to any significant change. We therefore need a supply chain law with which these corporations and their super-rich owners can be forced to accept liability at the point of profit generation, including here in Austria, ”says Veronika Bohrn Mena, spokeswoman for the citizens’ initiative for a supply chain law.

The initiative is supported by all Green members of the government as well as by the designated Director General of UNIDO, the German Federal Minister Gerd Müller. In Austria, the independent citizens’ initiative is campaigning for a national law and corresponding pressure on the European Commission, which is currently working on a draft for an EU supply chain law.


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