TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Fast Retailing reaffirms commitment to sustainability

The company has also released its sustainability report for 2021.

Retail company Fast Retailing (FR) has shared its vision and efforts in becoming a more sustainable organisation during the release of its sustainability report for 2021.

Speaking on the release of this year’s report, FR chairman Tadashi Yanai hopes to reaffirm the company's commitment to support the development of a better society through sustainability in their business.

“How are we going to leave behind a positive world for the next generation? What kind of economic activity will create a path to a positive world? We must think wholeheartedly about these questions and act,” Yanai said.

The company, which houses the popular clothing brand UNIQLO, highlights its sustainability initiatives over a 20-year period, including a clothing donation program to support refugee camps and victims of natural disasters worldwide, recycling projects, and more.

Amongst its initiatives is the RE.UNIQLO recycling programme, which aims to promote product-to-product recycling. Under the programme, the Recycled Down Jacket was launched in November 2020.

The garment is filled completely with reclaimed down and feathers taken from 620,000 pieces of down products collected in Japan since 2019. New technology allows the brand to extract and use down and feathers efficiently.

FR also ensures a safe and secure working environment at partner factories through checking the compliance status of the factories during the labor monitoring process.

“FR employees visit partner factories as necessary to provide support for improvement. Furthermore, in FY 2020, we conducted training for 489 factories in 22 countries and regions to ensure that partner factories understand the Code of Conduct, the latest labor standards, and more,” the report reads.

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