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SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has kicked off a series of regular ‘pulse’ surveys to help its members to identify where retailers, brands and their suppliers are struggling due to the Covid-19 crisis – and to flag up how its members have shifted funds or production to support ongoing relief efforts in a bid to foster greater collaboration so the textile industry can direct resources to those who are most in need.

Further details are revealed on a new SAC webpage that went live today, which also features tools and other resources to help direct these efforts.

“Most members need support reopening facilities and retail stores,” said an internal briefing obtained by Ecotextile News ahead of the launch. “Nearly 20 per cent need financial support to prevent or alleviate facility layoffs. And about 15 per cent need support to ensure worker safety when facilities reopen.”

This crisis has shown us that business practices need to change, we can’t continue as before,” noted SAC Executive Director Amina Razvi. “Through engagement and collaboration, we have an opportunity to help members and facilities get through this difficult time and reshape how our industry operates moving forward.”

The SAC says regular ‘pulse’ surveys of its members will be conducted over the coming months with the results of these along with various newly available tools and resources published openly on its publicly available platform. 

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