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BRUSSELS – More than 53 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have backed calls to ensure apparel brands are legally obliged to honour contracts and end the ingrained culture of unfair purchasing practices. The calls come as the fallout from retailers such as C&A, Peacocks, Arcadia and Primark cancelling and refusing to pay for orders continues to reverberate through global supply chains.

53 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) from across the political spectrum have now written a letter to Commissioner Sinkevičius, Hogan, Reynders, and Urpilainen endorsing civil society’s approach to rethinking the global textile value chain.

The calls follow the announcement of a new ‘comprehensive strategy for textiles’ by the European Commission, in April. In response to this, a collective of 70 civil society organisations proposed their own non-official ‘shadow strategy’ outlining the measures that the EU could take to contribute to fairer and more sustainable global Textile, Garments, Leather and Footwear (TGLF) sector.

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