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NEW YORK – One of the original instigators of the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and a member of its Technical Advisory Group has submitted a formal complaint to its technical board over “self-dealing conflicts of interest issues.” In the submission, it is claimed the guidance of the SBTi is not aligned with the most robust science, and is compromised by conflicts of interest.

Launched in 2015, the SBTi is a collaboration between NGOs including UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and WWF which claims to validate company commitments on climate change in line with the Paris Agreement.

At the time of writing, 70 companies from the textiles and apparel sectors have committed to setting climate targets in line with the SBTi. These include Guess, Stella McCartney, Under Armour, Zalando, American Eagle Outfitters, Eileen Fisher, Nike and VF Corp.

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