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Amazon 10 years ahead of UN Paris agreement, Nike’s first hijab ambassador, Facebook’s AI styling

A round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the past week.

Top Stories
  • Amazon plans to meet UN Paris agreement 10 years early (CNBC)
  • First Nike hijab ambassador on breaking barriers for women in fitness (Evening Standard)
  • Facebook experiments with AI-powered styling program (Vogue Business)
Technology
  • Google and Jennifer Lopez reinvent the Versace dress that created Google Images (The Verge)
  • L’Oreal’s Color&Co adds AR hair color try-ons (Mobile Marketer)
  • The quiet robot revolution that can unlock a trillion dollars in retail efficiencies (Forbes)
  • Starbuck taps Alibaba’s Tmall Genie for voice ordering (The Drum)
  • Facebook teams up with Ray-Ban on smart glasses (Mobile Marketer)
  • Google opens a new AI research centre in India (The Next Web)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • Moncler tops Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Drapers)
  • Waste2Wear presents world’s first collection of ocean plastics verified with Blockchain (Fashion United)
  • Ikea invests in solar farms (Fast Company)
  • Nike opens distribution center fully powered by renewable energy (Highsnobiety)
  • Toast launches clothes-swap scheme (Drapers)
  • Salesforce is building an app to gauge a company’s sustainability progress (Tech Crunch)
  • Green money: AmEx joins fight against plastic waste (Stylus)
  • Avery Dennison teams up with plastic bank to further the circular economy (Sourcing Journal)
Retail & E-commerce
  • Body Shop opens refillable concept store (The Guardian)
  • Sandro opens first US flagship store in New York (Fashion United)
  • Psyche launches standalone childrenswear site (Drapers)
  • Quinn Harper opens first store on the King’s Road (TheIndustry)
  • Pandora unveils new store concept in Birmingham (Fashion United)
Business
  • Ocado and M&S’ new joint venture enjoys double digit growth (Charged Retail)
  • H&M to test selling external brands in strategy shift (BoF)
  • Thomas Cook collapse leaves thousands stranded as bailout fails (Bloomberg)
  • Burberry appoints non-executive director (Drapers)
  • In London, fashion takes a break from Brexit (BoF)
  • Toby Bateman steps down from Mr Porter (Retail Gazette)
  • Bluemercury founders depart Macy’s (Retail Dive)
Marketing & Social Media
  • The danger for luxury brands that fail at story telling (Jing Daily)
  • Urban Decay dishes out makeup samples to Bumble app users (Mobile Marketer)
  • As Gucci trips up on social media, sales fall (WSJ)
  • Louis Vuitton launces LVTV (Fashion United)
Product
  • Caspar jumps on the CBD bandwagon with sleep gummies (Retail Dive)
  • HP debut first computer made with ocean-bound plastics (Adweek)
  • Victoria Beckham launches beauty line at LFW (Fashion United)
  • Italy’s Opera Campi to launch stretch hemp apparel (Sourcing Journal)
Culture
  • Instagram adds new restrictions on weight-loss products and cosmetic procedures (Adweek)
  • Banana Republic looks to skin tone and size inclusivity for turnaround (BoF)
  • Refinery29 and Eloquii team up to create a crowdsourced plus-size collection (Adweek)
  • Gucci faces backlash for straightjackets at Milan show (BoF)

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Levi’s announces ambitious climate action target for 2025

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Levi’s

Levi Strauss & Co. has announced a new climate action strategy that has set an ambitious target of significantly reducing its carbon emissions by 2025.

The San Francisco-based company has pledged to cut down its greenhouse gas (GHG) by 90% in all its owned-and-operated facilities, and by 40% in its supply chain.

The targets were developed in partnership with Science Based Targets, an organization that helps businesses define and execute science-based target-setting in order to fight climate change.

“We believe that business has the opportunity and the responsibility to be a force for positive change in the world,” explains Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer at Levi’s.

The initiative of reducing carbon emissions throughout the entirety of the company’s operations also aims to set an industry standard and hopefully inspire other brands to follow suit.

Levi’s has long positioned itself as a leader in sustainable innovation, and the announcement joins a series of commitments that reinforce its ambitions to become increasingly environmentally responsible.

In February 2018, the brand announced the launch of Project F.L.X., a new operating model which reinvents the denim finishing process by introducing technology in order to reduce the use of chemicals, as well as shorten production times.

Back in 1991, the brand established one of the industry’s first supplier codes of conduct, called ‘terms of engagement’. Championed by Paul Dillinger, now head of global product innovation at the company, it ensured that ethical considerations were paid to the company’s employees and the planet. To mark its 25th anniversary in 2016, Levi’s announced it would be expanding its Worker Well-Being initiative both within and outside the company.

Meanwhile in 2017, it announced it would be joining over 2,800 American organizations in the “We Are Still In” initiative, showing continued support for the Paris Climate Agreement.

To learn more about how Levi’s is approaching innovation – in this case, through smart clothing technology – listen to our TheCurrent Innovators podcast episode with Dillinger.

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