Patagonia and Reforma Back Hardened New York Fashion Law

The proposed legislation aims to hold big brands accountable for environmental impact and working conditions in their supply chain.

The bill was first introduced to the New York State Assembly last January but faced criticism from some labor and human rights organizations, who said it was too focused on disclosure and did not require sufficient action.

The amended bill increases the requirements on trademarks, as well as your liability if they fall short. If approved, it will mean that any brand with revenue of more than $100 million doing business in New York state will need to demonstrate that it has conducted effective due diligence on its supply chain and addressed any issues found.

It includes guidance for responsible purchasing practices, and brands can be fined up to 2 percent of global revenue if they don’t comply. Garment workers will also be able to take direct action against brands for issues such as lost wages.

On the climate side, companies will need to take steps to collect more direct data on their emissions to show that they are meeting climate targets and implementing more stringent chemical guidelines in their supply chains.

The bill has the support of brands like Patagonia and Reformation, local unions and advocacy groups like Fashion Revolution. It will be considered during the opening of the New York State legislative session in January.

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