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Tesco and M&S warn on need for transparent sourcing in fashion

Tesco clothing chief Terry Green has warned that fashion retailers must make the provenance of their products transparent because offering value is not enough for today’s customers.

He advised retailers to work harder with suppliers to ensure transparency. "The ethical issue has never gone away in the recession and retailers can’t just pick up the mantle and then drop it because times get tough," Green said on 3 March.

Marks & Spencer also bolstered its ethical stance last week by adding 80 commitments to its Plan A programme in a bid to become "the world’s most sustainable retailer" by 2015. Every one of M&S’s 2.7 billion items sold will incorporate at least one sustainable or ethical quality, and the retailer pledged that clothing suppliers in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka will pay a "living wage" to workers.

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(Source: Retail Week)