2023: What has shifted in the ethical space

2023: What has shifted in the ethical space

As we head towards the end of another year, it’s natural to look back at what’s happened in the past 12 months. So, what better time to hold a mirror up to 2023 and chart what’s shifted within ethical fashion? As we discussed in our blog dedicated to the future of sustainable fashion, it can be easy to focus on all the bad news our social media feeds and inboxes are flooded with each day, but we are making progress, so let’s dive in and look at the shifts that have happened this year…

More B Corps than ever

March marked the annual celebration of B Corp Month, and this year more than 6,400 certified companies were eligible to take part. In 2022, that number was 4,600, meaning that 1,800 more companies became B Corp certified in the space of just a year. That’s a huge jump, and in fact at the time of writing, the B Corp movement has grown to include 6,800 companies, now covering 89 countries, 161 industries and over 560,000 workers. To achieve certification, a company must demonstrate high social and environmental performance, change their corporate structure to be accountable to all stakeholders - not just shareholders - and operate in a transparent manner. Untouched World became B Corp certified in May 2021. Find out more about what it means to be B Corp Certified here.

The Pakistan Accord

2023 was the year that the International Accord expanded into a new country: Pakistan. It was initially the Bangladesh Accord, established after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory to keep garment workers safe with legally binding health and safety rules and regulations. The Bangladesh Accord improved safety for