Global fashion conglomerate Fast Retailing committed to protecting forests.

Vancouver, Canada. April 26, 2018 – Canopy is thrilled to announce that Japan-based, global apparel group, Fast Retailing, has committed to eliminating its use of ancient and endangered forests as well as advancing conservation solutions in places such as Québec, Canada’s, Broadback Forest. Fast Retailing is the owner of several major apparel companies, including the iconic global casual clothing brand, UNIQLO.

Fast Retailing is the world’s third largest apparel retail company. Its largest brand UNIQLO has more than 2000 stores in 19 markets worldwide including Japan, SE Asia & Oceania, East Asia, Europe (including the UK and Russia), and North America. Recently, UNIQLO has grown rapidly outside its native Japan, and is especially strong in the Asia region.

Fast Retailing’s engagement, alongside the other 150 brands that are part of CanopyStyle, will be a game changer for the world’s forests, species and climate. The CanopyStyle initiative has recently released ambitious new targets for 2020. In addition to ensuring no endangered forests are logged to produce viscose and rayon, there is a strong focus on catalyzing the production of innovative fabrics such as those made with recycled and flax fibres. These next generation solutions carry lower environmental footprints and will significantly alleviate the stress off our forests and climate as they make their way into the supply chain.

“The addition of an ambitious and growing retail powerhouse like Fast Retailing will take this work to transform the viscose supply chain to the next level,” said Nicole Rycroft, Executive Director of Canopy. “In this past year, we have seen a galvanization of brands from Europe, North America, and now Asia step forward to tackle the critical issue of forest conservation and bring audaciously sustainable solutions to the marketplace and fashion lovers.”

The CanopyStyle initiative is focused on stopping the use of ancient and endangered forests in the production of viscose. The protection of these forests is critical to the people and species that depend on them, and is a vital component of climate stability.

 

View Fast Retailing’s Responsible Product Policy: Wood-based Products and Forest Materials.

 

Laura Repas, Communications and Marketing Specialist
laura.repas@canopyplanet.org +1 416 729 7484

 

About Canopy
Canopy is a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting the world’s forests, species and climate. Canopy collaborates with more than 750 companies to develop innovative solutions, make their supply chains more sustainable and help protect our world’s remaining ancient and endangered forests. Canopy’s partners include H&M, Sprint, Penguin Random House, Stella McCartney, Zara, TC Transcontinental, The Guardian and Scholastic. Canopy’s work relies on the support of individual donors who share our passion for the planet. https://www.canopyplanet.org

 

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing
UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of approximately 1.8619 trillion yen for the 2017 fiscal year ending August 31, 2017 (US $16.87 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2017 rate of $1 = 110.4 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.

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