Based on survey responses, we’ve collected a list of credible resources from across the industry on topics where guidance and support are needed most.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is dedicated to supporting brands, retailers, and manufacturers during the crisis. Our primary goal is to serve our members and the industry by providing resources and leveraging insights and best practices to help them make more informed decisions. We believe in data that can inform collective action, the sharing of best practices, and transparency to drive meaningful improvements – a full-circle collaboration that benefits all involved. Collaboration is the heartbeat of the SAC, and positive partnerships are impossible without trust. Now, more than ever, these relationships and the values that underpin them are paramount. How we act now and partner together will determine whether we are able to move forward in achieving our vision of a more sustainable and equitable world when the crisis is over.

This webpage offers a snapshot of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the apparel industry based on information provided by the SAC members who completed our survey. Thank you to those who participated. By collecting and sharing this information, we hope that organizations can learn from and support each other and that institutions in a position to support the industry can direct resources to those who are most in need. We will continue to update the data from members and non-members in the coming weeks.

Non-member facilities can complete this survey to share how they are affected by the virus. We will continue to update this page regularly with both member and non-member results.

SAC Signs
Industry Letters

Collaboration is the heartbeat of the SAC, and positive partnerships are necessary to address the current crisis now and tackle ongoing systemic issues we face across the industry. In that spirit, and in alignment with our organization’s values, we recently signed on to these industry letters

What We're Hearing

Presented by SAC, Higg Co, and BCG

Impacts Reported by SAC Members

April 29, 2020 – 74 Participating Members

*Data Reflects
Weekly Responses



Impacts Reported by Global Facilities

April 29, 2020 – 564 Participating Facilities

*Data Reflects
Weekly Responses



Leading Reported Impacts

SAC members and facilities were allowed to select more than one response to indicate the range of impacts they experienced. Percentages reflect the number of responses to each question.

SAC Member Responses

  • Closures
  • Closed all stores
    27%
  • Closed majority of facilities (more than 50%)
    23%
  • All facilities are closed
    19%
  • Employee Impacts
  • Store layoffs (more than 50%)
    15%
  • Staff layoffs of corporate offices (less than 50%)
    14%
  • Staff layoffs of corporate offices (more than 50%)
    11%
  • Order Status
  • Some existing orders have been canceled by customers (less than 50%)
    27%
  • Some new orders have been canceled by customers (less than 50%)
    20%
  • Majority of new orders have been canceled by customers (50% or more)
    18%

Facility Responses

  • Closures
  • Stopped all operations
    23%
  • Stopped some operations (less than 50%)
    22%
  • Stopped majority of operations (more than 50%)
    21%
  • Employee Impacts
  • Layoffs (less than 50%)
    11%
  • Layoffs (more than 50%)
    5%
  • Order Status
  • Some existing orders have been canceled by customers (less than 50%)
    40%
  • Some new orders have been canceled by customers (50% or more)
    26%
  • Majority of existing orders have been canceled by customers (more than 50%)
    23%

SAC members and facilities were allowed to select more than one response to indicate range of impacts experienced. Percentages reflect responses to each question.

A Closer Look

We asked members and facilities which day to day activities were most affected by the Coronavirus.*

SAC Members

Facilities

*Facilities and SAC members were allowed to select more than one response to indicate range of impacts experienced

Support Needed - SAC Members

Support that SAC members need (in order of urgency as reported by SAC members.)

  • 1
    Financial support to prevent or alleviate facility layoffs
  • 2
    Reopening facilities
  • 3
    How to ensure worker safety in facilities
  • 4
    Economic stimulus from our country’s government
  • 5
    Financial support for paying partners for goods ordered
  • 6
    Reopening retail stores
  • 7
    Preparing staff to support facilities’ needs when they reopen
  • 8
    How to socially distance workers in facilities
  • 9
    Crafting a post-crisis plan for our business to survive
  • 10
    How to transition to creating medical equipment or supplies
  • 11
    Connecting with other companies on what they are doing to address these issues
  • 12
    How to clean facilities adequately
  • 13
    How to responsibly dispose of or reuse unclaimed products, manage inventory

Support Needed - Facilities

Support that SAC members need (in order of urgency as reported by global facilities.)

  • 1
    How to ensure worker safety in our facility
  • 2
    Financial support to prevent or alleviate layoffs
  • 3
    How to socially distance workers in our facility
  • 4
    Economic stimulus from our country’s government
  • 5
    Support in reopening our facility
  • 6
    Preparing employees to return to work
  • 7
    How to clean our facility adequately
  • 8
    How to transition to creating medical equipment or supplies
  • 9
    Preparing administrative staff to support our facilities’ needs when it reopens
  • 10
    How to responsibly dispose of or reuse unclaimed products
  • 11
    Providing childcare to workers when they return

How You
Can Help

These organizations have established funds to provide international aid and support to those affected by COVID-19

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