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Water-nomics & Trade-offs: This year's World Water Week was all about water & development. This month we summarise our key takeaways from Stockholm and delve into some points covered in the newly released HSBC's "No Water, More Trade-off: managing growth with limited water ". We cover China water-nomics while HSBC's Wai-Shin Chan expands on trade-offs in cotton & coal. With tough trade-offs in the horizon, we look at the fashion industry's exposure outside of cotton and find that a large portion (32% -- 75%) of hides, wool, chemical fibre and silk are either produced in or passed through China via imports. At these levels, risks are a plenty. Should brands move manufacturing out of China or should they stay and help factories meet the new Water Ten Plan? Onwards to more action: start by incorporating the environment into business - Flavia Micilotta expands on the Foreign Trade Association's latest environmental performance initiative. The fashion industry's actions in water  was also covered by the GLASA Awards. China Water Risk, although nominated as a finalist for the award did not win, but we came away with some takeaways from the award ceremony.  Heartfelt congratulations to the winner Pratibha Syntex! 
   
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Water-nomics & Trade-offs: This year's World Water Week was all about water & development. This month we summarise our key takeaways from Stockholm on water & the SDGs to the need for more "unsiloing" action and delve into some points covered in the newly released HSBC's "No Water, More Trade-off: managing growth with limited water".

We cover China water-nomics whilst HSBC's Wai-Shin Chan expands on trade-offs and warns that cotton & coal could be heading for a clash in the North China Plain given China's need to balance water, food and energy security.

With tough trade-offs in the horizon, we look at the fashion industry's exposure outside of cotton and find that a large portion (32% - 75%) of global hides, wool, chemical fibres and silk are either produced in or passed through China via imports. At these levels, risks are a plenty. Should brands move manufacturing out of China or should they stay and help factories meet the new Water Ten Plan?

Onwards to more action: start by incorporating the environment into business - Flavia Micilotta expands on the Foreign Trade Association's latest environmental performance initiative.

The fashion industry's actions in water was also covered by the GLASA Awards. China Water Risk, although nominated as a finalist for the award did not win, but we came away with some takeaways from the award ceremony. Heartfelt congratulations to the winner, Pratibha Syntex!
 

2015 World Water Week: Takeaways
What's water's role in sustainable development? How can we ensure water for all? CWR's McGregor on this, how Asia is fairing, the Sustainable Development Goals & more from World Water Week 2015
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China Water-nomics
Will China’s economic development be hampered by limited water resources? Can the Three Red Lines limit GDP growth at 5.7%? Read on for more on China water-nomics
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Trade-offs Could Help China Manage Water
Tough trade-offs may be on the horizon for China as it balances water, food & energy security. HSBC's Wai-Shin Chan on how cotton & coal maybe headed for a clash
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Still Exposed! Fashion Materials in China
With 32% to 75% of global hides, wool, cotton, chemical fibre and silk passing through China, exposure is high. Should brands move out of China or should they stay and help factories meet the Water Ten Plan?
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Incorporating Environment Into Business
Companies are incorporating environmental performance into business, so suppliers need to follow suit or risk losing customers. BEPI can help both parties as Flavia Micilotta explains
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2015 GLASA Awards: Takeaways
The theme of the Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel (GLASA) this year was water. Pratibha Syntex won though CWR was honoured to be a finalist. CWR's McGregor & Hu share their takeaways
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