V&R Chapter 3 discusses Pope Benedict XVI’s use of the theory of justice found in the Catholic Social Thought tradition. There, I speak about the “feel good fashion” movement and highlight Zady’s efforts to introduce transparency in production:
And Everlane is another example:
A news report claims that this year has seen a significant up-tick in company efforts to be more transparent about materials being used and how they are sourced: https://www.racked.com/2017/4/7/15194180/kit-ace-grana-cashmere. Benedict would be very encouraged.
Another twist to this story is that this movement often enables smaller companies to get a secure foothold in the market place. This is especially important, at least in the USA, where regulation is ossifying markets and making it ever harder for new companies to challenge and dislodge entrenched businesses: https://www.wsj.com/articles/big-growth-in-tiny-businesses-1482953786. The Preface to V&R discusses the cronyism that guarantees this entrenchment. It is welcome news indeed if just production is chopping away at this broader political injustice.