Posts tagged with "Politically correct"

Flaming out: Burberry ends practice of destroying unsold products

September 7, 2018

Do you have money—or costly clothes—to burn? Until this week, the British luxury fashion house Burberry did exactly that with garments that did not sell out in-season, so that their posh clients would not see the “hoi polloi” wearing the same raincoat or outfit at half price.

In fact, according to the BBC, in 2017, Burberry burned about US$37 million worth of unsold goods.

However, the label took a lot of heat for from environmentalists for its conspicuous and lavish destruction of unsold inventory—and now management has opted to operate in a way that’s more politically correct.

In a September 6 press release, Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti said, “Modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible. This belief is core to us at Burberry and key to our long-term success. We are committed to applying the same creativity to all parts of Burberry as we do to our products.” The policy change will come into “immediate effect.”

What’s more, the company said, in another bow to environmentalists, their stores would stop selling “real fur,” promising that, “There will be no real fur in Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection for Burberry later this month, and we will phase out existing real fur products.

These commitments, the venerable fashion house said, build on “the goals that we set last year as part of our five-year responsibility agenda.”

Indeed, Burberry noted, to “tackle the causes of waste,” the group already is set to “reuse, repair, donate, or recycle unsaleable products and we will continue to expand these efforts.”

In doing so, the company stated outlined, “Our responsibility goals cover the entire footprint of our operations and extend to the communities around us. “

In May, Burberry said, it became a core partner of the Make Fashion Circular Initiative convened by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. In doing so, the brand has created a partnership with sustainable luxury company Elvis & Kresse, through which it will transform 120 tons of leather offcuts into new products over the next five years.

In addition, the Burberry Foundation in establishing the Burberry Material Futures Research Group with the Royal College of Art to invent new sustainable materials.

“We continue to invest in communities, from supporting young people in disadvantaged areas of London and Yorkshire, to developing a more inclusive and sustainable cashmere industry in Afghanistan,” the fashion line stated. “These efforts have been recognized by Burberry’s inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the third consecutive year.”

Research contact: corporate.responsibility@burberry.com

Are college students today too politically correct?

November 15, 2017

Two-thirds of Americans (66%) say colleges and universities aren’t doing enough to teach young Americans today about the value of free speech, according to study results released by the Cato Institute.

When asked which is more important, 65% of respondents to the Cato poll said colleges should expose students to “all types of viewpoints, even if they are offensive or biased against certain groups.” About one-third (34%) said the opposite, opining that schools should “prohibit offensive speech that is biased against certain groups.”

Indeed, Cato found, despite their desire for viewpoint diversity, a slim majority (53%) also agree that “colleges have an obligation to protect students from offensive speech and ideas that could create a difficult learning environment.” This share rises to 66% among Democrats; 57% of Republicans disagree.

However, when asked about specific speakers, about half of Americans with college experience think a wide variety should not be allowed to speak at their college—including speakers who say that:

  • All white people are racist (51%);
  • Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to come to the U.S. (50%);
  • Transgender people have a mental disorder (50%);
  • The police are harassing citizens (49%);
  • Christians are backwards and brainwashed (49%);
  • The average IQ of whites and Asians is higher than that of African-Americans and Hispanics (48%);
  • Illegal immigrants should be deported (41%); or
  • Men on average are better at math than women (40%)

Nevertheless, few endorse shutting down speakers by shouting loudly (4%) or forcing the speaker off the stage (3%).

In fact, two-thirds (65%) say colleges need to discipline students who disrupt invited speakers and prevent them from speaking. However, the public is divided about how: 46% want to give students a warning, 31% want the incident noted on the student’s academic record, 22% want them to pay a fine, 20% want to suspend them, 19% favor arresting the students, 13% want to fully expel the students.

Three-fourths (75%) of Republicans support some form of punishment for these students, compared to 42% of Democrats.

The Cato Institute 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey was designed and conducted by the Cato Institute in collaboration with YouGov. YouGov collected responses online August 15-23, 2017 from a national sample of 2,300 Americans 18 years of age and older.

Research contact: Emily Ekins (202-789-5200)