A new Match Making service for buyers and suppliers within workwear, corporatewear, PPE and accessories launches today aimed at forging transparency and reliability and driving forward sustainability within the global garment sector.

The Uniform Buyers Network (UBN) identified many sustainability challenges faced by key players within this rapidly evolving global business sector and have generated solutions to enable buyers and suppliers to work together collaboratively to utilise the latest advances in garment science and technology.

Yvette Ashby, CEO of the Professional Clothing Industry Association (PCIAW) commented on this new free-to-join service: “Developing creditable partnerships in the industry is key to enabling the efficient sourcing of sustainable, recyclable, resource-efficient uniforms with accuracy and consistency of global sizing and design.”

Whitney Cathcart, co-founder and CSO, 3DLOOK said: “We’ve had the honour and pleasure of working with the amazing proactive team at PCIAW for over a year and we couldn’t be happier with the results. The team’s strong network, consistent industry news updates, and solid reputation helped 3DLOOK to connect with the key players of the uniform market, as well as create buzz while working on several thought leadership pieces. We believe that PCIAW’s new Match Making platform has the potential to completely transform current workwear procurement policies, promote sustainability, forge trust and transparency within the industry. As PCIAW’s Trusted Member, 3DLOOK is very excited about this continual initiative and looks forward to its launch”.

PCIAW is partnered with Business in the Community (BITC) to drive forward sustainable clothing procurement policies with the industry. Peter Belk, director, BITC, comments: “The match making platform is the ideal place to trial and implement the Sustainable Procurement Principles developed by BITC and PCIAW in consultation with buyers and suppliers from across the sector.”

One of the core benefits to this new initiative will see financial and business evaluation specialists Plimsoll Published Ltd providing financial and market data reports on suppliers before they are matched to buyers. This will save time for buyers researching the market for compatible business partners and aims to help forge trust and transparency quickly between both parties.