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Canadian regulator launches greenwashing investigation into Lululemon environmental claims

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🗞️ Driving the news: Competition Bureau Canada has initiated an investigation into lululemon over potential misleading environmental claims related to their "Be Planet" sustainability initiative
• The probe was triggered by a complaint from the environmental group, which has criticized the authenticity and impact of lululemon’s environmental statements and goals

🔭 The context:'s complaint highlights several areas where lululemon's environmental claims might be misleading, including unrealistic targets and misrepresentations about the environmental benefits of their products
• Lululemon launched "Be Planet" in 2020, aiming to improve sustainability across its products and operations

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The investigation addresses growing concerns about "greenwashing" — companies making unfounded or exaggerated claims about their environmental efforts
• Accurate and honest reporting of environmental impact is crucial for consumer trust and effective climate action

⏭️ What's next: As the investigation progresses, it will determine whether lululemon’s sustainability claims are substantiated, potentially impacting how companies communicate their environmental impact and influencing broader corporate responsibility standards

💬 One quote: "Be Planet is a pillar of our impact agenda that outlines our vision, goals, and targets which guide our actions and resource investments in helping to create a garment industry that is more sustainable and addresses the serious impacts of climate change," said a lululemon spokesperson

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