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Fighting against forced labour in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan for cotton …

Fighting against forced labour in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan for cotton production

"While there’s a growing risk that supply chain and CSR managers are faced with, they also need to address other aspects of their businesses that are adversely impacted by loss of control of the supply chain. These include potential loss in market share, brand reputation, stolen IP, liability to recall, potential... Read more

Shahi Exports’ factory in Bengaluru in ethical trouble

Shahi Exports’ factory in Bengaluru in ethical trouble

"As per Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) they had urged many large international brands that source from Shahi to pressure the company into taking appropriate action. But the brands continued to work with the company, even though they haven’t taken steps to redress the situation at the Unit 8. These brands include ... Read more

Growing cases of workplace abuse at Asian units of fast fashion brands

Growing cases of workplace abuse at Asian units of fast fashion brands

"Tola Moeun, Director, Central Cambodia, an NGO involved in the research, points out abuse was a daily reality for female workers driven to meet unrealistic targets in H&M and Gap’s supply chains. Most cases are not reported due to fear of retaliation. Jennifer Rosenbaum, US director of Global Labour Justice,... Read more

Indonesia needs to enhance textile competitiveness to aim $75 bn expor…

Indonesia needs to enhance textile competitiveness to aim $75 bn exports by 2030

"Indonesia is ranked among the top ten largest textile producing countries. However, the nation is far away from threatening China's dominant position. Whereas China controls about 35 per cent of global textile markets, Indonesia controls only about 2 per cent. The Indonesian government targets to increase the nation&r... Read more

Transparency in manufacturing essential for workers’ life

Transparency in manufacturing essential for workers’ life

"After the aftermath of series of deadly fire and building accidents in Pakistan and Bangladesh the image underscored a woefully inadequate apparel brands’ approach to worker rights.Brand-label information matters not just for fire and building safety. The $2.4 trillion apparel industry, which predominantly emplo... Read more

India needs labor reforms

India needs labor reforms

There has been a contraction in the Indian workforce between 2013-14 and 2015-16.About 1.2 million jobs were lost and total employment was down from 483.9 million to 482.7 million. This ties in with the poor growth in sectors such as exports during this period. Countries with more practical labor laws such as Banglade... Read more

Challenges at workplaces hampering Burma’s textile sector growth

Challenges at workplaces hampering Burma’s textile sector growth

"Burma’s garment and footwear exports clocked in $3 billion in 2017, a growth of 25 per cent over last year. Factories have expanded from Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone to rural regions, in the wake of a tax holiday of seven or five years meant to encourage operations in less developed parts of the... Read more

Automation and positive EU relations could boost Cambodia’s growth

Automation and positive EU relations could boost Cambodia’s growth

"While textile is one of the most important sectors in Cambodia’s economy, pressures from neighbouring countries is adversely impacting growth. To add to it, increasing automation and loss of preferential trade agreements is aiding to its woes. Employing 86 per cent of all factory workers, about 40 per cent of Ca... Read more

H&M reworking on labour policy to ensure sustainable goals

H&M reworking on labour policy to ensure sustainable goals

"While leading companies have taken efforts to curb issues of worker underpayment, yet the goal seems too far-fetched. As the world’s second-largest apparel company — after Inditex, which owns Zara — H&M said it felt a sense of “shared responsibility” when it came to persistently low w... Read more

Ofxam-Deloitte study reveals startling wage disparity in apparel segme…

Ofxam-Deloitte study reveals startling wage disparity in apparel segment

"Apparel sector wage compensation is extremely low, creating a stir in the industry. A new report by Deloitte for Oxfam Australia reveals big brands are to be blamed for keeping people working for them in poverty, which means they are not paying a living wage. Oxfam describes living wage as: enough money to provide a w... Read more

ETI needs to go beyond agenda to change workers’ conditions

ETI needs to go beyond agenda to change workers’ conditions

"The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) aimed at gaining access to highly restricted factories in the Tamil Nadu with a ‘hygiene awareness’ program and use that as a platform for promoting workers' rights. Five years and $630,000 later, the ETI, which brings together labels like H&M, GAP and Burberry with... Read more

Global Rights Index 2017 reveals low working conditions across the wor…

Global Rights Index 2017 reveals low working conditions across the world

"The number of countries experiencing physical violence and threats against workers has risen by 10 per cent in just one year, says the annual ITUC Global Rights Index. Attacks on union members have been documented in 59 countries, fuelling growing anxiety about jobs and wages. The report shows corporate interests are ... Read more

Brexit Affect: UK textile industry under threat

Brexit Affect: UK textile industry under threat

"Employing over 556,000 people, the UK textile industry is going to be impacted by Brexit. British manufacturers create products worth £9 billion a year, from Savile Row suits to highly technical fabrics used in sectors such as aerospace, the medical and the military. Falling value of Sterling has increased impor... Read more

Bangladesh needs stringent labour laws for RMG sector

Bangladesh needs stringent labour laws for RMG sector

"After the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse three years ago, it was presumed that the country would be rolling in stricter measures to ensure safety and security of its employees. Yet, recent data is quite startling. A research identified 3,367 women and girls in the survey areas who reported being employed in the a... Read more

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