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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

Human rights, labour rights coalition urge brands for transparency

Human rights, labour rights coalition urge brands for transparency

More apparel and footwear companies should join 17 leading apparel brands that have aligned with an important new transparency pledge, a coalition of unions and human rights and labor rights advocates said. The pledge commits companies to publish information that will enable advocates, workers, and consumers to find ou... Read more

Slow growth a impediment to employment generation in textile sector

Slow growth a impediment to employment generation in textile sector

"The Indian textile and apparels industry employs 105 million people directly and indirectly and has a potential to create 50 million more jobs by 2025, holding the key to growing unrest over India's inability to create the millions of jobs it needs every month. However, due to rising skills gap, falling exports, low p... Read more

Bangladesh now creating funds for future exigencies

Bangladesh now creating funds for future exigencies

"The Bangladesh government is taking a major step to show that the right lessons have been learned, after the numerous RMG factory accidents. Besides the Accord/Alliance restructuring and safe-guarding programs, another RMG rescue plan is being implemented which also seeks defensive and insurance-driven priorities; unl... Read more

Dhaka massacre rips apart the fabric of Bangladesh's garment sector

Dhaka massacre rips apart the fabric of Bangladesh's garment sector

"The recent attack has confronted the industry with its biggest image crisis; with some fearing security worries could cripple a sector that is the lifeblood of the economy. Bangladesh's garment industry has seen hit by riots, labour unrest, power shortages and safety scandals and the industry bounced back each ti... Read more

China facing issues with rise in incomes at managerial levels

China facing issues with rise in incomes at managerial levels

"As China is losing its cost advantage, foreign firms are starting to look at Asean as a more attractive destination. China's competitiveness is eroded by lower labour costs in Thailand and emerging Southeast Asian economies, prompting a growing number of businesses to relocate their production from the mainland to Ase... Read more

Reshoring: US, UK apparel brands rethink strategy

Reshoring: US, UK apparel brands rethink strategy

"Apparel was the third-highest industry for reshoring in the US in 2014 says A T Kearney’s Reshoring Index, accounting for 12 per cent of cases of reshoring. According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, from 2013 to 2014 (the latest year for which data is available), the US apparel industry’s output went up by 4 pe... Read more

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Bankrupt Alok Industries to see major job losses

As textile firm Alok Industries heads into liquidation, about 12,000 permanent employees of the... Read more

Clean Clothes Campaign urges Bangladesh brands to comply, sign Accord

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord) was signed on May 15th 2013. ... Read more

Burberry appoints Gerry Murphy new chairman

Burberry has appointed Gerry Murphy its new chairman. He succeeds John Peace. Murphy has extens... Read more

Clean Clothes Campaign highlights how brands leave RMG workers in the lurch

Factory closures are commonplace in the global garment industry. They are often preceded by maj... Read more

Bangladesh garment units still lack safety measures

About 31 per cent of readymade garment factories in Bangladesh have completely failed to fix sa... Read more

Tirupur mills hold job fair

Textile mills in south India, which are facing a high rate of attrition, plan to conduct a job ... Read more

Restore worker rights, UN tells Bangladesh

The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has urged Bangladesh to en... Read more

Miachael McDonald becomes new executive director of SPESA

Michael McDonald has been chosen executive director of SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment and Suppl... Read more

Steve Murray back at VF Corp as vice president

Steve Murray is vice president, Strategic Projects, at VF Corporation. This appointment marks M... Read more

Better Work spurs progress among workers in Vietnam

Women in Vietnam make up 80 per cent of the workforce in the garment sector. Better Work has be... Read more

Bangladesh minimum wage board for garment industry seeks proposals

The Minimum Wage Board for the garment industry in Bangladesh has asked the representatives of ... Read more

M&S reshuffles executives

British retailer Marks & Spencer is shaking up its clothing and home leadership team. Quera... Read more

Climate may wreck garment industry

Climate changes may be affecting the readymade garment sector in Bangladesh. Diseases spike dur... Read more

Bangladesh mulls wage revision for RMG workers

Bangladesh is looking at revising minimum wages for the readymade garment industry. The last su... Read more

The Good Business Lab foundation promoting soft skills for workers in India

Training workers with soft skills like time and stress management, problem solving, communicati... Read more

GAP wants vendors to pay wages digitally by 2020

In a move to improve the livelihoods of garment workers and help improve supply chain transpare... Read more

Nike brand president Trevor Edwards resigns due to workplace complaints

Nike brand President Trevor Edwards has resigned and will retire in August. The Wall Street Jou... Read more

Archroma appoints Marcos Furrer President brand and performance textile

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, has appointed Marcos Furrer, of Pre... Read more

Bangladesh prepares worker database

The actual number of workers in Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector is uncertain. It is... Read more

AAFA’s board elects new members

The American Apparel & Footwear Association announced the transition of its Board of Direct... Read more

Mauritius weeds out bonded labor from apparel industry

Mauritius may have a reputation as a tropical paradise, but for thousands of migrants working i... Read more

Freudenberg has a new CEO

Frank Heislitz will be the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Freudenberg Performance Materia... Read more

China prison labour report under investigation by H&M, C&A and 3M

H&M, C&A and 3M, are looking into the reported allegation that inmates of a Chinese pri... Read more

Accord’s 100 day countdown: Signatories asks brands to sign new deal

With 100 days to go till the current Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety expires, gar... Read more

Asian workers' diaries show 'inhuman cost' of fashion

Women slogging to make clothes for international fashion brands in South Asia are often mistrea... Read more

Chinese prisoners make clothes for C&A, H&M, allege British journo

British former journalist and business researcher Peter Humphrey says prisoners in China are fo... Read more

Gap Inc. announces departure of its president

Gap Inc. has announced Jeff Kirwan, President and CEO of the brand Gap will quit the company. A... Read more

Study shows Indian garment workers demonstrates power of soft skills

Studies have revealed workers who have technical ability as well as soft skills have more job o... Read more

Wage hike an emerging vote bank tool for Southeast Asian leaders

To increase vote bank, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has adopted an interesting strategy. He... Read more

Bhilwara Technical Textiles reappoints Shekhar Agarwal, Chairman, MD

Shekhar Agarwal, Chairman, MD and CEO of Bhilwara Technical Textiles whose term in office is to... Read more

Bangladesh: Wage board finalises minimum wage for cotton textile sector

The minimum wage board for the Bangladesh cotton textile sector has finalised its recommendatio... Read more

European commission warns BD again about improving labour situation

The European Commission has repeated its concern over labour rights situation mainly with respe... Read more

BGMEA wants joint proposal over minimum wage

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is keen on reaching a se... Read more

Ralph Lauren appoints new digital boss from Burberry

Luxury fashion house Ralph Lauren has appointed several senior staff members in an effort to sp... Read more

Indian garment workers get 51 per cent less minimum wages

India’s 50.7 per cent of workers working in the garment sector earn less than the minimum... Read more

IndustriALL reach $2.3 m Bangladesh Accord settlement with MNC brand

IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union have reached a $2.3 million settlement with a mul... Read more

Akihiko Tanaka appointed as Managing Director of Lectra Japan

Lectra, the technological partner for companies using fabrics and leather, has announced the ap... Read more

CCEA approves .2 bn for SCBTS to skill 1mn workers

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a new skill development scheme to... Read more

Marco Agnolin is the new Diesel CEO

Diesel has announced the departure of its creative director Nicola Formichetti and a new CEO Ma... Read more

Best Industry-Linked Technical Institute-2017 award for DKTE

Well known for its application oriented textile and engineering education and close ties with t... Read more

Madhya Pradesh to train 10,000 candidates in textile sector

To provide training to people in the textile sector under the Mukhya Mantri Kaushalya Yojana (M... Read more

BGMEA prods industry to invest more in human capital development

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged all RMG owners to ... Read more

BGMEA urges government to set up wage board to avoid labour unrest

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has asked government to form... Read more

H&Ms roadmap on living wages fall by the wayside

On November 25th 2013, H&M released a ‘new roadmap’ designed to start implement... Read more

RECL’s CSR Initiative: Partners ATDC for imparting training in apparel sect…

Rural Electrification Corporation (RECL), sponsored under its CSR, the training of 540 candidat... Read more

Forced child labour, child trafficking in India

According to The International Labour Organization (ILO) 168 million children worldwide are con... Read more

Ethiopian units benefit from Italian knowhow

Italy will help small, medium and large scale textile enterprises of Ethiopia. Italy will suppo... Read more

Brics garment workers are underpaid

The global garment industry is infamous for its labour sweatshops in developing countries. Work... Read more

BRIC garment workers underpaid

Western European garment industry workers in BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries e... Read more

GMAC launches CGTI to train garment workers

Cambodia has launched the Cambodia Garment Training Center Institute (CGTI) for workers in the ... Read more

Bangladesh forms workers’ fund for RMG factories

Bangladesh has created a fund for the garment industry which will be used to compensate workers... Read more

Myanmar needs new wage mechanism

Myanmar’s garment industry is seen as synonymous with low wages, long working hours and s... Read more

AEPC says wage hike unfeasible

AEPC feels the minimum wage proposals for the garment industry are unrealistic. The plan is to ... Read more

ATDC teams up with Groz-Beckert to launch CSR initiative

Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC) and Groz-Beckert will launch a CSR initiative for v... Read more

ZDHC adds new directors, board strength increases to 12

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) has five new board directors. With the five ad... Read more

ATDC wins award for encouraging women in workforce

The Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC) encourages women to take up career in the apparel... Read more

Europe faces slavery risks in supply chain with increased migration

Modern slavery risks have risen in nearly three quarters of the 28 member states of the Europea... Read more