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Compliance on living wages still low among most global brands

Compliance on living wages still low among most global brands

"Most brands were willing to share initiatives for promoting living wages. They were also transparent about their limitations in producing in developing countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam, as the wage-setting mechanisms and social dialogue in these countries are still at a nascent stage"   Even a... Read more

Multinationals gear up to tackle labor exploitation in sourcing factor…

Multinationals gear up to tackle labor exploitation in sourcing factories

"Although shares of Fast Retailing, the Japanese company behind clothing brand Uniqlo, surged more than 75 per cent over the past year due to its steady expansion in overseas and endorsement deals with tennis star Roger Federer and golfer Adam Scott, around 2,000 of its Indonesian laborers were laid off with unpaid wag... Read more

AEPC, ILO team up to launch compendium of good management practices

AEPC, ILO team up to launch compendium of good management practices

"Not immune to the challenges of recession, unemployment and sustainability in consumption and production, India’s RMG exports has been hovering around $17 billion for the last few years. Increasing competition is making buyers more stringent about brand’s compliance to environment standards. They are also ... Read more

Faisalabad, Pakistan’s Manchester faces a crisis, workers rally agains…

Faisalabad, Pakistan’s Manchester faces a crisis, workers rally against new taxes

"The textile industry in Faisalabad, known as the little Manchester of Pakistan, has been facing a severe financial crisis ever since the federal government announced its 2019-20 budget. The government has imposed a 17 per cent sales tax on the textile sector, which resulted in several processing units going on strikes... Read more

Global garment factories demand fair labor standards

Global garment factories demand fair labor standards

"The expectation was that post Rana Plaza tragedy, that killed at least 1,132 people and injured over 2,500 in Bangladesh, the global garment manufacturing industry had woken up to the social and environmental hazards of fast fashion. However, six years later, little seems to have changed as many workers are still bein... Read more

Turkey emerges the new global production hub

Turkey emerges the new global production hub

"Preferred by major consumer markets due to their cheaper costs, the Asia-based supply system is undergoing a major change. As a recent McKinsey Global Institute’s report indicates, large consumer markets are turning towards new and closer manufacturers."   Preferred by major consumer markets due to their ... Read more

India: Labor issues cloud India’s knitwear hub Tirupur’s development

India: Labor issues cloud India’s knitwear hub Tirupur’s development

"Once touted as the ‘knitwear capital of India, Tirupur, is currently mired by labor issues. Underemployment and rising costs of living, coupled with the continuing impact of policy measures such as the Goods and Services Tax, especially on small-scale manufacturers, is stagnating growth in the city with the shor... Read more

ILRF report lays out roadmap for transforming global apparel industry

ILRF report lays out roadmap for transforming global apparel industry

"The International Labor Rights Forum’s new paper, ‘Future of Fashion: Worker-Led Strategies for Corporate Accountability in the Global Apparel Industry,’ highlights corporate social responsibility (CSR) and multi-stakeholder initiatives have failed to address and remedy the persistent exploitation of... Read more

Prudent investment, people and choices help brands expand horizon

Prudent investment, people and choices help brands expand horizon

"Leading fashion brands emphasise, right people, proper funding and strong brand values are the key factors that help a small start-up to grow into a booming business. Cornish fashion brand Seasalt and Kent-based kidswear retailer Childrensalon both started as single, independently-run shops but now have multi-million-... Read more

Vietnam-EU FTA to create history after seven years of wait

Vietnam-EU FTA to create history after seven years of wait

"The European Union and Vietnam are moving closer to clinching the Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) after nearly seven years of negotiations. The long-sought deal will boost Vietnam’s economic growth by nearly 8 per cent by 2025. As per the terms of the deal, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party will... Read more

Majority of fashion industry professionals report job satisfaction: St…

Majority of fashion industry professionals report job satisfaction: Study

"To discover how satisfied professionals working within the fashion industry are with their jobs, Business of Fashion surveyed over 1,400 fashion professionals and further analysed a sample set of 418 respondents — working in the UK, the US, France, Italy and Germany. The survey showed, majority of fashion indust... Read more

A wake up call for the Cambodian textile industry

A wake up call for the Cambodian textile industry

"Though, a recent survey by UN initiative Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) indicates improving conditions in the country’s garment factories, human rights violations demand new mechanisms for accountability and transparency in these companies. Hun Sen government and the international race to search the cheapest la... Read more

Labor abuses continue to plague major global brands

Labor abuses continue to plague major global brands

"A new report by NGO KnowTheChain reveals the fashion industry lacks in its efforts to address forced labor. The NGO surveyed 43 of the world’s largest clothing and footwear companies’ efforts to address the issue. These companies scored only 37 out of a possible 100, with more than two-thirds scoring below... Read more

Need for more accountability on worker’s safety in South Asia

Need for more accountability on worker’s safety in South Asia

"The 2013 Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh and the 2012 factory fire in Pakistan city kick started a series of litigation processes, public awareness campaigns and safety inspections kick-started in the aftermath of the two fatal incidents. Although some compensation was paid to the victims' families, but did these tr... Read more

 
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Marks & Spencer appoints Paul Babbs as new supply chain officer

Marks & Spencer, the British department stores group has appointed Paul Babbs as the new ch... Read more

US amends the USMCA deal

The US government has strengthened labor, environmental, pharmaceutical and enforcement provisi... Read more

EU launches new training program

EU-funded SMART Textile and Garment project is holding a conference at the Sedona Hotel in Yang... Read more

Bangladesh seeks EU cooperation to deal with labour issues

The European Union wants Bangladesh to address outstanding labor issues including freedom of as... Read more

Gants appoints Patrik Soderstrom as new CEO

Gant has appointed Patrik Söderström as new chief executive officer starting February... Read more

Bangladesh opts for digital payments

Bangladesh plans to bring its 3.6 million garment workers under a digital wage system by 2021. ... Read more

Ghana trains textile labor

Ghana is providing training for skilled jobs in the textile industry. Participants will take pa... Read more

Australian fashion brands fail to pay living wages in foreign companies

Non-for-profit organisation Oxfam has published a report accusing Australia-based brands of fai... Read more

Australian Fashion Council signs UN Fashion Charter

The Australian Fashion Council has become the second fashion body to sign the UN Fashion Charte... Read more

Companies focus on empowering women

Though the global garment industry has always been a female-dominated industry, garment compani... Read more

Samarth aims at imparting skills

Textile industry’s initiative Samarth has the broad objective of skilling youth for gainf... Read more

ACT brand factories agree on Freedom of Association Guideline

After eight months of negotiations, factories producing for ACT brands in Myanmar have agreed o... Read more

Katie Anderson appointed new CFO of Guess

Katie Anderson has been named chief financial officer (CFO) for denim and contemporary lifestyl... Read more

GAP CEO quits amid falling sales

GAP has estimated a 4 per cent drop in Q3 same-store sales, with declines across all its key br... Read more

Cambodia: 90,000 jobs loses expected on suspension of trade preferences

The European Chamber of Commerce estimates that 90,000 jobs in Cambodia would be at risk if the... Read more

TAI-Mumbai elects Vilas V Gharat as new president

Vilas V Gharat is the new president of Textile Association of India’s Mumbai unit. He has... Read more

Cambodia: UNIDO to help reduce energy consumption in 50 garment units

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation plans to work 50 garment factories by 20... Read more

BWP program to help improve labor welfare in Pakistan

Atika Riffat, Joint Secretary Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development sa... Read more

Tommy Hilfiger ropes in Michael Scheiner as new marketing head

Michael Scheiner is chief marketing officer, Tommy Hilfiger. Scheiner has over 15 years of expe... Read more

China exports sweatshop garments to the US

Products made by the forced labor of Chinese Muslims detained in camps in the Xinjiang region c... Read more

Unions step in to correct abuses

Global framework agreements are being used to boost union organizing, collective bargaining agr... Read more

Stoll, SIFEC, SANDA unveil new knitting training centre in Shanghai

Stoll, SIFEC and SANDA unveiled a knitting training centre last month at the Shanghai Internati... Read more

Harsh times for garment workers in Eastern Europe

Garment workers in Eastern Europe are coping with difficult conditions. Romania is one of Europ... Read more

Shoddy audits lead to disasters

Social audit firms are responsible for a number of fatal accidents in the readymade garment sec... Read more

India: CITI elects new office bearers

T. Rajkumar is the new Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry. He heads Sri M... Read more

Jeanette Loos heads Ispo Group

Jeanette Loos is the new global head of the Ispo Group. She will be responsible for driving the... Read more

Chirstopher Bastin returns to Gant

Christopher Bastin is returning to Gant as global artistic director. His responsibilities will ... Read more

Ashwin Chandran elected new chairman of SIMA

At the 60th general meeting of the Southern India Mills Association (SIMA), Ashwin Chandran was... Read more

Migrant workers in Bangladesh face exploitation

In Bangladesh, employment opportunities, climate change, natural disasters, and marriage are ke... Read more

Filip Miermans to head Corporate Communications & Investor Relations at…

Filip Miermans has been appointed the head of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations... Read more

Andhra handloom weavers await dues

The condition of handloom weavers in Andhra Pradesh is worsening. The Andhra Pradesh State Hand... Read more

Australia partners ILO to support Bangladesh RMG industry

Australia has partnered International Labor Organisation to improve working conditions, empower... Read more

Levi Strauss launches program for women

Denim giant Levi Strauss has launched an initiative focused on protecting women in supply chain... Read more

M&S and British HC launch Responsible Migration project

In its endeavor to spread awareness among migrants to ensure safe migration for work, Dominic A... Read more

Garment workers toil in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s garment industry is booming and setting export records but workers struggle ... Read more

Felix Carbullido has joined Abercrombie & Fitch as director

He comes from Williams-Sonoma, a specialty retailer of home products, where he oversees marketi... Read more

Laura Joukovski appointed President of Global Fashion Brands

TechStyle Fashion Group, the global fashion retailer has appointed Laura Joukovski as the new P... Read more

Primark snaps ties with errant factories in Bangladesh

British retail giant Primark has suspended business ties with some garment factories in Banglad... Read more

Telangana acts against child labor in cotton farms

Telangana will map its cotton farms and spinning mills as part of an effort to weed out child l... Read more

NIPR organises lecture on revival of the moribund Nigerian textile industry

The Kaduna state chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) recently organise... Read more

Australia funds Bangladesh program for labour welfare

Australia has partnered the International Labor Organization to improve working conditions, emp... Read more

SAC gets new executive director

Amina Razvi is executive director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). She has assumed d... Read more

Handicraft artisans get insurance cover

India has been implementing various schemes for the welfare and development of textile workers/... Read more

Denny Bruce is the new president of Dickies

Denny Bruce is Global Brand President of Dickies. He will be responsible for all aspects of the... Read more

Brandix India gives women a new life

At the Brandix India facility in Andhra Pradesh, women are stitching the world’s most fas... Read more

Countries repress garment workers

Garment workers in many countries are being exploited, says the International Trade Union Confe... Read more

Fast Retailing teams up with UN Women to launch empowerment program

Fast Retailing in partnership with UN Women will champion women’s rights and empowerment ... Read more

Destination Maternity cuts jobs to save costs

Destination Maternity has initiated job cuts which would generate cost savings of $4 million to... Read more

Cheryl Abel-Hodges becomes new Calvin Klein CEO

Cheryl Abel-Hodges is the new CEO of Calvin Klein. Calvin Klein is a part of PVH Corp. Abel-Hod... Read more

Clean Clothes Campaign report grants negative grade to Under Armour

A recent report by Clean Clothes Campaign named Under Armour Inc. among 19 clothing brands that... Read more

Child labor plagues supply chains

Child labor is still prevalent in global supply chains. This is true of manufacturing hubs like... Read more

Cambodia forces brands to scrap short term contracts

Brands can no longer resort to short-term contracts for garment workers in Cambodia. A legal cl... Read more

Absent migrant labour brings Ludhiana to a standstill

Ludhiana is grappling with a severe labor shortage. Migrants have yet to return from their nati... Read more

Cambodia outlaws short contracts for garment workers

Brands can no longer resort to short-term contracts for garment workers in Cambodia. A legal cl... Read more

Apparel supply chains rife with abuses

Hidden supply chains are the terra incognitas of the apparel industry. They exist outside facto... Read more

Smriti Irani retails textile ministery

The new NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendera Modi has retained, Smriti Zubin Irani as... Read more

Garment companies fail to pay living wages

Global garment companies are failing to meet living wage promises to workers, says a study by r... Read more