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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

Working conditions for women in Asian countries demand attention

Working conditions for women in Asian countries demand attention

"A German court case, which implicated local discount clothing manufacturer KiK for a fire at its Ali Enterprises textile factory in Karachi in 2012, raised a pertinent question: whether corporations should be held accountable for the working conditions of their suppliers abroad. The global fast fashion industry, prima... Read more

EU cautious about suspending trade benefits to Cambodia, Myanmar

EU cautious about suspending trade benefits to Cambodia, Myanmar

"The EU is reluctant to take action against Cambodia and Myanmar, who continue to enjoy duty-free market access to the EU, despite being accused of severe human rights violations. The Cambodian government, under longtime ruler Hun Sen has squelched democracy, while the Myanmar military has committed horrible atrocities... Read more

Pakistan should develop its apparel sector to solve myriad issues

Pakistan should develop its apparel sector to solve myriad issues

"Due to a massive crisis in its balance of payments (BoP), Pakistan is facing immense pressure on its Forex reserves. The country’s dollar reserves have fallen to $8,408 million, sufficient only to cover its import bill for few months. To buttress these depleting reserves, the country’s finance minister pla... Read more

Strong need for skills development in the apparel industry

Strong need for skills development in the apparel industry

"Growing consumer needs are increasingly pressurising retailers and manufacturers to deliver products faster, cheaper through transparent and sustainable supply chains. Consequently, organisations across the apparel industry are facing a rapidly changing need for skills training and development of their workforce. ... Read more

A resurging apparel industry augurs well for UK

A resurging apparel industry augurs well for UK

"Though it’s difficult for the millennial to imagine the UK as a mass producer of clothing and textiles, the nation in 1970s had a thriving textile manufacturing industry. The industry started to drift slowly by early 1980s when retailers and brands relocated to emerging markets in a bid to cut costs and increase... Read more

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

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Revoking of duty free access is likely to force brands out of Cambodia

The European Union’s move to revoke Cambodia’s duty-free access could force major c... Read more

Bangladesh to form a sectoral confederation in RMG sector

Following a proposal by the BGMEA, the Bangladesh government is planning to form a sectoral con... Read more

Kimberly Glas to head US trade group NCTO

Kimberly Glas is president and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). Gla... Read more

Western German textile, clothing industry settle on wage rates

Workers at the West German textile and clothing industry will get 4.9 per cent in wages and sal... Read more

Abuse of women rampant in apparel supply chains

How committed apparel companies are to fighting harassment and discrimination in their supply c... Read more

Cambodian apparel workers fear loss of benefits

Cambodia's garment industry is confronted with some major challenges. The most pressing concern... Read more

Virender Uppal is new AMHSSC chairman

Virender Uppal is the new chairman of the Apparel, Made-Ups and Home Furnishing Sector Skill Co... Read more

UK’s EAC releases report on sustainability winners

The UK Parliament’s Environment Audit Select Committee (EAC) released the first findings,... Read more

Focus on silent, underpaid Indian apparel workers working from home

Millions of workers in the Indian garment industry, many of them women, work from home. These w... Read more

Guess replaces chief executive

Carlos Alberini is the new chief executive of Guess. He replaces Victor Herrero. In fact, Alber... Read more

Avery Baker to step down as Chief Brand Officer of Tommy Hilfiger

Avery Baker will step down from her role as chief brand officer for Tommy Hilfiger from June 20... Read more

ILO, H&M Group to promote improved working conditions in supply chains

H&M Group and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have expanded their partnership t... Read more

EU moves closer to imposing sanctions on Cambodia

The EU is about to impose trade sanctions against Cambodia as a result of alleged human rights ... Read more

Relief for Bangladesh garment workers as wage dispute resolves

Bangladesh has revised wages in six grades for garment workers. This resolves the unrest in the... Read more

Wage protests rock Bangladesh apparel industry

Labor unrest has gripped Bangladesh’s garment sector. In September last year, the minimum... Read more

Chinese textile workers face high level of pollution in production units

Workers in Chinese textile factories are exposed to high levels of air pollution. At one facili... Read more

Benetton hires Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as new artistic director

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is the new artistic director of United Colors of Benetton men&rsquo... Read more

Piece rate or partial pay, garment workers look for the best option

Some factories in Vietnam, Indonesia, Jordan, Haiti and Nicaragua pay workers by piece rate. Th... Read more

Simon James Spurr joins 7 For All Mankind as global creative director

Simon James Spurr is the new global creative director for denim brand 7 For All Mankind. Spurr,... Read more

First day of the nationwide strike fails to impact apparel units

The first day of the two-day nationwide strike called by 10 central trade unions had little imp... Read more

H&M strives to improve labour practices across supply chain

H&M is the world’s second-largest apparel retailer has improved its purchasing practi... Read more

Wage Management System of H&M offers better pay package

In 2018, the difference in take-home salary amongst the workers under Wage Management System (W... Read more

Lenzing appoints Florian Heubrandner new strategy head

Florian Heubrandner is the new Vice President, Global Business Management Textiles at Lenzing. ... Read more

Center for excellence opens in Tirupur

A center for excellence has been set up in Tirupur to take up research and training in apparel ... Read more

Vietnam’s labor cost higher than Southeast Asian neighbours

Labor costs are higher in Vietnam than in other Southeast Asian countries. Wage costs per worke... Read more

Bangladesh to address inconsistencies in new RMG wage structure post electi…

Bangladesh has announced that inconsistencies in the newly announced wage structure for readyma... Read more

Stefano Saccone appointed Vice President, General Manager, Vans(R)

VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, has app... Read more

SIDA, ILO to improve Asian garment supply chain

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in collaboration with the Internati... Read more

Tackling deep-rooted concerns of Indian textile industry to boost growth

The government, in order to support the industry, has increased import duty on several textile ... Read more

Bangladesh: Khondoker Latifur Rahman elected first VP of BGAPMEA

Khondoker Latifur Rahman has been elected as first Vice-President and Mozaharul Haque the secon... Read more

Child labor falls in Cambodian apparel units

Child labor has fallen in Cambodia’s garment factories. A survey of almost 500 licensed g... Read more

Discouraging results of forced labor in supply chains of 43 international b…

KnowTheChain, a benchmark that helps companies calculate their approach to address forced labor... Read more

With Accord closing operations, Bangladesh workers could face a bleak futur…

"Working conditions for garment workers in Bangladesh are likely to turn bleak as the High Cour... Read more

Nike Direct gets new head

Heidi O’Neill is the new president of Nike Direct which handles the digital initiatives. ... Read more

Apparel and footwear brands fail to address issue of forced labor

A new report by KnowTheChain, a benchmark that measures companies' efforts to address forced la... Read more

Cambodia to drop pending charges against union leaders

To dispel pressure from the international community over human rights, Cambodia’s Ministr... Read more

Bangladesh registers highest import growth for September 2018

As per latest figures by the Department of Commerce's Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), B... Read more

H&M faces wage protests

H&M is nowhere near ensuring a living wage for workers who make H&M clothes. Hundreds o... Read more

Myanmar, Cambodia register fastest growth in minimum wages

Out of the 10 Asean countries, low wage earners in Myanmar and Cambodia have experienced the fa... Read more

Myanmar hosts workshop on fair practices in apparel segment

A workshop on how to effectively implement global framework agreements (GFAs) in the textile an... Read more

Bulgarian textile industry looks at ways to improve labour rights

Bulgarian textile mills, unions and brands including H&M, Inditex and ASOS met recently to ... Read more

Todd Dalhausser appointed President of VF Corps brand Altra

VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories has appo... Read more

ICA Bremen conducts Cotton Classing training course

ICA Bremen conducted its ‘Cotton Classing’ training course, in association with the... Read more

Myanmar wage hike may not benefit workers

Garment workers in Myanmar are unlikely to benefit from recent increase in minimum wages. Reaso... Read more

European parliament recommends continuation of Transition Accord

The European Parliament has passed a resolution urging the Bangladesh government to allow the w... Read more

With a revival in manufacturing, jobs go a begging in the US

Manufacturers in the United States are experiencing some of the highest levels of growth seen i... Read more

Craig A. Williams is the new president of Jordan

Craig A. Williams will be the president of Jordan Brand. He was earlier with Coca-Cola and McDo... Read more

Despite wage hike, Bangladesh still has one of the lowest labor costs

Even after the latest wage hike for apparel workers effective next month, labor costs in Bangla... Read more

ASSOCHAM awards efforts in skill development

ASSOCHAM, during its recently held ASSOCHAM Summit – cum – Awards ceremony in Delhi... Read more

ICA elects new team

A new leadership team has been elected at the International Cotton Association (ICA) following ... Read more

Buyers tight fisted with Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s exporters do not get fair and reasonable prices for their products. Reasons ... Read more

Abuses rife at Bangladesh tanneries

Labor and human rights and environmental practices are being violated in Bangladesh’s lea... Read more

Better deal likely for Bangladesh workers

A bill in Bangladesh has proposed labor-friendly measures. Some of the salient features of the ... Read more

Indonesian factory workers accuse Uniqlo of exploitation

Indonesian workers have accused Uniqlo of exploiting them. Around 2,000 workers were made redun... Read more

British labor experts urge companies to be more transparent

Labor experts in Britian urged the country's top 100 companies to be more transparent and lead ... Read more

Apparel companies pledge to tackle forced labor

More than 100 global apparel and footwear companies have pledged to tackle forced labor risks f... Read more

ZCMA to create 35,000 textile jobs in five years

The Zimbabwe Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (ZCMA) intends to employ 35,000 people i... Read more