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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

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

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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

AAFA takes up a program against forced labor

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Fair Labor Association have draw... Read more

Kenyan textile units want a bar on EPZ firms

Textile producers in Kenya want EPZ firms to be barred from selling their products tax-free in ... Read more

UN experts accuse companies and investors of ignoring human rights violatio…

According to a group of independent UN experts, companies and investors the world over are turn... Read more

New migration rules for UK workers find few takers in fashion industry

"The report was not appreciated by the fashion industry, which warned that the sector could fac... Read more

Implementation of new wage structure to shut down many RMG units

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) believes the implementat... Read more

LA-based US garment sweatshops fined for non compliance

Garment contractors in the US have been fined for labor law violations. A worksite operating un... Read more

Welspun to help women access skill-building initiatives

Home textile manufacturer Welspun India has collaborated with UN Women, a subsidiary of the Uni... Read more

Bangladesh activists say amended labour laws does not go far

The amendments that Bangladesh has made to the labor law haven’t gone down too well with ... Read more

Employment in US textiles down four per cent

Employment in the US textiles sector declined four per cent in 2017 from 2013. Reshoring has ta... Read more

Nothing much has changed in Bangladesh RMG units

While factory safety has greatly improved in Bangladesh over the last five years, accidents sti... Read more

M&S, British High Commission promote gender equality in Indian RMG fact…

The British High Commission and Marks & Spencer have launched a program in India’s ga... Read more

Textile Today, NTG to jointly create skilled professionals

Textile Today- a comprehensive and international magazine for textile, apparel & fashion in... Read more

Tussle over Bangladesh wage hike as union leaders want more

Union leaders in Bangladesh want a recent hike in garment workers’ basic pay to be revise... Read more

India: AIC-NIFT-TEA, Avinashilingam University offer skills training in kni…

AIC-NIFT-TEA Incubation Centre for Textiles and Apparels has signed a MoU with the Avinashiling... Read more

Lacoste gets new creative director

Louise Trotter is the new creative director of Lacoste. Trotter will be the first woman in Laco... Read more

Labor skills dominate Belgium event

Belgium hosted Euratex on September 25. The event was an opportunity for insightful conversatio... Read more

Flipkart, Amazon to record $2.5-3 billion sales during festive season

Accord is a platform of western buyers and has been undertaking workplace safety activities in... Read more

Accord to leave Bangladesh in a phased manner

Accord is a platform of western buyers and has been undertaking workplace safety activities in... Read more

Bangladesh initiates penal measures to curb non-compliance of labor norms

The Bangladesh government has initiated penal measures to curtail non-compliance of RMG factori... Read more

PLWF seeks wage hike of textile workers

Eight Dutch institutional investors, with combined assets of €725 bn, have launched a plat... Read more

Automation in Indian factories to double in three years

As per a survey by Willis Towers Watson, automation will double over the next three years in In... Read more

PTEA reelects chairman Khurram Mukhtar

Khurram Mukhtar has been elected chairman, Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA). He ha... Read more

Andrea Pesaresi the new president of Michael Kors’ menswear

Andrea Pesaresi has been appointed as the President of Michael Kors Men’s. He will report... Read more

President Trump to appoint Don Bockoven to ACTPN

President Donald Trump has appointed Don Bockoven, Vice Chairman, National Council of Textile O... Read more

Italian fashion industry refutes claims of underpayment

The Italian fashion industry has responded to a scathing New York Times report published last w... Read more

Jesmina Zeliang nominated President of IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2018

Jesmina Zeliang, a woman entrepreneur from North East, who is also one of the members of Commit... Read more

Unifi Inc to appoint Helen Sahi as VP-Global Corporate Sustainability

Unifi Inc. has appointed Helen M Sahi as Vice President, Global Corporate Sustainability. In he... Read more

PVH works towards living wages by joining ACT

PVH has joined ACT or ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation), a collective bargaining tool... Read more

Clean Clothes Campaign reprimands H&M over false wage claims

A new report titled ‘H&M: fair living wages were promised, poverty wages are the real... Read more

Clean Clothes says Bangladesh minimum wage are outrageous

Clean Clothes Campaign has branded the newly announced minimum wage for Bangladeshi garment wor... Read more

ILAB lists Turkey, Myanmar among countries producing goods with child labou…

Turkey and Myanmar, have been named by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of ... Read more