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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

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

 
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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

Brands shirk wage issue

Garment brands are under rising pressure from campaigners and consumers alike to improve condit... Read more

Worldskills Competition celebrates 45th anniversary

Known as the Olympic Games of international professional skills and held every two years, the W... Read more

Ketan Desai appointed as SGCCI president

Ketan Desai has taken over as the president and Dinesh Navadia as vice-president of Southern Gu... Read more

Carlos Crespo becomes new Inditex CEO

The new Inditex CEO is Carlos Crespo. He will lead technology (systems, data and digital), IT s... Read more

Claudio Taiana appointed as the new President of MarediModa

Claudio Taiana has been appointed as the new President of MarediModa. He will succeed Marco Bor... Read more

Clean Clothes Campaign report highlights labor shortage in Romania

The Clean Clothes Campaign’s new country report for Romania reveals that the country&rsqu... Read more

Rwanda signs partnership deal with Pink Mango C&D

Rwanda has signed partnership deal with a Chinese garment firm, China’s Pink Mango C&... Read more

Kaltex fills key positions

Jack Mathews and Lisa Valente have joined Kaltex America. Jack Mathews is senior vice president... Read more

Ethiopian apparel workers toil for low pay

Factories in Ethiopia making clothes for top global brands pay their workers far less than coun... Read more

Brands want Cambodia to correct human rights abuses

Brands like Nike, Adidas, and Levi Strauss have expressed concern over the labor and human righ... Read more

Australia helps Bangladesh upgrade worker conditions

Australia is partnering the International Labor Organization to improve working conditions, emp... Read more

Garment buyers driven by low prices take a toll on labour: Study

Per unit price is the main criterion for 78 per cent of fashion brand buyers. Only 42 per cent ... Read more

UN supports Cambodian business women

The United Nations has launched a project to support the growth of women entrepreneurs in Cambo... Read more

Report highlights plight of women workers in Asian factories

A recent report, even though 80 to 85 per cent of the workers in the Asian garment factories ar... Read more

Worker abuses rife at PVH factories in Ethiopia

Worker abuses have been detected at factories in Ethiopia that supply brands like Tommy Hilfige... Read more

Bangladesh: BGMEA’s new head to empower woman workers for bigger roles

Rubana Huq, Managing Director, Mohammadi Group, and the first woman to head one of Bangladesh&r... Read more

Labor shortage hits Surat units

The Surat textile cluster is facing a labor shortage. These units are heavily dependent on migr... Read more

OAR to map global clothing and footwear factories

A fashion data organisation, OAR aims to crack down on slavery and worker abuse by mapping ever... Read more

ASOS demands action on modern slavery from third-party brands

Leading global online fashion retailer, ASOS, is asking third-party brands to pledge to tackle ... Read more

Under Armour lauded for labor rights

Under Armour has secured a stamp of approval from Fair Labor Association (FLA). The US-based sp... Read more

Australian buyers unwilling to pay right price for Bangladesh RMG

Australian brands pay pitiful prices for the garments they source from Bangladesh. They have re... Read more

Cotton On, CARE Australia develops bespoke program for Bangladesh women wor…

Cotton On Group in partnership with CARE Australia has developed a bespoke program aiming to de... Read more

UK retail sector face shortage of shop, warehouse staff due to Brexit

A new study by workforce management expert Quinyx shows, retail businesses in the UK can expect... Read more

Monforts appoints Stefan Flöth new MD

Stefan Flöth is the new managing director of Monforts. Having spent his working life in th... Read more

IBC demands reinstation of over 12,000 retrenched garment workers

The IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) has demanded immediate intervention by the government ... Read more

Myanmar unions complain of repression

Harassment and the unfair dismissal of workers who become actively involved in labor union acti... Read more

Sri Lanka invites Italian investors

Sri Lanka and Italy are strengthening bilateral ties.The two countries have maintained excellen... Read more

Jobs shrink in UK retail

The UK retail sector’s share in employment is falling. Retail’s share of employee j... Read more

Mexico refuses to ratify NAFTA unless USA lifts tariffs

Mexico has refused to approve the labor-reform bill as a necessary step to ratifying the new No... Read more

Fair Labor Association votes in favor of factory list transparency for affi…

The board of the Fair Labor Association, a US non-profit which promotes adherence to internatio... Read more

Bangladesh demands fair prices from US and EU brands

Recently Bangladesh Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and Bangladesh High Commissioner to the Unite... Read more

Bangladesh to allow overseas companies to set up industries

According to the sources of Global Economist Forum (GEF), the Bangladesh government may permit ... Read more

Increased exports to boost wages in India

A new report, “Exports to Jobs: Boosting the Gains from Trade in South Asia”, was p... Read more

Edouard Macquin is new president of US Lectra.

He will continue to develop Lectra’s fashion, furniture and automotive leadership across ... Read more

Indra Nooyi on Amazon board

Indra Nooyi has joined Amazon as director. She has been granted 549 shares of common stock, whi... Read more

Workers toil for Australian brands at low wages

Hundreds of garment workers in Bangladesh and Vietnam toil for Australian fashion brands. These... Read more

Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A appoints new Creative Director

Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A, the, parent company of the Salvatore Ferragamo Group, one of the wor... Read more

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