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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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Ralph Lauren highlights future goals in new sustainability report

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Noida Apparel Export Cluster demands two lakh workers from UP government

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EU to provide €334 million to Bangladesh

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Daniel Grieder quits as CEO of Tommy Hilfiger Global and PVH Europe

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Salvatore Ferragamo brings back former CEO Michele Norsa

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Six European brands step in to support Myanmar workers

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Margarita Salvans appointed as CFO of Mango’s Steering Committee.

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ILO urges governments to extend social protection to the industry

The International Labor Organization has urged governments to extend social protection to the i... Read more

Bangladesh trade unions demand reinstatement of terminated workers

Concerned over mass sacking in garment factories amid the COVID-19 outbreak, labour union leade... Read more

ILO-UNICEF issue new guidelines to help employers back families

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has... Read more

UK’s Traidcraft Exchange criticizes brands for cancelling orders

UK-based fair trade watchdog Traidcraft Exchange has criticized fashion brands and retailers fo... Read more

South Africa to assist ailing textiles industries

Regulations giving effect to the government’s commitment to assist ailing industries and ... Read more

The new EU Industrial Strategy: how do we get from principles to practice?

Euratex welcomes the proposed new EU industrial strategy but wonders how the proposed principle... Read more

Itema appoints Ugo Ghilardi new CEO

Ugo Ghilardi is chief executive officer of Itema. He has been with leading companies in the mec... Read more

Toni Ruiz is the new CEO of Spanish brand Mango

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Raf Simons new creative director of Prada

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Nike makes new appointments in financial and operational directions

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Cotton Council International elects officers for 2020

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Bestseller intensifies partnership with BSR HERproject

Bestseller has intensified its long-term partnership with BSR's HERproject™, a collaborat... Read more

Australian brand Outland recognized for fighting slavery

Australian brand Outland Denim has been shortlisted for the Stop Slavery Award in the small and... Read more

River Island signs pledge

UK fashion brand River Island has signed the Transparency Pledge. The aim is to be more transpa... Read more

Factory closures affect Bangladesh apparel segment

Many factories in Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector are shutting down. Almost 60 garm... Read more

Turkish clothing sect sees nine per cent increase in employment

Employment in Turkey’s clothing industry increased 9.7 per cent from September 2018 to Se... Read more

Unilever, BGMEA to work on multiple SDGs

Unilever Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) ... Read more

Jesper Magnunsson to head H&M’s global leasing

Jesper Magnunsson will now head of global leasing for H&M. Magnunsson, who has worked for t... Read more

Kering’s luxe menswear brand Brioni gets new CEO

Mehdi Benabadji is the new CEO of Brioni, the Italian luxury menswear couture house a part of t... Read more

Clarks announces new restructuring plan

British footwear company Clarks has announced a new restructuring plan for next year. According... Read more

Unilever launches worker initiative in Bangladesh

Unilever has rolled out an initiative to improve the livelihoods of a million apparel workers i... Read more

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

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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