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Kitty So

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OECD responsible business standards have limited application in MyanmarSOURCING: Ethical standards a challenge for Burma investors 30 June 2014

Experts have warned that clothing companies from developed countries who implement international ethical standards when investing in Myanmar/Burma will probably be competing with Asian companies who ignore such guidance.


EU countries call for more Rana Plaza compensation 30 June 2014

Governments from European countries have used a session at the OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct to call on garment companies who sourced from the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh to fund compensation to victims of the building's collapse one year ago.


Sourcing shifts: Technology to help track and oversee changes 4 June 2014

Apparel and textile companies must consider a variety of complex factors when looking to switch suppliers, especially to a new manufacturer. But software specifically geared towards the sector can help companies track these changes, anticipate issues, and integrate new suppliers within the supply chain.


Sourcing shifts: Assessing the risks when switching suppliers 4 June 2014

As brands and retailers set higher production standards and create ever more complex supply chains, they need to consider all the risks when switching suppliers.


Factory safety: Global standards remain inconsistent 2 May 2014

Despite brands' desire to monitor more operations, the fragmented organisation of standards around the world remains a key challenge.


Factory safety: Auditing software provides a boost 2 May 2014

With the need to check the safety of supply chains a growing concern, software providers are updating their products to help apparel and textile companies monitor their manufacturing and distribution partners.


Canopy is campaigning to stop the world’s endangered forests from being logged for clothingConcerns grow over fibre sourcing from forests 1 April 2014

Ahead of an expected explosion in demand for wood pulp-based fibres such as rayon and viscose, environmental groups are calling on apparel and textile firms to ensure they do not come from endangered forests. H&M and Inditex are the latest to update their sourcing commitments.


Brad Loewen, chief safety inspector for the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in BangladeshInterview: The Bangladesh Accord tackles unsafe factories 20 February 2014

As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.


CAMBODIA: Blocked US funds will not hurt garment sector 3 February 2014

US budgets cutting development aid to Cambodia will not harm the Cambodian textile sector, its key industry association told just-style.


Turkey is a growing consumer of US cottonUS: Turkey ousts China as top importer of US cotton 10 January 2014

Turkey has replaced China as the United States' top cotton export market - but the US industry does not expect the shift to last.


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