The perils of social risk on garment supply
Instead of searching for new sourcing hot-spots, apparel buyers and suppliers should be more concerned with new risks to production in previously stable garment-making environments. Labour disruptions, inflation, political unrest, mass illness, safety infractions are among the new raft of problems .
Instead of searching for new sourcing hot-spots, Mike Flanagan is more concerned with new risks to production in previously stable garment-making environments. Labour disruptions, inflation, political unrest, mass illness, safety infractions are among the new raft of problems he terms the perils of social risk.
Bangladesh is risking serious economic problems by concentrating too much on clothing exports, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has concluded in a report released ahead of a review of the country's trade policies.
The group representing Indian apparel exporters has moved to emphasise that the country's garment sector is not marked by child labour or forced labour after a report from the US Department of Labor accused the industry of labour violations.
Leather used in luxury goods throughout the world is produced in tanneries in Bangladesh where workers include children as young as 11 and pollutants flood into surrounding communities, a new report claims.
The addition of Vietnam to the US government's list of countries using both child labour and forced labour in the production of garments has prompted a group of American manufacturers to question its participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks.
Cotton, footwear, leather, clothing and textiles have been included in the latest list released by the US Bureau of International Labour Affairs (ILAB) of goods produced in countries that are suspected of using child or forced labour.
Sportswear giant Adidas AG is looking into the possibility of setting up an industry insurance fund to help workers who are left with no wages or benefits when supplier factories close.
German retailer Tchibo has become the second company to commit to a programme that aims to improve fire and building safety in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry.
As information continues to emerge on the devastating fire that killed around 300 workers at a garment factory in Pakistan earlier this week, brands sourcing from the country are being urged to undertake immediate reviews of their suppliers.
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