Rana Plaza two years on: Challenges and concerns

Two years ago today (24 April), one of the world’s worst industrial disasters took place when the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh collapsed. While it was a catalyst for change, new concerns and frustrations are now coming to the fore.

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Myanmar garment workers strike deal

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Rana Plaza two years on: Challenges and concerns

Two years ago today (24 April), one of the world’s worst industrial disasters took place when the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh c...

Progress made in Bangladesh but problems remain

Two years on from the Rana Plaza disaster, stakeholders have highlighted the progress made towards a safer ready-made garment industry in Ba...

Rana Plaza two years on: Timeline of change

On the day of the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes and progress that ha...

DENIM DAYS: Jeans innovation bursting at the seams

Digitally printed jeans described as the ultimate sustainable product, more sophisticated weaves, and vegan fabrics are just a few of the in...

Adidas pushing self-governance for suppliers

Adidas’ annual Group Sustainability Report offers a yearly snapshot of the company’s achievements and challenges in the fields of the enviro...

How will TPP emerge from fast-track trade bill?

A bipartisan package of bills introduced last week could pave the way for “fast track” negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)....


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Striking garment workers in Myanmar have ended their action after securing a 37% pay rise and other benefits.

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Day to mark two-year Rana Plaza anniversary

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After its hashtag was the number one global trend on Twitter last year, Fashion Revolution Day is returning tomorrow (24 April) to honour the mark the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.


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Strikes underscore Vietnam challenges

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Rana Plaza: Two years on

Two years ago today (24 April), one of the world’s worst industrial disasters took place when the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,134 garment workers and injuring 2,378 more. The tragedy was undoubtedly a catalyst for change in the way the apparel industry looks at its responsibility towards the entire supply chain, but new concerns and frustrations are now coming to the fore.

How will TPP emerge from fast-track trade bill?

A bipartisan package of bills could pave the way for "fast track" negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But there are still a lot of barriers before a TPP agreement emerges – and it more than likely won’t be the deal US apparel importers have been hoping for

Adidas worker hotline bridges communication gap

Sporting goods giant Adidas is evolving its factory monitoring system away from auditing to track supply chain compliance and is instead working to develop self-governance programmes for its suppliers. Part of the process has been to improve communication with workers at its supplier factories - including the launch of an SMS hotline, which will reach 250,000 workers by the end of the year.

Pou Yuen strike underscores Vietnam challenges

Strikes and protests are rare in Vietnam, but recent demonstrations by thousands of footwear factory workers underscore some of the challenges facing one of the industry’s main manufacturing hubs.

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