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As at June end, the Accord has carried out 800 factory inspectionsSOURCING: Accord calls on brands to up inspection funding 25 Jul 14

Michelle Russell

Over one year on from the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety is calling on retailers and clothing brands to contribute more to the fund in order to complete its factory inspections.


Mark Bannister, sustainability manager at Echo Sourcing, spoke at this yearSource Summit 2014: Quote/unquote 25 Jul 14

Katie Smith

A raft of fashion industry experts gathered in London this week to discuss integrating sustainability into businesses through 3D (social, environmental, commercial) initiatives. Views were shared on the challenges faced by manufacturers and brands, and the opportunities driving change within the industry. Here are a selection of quotes from the annual Source Summit, organised by the Ethical Fashion Forum.


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 25 Jul 14

Katie Smith

More than 170 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people last year.


Nike’s commitment to innovation includes Lunarlon cushioning technology, inspired by images of astronauts walking on the moonANALYSIS: New pricing strategy pays off for Nike 24 Jul 14

Leonie Barrie

Sporting goods Nike is raising its prices at a time when other companies are turning to increased markdowns and heavy promotional activity to drive traffic. And analysts say the strategy is single-handedly driving growth in the US sneaker market, as well as helping the company to carve out a new competitive advantage.


Hanesbrands raised its full-year guidance as it revealed second-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimatesIN THE MONEY: Hanesbrands praises supply chain efficiency 24 Jul 14

Michelle Russell

Hanesbrands has praised the efficiency of its supply chain, describing it as "a clear contributor" to earnings, helping the underwear maker outperform in its second-quarter.


The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has reached its first anniversarySOURCING: Alliance members buying more products from Bangladesh 23 Jul 14

Leonie Barrie

The group of North American brands and retailers - including Wal-Mart Stores, Gap Inc and VF Corporation - working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories appears to be sourcing more products from the country as efforts to upgrade the industry take hold. But one year on, progress is "far from over", with the total cost likely to be in the region of $150m and take 12-18 another months to complete.


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Alliance and Accord publish annual reportsAlliance and Accord publish annual reports

This month, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety both issued their first annual reports, providing an update on the work carried out on improving safety and working conditions in the country to date. just-style took a closer look.

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Leonie BarrieLatest blog entry: Exporters back India's budget but seek more 21 Jul 2014

Leonie Barrie

Indian apparel exporters are seeking a series of favourable policy decisions from the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, including export subsidies to offset import duties imposed by the EU while talks continue towards an EU-India free trade agreement.


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