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Will new Vietnam wage hinder competitiveness?

Vietnam's National Salary Council may have agreed to increase the country-wide minimum wage next year by the smallest proportion in a decade...

Cambodia garment sector faces ongoing challenges

At first glance, Cambodia's garment sector is doing fine. ANZ Bank recently predicted 7.2% GDP growth in 2016, mainly fuelled by rising clot...

Low garment prices weigh on Cambodia worker wages

As annual discussions get underway in Cambodia on a new minimum wage for garment workers, a new report warns significant further wage increa...

TPP tariff phase-out guides Vietnam sourcing plans

A close look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s tariff phase-out schedule on US textile and apparel imports from Vietnam can guide sourcing...

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Film documents Cambodia garment workers' stories 30 Nov 2016

Michelle Russell

UK fashion reuse charity TRAID has launched a film in the UK revealing what it describes as the "dangers, indignities and impoverishment" of garment workers in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh.

Better Factories Cambodia extended for three years 18 Nov 2016

Leonie Barrie

The International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia Programme has been extended for another three years in a bid to continue efforts to improve working conditions and boost competitiveness in Cambodia’s garment industry.

Inditex launches supplier union network in Vietnam 16 Nov 2016

Beth Wright

Spanish fashion giant Inditex has signed a global framework agreement (GFA) with the IndustriAll Global Union, launching a supplier union network in Vietnam.

H&M to make Vietnam retail debut in 2017 9 Nov 2016

Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is to make its retail debut in Vietnam with the opening of its first stores in the country next year. 

Vietnam withdraws new textile dye regulations 3 Nov 2016

Beth Wright

The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) has welcomed a decision by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to withdraw a regulation requiring textile products made in the country to be inspected for formaldehyde and aromatic amines derived from azo dye.

Better Factories Cambodia renewed 15 years on 2 Nov 2016

Michelle Russell

The Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) initiative has been renewed again after reaching its 15-year anniversary, with a commitment to continue tackling the challenges that remain in the country's garment sector.

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