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Rana Plaza one year on: Remedies doomed to fail?

Major remedial plans established in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster are “failing to address” the greatest risks posed by the systemic we...

Bangladesh reforms must ramp up their progress

Among the numerous statements released today (24 April) to mark the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy, there is a depressing simil...

Rana Plaza one year on: Timeline of change

The Rana Plaza factory disaster has proved to be a catalyst for change in Bangladesh. While there has been criticism of the speed of the fac...

Rana Plaza one year on: Bangladesh in words

One year today, one of the worst industrial disasters in history occured when the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killin...

Latest Interviews

String traceability tool goes back to basics 23 Apr 2014

Leonie Barrie

Without knowing the precise history of the products it sells and then being able to verify the claims it makes, Tim Wilson, CEO of Historic Futures, believes the apparel industry will never be able to make a real difference to issues ranging from sustainability to illegal subcontracting. He is now taking the company's String platform back to the drawing board to tackle the issue of total traceability across the clothing supply chain.


SuperGroup realigns supply chain to support growth 15 Apr 2014

Michelle Russell

UK clothing retailer SuperGroup has had a somewhat buoyant year to date, with strong bottom line growth in its last three quarters, and ambitious plans to extend its international presence. To support this growth, the company has been busy re-aligning its supply chain. COO Susanne Given talks to Michelle Russell about the challenges international expansion brings and the group's position in the competitive youth apparel marketplace.

Latest News

Textile dye prices rise on environmental pressure 24 Apr 14

Leonie Barrie

Tougher environmental controls in the production of raw materials and intermediate chemicals in Asia, especially in China, are leading to higher prices for textile dyes.


Conflicting reports on Cambodia garment protest 24 Apr 14

Poorna Rodrigo

Conflicting reports are emerging of the support given to a five-day stay-at-home protest by Cambodia's garment workers trying to put pressure on their bosses to increase wages.


Bangladesh EU GSP benefits depend on labour reform 24 Apr 14

Leonie Barrie

The European Union says Bangladesh must make more progress on labour issues if it wants to continue to benefit from preferential access to the EU market.


AAFA lobbies Congress on renewal of Nicaragua TPL 24 Apr 14

Michelle Russell

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) say it will continue to lobby Congress over the renewal of the Nicaragua TPL trade agreement, which links over 1,000 US textile jobs, before it expires later this year.


Analysts have high hopes for Primark's US launch 24 Apr 14

Katie Smith

The news that Primark will open its first store in the US next year has been well received by analysts, with one saying it will significantly increase the UK value fashion chain's long-term growth potential.


Innovation drives Under Armour Q1 profit surge 24 Apr 14

Katie Smith

Continued investment in innovative new products helped performance apparel, footwear and accessories brand Under Armour to almost double its profit during the first quarter.

Latest blogs

Fashion Revolution Day marks Rana Plaza anniversary 24 Apr 14

Katie Smith

A campaign encouraging shoppers to ask where and how their garments have been made has been set up to mark the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.


Is China losing its competitive edge? 22 Apr 14

Leonie Barrie

Further confirmation that China's garment manufacturing industry continues to lose its competitive edge came last week when it was revealed that a number of Hong Kong garment companies are looking to build plants in Burma/Myanmar.

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