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Rana Plaza four years on – Timeline of change

On the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve...

Industry groups reaffirm commitment to Bangladesh

Industry groups, brands and unions have reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the completion and long-term reform of Bangladesh's apparel...

Trump and Brexit get a dose of pragmatism

After months of loud – and often unrealistic – sloganeering, both the Trump Revolution and Britain’s Brexit plans got a transforming injecti...

Using worker surveys to drive supply chain change

Getting brands and retailers to think differently about the way they connect with workers in their supplier factories is key to producing mo...

Latest Interviews

How KiK is raising the bar on working conditions 11 Apr 2017

Leonie Barrie

After garments made for KiK were found at each of the factories involved in the apparel industry’s biggest tragedies, the low-cost German clothing chain is on a mission to raise the bar on working conditions within its supply chain. Recent developments include legally binding audits at supplier factories, and the extension of building safety assessments to Pakistan, as Ansgar Lohmann, head of KiK’s Corporate Social Responsibility department, explains.


"Power of the many" drives change at Otto Group 22 Feb 2017

Beth Wright

With pressure mounting on apparel brands and retailers to give more weight to sustainability and social responsibility in their sourcing decisions, Andreas Streubig, sustainability division manager at German mail order and e-commerce giant Otto Group, is convinced that collaboration and the "power of the many" is key to driving lasting change.

Latest News

Bangladesh trains judges on labour standards 25 Apr 17

Michelle Russell

A three-day training course on 'International Labour Standards and Labour Legislation' was launched today (25 April) in Bangladesh. aimed at equipping judges and judicial officers with better knowledge of international labour law.


Nike filed patent for "reinforced denim" 25 Apr 17

Michelle Russell

Sporting giant Nike could be able to enter the athleisure market after filing a patent for "architecturally reinforced denim".


Project seeks sustainable ideas for EUR2.4m grant 25 Apr 17

Beth Wright

A wearable technology project is offering up to EUR2.4m (US$2.6m) in funding for teams of art, design, technology or engineering practitioners and businesses to co-develop the next generation of sustainable wearables and e-textile ideas.


Avery Dennison opens interactive R&D centre 25 Apr 17

Michelle Russell

Retail solutions provider Avery Dennison has opened an innovation centre in the Netherlands offering live demonstrations and interactive experiences focusing on the connectivity of products and new innovations in RFID.


Mamiye Brothers acquires kids brand Kissy Kissy 25 Apr 17

Michelle Russell

US women's and children's fashion manufacturer and distributor Mamiye Brothers has acquired premier baby and toddler brand Kissy Kissy.


Gap unveils five-year sustainable fibres pledge 24 Apr 17

Beth Wright

US speciality retailer Gap Inc is stepping up its commitment to sustainability with a pledge to use more sustainable fibres in the production of its namesake and Athleta brand apparel within the next five years.

Latest blogs

Why digital supply chains are top of mind 3 Apr 17

Leonie Barrie

Confirmation that digital supply chains are top of mind for apparel industry executives came last week with the latest plans from global sourcing specialist Li & Fung.


Navigating global political frictions and economic uncertainty 28 Mar 17

Leonie Barrie

As a barometer of the issues top of mind for apparel sourcing executives, it is hard to beat the annual Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong.

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