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Vietnam factories face fire safety challenge

Blocked fire exits and a lack of proper equipment and training highlight a “persistently high” level of non-compliance with fire safety stan...

COMMENT: The decline of the buying office

Twenty years ago major garment importers and retailers began to move away from independent agents to set up wholly-owned buying offices wher...

Top company strategic reviews of 2014

Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to h...

Bangladesh: The business benefits of compliance

Will efforts to improve fire, building and worker safety in Bangladesh's apparel industry translate into more business - and higher prices?...

Latest Interviews

Levi Strauss refocuses on profit through principle 8 Dec 2014

Michelle Russell

Levis Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan. just-style talks with Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.


M&S continuing to drive sustainability agenda 12 Nov 2014

Michelle Russell

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is on something of a mission: To become the world's most sustainable retailer through its ambitious Plan A environmental and ethical programme. The person in charge of implementing this globally is Adam Elman, head of Plan A delivery, who discusses the initiative's challenging targets and the need for wider industry collaboration.

Latest News

World Bank urged to probe links with Uzbek cotton 18 Dec 14

Leonie Barrie

The World Bank's internal watchdog is being urged to investigate whether its projects are contributing to the use of forced labour in in the cotton sector of Uzbekistan.


Wage theft of migrants in Thai apparel industry 18 Dec 14

Leonie Barrie

A study into the working conditions of migrants from Myanmar (Burma) in the Thai apparel industry suggests the workers are typically paid less than the legal minimum wage - a practice known as "wage theft".


Investigation uncovers China's dog leather trade 18 Dec 14

Michelle Russell

An undercover investigation in China by animal rights group PETA has found leather goods sold globally may be made out of the skin from slaughtered dogs.


Bureau Veritas develops US trim quality solution 18 Dec 14

Michelle Russell

Compliance and quality assurance specialist Bureau Veritas has developed a trim manufacturing quality programme for the US market.


Pakistan buyers forum established 18 Dec 14

Michelle Russell

A buyers forum for Pakistan was established this week following a two-day meeting to promote the sustainability of Pakistan's garment and textile industry.


Ecuador set for enhanced trading status with EU 17 Dec 14

Richard Woodard

Ecuador is poised to enjoy enhanced trading status with the European Union after the signing of a protocol between the two parties.

Latest blogs

Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality 10 Dec 14

Michelle Russell

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.


Seeking alternatives to rising labour costs 1 Dec 14

Michelle Russell

Instead of relocating production in an attempt to sidestep the challenge of rising labour costs, China's textile and clothing manufacturers should work to create a more sustainable industry.

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