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Blocked fire exits and a lack of proper equipment and training highlight a “persistently high” level of non-compliance with fire safety stan...
Twenty years ago major garment importers and retailers began to move away from independent agents to set up wholly-owned buying offices wher...
Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to h...
Will efforts to improve fire, building and worker safety in Bangladesh's apparel industry translate into more business - and higher prices?...
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Compliance and quality assurance specialist Bureau Veritas has developed a trim manufacturing quality programme for the US market.
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 is poised to enjoy enhanced trading status with the European Union after the signing of a protocol between the two parties.
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.
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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