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Just days before the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been ma...
Getting brands and retailers to think differently about the way they connect with workers in their supplier factories is key to producing mo...
America may have scrapped its major sanctions against emerging outsourcing centre Myanmar, and brought back the southeast Asian country's GS...
VF Corp’s latest five-year growth plan sets out the company’s goals to 2021, including a ramped-up focus on its top-performing Vans, Timberl...
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.
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.
Pentland Brands, one of the world's largest sports, outdoor and fashion companies, has published the names and locations of the direct factories that manufacture garments for its Berghaus brand, in a bid to increase transparency across its supply chain.
In the face of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory complex collapse, labour rights group Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is outlining a set of key actions required from governments, brands and employers it says will drive "fundamental changes" in the aftermath of the disaster.
Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has hailed 2016 as a "great year of progress" with 51% of its garments made from sustainable materials last year, but admits there is still work to be done if the company is to achieve its 80% target by 2020.
US department store retailer Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing, having helped recycle about 250m plastic bottles by using the Repreve recycled filament fibre across its apparel collections since July 2016.
Top stories this week on just-style include a warning from Myanmar apparel makers that a ban on moving lorries through Yangon has placed a heavy logistical burden on the country's clothing sector, the latest efforts by Amazon to embed itself deeper into the apparel industry, 12 start-ups chosen under a new global initiative to find more sustainable ways of producing fashion, and Walmart eyeing US men's clothing retailer Bonobos.
In the face of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory complex collapse, a cohort of unions and human rights groups are calling for more apparel and footwear companies to join the likes of Nike, Adidas, H&M and C&A in pledging their commitment to supply chain transparency.
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.
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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