Blog: Pressure for supply chain clean-up
Leonie Barrie | 26 November 2012
Pressure on fashion brands and retailers to clean up their supply chains resurfaced again last week with new evidence that they are continuing to sell clothing contaminated with toxic chemicals.
Research from environmental pressure group Greenpeace International tested 141 clothing items and claims to expose links between manufacturing plants using hazardous chemicals and their presence in consumer products. The highest concentrations were said to be found in clothing from Zara, Metersbonwe, Levi's, C&A, Mango, Calvin Klein, Jack & Jones and Marks & Spencer.
A number of major clothing brands have also been accused of "fuelling modern-day slavery" through their failure to address child and forced labour in their supply chains.
A report released by the Not For Sale campaign grades companies on the extent to which they have traced their suppliers and established systems throughout their supply chains to prevent and address the issue. Firms including Lacoste and Skechers received the lowest grades.
And around 250 garment workers from India's main production centres attended a trial-like event staged last week in a bid to draw attention to pay and working conditions in factories that make clothes for Western brands and retailers. A panel of international judges surveyed the evidence, which included input from H&M and Adidas.
As Xi Jinping assumes the leadership of China's ruling Communist Party and prepares to get down to business, Mike Flanagan pens him an open letter offering up a few home truths about China's textile and garment industry.
Likewise, a number of issues affecting clothing, textile and footwear trade are facing the re-elected US Administration, including the fiscal cliff and talks to expand the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
The recent bankruptcy of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, the world's seventh-largest container shipper, at the end of August, has left billions of dollars worth of merchandise in limbo, leaving the fal...
The ongoing challenge of tackling transparency and traceability across global supply chains cropped up again last week, with the launch of a new initiative to try to eliminate forced labour from cotto...
As a barometer of the latest trends in the US apparel sourcing landscape, the recent Sourcing at MAGIC trade show pointed to a shift from regional to global sourcing, a move towards fewer but more cap...
Mike Flanagan, CEO at industry consultancy Clothesource, spent the first six months of 2016 campaigning to stay in the EU. Not once, he says, did he hear his opponents - or anyone in Britain's new, Br...
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