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Sub-Saharan Africa is a promising destination for apparel sourcing – but faces challenges in reaching its potential

Challenges for sub-Saharan Africa apparel sourcing

Despite the much discussed potential of sub-Saharan Africa as an apparel sourcing hub, the region still has a long way to go before it can p...

The report shows a lack of accountability within the factory social auditing industry

Auditing fails "spectacularly" to protect workers

A new study claims to reveal "corporate negligence" and a lack of accountability within the multi-billion social auditing industry – allegin...

Rwandan workers 'are quick and keen to learn, disciplined and hard-working'

Rwanda steps into Africa’s apparel sourcing mix

For years now, Ethiopia has garnered the spotlight for its ambitions to become the world’s next big destination for textile and fashion prod...

The two Indian Ocean islands are moving forward with plans to set up a 'Textile City' industrial zone in Madagascar

Mauritius & Madagascar boost garment manufacturing

The governments of Mauritius and Madagascar are intensifying their efforts to improve cooperation between the textile and clothing sectors o...

Trump has embarked on a major reshuffle to US trade policy since taking office in January 2017

Timeline – Trump’s track record on trade – Update

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, his administration has been busy fulfilling major campaign promises on trade polic...

Consumers' insatiable appetite for new things is part of the problem facing the fashion industry

What price fast-fashion and the future of clothes?

The harsh realities of the global business of textiles and apparel are set out in a new book 'Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and t...

US-China tariff war – The textile and apparel hit-list updated 13 Sep 19

Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the imminent addition of punitive duties on textiles and apparel imported into the US from China, we've taken an updated look at the latest actions and the products on the hit-list.

Lack of action weighs on Philippines clothing industry 11 Sep 19

Clothing industry sources in the Philippines say their country is one of the few that has not seen a boost in garment export orders as a result of the US-China trade war – despite the government's plan to boost local manufacturing capacity.

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Cambodia raises garment worker wage by 4.4%

Beth Wright | 20 Sep 19 The rise will take effect from 1 January 2020

Cambodia today (20 September) announced that next year's monthly minimum wage for workers in the country's garment and footwear sectors will rise to $190 – an increase of 4.4%.

Uniqlo & Toray team up on recycled down and fabric

Hannah Abdulla | 18 Sep 19 Uniqlo stores will collect used Ultra Light Down items from customers

Uniqlo-owner Fast Retailing and materials maker Toray Industries are teaming up to produce clothing made from recycled down and fabric that contains polyester fibres from recycled plastic bottles.

Itochu extends support to Ethiopia garment sector

Julian Ryall | 16 Sep 19 The Japanese conglomerate says the Ethiopian textile industry has not yet reached a level sufficient to be competitive in the global market

Japan's Itochu Corporation has signed an agreement with the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute and the Ethiopian Investment Commission to further develop the African nation's growing textile and clothing industry. 

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Bangladesh garment group's new boss has big agenda – Interview 5 Sep 19

AZM AnasDr Rubana Huq is the first woman to head one of Bangladesh’s biggest garment associations

Months after taking the reins as president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), businesswoman Dr Rubana Huq tells just-style of her priorities for the next two years – from factory safety, to exploring new markets, increasing sustainability, and promoting innovation in the world’s second largest clothing exporter.

Nirapon's vision for a safer apparel sector in Bangladesh – Interview 24 Jul 19

Hannah AbdullaNirapon CEO, Moushumi Khan

Bangladesh's newest safety monitoring initiative, Nirapon, has come under fire since its launch earlier this year, with much of the criticism around its focus on monitoring rather than overseeing factory remediation, and the fact it doesn't name or shame non-compliant suppliers. But in a candid interview with just-style, CEO Moushumi Khan suggests getting supplier buy-in and encouraging them in the right way to be compliant is a key factor in increasing workplace safety in Bangladeshi garment factories. 

How a converged single audit approach marks the next step in responsible sourcing 28 Jun 19

Hannah AbdullaJanet Mensink, SLCP executive director.

An overhaul of the auditing process on factory safety and working conditions is long overdue – and a new initiative launched this month could offer the solution. The Social & Labour Convergence Programme's Converged Assessment Framework enables apparel brands and retailers to align collectively around one standard, reduce the amount of money spent on duplicated auditing, and instead free up resources to improve efficiency and factory working conditions. SLCP executive director Janet Mensink, and Peter Higgins, senior director of global responsible sourcing at VF Corp, tell just-style more.

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Forced labour links to China raw materials

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 16 Sep 19

New research suggests all supply chains linked to China are at risk of having an association with forced labour, since raw materials such as cotton produced in the Xinjiang region – notorious for its links to ongoing human rights abuses – are being used in manufacturing in other countries.

Central America leads US apparel imports surge

Hannah Abdulla, just-style editorial team Hannah Abdulla | 9 Sep 19

The volume of apparel imported into the US saw a double-digit growth surge month-on-month in July as retailers stocked up for the back-to-school season and rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of scheduled tariff hikes. Growth in shipment volumes from El Salvador and Honduras was highest during the month, with China also booking double-digit gains but Bangladesh seeing a decline.

US and China follow through on tariff threat

Beth Wright, just-style editorial team Beth Wright | 2 Sep 19

The US and China have both gone ahead with threats to impose new levies on another tranche of imports – with the US move meaning around US$31bn in textile, apparel and home textile products from China are now subject to an additional tariff of 15%. 

Hot Apparel Issues

How to accelerate Africa apparel sourcing?

How to accelerate Africa apparel sourcing?

The industry remains optimistic at sub-Saharan Africa's capability in the textile and apparel sector – but many challenges remain before it can reach its full potential.

Mitigating the US-China tariff impact

Mitigating the US-China tariff impact

Some brands are mitigating the potential impact of new China tariffs. Here's how...

Facing up to fashion's sustainability and ethical challenges

Facing up to fashion's sustainability and ethical challenges

Speakers at a recent conference organised by the ASBCI (Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry) face up to fashion's sustainability and ethical challenges

US-China trade war ramps up

US-China trade war ramps up

An imminent rise in new tariffs on virtually all US imports from China – including textiles, apparel and footwear – has raised its head again thanks to a new tweet from President Trump. But what's potentially at stake?

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