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BANGLADESH: Accord halts production at 12 factories Leonie Barrie | 15 May 14

Production has been suspended in 12 factories supplying a group of brands and retailers in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia following concerns over building safety.


ITALY: Benetton names Marco Airoldi as new clothing boss Leonie Barrie | 9 May 14

Italian fashion firm Benetton Group has confirmed the appointment of Marco Airoldi as chief executive of the company's clothing business as it embarks on a restructuring of its business.


Rana Plaza one year on: Timeline of change Leonie Barrie | 24 Apr 14

The Rana Plaza factory disaster has proved to be a catalyst for change in Bangladesh. While there has been criticism of the speed of the factory inspection process and efforts to improve worker safety, a timeline of major milestones shows that progress is being made.


Rana Plaza one year on: Bangladesh in words Michelle Russell | 24 Apr 14

One year today, one of the worst industrial disasters in history occured when the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing nearly 1,200 workers. just-style has followed developments closely over the last 12 months, and here we take a look back at the thoughts of those in the industry.


ITALY: Benetton Group confident despite FY sales decline Katie Smith | 14 Apr 14

Italian fashion group Benetton Group has reported an "expected" double-digit decline in annual sales, but remains confident of an improvement in performance for the year ahead.


ITALY/BANGLADESH: Benetton defends its position on Bangladesh Michelle Russell | 3 Apr 14

Italian fashion firm Benetton has moved to defend its position on Bangladesh following accusations it has violated terms of the Accord and is dragging its feet over paying into the compensation fund.


Analysis: Progress needed on supply chain living wage Michelle Russell | 1 Apr 14

A new report suggests retailers are still failing workers in their supply chains by not paying a living wage. The survey, which aims to provide greater transparency for consumers on the living wage issue, concludes that while some work has been done, much more progress is needed. just-style takes a closer look.


BANGLADESH: Contributions call stepped up as funds fall short Michelle Russell | 26 Mar 14

Campaigners are stepping up their calls for brands to pay into the Rana Plaza compensation fund after it was revealed to just-style that less than 20% of the amount required to make payments to all workers has so far been received.


Global news roundup Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 21 Mar 14

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.


BANGLADESH: Rana Plaza compensation to begin next month Leonie Barrie | 19 Mar 14

The committee set up to pay compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse aims to distribute US$2m to around 3,600 workers and families before the one-year anniversary of the tragedy on 24 April.


BANGLADESH: Benetton supplier omission "violates" Accord terms Richard Woodard | 18 Mar 14

Italian fashion company Benetton has been accused of violating the terms of the Bangladesh Accord by not disclosing the names of suppliers in the country.


BANGLADESH: Funds fall short as Rana Plaza compensation nears Leonie Barrie | 14 Mar 14

Compensation payments to victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse are due to start next month - but campaigners admit funds still fall far short of the $40m needed to make payments to all workers.


Bangladesh factory checks show widespread safety issues Leonie Barrie | 10 Mar 14

First findings from inspections at ten garment factories used by members of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have highlighted widespread fire, electrical safety and potential structural problems. But none are on a par with those that caused the collapse of the Rana Plaza building last April - and the assessments are on track for completion in September.


BANGLADESH: Union urges brand commitment to Rana Plaza fund Michelle Russell | 24 Feb 14

Global unions and labour rights groups are calling for more brands to commit to the Rana Plaza compensation fund as the one year anniversary of the industrial disaster approaches.


Interview: The Bangladesh Accord tackles unsafe factories Kitty So | 20 Feb 14

As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.


Interview: The Bangladesh Accord tackles unsafe factories Kitty So | 20 Feb 14

As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.


BANGLADESH: Accord begins safety inspections on 1,500 factories Leonie Barrie | 19 Feb 14

Safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers are set to begin this week.


ITALY: Benetton restructuring to cut brands and workforce Leonie Barrie | 6 Feb 14

Italian fashion firm Benetton Group has confirmed to just-style that around 130 employees are to lose their jobs as the company offloads its Jean's West, Killer Loop, Anthology of Cottons, and Playlife brands as part of a three-year restructuring programme.


BANGLADESH: Safety Accord issues inspection standards Leonie Barrie | 17 Jan 14

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has finalised the fire, electrical, and building inspection standards against which all its member supplier factories will be assessed.


ITALY: Benetton restructures to focus on brands Katie Smith | 29 Nov 13

Italian fashion business Benetton Group has outlined a three-year restructuring programme that will see the company split into three separate divisions in an attempt to simplify its business model and respond more quickly to changes in the market.


BANGLADESH: Report criticises Rana Plaza compensation progress Richard Woodard | 24 Oct 13

Not enough progress has been made on delivering compensation to families and workers affected by the Rana Plaza building collapse, according to a new report from the Clean Clothes Campaign and the International Labour Rights Forum.


BANGLADESH: Safety Accord releases data on 1,600 factories Leonie Barrie | 3 Oct 13

Details of nearly 1,600 Bangladesh factories used by more than 90 leading fashion retailers and brands have been released today (3 October) as part of a commitment to improve safety and transparency in the country's garment industry.


Who is culpable for Bangladesh compensation? Petah Marian | 18 Sep 13

As the focus in Bangladesh shifts to compensation payments for the victims and survivors of recent garment factory tragedies, an intriguing issue is coming to the fore: who, exactly, is culpable? While the factory owners and their current customers are obvious targets, what about retailers and brands who might have sourced there in the past? asks Petah Marian.


BANGLADESH: Brands commit to attend compensation talks Leonie Barrie | 9 Sep 13

Talks taking place this week to try to agree compensation payments for the victims and survivors of recent tragedies in Bangladesh will be attended by 12 brands - but more than 20 others are accused of avoiding the issue.


BANGLADESH: Safety Accord taps interim director to speed rollout Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 13

As part of efforts to speed implementation of its scheme to improve safety in the country's ready-made garment industry, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has hired an interim executive director.


Brands under pressure to agree Bangladesh compensation Leonie Barrie | 5 Sep 13

With talks due to take place in Geneva, Switzerland next week to try to agree compensation payments for the victims and survivors of the Tazreen Fashion fire and Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, pressure is mounting on brands and retailers that sourced from the two facilities to reach a consensus.


RFID: Technology innovation and development Lee Adendorff | 3 Sep 13

Although it has been the subject of intense speculation over recent years, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging has fulfilled many of the predictions made by industry forecasters more than ten years ago, when pilots of wide-scale deployment by retailers began.


BANGLADESH: Retailers urged to discuss Rana Plaza compensation Petah Marian | 24 Jul 13

Retailers involved in the recent Bangladesh apparel factory tragedies are being called on to attend meetings to discuss compensation for victims.


How do the Bangladesh safety pacts measure up? Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 13

Unveiling a new five-year plan to improve worker safety at the factories in Bangladesh that produce their clothing, North American brands and retailers were keen to stress the similarities between their own initiative and a separate scheme backed by 70 mainly European companies. That said, there are considerable differences too.


Laos export potential stifled by worker shortages Jozef De Coster | 25 Jun 13

Laos has set its sights on more than doubling its clothing exports by 2015. But while order books are full and overseas demand on the rise, problems finding and retaining workers could prove to be major stumbling block. Jozef De Coster reports.

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