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Bangladesh Alliance unveils fire safety initiative Michelle Russell | 24 Nov 14

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has launched a fire safety initiative to protect the lives of garment workers, a need highlighted by the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh that killed 112 people.


New scenarios driving sustainability in textiles Debra Cobb | 17 Nov 14

Driving meaningful change towards sustainability in textiles within organisations, within the industry, and with consumers topped the agenda at last week's Textile Exchange Conference.


C&A Foundation embarks on a new global strategy Leonie Barrie | 12 Nov 14

A call for "greater collaboration for a fair and sustainable apparel industry" has been issued by the C&A Foundation - a private body affiliated with the global clothing retailer C&A - as it embarks on a new global strategy.


THE FLANARANT: Toxic discharge issue hits a tipping point Mike Flanagan | 11 Nov 14

In the past six years apparel buyers have moved from avoiding commitment on toxic discharge to likely toxic-free production by the end of the decade. And China has moved from opposing legislation on hazardous chemicals to introducing a legally-enforced programme for eliminating them. Has the industry finally hit a tipping point? asks Mike Flanagan.


Apparel retailers react to India forced labour allegations Michelle Russell | 30 Oct 14

A number of retailers have responded to allegations of "forced labour" amongst female textile workers in mills in southern India, with H&M blacklisting one of the five named.


Monsoon Accessorize joins ban on angora Katie Smith | 29 Oct 14

UK apparel and accessories retailer Monsoon Accessorize has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.


Indian women textile workers endure “forced labour” Richard Woodard | 28 Oct 14

Female textile workers in mills in southern India are enduring horrific working conditions which amount to “forced labour”, according to a report from two pressure groups.


French Connection commits to stop selling angora Michelle Russell | 17 Oct 14

French Connection has become the latest firm to impose a ban on the use on angora from its future collections following pressure from animal rights group PETA.


Tesco backs campaign to end forced labour in Uzbek cotton Leonie Barrie | 15 Oct 14

Retail giant Tesco has signed a pledge not to use cotton from Uzbekistan, joining a wider campaign to try to stop the use of forced labour in the country's annual harvest.


CAMBODIA: Fashion brands commit support for wage rise Katie Smith | 22 Sep 14

Eight major fashion brands, including one of Cambodia's biggest customers, H&M, have indicated their support for talks to raise wages for Cambodian garment workers - in line with efforts to improve supplier productivity.


SOURCING: Water scarcity a challenge to cotton supply chains Leonie Barrie | 29 Aug 14

With World Water Week kicking off in Stockholm this Sunday (31 August), the need for better use of increasingly limited water resources will be in the spotlight. And with water scarcity posing a potential risk to the global cotton industry, the apparel supply chain is being urged to do more to tackle the fibre's huge water footprint.


UZBEKISTAN: Daewoo targeted by cotton labour protesters Richard Woodard | 13 Aug 14

South Korea’s Daewoo International Corporation has been targeted by protesters demanding that the company cease sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan over forced labour concerns.


UK: Ted Baker “no plans” to stop using wool Katie Smith | 17 Jul 14

UK apparel lifestyle brand Ted Baker has told just-style it has no plans to boycott wool, despite calls to from an animal rights group, which exposed a series of violations in the industry.


UK: Primark launches investigation after wool probe Katie Smith | 15 Jul 14

UK value fashion retailer Primark has launched an investigation following the release of video footage exposing a series of violations in the wool industry.


UK: PETA urges wool boycott after undercover probe Katie Smith | 14 Jul 14

Retailers and consumers are being urged by animal rights activists to boycott wool products after an investigation is said to have exposed a series of violations in the industry.


UK: Made-By milestones include supply chain mapping Leonie Barrie | 20 Jun 14

Among the milestones achieved by European sustainable fashion NGO Made-By in 2013 were the launch of a supply chain mapping project with US women's wear brand Eileen Fisher and joining the PaCT programme in Bangladesh to train staff from eight global retailers and brands on textile wet processing.


Bangladesh factory inspections beset by differences Katie Smith | 16 Jun 14

A growing list of differences appears to be breaking out between groups working to improve factory and building safety for garment workers in Bangladesh.


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.


SWEDEN: H&M and Solidaridad partner on sustainable textiles Leonie Barrie | 6 May 14

Fashion retailer H&M is strengthening its relationship with Dutch NGO Solidaridad to help boost the sustainability of its entire production chain, from cotton fields and textile factories to the clothing store.


INDIA: Sets up group to grow organic cotton sector Leonie Barrie | 1 May 14

Industry leaders from the Indian organic cotton sector are to set up a new secretariat to help the country to realise its potential in sustainable fibre production.


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.


WORLD: C&A warns of supply crisis in organic cotton Michelle Russell | 9 Apr 14

Despite increasing demand for organic cotton in international markets, global production continues to decline, European value fashion retailer C&A has warned.


BANGLADESH: Calls reignited for Tazreen compensation Katie Smith | 4 Apr 14

The pending anniversary of Rana Plaza has reignited calls for compensation to be given to victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire, in the hope they will not be forgotten.


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.


Zero discharge group “forging solidly” towards goals Richard Woodard | 6 Mar 14

Members of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group are “forging solidly” towards their 2020 goals, but need the collective help of industry and other stakeholders, says a new report.


CAMBODIA: Government talks take "tentative steps" Leonie Barrie | 21 Feb 14

Talks between major apparel brands, global trade unions and the Cambodian government earlier this week to discuss ongoing concerns about the country's garment industry have made "tentative steps" it emerged yesterday (20 February).


just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 21 Feb 14

Among the most-read stories on just-style this week were claims that hazardous chemicals have been found in luxury children's clothing and footwear, calls by Cambodian labour unions for a mid-March strike, and a comment on new initiatives aimed at making it easier for factories to compete while improving wages and working conditions.


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.


GHANA: Joins Cotton made in Africa scheme Leonie Barrie | 17 Feb 14

Ghana is the latest country to sign up to the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative, whose sustainably grown cotton is purchased and processed by firms such as Puma, Tchibo, C&A and REWE.

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