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BANGLADESH: To host first building and safety expo Leonie Barrie | 13 Feb 14

Efforts to improve fire and building safety at ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh are set to see the country host its first ever International Trade Expo for Building and Fire Safety later this month.


The just-style interview: Jeff Krilla, CEO, Bangladesh Safety Alliance Leonie Barrie | 11 Feb 14

As the first-year anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building approaches in April, it is inevitable that the global spotlight will focus on the promises made and progress delivered over the past 12 months on improving safety for Bangladeshi garment workers. Jeff Krilla, president and CEO of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, talks to just-style about the group's work so far.


UK: Primark joins hazardous chemical pledge Katie Smith | 10 Feb 14

Primark has become the latest retailer to commit to the elimination of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain after a Greenpeace campaign.


UK: AllSaints joins ban on angora Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 14

Fashion retailer AllSaints has joined a number of other firms in banning the use on angora from its future collections following pressure from animal rights group PETA.


UK: Government and retailers to aid garment workers Richard Woodard | 28 Jan 14

The UK Government is to more than double its investment in emerging frontier economies, joining forces with leading retailers to improve conditions for garment factory and farm workers.


CAMBODIA: Retailers call for investigation into violence Katie Smith | 21 Jan 14

Adidas, Esprit, and Gap Inc are among a coalition of 30 retailers and brands that have signed a new letter calling for an investigation into the recent violence in Cambodia's garment industry.


Top ten news stories on just-style in 2013... Katie Smith | 23 Dec 13

Instead of our regular look at the most read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top stories on just-style in 2013. Garment factory disasters, strikes, safety agreements, and M&S's body odour neutralising suit, were some of the issues that made the headlines.


BANGLADESH: Retailers urged to compensate Tazreen victims Katie Smith | 16 Dec 13

Retailers who sourced garments from Tazreen Fashions in Bangladesh are again being urged to pay "full and fair" compensation to the victims of the factory fire – more than one year after the blaze killed at least 112 people.


2013: A year in review - Retail winners and losers Lee Adendorff | 9 Dec 13

Despite another challenging year for retailers in 2013, international expansion, support for workers in the clothing supply chain, and innovative merchandise were on the list of accomplishments for some. However, others were forced to enter administration amid increased competition.


UZBEKISTAN: Eleven people died during cotton harvest Leonie Barrie | 29 Nov 13

Eleven people, including a six-year-old boy, are said to have died during this year's cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, according to a new report.


BANGLADESH: Campaigners fight on for Tazreen families Richard Woodard | 22 Nov 13

Campaign groups and unions are renewing calls for meaningful compensation for victims of the Tazreen Fashions factory fire – almost one year after the blaze killed at least 112 people.


The Flanarant: China's competitiveness buoyed by Asia challenges Mike Flanagan | 13 Nov 13

Despite a decision eight years ago by Japanese brands and retailers to cut the amount of clothing sourced from China, garment imports from the country are on the rise. Mike Flanagan believes the reasons should resonate with buyers in the US and EU too.


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.


TURKEY: Textile Sustainability Conference takes shape Leonie Barrie | 21 Oct 13

Sessions on the circular economy, re-imagining textile manufacturing, how to verify product claims, cotton sustainability and collaboration are among the highlights at this year's upcoming Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference.


Chinese manufacturers dig into green technology Wang Fangqing | 30 Sep 13

The Chinese textile industry has long been blamed for over-consuming resources and water pollution. And with consumers increasingly keen to take production processes into account when making purchases, brands are keen to improve their image and that of their suppliers.


ITALY: Canepa claims world-first toxic-free textiles pledge Leonie Barrie | 27 Sep 13

Italian high-end textile manufacturer Canepa SpA has made a commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its products and supply chain by 2020 - becoming, it claims, the first textile company in the world to join Greenpeace's Detox campaign.


DENMARK: C&A to debut first two stores Katie Smith | 25 Sep 13

European value fashion retailer C&A is expanding into Denmark with the opening of its first two stores in the country.


WORLD: C&A tops organic cotton charts Richard Woodard | 24 Sep 13

Fashion retailer C&A leads two top 10 lists charting organic cotton use, drawn up by non-for-profit organisation Textile Exchange in its 2012 Market Report.


BANGLADESH: Factory compensation talks fail to reach a deal Petah Marian | 13 Sep 13

Eleven brands and retailers that sourced from the Tazreen Fashion and Rana Plaza factories in Bangladesh have failed to agree compensation payments for victims and survivors, despite taking part in high-level meetings this week.


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.


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.


GERMANY: C&A works to reduce water footprint Petah Marian | 16 Aug 13

As part of efforts to reduce its water usage, European clothing retailer C&A has announced a partnership with the Water Footprint Network.


Green garments: Closed loop supply chains hard to achieve Mark Rowe | 2 Aug 13

The concept of closed loop supply chains sounds a laudable, if possibly Utopian ideal: a virtuous circle of production from cradle to grave and back to cradle again. However, the reality is proving harder to achieve for the clothing and textile sector.


The Flanarant: Social media misses the mark when it matters Mike Flanagan | 15 Jul 13

Faced with an opportunity to change the course of events by getting Gap to sign up to the Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh, an online petition and social media campaign made little difference to the company's stance - or its sales. As Mike Flanagan asks: Does social media matter only if concerned with things that don't?


SPAIN: C&A to close 21 stores as part of restructure Katie Smith | 15 Jul 13

German fashion retailer C&A is to close 21 underperforming stores in Spain by the end of next month as part of efforts to restructure the business for future growth.


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.


CHINA: Kuehne + Nagel sets up integrated quality inspection centres for C&A Stuart Todd | 27 Jun 13

Logistics group Kuehne + Nagel says it recently set up integrated quality inspection centres in several Chinese cities for C&A's flat packed and garment-on-hanger shipments.


WORLD: Zero Discharge group updates environmental roadmap Richard Woodard | 14 Jun 13

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group has launched version two of its Joint Roadmap, aimed at attaining a “new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwear industry”.


US: Crailar Technologies joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition Katie Smith | 23 May 13

Crailar Technologies, developer of the Crailar Flax fibre, is the latest company to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which is working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of global apparel and footwear production.


Gap hopes for a global alliance on factory safety Leonie Barrie | 22 May 13

The chairman and CEO of US retail giant Gap Inc says he hasn't given up on the idea of a global accord to tackle fire and building safety in Bangladesh - but that the current agreement largely backed by European brands and retailers "didn't make sense for us."

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