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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."

just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 17 May 13

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a rush by apparel brands and retailers to sign the new Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a report on what the agreement entails, and plans by M&S to shake up its supplier base.

US: Apparel groups unveil own Bangladesh safety plans Leonie Barrie | 16 May 13

A group of North American retailers has gone its own way on strengthening safety efforts at Bangladesh garment factories, setting up a new initiative said to offer a long-term solution that also offers flexibility to "respond to an ever-changing environment."

US: Activists call for halt to Uzbek cotton imports Leonie Barrie | 16 May 13

A US-based labour and human rights watchdog has filed a formal complaint with the US Customs service calling for a halt on imports of cotton from Uzbekistan grown and harvested with forced labour.

BANGLADESH: Gap seeks modifications to Safety Accord Petah Marian | 14 May 13

US retailer Gap has said it will sign the new Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, if the agreement on how disputes are resolved is modified.

UPDATE: BANGLADESH: Retailers rush to join fire and building safety accord Petah Marian | 13 May 13

Fashion firms H&M, Primark, C&A and Inditex (operator of the Zara stores) have joined the Fire and Building Safety Agreement, which is intended to improve safety in Bangladeshi garment factories.

SINGAPORE: DyStar unit helps analyse factory discharge data Leonie Barrie | 13 May 13

DyStar's Sustainable Textile Solutions business has helped a number of fashion brands and retailers working to improve chemical management in their apparel supply chains.

BANGLADESH: NGOs increase pressure on retailers to sign fire safety agreement Petah Marian | 10 May 13

NGOs are increasing pressure on international clothing brands and retailers that source from Bangladesh to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety following another fatal incident in a garment factory.

Comment: The crooks and conmen among us David Birnbaum | 7 May 13

Today, many if not most importers and retailers are making an honest effort to make Bangladesh a better place to work for customers, suppliers and workers alike. But recent events such as the collapse the Rana Plaza factory building have brought out some important truths, believes David Birnbaum.

BANGLADESH: Buyers call for action on factory safety Siddique Islam | 30 Apr 13

Representatives from more than 40 apparel brands and retailers have called for a credible action plan to address workplace safety in the Bangladesh clothing sector as the death toll from last week's Rana Plaza building collapse climbs to 386.

UPDATE: Retailers respond to Bangladesh factory claims Petah Marian | 29 Apr 13

British fashion retailer Primark and Canadian brand Joe Fresh have confirmed that their garments were being manufactured in one of the Bangladesh factories that collapsed on Wednesday (24 April), killing nearly 300 people.

just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 26 Apr 13

The most read stories on just-style this week include the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh, the extension of C&A's RFID project to 25 stores, and campaigners urging Foot Locker to cut ties with Adidas over its failure to pay former workers redundancy pay.

BANGLADESH: Garment factory building collapses killing 86 Siddique Islam | 24 Apr 13

An eight-storey commercial building that housed five garment factories collapsed near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka today (24 April), killing more than 86 people - most of them apparel workers - and leaving several hundred others injured.

GERMANY: C&A extends RFID project to 25 stores Leonie Barrie | 22 Apr 13

Clothing retailer C&A is to extend Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to another 20 stores in Germany following a successful trial in five stores.

UZBEKISTAN: Activists call on Nike to end dealings with Daewoo Petah Marian | 18 Apr 13

Human rights activists have called on Nike to stop doing business with Daewoo International, which they claim is the largest processor of forced labour cotton in Uzbekistan.

BANGLADESH: European retailers agree Tazreen fire compensation Petah Marian | 16 Apr 13

European retailers C&A, Kik and El Corte Ingles will contribute to a compensation plan for the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh in November last year.

Question marks over new zero discharge roadmap Richard Woodard | 7 Mar 13

Leading fashion brands and retailers have joined forces to issue an update on their joint “roadmap” aimed at securing zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in their supply chains by 2020. But the revised plans have already come under fire.

BANGLADESH: Campaigners criticise C&A fire response Richard Woodard | 6 Mar 13

Plans by clothing retailer C&A to compensate workers and their families affected by the Tazreen factory fire have been strongly criticised by a pressure group.

BANGLADESH: C&A begins in-depth fire safety audit at all suppliers Leonie Barrie | 27 Feb 13

International fashion retailer C&A has started an in-depth fire safety audit at all of its suppliers in Bangladesh, after 112 workers lost their lives in a fire last year at the Tazreen Fashion factory where some of its clothes were made.

Obstacles facing Burma's textile and clothing sector Jozef De Coster | 27 Feb 13

Burma's garment industry has huge potential to contribute to national economic growth, both as a foreign exchange earner and a massive job provider. However, in order to achieve its full potential, the sector needs to overcome a range of obstacles, outlined here by Jozef De Coster.

BANGLADESH: C&A opens new training centre Richard Woodard | 27 Feb 13

A newly opened vocational training centre in Bangladesh includes a new course in industrial electrical wiring – an effort to prevent future fires caused by short circuits and system overloads.

BANGLADESH: C&A offers support to Tazreen fire victims Siddique Islam | 26 Feb 13

International fashion retailer C&A is backing a project to provide recovery and rehabilitation assistance to victims of the Tazreen Fashion fire last November, where more than 112 workers lost their lives.

GERMANY: C&A to extend Dusseldorf Fashion Center HQ Petah Marian | 26 Feb 13

European clothing retailer C&A is set to expand its Fashion Center headquarters in Dusseldorf to accommodate its "dynamic expansion".

BANGLADESH: Fakir Fashion deploys SewEasy Leonie Barrie | 19 Feb 13

Bangladeshi garment maker Fakir Fashion has deployed the SewEasy system to help improve efficiency and productivity.

The Flanarant: Compliance campaigns set to take a new direction Mike Flanagan | 1 Feb 13

Two campaigns carried out over the past two years by two groups of activists have achieved very different results. Whereas Greenpeace has successfully corralled major brands and retailers into its Detox programme, the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement (BFBSA) campaign has struggled to make a mark. Mike Flanagan looks at what the Bangladesh factory fire row tells us about the future of compliance.

US: Limited Brands makes toxic-free fashion pledge Richard Woodard | 22 Jan 13

Apparel company Limited Brands, owner of lingerie brands Victoria's Secret and La Senza, has become the 14th major business to pledge to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain and across all products by 2020.








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