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Asia and the Pacific region account for 41% of global child labour according to the International Labour Organization (ILO)Steps to reduce risk of child labour in garment supply chains 20 Nov 18

Michelle Russell

The prevalence of child labour in garment factories in Asia is an uncomfortable truth for many brands and retailers. But the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) believes part of the solution is to ramp up discussions on why it happens, how to avoid it, and what to do when child workers are found.


The Leicester garment industry employs around 9,480 workersUK manufacturing – a ticking time bomb or sourcing gold? 19 Nov 18

Michelle Russell

Reports of poor working conditions, low wages, modern slavery and human trafficking in the global garment industry are usually focused on factories in Asia. But it’s happening closer to home as well. As more UK retailers look to reshore some of their sourcing, the local industry has come under intense scrutiny – and the findings are not good. Here executives from across the sector tell just-style what's going wrong, and why tough government action is needed.


Will reshoring be the saviour of the US garment industry?The failure of the US garment industry – Part III – Reshoring Y/N 16 Nov 18

David Birnbaum

A 65-year strategy to force US consumers to buy made-in-US garments has been an all-time disaster, asserts David Birnbaum, with the result that the US garment industry is now in a state of failure. The technology to create smart factories means reshoring has the potential to revolutionise the industry. But the key question in this, the last in a three-part series, is: Will reshoring benefit the US garment industry?


Pamela Mar spoke with just-style on the sidelines of the Fashion Summit HK, where she was one of the speakersDigitisation is key to upgrading Asia's fashion factories. Just do it responsibly, says Fung Group's director of sustainability 14 Nov 18

Leonie Barrie

Digital technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence are starting to bring more speed, efficiency and transparency to apparel supply chains – but less well documented is their potential impact on job losses and social unrest, especially in Asia. It’s a balancing act that Pamela Mar weighs up in her roles as director of sustainability at the Fung Group and EVP of Supply Chain Futures for the Fung Academy, as she tells just-style.


The rapid growth in the volumes of clothing bought over the last 15-20 years has magnified the issue of sustainabilityUK fashion industry not environmentally sustainable in current form 14 Nov 18

Michelle Russell

A probe by Britain's lawmakers into the environmental sustainability of the UK clothing industry has heard how increasingly high volumes of so-called fast fashion items are magnifying the issues. Industry experts suggest solutions may lie in educating designers and consumers in the impacts of their choices, extended producer responsibility, and even new policy recommendations.


Trade uncertainty is speeding the migration of US apparel sourcing from China to Vietnam and other cheaper rivalsUS brands ponder sourcing switch away from China 13 Nov 18

Ed Zwirn

The ongoing trade dispute between the US and China could accelerate the trend for American apparel brands to shift their sourcing away from Chinese suppliers – but any such moves will pose challenges.


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