Top stories on just-style in December include an exclusive interview on Decathlon's environmental labelling initiative, a guide on how to build a balanced scorecard with help from re:source by just-style, a list of the core fabric mills used by Fast Retailing's Uniqlo casual clothing brand, and a new UN backed Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.

1: Decathlon makes a leap on environmental labelling – and it wants to share the data
Global sporting goods retailer Decathlon is nearing the finishing line on a decade-long project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of next year. The data is also enabling more eco-friendly design – and will be made freely available to other companies, as Raffaele Duby, sustainable development leader for product and design, tells just-style.

2: Fast Retailing publishes list of Uniqlo core fabric mills
Japan's Fast Retailing has published a list of the core fabric mills used by its Uniqlo casual clothing brand in a bid to boost transparency and sustainability efforts across its supply chain.

3: Bangladesh garment factories shut as strikes break out
Garment production in as many as 50 factories in Bangladesh has been suspended as workers embark on a strike over wages.

4: US imports from Vietnam at highest for a year
All of the top ten individual supplier countries to the US recorded growth in imports in October, with those from Vietnam at their highest for the last 12 months, suggesting sourcing may be shifting from China to Vietnam over tariff fears.

5: Sourcing decision making – Why low cost alone is not the answer
How to build your own Balanced Scorecard, for your own business circumstances, and your own product categories, with help from re:source by just-style.

6: How Trump's "Tariff Man" tweet roiled the markets
Fascinating – just a few words escaped from the President's twitter feed and global markets start falling. Given his love for the Christmas season, his love for Brexit, his love for figgy pudding, it's not surprising that he reached for a Beatles song to express his views on trade when he grabbed "I Am The Walrus," writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). 

7: Global fashion industry unites to tackle climate change
43 leading fashion brands, retailers and suppliers – including Adidas, Burberry, Gap Inc, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co, and PVH Corp – are backing a new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

8: Coats invests in digital thread dyeing technology
Industrial thread maker Coats is investing US$5m in an Israeli based technology start-up that has developed what it describes as a "revolutionary" new digital thread dyeing system.

9: Sportswear firms facing skills gap on future technologies
With manufacturing technology advancing at an ever-faster pace, sports apparel and footwear companies need to constantly look for ways to embrace new techniques to compete in an ever-changing landscape, an international industry meeting has been told.

10: Here's why the used clothing trade deserves more attention
While friction over the ban of used clothing exports from the US to East Africa seems to have come to an end, some fundamental issues still remain, according to Shannon Brady and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware. Their latest research throws up complex economic, social, legal and political factors linked with the trade in second-hand clothes – and questions the effectiveness of preference programmes such as AGOA as a tool for economic development.