Top stories on just-style in June included an interview with Moushumi Khan, the CEO of Bangladesh's newest safety monitoring initiative Nirapon, a look at the world's ten worst countries for workers, why China's role as the clothes sourcing go-to for most of the apparel industry is set to change, and M&S's journey to sourcing more sustainable cotton. Inditex also outlined a series of new sustainability commitments. 

1. The world's 10 worst countries for workers
An annual survey of violations of human and trade union rights ranks key apparel-producing nations including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, the Philippines and Turkey among the ten worst countries in the world for worker rights.

2. Vietnam collective bargaining move good for garment workers
The recent decision by Vietnam's National Assembly to ratify one of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) fundamental conventions to promote collective bargaining sends "a strong signal" to the country's garment industry and could lead to higher productivity in the sector.

3. China's changing role as the go-to for clothes sourcing
China's role as the clothes sourcing go-to for most of the apparel industry is set to change, driven by a perfect storm of factors including labour costs, exchange rates and the cost of raw materials, and a rampant domestic market, according to John McClure, M&S head of sourcing for the Far East.

4. New Bonmarché owner "eyes" Jack Wills acquisition
The owner of Edinburgh Woollen Mill has reportedly tabled a bid for UK high street fashion brand Jack Wills.

5. Nirapon's vision for a safer apparel sector in Bangladesh – Interview
Bangladesh's newest safety monitoring initiative, Nirapon, has come under fire since its launch earlier this year, with much of the criticism around its focus on monitoring rather than overseeing factory remediation, and the fact it doesn't name or shame non-compliant suppliers. But in a candid interview with just-style, CEO Moushumi Khan suggests getting supplier buy-in and encouraging them in the right way to be compliant is a key factor in increasing workplace safety in Bangladeshi garment factories. 

6. Trade tensions weigh on Australian wool prices
Uncertainties surrounding the trade war between the US and China are weighing on Australian wool prices though a reduction in demand from key Chinese buyers.

7. SAE-A Trading eyes polyester yarn plant in Guatemala
South Korea's SAE-A Trading, one of the world's largest apparel manufacturers and exporters, is considering building an estimated US$200m high-tech industrial complex in Guatemala to make polyester yarns. Its goal: taking advantage of rising US demand for apparel made in Central America. 

8. Bangladesh guidelines on garment subcontracting
A new guideline aimed at stemming unauthorised subcontracting in Bangladesh's textile and clothing sector will help control its "unplanned" expansion – but at a risk of increased costs and lost jobs, industry owners warn.  

9. Marks & Spencer's journey to sourcing more sustainable cotton
British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has this season seen its entire clothing range made from 100% sustainable cotton – one of the first retailers to reach this milestone. Key to its achievement is the Better Cotton Initiative, the largest sustainable cotton programme in the world, according to Phil Townsend, technical lead, environmental sustainability and technical services at M&S. He also believes the transformation of the cotton sector should be a blueprint for other raw material initiatives.

10. Testimony takeaways – How new China tariffs could hit US apparel trade
The fear of an imminent rise in new tariffs on virtually all US imports from China – including textiles, apparel and footwear – seems to have abated for now. But what's potentially at stake was set out by dozens of executives from apparel and footwear brands, retailers and importers who took part in a series of recent hearings in Washington. Here's what they had to say.

11. Inditex outlines new global sustainability goals
Spanish clothing giant Inditex, the world's largest clothing retailer, has outlined a series of new sustainability commitments – including a pledge that 100% of the cotton, linen and polyester used by all eight of its brands will be organic, sustainable or recycled by 2025.

12. The 'compliance trap' that hinders sustainable procurement
Businesses are getting stuck in a kind of compliance trap, whereby they under-invest in programmes – which essentially come down to ticking boxes and collecting documents – but do not drive suppliers to embrace long-term performance improvement, a new  survey suggests.

13. British MPs set up new probe into fashion sustainability
The UK government has formed an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to probe the sustainability of the clothing and textiles industry, including supply chains, materials used and consumer behaviour.

14. Sourcing costs and uncertainty subdue US fashion firms
Ongoing trade uncertainty, coupled with a 20% hike in the cost of sourcing from Bangladesh, Vietnam and India – the main alternatives to China – are the biggest concerns facing today's US fashion industry executives. And not surprisingly, they're contributing to a more downbeat outlook for the future.

15. Fibre-to-fibre recycling shortfall hampers fashion's circularity drive
The second annual status report from the Global Fashion Agenda suggests fashion brands must urgently accelerate efforts to reach the remaining targets of the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment. It also notes progress is being hampered by a lack of high-quality fibre-to-fibre recycling solutions.

16. Under Armour digitises size range for 3D avatar fleet
US sportswear giant Under Armour has teamed up with apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon to digitise its fit forms to create a range of 3D digital avatars across sizes running from an infant 0 to men's 5XL.

17. SAE-A Trading eyes polyester yarn plant in Guatemala
South Korea's SAE-A Trading, one of the world's largest apparel manufacturers and exporters, is considering building an estimated US$200m high-tech industrial complex in Guatemala to make polyester yarns. Its goal: taking advantage of rising US demand for apparel made in Central America. 

18. Hong Kong textile waste recycling mill scales up
An innovative new mill in Hong Kong that upcycles textile waste into yarns that can be reused to make garments has now been scaled up and is being trialled by a number of leading brands.

19. New Cambodia seniority payments cause controversy
Garment industry associations in Cambodia are accusing factory owners of dismissing experienced workers without paying due compensation, claiming this is a breach of recently introduced legally mandated seniority payments.

20. Online to account for 53% of retail sales by 2028
Online shopping is set to double to account for more than 50% of UK retail sales in the next decade – powered by the changing demographic of the UK adult population, the development of faster, cheaper, in-home deliveries and fewer physical stores. However, there are also potential risks ahead for retailers that don't prioritise data security.