Top stories on just-style in June included an interview with Social & Labour Convergence Program executive director Janet Mensink and Peter Higgins, senior director of global responsible sourcing at VF Corp, on a new converged single audit approach; progress on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA); G-III Apparel Group mulling a sourcing shift out of China; and Delta Galil acquiring Hong Kong-based intimate apparel manufacturer The Bogart Group.

1: Why it's time to share your views on trade
Ahead of her testimony against the proposed Section 301 tariffs on all imports from China – which would include all clothing and footwear – Julia Hughes, president of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), explains why the negative impact of tariffs on China will not just hurt brands and retailers, but also their global supply chains. And, she says, it's not too late to speak out.

2: EU-Vietnam trade agreement to be signed on Sunday
The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) is set to be signed on Sunday (30 June), after clearing another hurdle on its way to coming into force. 

3: EU monitoring mission assesses Cambodia human rights
The European Union (EU) has sent a monitoring mission to Cambodia to assess the human and labour rights situation in the country as part of the process to decide whether to end its access to the Everything But Arms (EBA) duty-free trade benefit.

4: Skills deficit the top challenge for EU clothing sector
Recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce is the European textile and clothing sector's biggest challenge, according to speakers at the annual general assembly of Euratex, the European textile and clothing industry association. 

5: How a converged single audit approach marks the next step in responsible sourcing
An overhaul of the auditing process on factory safety and working conditions is long overdue – and a new initiative launched this month could offer the solution. The Social & Labour Convergence Program's Converged Assessment Framework enables apparel brands and retailers to leverage one set of verified social and labour data, reduce the amount of money spent on duplicated auditing, and instead free up resources to improve efficiency and factory working conditions. SLCP executive director Janet Mensink, and Peter Higgins, senior director of global responsible sourcing at VF Corp, tell just-style more.

6: Bonmarché swings in favour of EWM owner takeover
The board of struggling women's value clothing retailer Bonmarche Holdings Plc has swung in favour of an offer for the business from the owner of Edinburgh Woollen Mill, amid poor trading during the first quarter.

7: Is profit a bad thing? The business case for sustainability
With many companies still struggling to find a way forward on sustainability, Jackie Lewis, senior consultant at apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon, suggests there needs to be a hook from a business point of view to motivate change. Here she sets out five steps she sees as key. 

8: Red flags for modern slavery in fashion supply chains
Despite efforts to crack down on modern slavery in supply chains, some 24.9m people remain trapped in forced labour worldwide. Yet there are a number of red flags that brands and retailers should be aware of – as well as steps they can take to mitigate the problem, including mapping labour supply chains, adopting an Employer Pays Principle, and assessing recruitment agencies and their practices.

9: UK government outlines steps to fix fast fashion
"Not good enough" and "out of step with the public" are among responses to the UK government's plan to tackle the growing environmental footprint of the fashion industry – and its apparent rejection of recommendations set out by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) earlier this year.

10: Apparel groups concerned at Myanmar labour law reforms
Business groups representing international garment, footwear, and travel goods buyers have written to the government of Myanmar to express their increasing concern over several worker rights issues in the country.

11: Asos uses augmented reality to launch virtual catwalk
UK online fashion retailer Asos has launched its first augmented reality (AR) experience – 'Virtual Catwalk' – that lets customers view models as if they are walking in front of them.

12: Texprocess 2019 – New solutions for speed and efficiency
Industry 4.0 remained a buzz-word at the recent Texprocess and Techtextil technology trade shows in Frankfurt, Germany, with new tools allowing data to flow seamlessly from digital design and development all the way through the supply chain to help garment manufacturers cut costs, improve quality, increase productivity, speed time-to-market, reduce waste and stay competitive. Other highlights included virtual fit solutions, a new 3D body scanner, and robot-assisted sewing.

13: How are trade tensions changing China sourcing trends?
How is the escalating tariff war weighing on China's textile and apparel exports to the US? And what China production trends should sourcing executives be watching? Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, takes a closer look.

14: Global brands respond to living wage criticism
With the release of another damning report calling out 31 apparel brands and retailers for failing to ensure workers in their global supply chains are compensated fairly – the second of two on the topic in a matter of weeks – just-style has reached out to the companies to get their side of the story and to understand what steps they are taking to tackle the living wage issue.

15: G-III Apparel mulls sourcing shift out of China
Clothing company G-III Apparel Group says it is taking a number of steps to offset the impact of the ongoing trade war between the US and China, including reducing its production in China and raising prices.

16: Delta Galil buys intimate apparel maker The Bogart Group
Israel-based apparel major Delta Galil has acquired Hong Kong-based intimate apparel manufacturer The Bogart Group, a strategic supplier to brands including Victoria's Secret, PVH, Jockey, Adore Me, Vanity Fair and Hanes.

17: Wrangler eliminates water with new foam-dyed denim collection
US jeans giant Wrangler has launched the first-ever collection produced using Indigood foam-dye technology, which virtually eliminates the amount of water used in the conventional denim dyeing process and instead transfers dye onto yarn using foam.

18: US apparel imports rise in April on Central American surge
US apparel imports regained their upward trajectory in April with retailers stocking up on their summer merchandise. Both Honduras and El Salvador recorded double-digit gains – yet China was not to be outdone, securing its first rise in clothing shipments to the US since January.

19: New project to create a transparent garment value chain in Ethiopia
A new EU-funded project is set to launch today (7 June) in a move aimed at benefitting some 17,000 garment workers in Ethiopia by creating a sustainable, transparent and inclusive value chain.

20: Morrisons not yet taken seriously by UK clothing shoppers
Just 2.7% of UK clothing shoppers purchased from Morrisons in the past year – significantly underperforming the rest of the big four supermarket retailers.