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September 4, 2015

Top stories this week on just-style…

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at H&M's efforts to scale up its fair living wage efforts to key suppliers, Myanmar's approval of its first minimum wage for garment workers, and why the world garment trade was transformed in August.

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at H&M's efforts to scale up its fair living wage efforts to key suppliers, Myanmar's approval of its first minimum wage for garment workers, and why the world garment trade was transformed in August. 

H&M scaling up living wage effort to key suppliers Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) is scaling up its fair living wage efforts with plans to add all of its strategic suppliers by 2018 – and is updating its purchasing practices to support those suppliers.

Myanmar approves first minimum wage Myanmar has approved the country's first minimum wage for garment workers of MMK3,600 (US$3.2) per day, setting it at the level first proposed two months ago.

THE FLANARANT: Chaos in the world’s trade agreements The world garment trade was transformed in August, writes Mike Flanagan, with the biggest casualty likely to be India’s plans to increase textile and clothing exports by 20% a year and create an extra 35m jobs by 2024.

Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit since 2011 – and has now set its sights on yet more savings from supply chain improvements.

EU textile and clothing buyers should brace for higher prices The average price of EU textile and clothing imports jumped by 14.2% during the first four months of 2015 – and is set to continue to rise in 2015 and 2016, new research suggests.

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