Top stories on just-style this week include a four-point guide to help brands source responsibly from Myanmar, the European Union starts the process that could temporarily suspend Cambodia’s duty-free trade benefits, the United Nations calls for a fast resolution of the trade dispute between the US and China, and Debenhams is to develop a new strategic sourcing partnership with global sourcing giant Li & Fung.
The ongoing human rights crisis in Myanmar has prompted the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to launch a four-point guide aimed at helping brands and retailers to continue to source responsibly from the country.
The European Union has confirmed it is to start the process that could temporarily suspend Cambodia’s duty-free trade benefits – prompting the group that represents garment manufacturers in Cambodia (GMAC) to say such a move would jeopardise the country’s efforts to build a responsible apparel supply chain.
Despite China officially ending its “re-education through labour” programme in 2013, claims persist of forced clothing and textile labour in Xinjiang’s internment camps. The growing problem should also send warning signs to companies importing goods from the region.
The United Nations is calling for a fast resolution of the tit-for-tat trade dispute between the US and China, warning it could have “massive” implications on the global economy. And with analysis showing bilateral tariffs would do little to help protect domestic firms, a handful of countries are set to capture a slice of the giants’ exports.
Debenhams is to develop a new strategic sourcing partnership with global sourcing giant Li & Fung in a move CEO Sergio Bucher says will be a “key part” of the struggling UK department store retailer’s turnaround plan.?