Top stories on just-style this week include a look at reports of poor working conditions, low wages, modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK garment industry, German sporting goods giant Adidas and UK retailer Marks and Spencer top a new human rights benchmark, and J Crew announces the sudden departure of its CEO James Brett.
Reports of poor working conditions, low wages, modern slavery and human trafficking in the global garment industry are usually focused on factories in Asia. But it’s happening closer to home as well. As more UK retailers look to reshore some of their sourcing, the local industry has come under intense scrutiny – and the findings are not good. Here executives from across the sector tell just-style what’s going wrong, and why tough government action is needed.
The prevalence of child labour in garment factories in Asia is an uncomfortable truth for many brands and retailers. But the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) believes part of the solution is to ramp up discussions on why it happens, how to avoid it, and what to do when child workers are found.
JCrew Group has announced the sudden departure of CEO, James Brett, after less than 18 months in the post – a move described by one analyst as “worrying” as it leaves the US fashion retailer leaderless at a time when it desperately needs a focused effort to rebuild sales and reconnect with consumers.
While most companies scored poorly on a new human rights benchmark, German sporting goods Adidas and UK retailer Marks and Spencer have once again topped the list.
The United Nations (UN) is preparing to launch the ‘UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion’ in March next year, in a bid to create an industry-wide push for action to reduce fashion’s negative social, economic and environmental impacts.