Top stories this week on just-style include a report on the growth of Central America's apparel exports, an interview with Esquel Group CEO John Cheh on how the apparel maker is broadening its horizons, and a look at innovations that are boosting sustainability in the textile and clothing sector.

Esquel CEO emphasises efficiency and sustainability
A leading and long-term supplier to global names such as Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Hugo Boss, Hong Kong-based shirt manufacturer Esquel Group is testing a new territory as it broadens its sustainable horizons, as vice chairman and CEO John Cheh explains.

H&M urged to deliver on promise to pay living wage
An international alliance has called on Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) to deliver on a promise made four years ago to pay a "fair living wage" to the garment workers in its supply chain.

Innovation is the key to successful sustainability
Innovations in boosting sustainability in the textile and clothing sector and beyond were highlighted at this year's annual Integral Conversation conference, hosted again by Hong Kong shirt specialist Esquel Group in Guilin in southern China.

Cambodia too dependent on the garment industry
Despite the massive economic gains made by Cambodia since joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2004, it still faces a number of constraints including a narrow economic base largely dependent on the garment industry and its reliance on foreign investment, a new report says.

Central America apparel exports up on activewear and NAFTA
Central American apparel exports are on the up thanks to rising US demand for high-performance synthetic activewear and ongoing uncertainty NAFTA uncertainty over Mexico's position in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).