Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how Li & Fung is building fast and smart supply chains, a call from garment brands for the Myanmar Government to respect the rights of the ethnic minority population of the conflict-torn Rakhine State, the launch by VF Corp of a new global sustainability and responsibility strategy, and Ethiopia's plans to inaugurate two new industrial parks.

Why speed is a new currency for Li & Fung
Changing mindsets and challenging the status quo are key to building fast and smart supply chains, according to Paul Fowler, chief information officer at Hong Kong-based global sourcing specialist Li & Fung.

Garment brands warn Myanmar over Rohingya crisis
Leading European and US apparel brands and trade associations have called on the Myanmar Government to respect the rights of the ethnic minority population of the conflict-torn Rakhine State or risk further eroding business and investor confidence.

The CSR risk in Chinese overseas clothing factories
Research into the corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts of China's textile and garment enterprises as they expand overseas has uncovered a number of shortfalls in Chinese-invested factories in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

VF sets new sustainability and responsibility goals
Apparel and footwear giant VF Corporation, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has launched a new global sustainability and responsibility strategy setting out updated goals and targets across its business and global supply chain.

Ethiopia inaugurates two new industrial parks
Ethiopia will inaugurate two new industrial parks this month, representing an investment of US$315m, as part of the government's long-term vision to become a world-leading apparel and textile hub.