Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the implications for the US cotton sector after the fibre got caught in the tit-for-tat trade war between the US and China; the disconnect between buying departments and compliance teams when it comes to costing labour in price negotiations; an inquiry launched by the UK Government into the social and environmental impact of 'fast fashion'; and suggestions for tackling forced labour in apparel supply chains.

From Field To Shelf – US cotton just took one for the team
The price of cotton fell more than 10 cents a pound last week, after getting caught in the crossfire of the the tit-for-tat trade war between the US and China. Writing in his new 'From Field To Shelf' column on just-style, Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, says Trump just trashed the American cotton industry, and asks: What happens now?

Who pays for a higher wage for garment factory workers?
This year has seen statutory minimum wage rises in a number of countries and their provinces, with a number still in the pipeline. Yet there continues to be a disconnect between buying departments and compliance teams when it comes to costing labour in price negotiations. So who should pay for a minimum wage increase? Two industry experts share their thoughts.

How to tackle forced labour in apparel supply chains
The latest thinking on corporate social responsibility (CSR) matters puts forced labour at the forefront of issues impacting the apparel, textile and footwear sectors, while working hours are at the centre of attempts to increase transparency in supply chains. Progress is also underway on key harmonisation/convergence initiatives.

UK inquiry to examine impact of 'fast fashion'
The UK Government has launched an inquiry to investigate the social and environmental impact of disposable so-called 'fast fashion', and the wider implications for the fashion supply chain.

PVH to support Fashion for Good on sustainability
Fashion for Good, a global initiative trying to make fashion more sustainable, is partnering with US giant PVH Corp in a move intended to accelerate and scale sustainable innovation in the apparel industry.