Top stories on just-style this week include coverage of a new survey that claims home-based garment workers in India are exploited by major fashion retailers, a look at why the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement is expected to provide a boost to Egypt's garment industry, and the certification of Pakistan's first organic cotton bale as the first step to an organic cotton supply chain in the country.

Worker exploitation in India's home-based garment sector
Home-based garment workers in India are "invisible" and "exploited" by major fashion retailers in the United States and European Union, according to a new in-depth survey – which also suggests brands should acknowledge their presence in supply chains as a first step to improving working conditions.

Egypt garments set to benefit from African free trade treaty
Eventual implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement is expected to provide a boost to Egypt's garment industry – but logistics and government red tape will pose a major challenge, industry executives have told just-style.

Who has committed to the CanopyStyle initiative?
Canopy is an environmental not for profit working with the forest industry's biggest customers and their suppliers to develop business solutions that protect endangered forests. Its CanopyStyle initiative has now surpassed 170 brand partners, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Selfridges, H&M, Zara/Inditex, Stella McCartney and VF Corp – who have all pledged to end the use of trees from ancient and endangered forests in the rayon/viscose supply chain. 

Soaring costs could slow Jordan garment export growth
Garment exporters in Jordan may be growing their exports, but high costs could weaken their ability to take advantage of robust growth in overseas demand, industry experts have told just-style.

Pakistan takes first step towards organic cotton supply chain
The certification of Pakistan's first organic cotton bale has been hailed as a "major breakthrough" in the country's cotton sector, marking the first step towards the potential development of an organic cotton supply chain in the South Asian country.