Top stories this week on just-style include an insight into new patterns of world textiles and apparel trade, and claims that garment workers might have been underpaid by almost US$6bn during the Covid-19 pandemic. Elsewhere, investors are being urged to mitigate risks regarding potential links to China's Xinjiang region, and Cambodia's benefits under the EU's Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme have been partially withdrawn.

Five ways world textile and apparel trade is changing
The latest World Trade Statistical Review 2020 newly released by the World Trade Organization (WTO) offers an insight into fashion companies' evolving production and sourcing strategies – and points to new patterns of world textiles and apparel trade in 2019. Here Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, sets out five key trends to watch.

Garment workers underpaid by up to US$5.8bn during pandemic
A new report has claimed garment and footwear factory workers globally could have been underpaid by as much as US$5.79bn for the months of March, April and May.

From Field to Shelf – The great masking of America
A shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks, triggered by the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has prompted US domestic textile companies to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to fill the void. Here's the story of Vidalia Mills – by industry consultant Robert Antoshak, who helped oversee the project.

Investors urged to step up due diligence on Xinjiang links
Investors are being urged to take steps to identify, prevent and mitigate risks in portfolio companies to ensure they have no direct links to human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region.

EU withdrawal of Cambodia's duty benefits takes effect
Despite months of objections by Cambodia's garment and footwear sectors, the European Union's (EU) decision to partially withdraw the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme is now in effect.