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Bangladesh in sourcing squeeze amid safety gains

Despite dramatic gains in building safety in Bangladesh since the Rana Plaza disaster, the violation of workers' rights has increased and th...

Bangladesh a role model for safety progress

Five years after the Rana Plaza disaster, Bangladesh’s apparel industry has undergone expansive structural transformation and become a role...

Let’s salute Bangladesh progress since Rana Plaza

Five years ago, the Rana Plaza catastrophe made Bangladesh notorious – and turned our industry into a pariah. Today, our reaction to the cat...

Rana Plaza five years on – A time for reflection

As the global garment industry stops to reflect on the tragic events that took place in Bangladesh exactly five years ago today (24 April),...

Latest Interviews

Esquel CEO emphasises efficiency and sustainability 28 Nov 2017

Wang Fangqing

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.


Busana expands to build business with leading brands – Interview 17 Aug 2017

Leonie Barrie

For a business that even its chairman Maniwanen Marimutu admits is "low profile," Busana Apparel Group has high ambitions. Here he tells just-style how Indonesia's largest woven apparel exporter is on a drive to expand its domestic capacity, has set up its first factory in Ethiopia, is exploring opportunities in Vietnam, and eyeing new products as it builds the business to lead in each of its categories.

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Fast Retailing joins Canopy forest-friendly sourcing policy 26 Apr 2018

Beth Wright

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, has become the latest company to sign up to Canopy's policy that commits brands to stop sourcing the raw material for their viscose and rayon textiles from ancient and endangered forests.


House of Fraser enters into acquisition talks 25 Apr 2018

Michelle Russell

House of Fraser has entered into talks with Chinese retail group and owner of Hamleys, C Banner International, over the potential purchase of a 51% stake in the struggling UK department store retailer.


Bangladeshi garment workers "routinely" paid less than living wage 25 Apr 2018

Beth Wright

Garment workers in Bangladesh are earning poverty-level wages, often while relying upon excessive hours of overtime to lift their earnings towards a living wage, a new report has found.


EU and Singapore progress on trade deal 24 Apr 2018

Leonie Barrie

The European Union and Singapore have finished negotiating their free trade and investment protection agreements, marking the first step towards their signature and conclusion.


EU seeks swift conclusion of Japan trade pact 24 Apr 2018

Leonie Barrie

The European Union and Japan have taken another step towards completing their Economic Partnership Agreement – the biggest bilateral trade agreement ever negotiated by the two parties.


H&M progresses on Bangladesh worker representation 20 Apr 2018

Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) says 450,000 textile workers at 227 of its Bangladesh factories are now represented by a democratically-elected representative.

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