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Looming Accord closure a risk Bangladesh sourcing

A crash in slow motion – it's the only way one can describe the looming economic fallout should Bangladesh refuse to extend the Accord on Fi...

Combatting endemic challenges in factory safety

The Bangladesh experience represents a model for what factory safety reform might look like in other low-resource contexts. But now is a cri...

China factories to pay a lot more in payroll taxes

For years Chinese factories failed to enroll workers onto the country's social insurance scheme. But things could be about to change. From J...

Moving further and faster on closed loop clothing

There’s a lot of talk about the potential benefits of developing a closed loop or circular economy as a long-term solution to the environmen...

Latest Interviews

Digitisation is key to upgrading Asia's fashion factories. Just do it responsibly, says Fung Group's director of sustainability 14 Nov 2018

Leonie Barrie

Digital technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence are starting to bring more speed, efficiency and transparency to apparel supply chains – but less well documented is their potential impact on job losses and social unrest, especially in Asia. It’s a balancing act that Pamela Mar weighs up in her roles as director of sustainability at the Fung Group and EVP of Supply Chain Futures for the Fung Academy, as she tells just-style.

How TAL Apparel is rebalancing for growth – CEO Interview 22 Aug 2018

Leonie Barrie

By his own admission, Roger Lee, CEO at Hong Kong based apparel giant TAL Group, is an optimist. And it's a trait that has stood him – and the 70-year-old company he leads – in good stead in recent years as he focuses and rebalances the business for future growth.

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Bangladesh Alliance releases final factory safety report 12 Dec 2018

Hannah Abdulla

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety released its fifth and final annual report on factory safety improvements during its tenure – claiming a 93% remediation rate across factories affiliated with the programme and close to 1.6m workers trained to protect themselves in case of a fire emergency.

Bangladesh clean textile pact widens scope and impact 11 Dec 2018

Hannah Abdulla

The second phase of an initiative to adopt state-of-the-art efficiency and cleaner production practices in Bangladesh’s textile value chain has expanded its scope from spinning to the final finished product – and is eyeing savings of 10.9bn litres of water and 1.3m megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy every year.

Indonesia lifts restrictions on foreign investment in fabric printing 11 Dec 2018

Leonie Barrie

The Indonesian government is to relax foreign investment restrictions on a number of industry sectors – including fabric printing – in a bid to encourage exports and capital inflows.

Fast Retailing publishes list of Uniqlo core fabric mills 10 Dec 2018

Hannah Abdulla

Japan's Fast Retailing has published a list of the core fabric mills used by its Uniqlo casual clothing brand in a bid to boost transparency and sustainability efforts across its supply chain.

Hohenstein opens textile testing laboratory in India 10 Dec 2018

Michelle Russell

Testing services provider Hohenstein has opened a new textile testing laboratory in Gurugram, India, expanding its tailor-made services to one of the world's textile hotspots.

Absolute Denim switches production to aniline-free indigo 7 Dec 2018

Beth Wright

Thailand's Absolute Denim is to become the first denim manufacturer to convert 100% of its production to an aniline-free indigo solution developed by colour and speciality textile chemicals provider Archroma.

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