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Minimum wage rises squeeze Southeast Asia sourcing 25 Feb 2019

Changes in minimum wage rates are likely to be of significant concern to apparel brands and retailers sourcing from Southeast Asia in 2019, with pay in many countries continuing on an upward trajectory.


How can brands source responsibly from Myanmar? 13 Feb 2019

The ongoing human rights crisis in Myanmar has prompted the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to launch a four-point guide aimed at helping brands and retailers to continue to source responsibly from the country.


Myanmar looks to Taiwan to help build vertical industry 29 Jan 2019

Myanmar is counting on investors from Taiwan to support the country with capacity building and technical assistance – including in textile and garment production – even as its beneficial trade access to the European Union (EU) is under review.


Can Myanmar's garment sector reach its full potential? 29 Aug 2018

After a United Nations (UN) report this week branded Myanmar’s refugee problem one of the world’s worst humanitarian and human rights crises, David Birnbaum looks at the knock-on impact for the country's garment export sector. He argues that while Myanmar is one of the few alternatives to China for high value-added, complex and difficult-to-make products, its poor reputation may prevent it from reaching its full potential.


Rohingya crisis and wage issues weigh on Myanmar 14 Aug 2018

Myanmar’s garment exports may be thriving, but the ongoing Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State and rising wages are the latest shadows on the horizon.

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Second LEED Platinum-certified factory opens in Myanmar 22 Jan 2020

Guston Amava, a garment manufacturer in Myanmar, has opened its second LEED platinum-certified factory in the country and SMART Myanmar – a European Union funded initiative aimed at promoting 'Made in Myanmar' garments and sustainable practices – says it hopes other factories in the nation will follow suit.


Lindex launches water project for Myanmar garment workers 21 Jan 2020

Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has launched a joint project in Myanmar to increase access to clean drinking water and sanitation in communities where textile workers live.


Myanmar begins review of minimum wage 13 Jan 2020

The Myanmar Government has begun its bi-annual review of the country's minimum wage with a view to a potential increase later this year.


SMART Textile & Garments project begins in Myanmar 6 Dec 2019

The EU funded SMART Myanmar project is moving into its third phase under the new name SMART Textiles & Garments, and will be supported by international retailers including H&M, Bestseller and C&A looking to boost performance within their Myanmar supply chains.


Myanmar Freedom of Association Guideline agreed 18 Nov 2019

After eight months of negotiations, factories in Myanmar that produce for brands who are members of the Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) living wage initiative have agreed on a Freedom of Association (FoA) Guideline.


US aid project to tackle conflict and inequality in Myanmar 29 Oct 2019

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new aid programme to try to mitigate the economic causes of conflict and inequality in Myanmar.


Myanmar made no progress on child labour last year 24 Oct 2019

The US Department of Labour has released its '2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labour' report, which features Myanmar as a repeat offender where garment production is concerned.


New textile industry zone planned for central Myanmar? 18 Oct 2019

A textile industry park is being mulled for Myanmar's Mandalay region as part of a joint project with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).


Brands mull Myanmar sourcing after military links exposed 28 Aug 2019

A number of fashion brands are reviewing their stance on sourcing from Myanmar after a report from the United Nations earlier this month urged brands to cut ties with suppliers linked to the country's military.


Call for sanctions on firms linked to Myanmar military 5 Aug 2019

The United Nations is calling upon world leaders to impose targeted financial sanctions on companies that are linked to the military in Myanmar – including several garment manufacturers.

Latest blogs

Myanmar minimum wage causes consternation 7 Jul 2015

Anger and frustration is brewing in Myanmar over plans announced last week to set the country’s first minimum wage at MMK3,600 (US$3.22) per day.