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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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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.


South East Asia unions resolve to build networks 18 Jul 2019

Trade union leaders from IndustriAll Global Union affiliates in seven countries in South East Asia have resolved to build networks and increase organising in the textile and garment sector.


Myanmar unions urge brands to join fight for living wage 10 Jul 2019

Unions in Myanmar are calling for a living wage for the country's garment workers – and are urging more brands and retailers to support the Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) living wage initiative.


Apparel groups concerned at Myanmar labour law reforms 17 Jun 2019

Business groups representing international garment, footwear, and travel goods buyers have written to the government of Myanmar to express their increasing concern over several worker rights issues in the country.


Myanmar evaluates renewable energy in garment factories 8 Apr 2019

Apparel factory managers met with solar companies and regional garment associations in Myanmar last week to discuss the potential for renewable energy in the sector.


Smart Myanmar launches consumer awareness campaign 3 Apr 2019

Smart Myanmar has launched a project aimed at raising awareness among local consumers of sustainable consumption and production in the country's garment sector.


Myanmar garment sector eyes green finance with MoU 30 Jan 2019

An EU-funded initiative aimed at promoting 'Made in Myanmar' apparel has inked a deal to help garment factories in the country access finance to enable environmentally sustainable and energy-saving improvements.


Agreement reached after 72-day Myanmar garment worker strike 1 Nov 2018

An agreement has been reached between owners of the Fu Yuen Garment Factory in Yangon, Myanmar, following the sacking of 30 workers and protests involving 300 others.


Removing Myanmar trade benefit would leave 'thousands' jobless 30 Oct 2018

The European Union's proposed revoking of Myanmar's Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preference tariffs would leave "thousands of young men and women" jobless, according to SMART Myanmar.

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.