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Does size matter when it comes to sustainability? 28 Nov 2018

When it comes to implementing sustainable practices, the size of a business is less important than the vision of the CEO, delegates were told during one of the sessions at this year's Fair Wear Foundation Annual Summit in Amsterdam.


How better factory conditions help boost the bottom line 26 Sep 2016

A link has been established between improved working conditions in the apparel industry and a resulting boost to factory competitiveness – but the sourcing practices of global buyers remains one of the biggest challenges to progress.


Archroma focuses on integration and innovation 16 Jul 2015

Following the completion of Archroma's acquisition of BASF's textile chemicals business earlier this month, the company has set its sights on becoming the largest global textile chemicals company, focusing its efforts on seamlessly integrating the two businesses and building its 'innovation powerhouse'.


Better Cotton Initiative “racing” to 2020 target 28 Apr 2015

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) enjoyed a record year in 2014 and is surging towards its long-term objective of achieving a 30% share of global production.


ANALYSIS: Better Work programme poised to expand 26 Aug 2014

The Better Work programme is set to expand its activities and influence over the next few years in an effort to drive up working conditions across the global garment industry.

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New database to help unravel rules of origin 18 Oct 2019

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is joining forces with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and World Customs Organization (WCO) on an initiative designed to help firms to take fuller advantages of benefits under free and preferential trade arrangements by helping them comply with product rules of origin requirements.


World Cotton Day seeks level playing field for producers 9 Oct 2019

The central role of cotton in developing countries has been marked by the inaugural World Cotton Day, which aims to shed light on the links between trade, cotton and development, and help level the playing field for cotton producers, especially in developing countries.


ZDHC programme adds three new value chain affiliates 8 Aug 2019

Premium formal and casual wear supplier Smart Shirts, and German chemicals supplier Trumpler Group are among the latest additions to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group's value chain affiliates.


WTO warns of "alarm bells" over trade restrictions 23 Jul 2019

The scale of new trade restrictions implemented by members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has reached a historically high level, adding to the uncertainty surrounding international trade and the world economy.


Archroma formaldehyde-free binder for pigment prints 22 Jul 2019

Swiss colour and speciality chemicals manufacturer Archroma has launched a new formaldehyde-free low temperature curing binder to tackle some of the challenges of pigment printing.


Archroma adds new dyes for polyester sportswear 10 Jul 2019

Swiss colour and speciality chemicals manufacturer Archroma has unveiled a new range of high wet-fast disperse dyes for polyester fibres in sportswear and activewear applications.


Archroma launches eco-friendly dye that mimics indigo 1 Jul 2019

Swiss colour and speciality chemicals manufacturer Archroma has developed a new liquid sulphur blue dye designed to mimic indigo, which is aniline-free and can be used in a more sustainable and efficient application process.


Natural peppermint used to tackle odour in cotton textiles 28 Jun 2019

Swiss textile antimicrobial specialist Sanitized is using natural peppermint as the source of its latest odour-management development to treat cotton textiles sustainably and in line with growing consumer demand.


G20 trade restrictions continue at historic highs 26 Jun 2019

International trade restrictions are sitting at the second-highest level on record, and threaten to hold back the global economy through increased uncertainty, lower investment and weaker trade growth, a new report warns.


New labour standard to tackle violence at work 21 Jun 2019

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a new Convention to combat violence and harassment in the workplace – its first new international labour standard since 2011, and one that is described as of "great importance" for the global garment sector.