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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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Traceability tool for garment supply chains being developed 20 Mar 2019

A tool to enable greater traceability in garment supply chains is being developed by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the European Commission (EC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and private sector partners.


KJUS picks new PLM to manage growth 19 Mar 2019

Swiss sportswear brand KJUS has invested in a new PLM system to better manage its expansion into new lines, while supporting its innovation and business strategy.


WTO members start 2019-2021 trade barrier work 14 Mar 2019

World Trade Organization (WTO) members have begun to carry forward their new 2019-2021 work plan to review the operation and implementation of the WTO’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).


Oeko-Tex expands STeP to cover leather products 11 Mar 2019

The Oeko-Tex Association is to expand its sustainable textile production to include leather products next month.


Demand for aniline-free indigo sees Archroma triple production 5 Mar 2019

Colour and speciality chemicals company Archroma has tripled the production of its aniline-free Denisol Pure Indigo 30 liquid on the back of greater demand.


WTO must evolve if it is to have a "bright future" 28 Feb 2019

Roberto Azevêdo, director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has told members the trading system must evolve if it is to have a bright future amid unprecedented threats from the current global trade tensions. 


Odlo praised for efforts to improve working conditions 15 Feb 2019

Functional sportswear firm Odlo has been awarded 'leader' status for the fourth consecutive year in recognition of its efforts to continuously improve working conditions in its supply chain.


Outdoor sustainability charter gains international momentum 6 Feb 2019

The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has secured further international support for its Sustainability Charter – after four national associations confirmed their backing for the initiative.


Global labelling database in new sportswear tie-up 4 Feb 2019

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) is teaming up with organisers of the ISPO trade shows to enable more manufacturers and brands to access its global labelling database.


SGS approved as ZDHC MRSL conformance certifier 25 Jan 2019

Verification, testing and certification company SGS has been approved to test that chemical formulations meet the requirements of the ZDHC MRSL (Manufactured Restricted Substances List).