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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.


RFID moves seamlessly into a sewn-on fashion label 3 Sep 2012

The benefits of radio-frequency identification (RFID) in the apparel supply chain are well documented, helping to improve everything from inventory visibility to the prevention of theft. But now a new woven label takes this to the next, logical step by incorporating the technology seamlessly into a sewn-on brand label.

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World Bank warns of risks to global economic growth 12 Jan 2018

Global economic growth is expected to edge up to 3.1% in 2018 thanks to a rebound in investment, manufacturing activity and trade, a new report shows – but adds there are risks to long-term growth.


Kjus praised for efforts to improve working conditions 28 Nov 2017

The Swiss sportswear brand Kjus has been awarded 'Leader' status for the third time in a row in recognition of its efforts to establish fair working conditions in its supply chain.


Kathmandu and Archroma partner on sustainable dyes 1 Nov 2017

Outdoor brand Kathmandu has partnered with textile chemicals specialist Archroma on its latest capsule collection, using the company's patented plant-based dyes, which are sourced from up to 100% renewable resources.


Inditex partnership with ILO a "milestone" for best labour 20 Oct 2017

The director-general of the International Labour Organization (ILO) says its collaboration with Spanish clothing giant Inditex to enhance labour conditions at all levels of the garment sector value chain represents a new milestone in the apparel industry.


Clothing companies do not care enough about the environment 13 Oct 2017

The majority of brands and retailers take no action against climate change or water pollution, with only a select few – including H&M, Nike, Adidas and Mammut – concerned about the environment, a new report suggests.


Archroma on track with REACH registrations 5 Oct 2017

Textile chemicals specialist Archroma says it has so far registered about 200 substances under the EU's REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) scheme, and is "well on track" with registrations under phases three and four of the initiative.


More effort required to fight modern slavery 19 Sep 2017

With new figures claiming more than 40m people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016, and some 152m children subject to child labour, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warns of the risk of missing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals unless efforts to fight modern slavery and child labour are dramatically increased.


Archroma takes controlling stake in dye firm M Dohmen 8 Sep 2017

Textile chemicals specialist Archroma is upping its stake in M Dohmen, an international group that produces textile dyes and chemicals for sectors including apparel.


Calls to boost worker conditions in apparel sector 4 Sep 2017

C&A Foundation is calling on organisations with innovative ideas that use public, or soon-to-be public, information to partner on improving working conditions in the global apparel sector.


Switzerland reinforces Better Work pledge 11 Jul 2017

Switzerland has pledged to continue to support Better Work, a flagship programme of the International Labour Organization (ILO), with a US$12.5m investment to help improve working conditions in the global garment industry.