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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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Huntsman to make hand sanitiser in fight against Covid-19 25 Mar 2020

Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Corporation will begin making hydro alcoholic solution to produce hand sanitiser at its manufacturing site in Monthey, Switzerland, in response to an urgent appeal by Swiss authorities.


Bluesign revises criteria through stakeholder collaboration 19 Mar 2020

Switzerland-based Bluesign Technologies has released new criteria aimed at helping the fashion and textile industry reduce its environmental impact and increase safety for both consumers and workers.


Coronavirus could cost almost 25m jobs worldwide 19 Mar 2020

Almost 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of Covid-19, according to a new assessment by the International Labour Organization (ILO).


New guidelines help companies tackle plastic pollution 2 Mar 2020

A multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to address plastic pollution worldwide has launched what it says is the first science-based methodology to map and measure plastic leakage across corporate value chains.


Riri and Coeurdor merge to create "largest" metal trims group 17 Feb 2020

Swiss zips and buttons manufacturer Riri has joined forces with France's Coeurdor to create what they say is the largest metal accessories group dedicated to high-end luxury brands.


Globus department store group gets new owners 5 Feb 2020

Thailand-based retail giant Central Group has teamed up with Austrian investor Signa in a joint venture to acquire Swiss luxury department store group Globus.


New World Economic Forum blockchain traceability platform 4 Feb 2020

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has launched what it claims is the first neutral and public traceability platform capable of visualising blockchain-based supply chain data from multiple companies and sources.


EU warns of retaliatory tariffs if Trump threat realised 23 Jan 2020

The European Union has warned it will respond to any additional US tariffs with duties of its own on US products in an ongoing trade spat over aircraft subsidies.


Fashion CEOs must redesign traditional concept of growth 22 Jan 2020

New guidance to help fashion CEOs decide where to focus their sustainability efforts in the year ahead has outlined the importance of redesigning traditional concepts of growth and looking beyond short-term financial incentives.


New policy seeks to address hazardous textile chemicals 13 Jan 2020

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has published a policy brief that addresses chemicals of concern in several product sectors including textiles, in an effort to minimise their adverse effects on human health and the environment.