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Pandemic impact increases supply chain risk

21 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Covid-19 pandemic remains the top disruptor of supply chains, new data shows, with its impacts resulting in an increase in cargo theft, smuggling and child labour.... read more

UK forced labour probe reaches out to apparel retailers

20 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Major apparel companies including H&M, Marks & Spencer, Adidas, Nike and Gap have been contacted by UK politicians to give evidence at an inquiry exploring the forced labour of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China.... read more

Asos commits to tackle supply chain slavery risks

20 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK online fashion retailer Asos has signed the Anti-Slavery International Charter, committing to help eradicate slavery, forced labour, and child labour in fashion supply chains. ... read more

Boohoo faces more challenges as it seeks new auditor

19 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK online fashion retailer Boohoo is facing more challenges this week after it emerged that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is stepping down as its auditor, following a recent investigation linking some of the company's suppliers to money laundering and VAT fraud.... read more

Paul&Shark initiative gives old garments a new life

19 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Luxury sportswear brand Paul&Shark has furthered its sustainability commitments by launching a new project that gives old garments a new life.... read more

US steps up efforts to stifle counterfeits

15 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The trade body representing the US’s apparel and footwear sector has welcomed the latest moves by the government to stop counterfeit trafficking on e-commerce platforms.... read more

Aditya Birla "low Risk" in CanopyStyle viscose audit

15 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla has completed its second CanopyStyle Audit, the results of which show the company's current supply chain is again at low risk of sourcing wood from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources.... read more

YKK commits to cut emissions across operations

12 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fastener manufacturer YKK has set out its new sustainability vision, which will serve as a roadmap to the company achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.... read more

Unlocking the garment export potential of India and Bangladesh

8 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

It's easy to blame the coronavirus or recession for some of the problems facing the garment export industry. But what if the issues are more deep-rooted? The real challenge is to separate out the noise and draw up practical strategies based on accurate information, garment industry specialist David Birnbaum explained on a recent webinar. Using Bangladesh and India as examples, he suggested solutions to help realise their potential.... read more

Fairtrade secures funding for Indian cotton farmers

7 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fairtrade has received EUR80,000 (US$94,225) in funding from German development agency GIZ to support smallholder cotton farmers fighting the impact of Covid-19 in India.... read more

More UK fashion brands end use of alpaca in collections

5 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fashion brands Next, New Look, Matalan, and Ted Baker have said they will end the use of alpaca in their collections, while River Island, Hunter and Barbour say they have already prohibited the use of the fibre.... read more

M&S brings back Shwopping recycling programme

2 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing, homewares and food retailer Marks & Spencer hope to continue to keep clothing out of landfill with the return of its Shwopping recycling scheme.... read more

Kontoor takes holistic approach to denim production

1 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Wrangler and Lee brand owner Kontoor Brands has set out its first set of global sustainability goals and said it aspires to transform the industry by taking a holistic approach to apparel and denim production.... read more

PVH names Larsson as CEO to succeed Chirico

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

PVH Corp, parent company to Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has announced president Stefan Larsson will take up the role of CEO from February 2021.... read more

Adidas to invest in sustainable materials with first green bond

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

German sportswear giant Adidas has placed its first ‘green bond’ as part of plans by the company to execute on its long-term sustainability roadmap, while also optimising its capital structure and financing costs.... read more

Cambodia garment recovery key to boosting industrial output

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia’s total industrial output is estimated to rise by 5.1% in 2020 if garment and footwear exports continue to recover, new figures from the Asian Development Bank suggest, as it revises its economic projection for the southeast Asian country.... read more

SupplyCompass and Woolmark partner on wool sourcing

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Product development and production management platform SupplyCompass has teamed up with The Woolmark Company to set up trusted wool supply chains and launch a wool guide to help brands launch new categories of wool products.... read more

New Ted Baker licensing deals with Next and Baird Group

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK high street fashion chain Ted Baker has agreed new licensing deals with Next Plc and Ben Sherman's licensee Baird Group, in a move it says will enhance supply chain efficiency.... read more

Fashion brands still failing to provide a living wage

25 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new report by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) claims that despite the promises of big fashion brands, many have failed to prove that the workers in their supply chains earn a living wage.... read more

Bestseller and Spinnova explore new fibre collaboration

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Danish multi-brand retailer Bestseller is teaming up with Finnish fibre producer Spinnova on a joint product development initiative to determine which of the fashion company's ranges will best suit its new sustainable wood-based fibres.... read more

India introduces three new labour codes

23 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Three new labour codes introduced by India's union government at the weekend do little to extend any form of social protection to the vast majority of informal sector workers, an employment union has said.... read more

Nike sees permanent digital shift as online sales soar 82%

23 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US sporting giant Nike says the shift to online sales could be a permanent trend after it revealed an 82% increase in digital sales in the first quarter.... read more

J.Crew closes UK business with loss of 75 jobs

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US apparel retailer J.Crew Group has appointed liquidators for its UK business, resulting in the closure of all stores in the country.... read more

"Lopsided contracts" expose garment industry frailties

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new policy paper that explores the power imbalances between brands and suppliers, and their contractual manifestation as a result of Covid-19, calls for more effective global governance of supply chains and stronger public and private accountability mechanisms.... read more

Tech companies collaborate to bring transparency to fashion

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Blockchain firm Everledger has partnered with Internet of Things (IoT) specialist Temera to provide brands in the apparel and luxury sectors with greater transparency and the ability to better demonstrate their green commitments.... read more

Sustainability roadmap aims to push industry forward

21 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The New Standard Institute think tank has released an open-source, data-based roadmap aimed at pushing the fashion industry toward more authentic sustainability initiatives.... read more

Report kick-starts standard for setting net-zero targets

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new process has been launched to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero targets, in a bid to ensure that company commitments to reach net-zero emissions by the middle of the century will actually meet these goals.... read more

Brandix backs plans for renewable energy in Sri Lanka

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Sri Lankan apparel and textile manufacturing giant Brandix has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote renewable energy in the country and ensure the biomass it uses is responsibly sourced from certified suppliers.... read more

Messe Frankfurt introduces pop-up sourcing show

16 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Messe Frankfurt North America is bridging the gap between physical and virtual events by introducing a Pop-Up Sourcing Showcase at its New York textile shows.... read more

SupplyCompass launches platform for deadstock fabrics

11 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Product development and production management platform SupplyCompass has launched a new library providing a myriad of deadstock fabric options to help brands design more sustainable collections, create value from waste, and champion circularity.... read more

Under Armour to cut 600 corporate jobs

10 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US sportswear retailer Under Armour is to cut around 600 corporate jobs as it extends a restructuring plan it laid out in April.... read more

Vietnam footwear exports drop in August

9 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam's footwear exports dropped in the first eight months of the year, according to new figures.... read more

Worker rights risks rise to the fore

7 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

As fashion brands and retailers begin to reset and reshape their supply chains as they emerge from the global coronavirus pandemic, a new multi-year investigation has identified child labour and audit deception among the risks at stake when sourcing from garment factories in Myanmar.... read more

India and Japan sign pact for textile and apparel testing

4 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

India and Japan have signed a pact that the former country says will improve the quality and testing of its textiles and clothing for the Japanese market.... read more

China textile and apparel sourcing down but not out

4 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

While China continues takes the crown for global sourcing, its dominance is noticeably less dramatic compared to previous years, particularly in the textile and apparel industry, a new report has found.... read more