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Fashion industry pilot to produce first circular polybag

12 December 2019 | Beth Wright

A new pilot project aims to reduce the use and impact of virgin polybags in the fashion industry by developing a fully circular solution based on recycled content.... read more


Adidas, C&A, Esprit set out new sustainability roadmaps

23 August 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Brands and retailers including Adidas, C&A, Esprit, Hugo Boss, KiK, Lidl, Primark and Puma are among 116 members of the German based Partnership for Sustainable Textiles who have submitted roadmaps outlining concrete steps to increase sustainability in their textile supply chains.... read more


Adidas among group calling for climate action

14 December 2017 | Beth Wright

German sportswear giant Adidas is among more than 50 major global corporates calling on world leaders to tackle climate change by introducing framework conditions that lay the foundation for a pathway towards limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.... read more


Hugo Boss taps Streubig as sustainability chief

31 October 2017 | Beth Wright

German fashion brand Hugo Boss has tapped former Otto Group executive Andreas Streubig as its new sustainability chief.... read more


Otto Group urges support for sustainable textiles scheme

24 August 2017 | Beth Wright

As part of its commitment to the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, German mail order and e-commerce giant Otto Group has unveiled a roadmap setting out targets for 2017 – including a focus on the deeper supply chain and boosting the percentage of Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) cotton in its products – while urging stronger cohesion from all Partnership members.... read more


Action plan to protect Syrian workers in Turkish factories

9 March 2017 | Beth Wright

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has partnered with member companies, including German mail order and e-commerce giant Otto Group and Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit, on an initiative designed to improve working conditions for Syrian nationals in Turkish supply chains.... read more


The "power of the many" drives change at Otto Group – Interview

22 February 2017 | Beth Wright

With pressure mounting on apparel brands and retailers to give more weight to sustainability and social responsibility in their sourcing decisions, Andreas Streubig, sustainability division manager at German mail order and e-commerce giant Otto Group, is convinced that collaboration and the "power of the many" is key to driving lasting change.... read more


Otto Group names Klauke as chief digital officer

13 February 2017 | Beth Wright

German e-commerce giant Otto Group has named Sebastian Klauke as chief digital officer, a newly created position for the company.... read more


Duty-free trade key to building Africa supply chains

8 December 2016 | Beth Wright

A group of ethical fashion producers and retailers, including German e-commerce giant Otto Group and shoemaking enterprise Soul of Africa, has called on the UK government to maintain duty-free access for imports from sub-Saharan Africa when negotiating new trade agreements with the region following the UK's eventual departure from the European Union. ... read more


Apparel brands "ignoring" refugee abuse in Turkey factories

25 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

The majority of large apparel brands are ignoring the "endemic" abuse of Syrian refugees in Turkish clothing factories supplying European retailers, a new report has found. ... read more


German sustainable textile alliance gains momentum

11 June 2015 | Leonie Barrie

The German-led Partnership for Sustainable Textiles appears to be gaining momentum, with mail order giant Otto Group the latest to join the initiative which it hopes to elevate to an international level.... read more


New scenarios driving sustainability in textiles

17 November 2014 | Debra Cobb

Driving meaningful change towards sustainability in textiles within organisations, within the industry, and with consumers topped the agenda at last week's Textile Exchange Conference.... read more


Textile value chain making Africa more competitive

29 September 2014 | Leonie Barrie

The strength of having a supply chain that extends from the cotton field to the finished garment within a single country was one of the key messages to emerge from a meeting last week to look at making African cotton more competitive.... read more


GERMANY: Cotton made in Africa revenues exceed EUR1m

18 September 2014 | Leonie Barrie

The Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative designed to help African cotton farmers, generated licensing revenues of more than EUR1m (US$1.3m) for the first time last year, with more than 85,000 tons of cotton sold through the scheme.... read more


Rana Plaza one year on: Timeline of change

24 April 2014 | Leonie Barrie

The Rana Plaza factory disaster has proved to be a catalyst for change in Bangladesh. While there has been criticism of the speed of the factory inspection process and efforts to improve worker safety, a timeline of major milestones shows that progress is being made.... read more


ZAMBIA: Otto Group backs schools for cotton farmers' kids

20 March 2014 | Leonie Barrie

German online fashion and mail-order giant Otto Group has backed a project to open six schools in Zambia that will provide an education to 2,900 children of cotton farmers who are part of the Cotton made in Africa (CMiA) scheme.... read more


Global effort to set garment industry labour standards

4 September 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Work is underway to develop a new international labour standard for the global garment industry in a bid to improve the sector's accountability and transparency and reassure buyers and consumers on factory working conditions.... read more


How do the Bangladesh safety pacts measure up?

11 July 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Unveiling a new five-year plan to improve worker safety at the factories in Bangladesh that produce their clothing, North American brands and retailers were keen to stress the similarities between their own initiative and a separate scheme backed by 70 mainly European companies. That said, there are considerable differences too.... read more


FRANCE: Otto Group to take 100% of 3SI Group

28 June 2013 | Petah Marian

German mail-order giant Otto Group has revealed plans to fully take over the French e-commerce and services company 3SI Group. ... read more


UK: Mothercare adds to management team

5 October 2012 | Katie Smith

Mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare has announced two management appointments as it looks to focus on its global operations.... read more


GERMANY: Otto Group plans redundancies under restructure

24 September 2012 | Petah Marian

German mail-order giant Otto Group - the world’s largest online retailer for fashion and lifestyle products - could lose as many as 700 jobs under new plans to restructure the company.... read more


Prime Source Forum 2012: Quote/unquote - day 2

31 March 2012 | Leonie Barrie

Industry issues tackled on the second day of this year's Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong included the globalisation of retail and its impact on the supply chain, the internet and social networking, and a call for more effort to train and promote talent. Here is a roundup of comments from some of the speakers at the event.... read more


HONG KONG: Prime Source Forum broadens its horizons

28 March 2012 | Leonie Barrie

The organisers of the Prime Source Forum event, which opened in Hong Kong earlier today (28 March), are also planning to launch a parallel meeting in India later this year. ... read more


GERMANY: C&A commits to sustainable African cotton

24 October 2011 | Leonie Barrie

Leading European fashion retailer C&A plans to purchase 1,000 tonnes of sustainably produced African cotton next year in a move that will help improve the living conditions of smallholder farmers in five countries.... read more


UK: Hermes Otto launches sustainable fashion brand

6 October 2011 | Petah Marian

Global sourcing group Hermes Otto is launching a new sustainable fashion brand called Wild Earth Cotton that will use raw materials from the Cotton Made in Africa initiative.... read more


SWEDEN: H&M ranked world's top user of organic cotton

7 September 2011 | Leonie Barrie

Swedish fashion retailer H&M was ranked as the world's number one user of organic cotton last year - taking it closer to its goal of only using cotton from more sustainable sources by 2020.... read more


WORLD: Organic cotton market jumps 20% in 2010

6 September 2011 | Leonie Barrie

Neither the recession nor unstable economies have put a damper on the fast-growing organic textiles industry, according to a new report, which shows the sector grew by 20% to an estimated $5.61bn in 2010.... read more


just-style management briefing: The Sustainable Apparel Coalition's collective efforts

5 August 2011 | Ben Cooper

Over the past decade and more, industry associations and individual companies have launched numerous initiatives with the aim of addressing and reducing the environmental and social impacts of clothing manufacture. However, this year the clothing industry's collective effort witnessed what many hope will be a game-changing development with the formation of a new multi-stakeholder partnership.... read more


GERMANY: Inditex takes 100% of subsidiary

10 August 2010 | just-style.com

Fashion retail group Inditex has taken 100% control of Germany subsidiary Zara Deutschland, buying out joint venture partner Otto Group’s remanining 22% stake.... read more


AUSTRIA: Knapp buys Dürkopp Fördertechnik

13 July 2010 | just-style.com

Warehouse automation supplier Knapp AG has bought Dürkopp Adler's overhead conveyor systems subsidiary Dürkopp Fördertechnik, for an undisclosed sum.... read more


BANGLADESH: Adidas to pilot non-profit footwear plant

26 November 2009 | Leonie Barrie

German sporting goods firm Adidas is following in the footsteps of mail order giant Otto Group by setting up a social business model in Bangladesh that will create local jobs and operate on a non-profit basis.... read more


COMMENT: Has the clothing industry found its conscience?

26 November 2009 | Leonie Barrie

Despite fears that companies might cast aside their social scruples during the recession as they battle for business and, in many cases, their very survival, some firms are taking steps to show that social commitment is not simply a matter of financial convenience.... read more


BANGLADESH: Otto invests in garment 'factory of the future'

17 November 2009 | just-style.com

German mail-order giant The Otto Group is teaming up with the Grameen Trust to set up what it calls “the factory of the future,” in which profits are ploughed back into the local community.... read more


CHINA: Fujian and Zhejiang up export share - retailer

27 August 2009 | just-style.com

China's Fujian and Zhejiang provinces present growing competition to Guangdong as key apparel sourcing hubs, according to mail-order retailer Otto Group.... read more


UK: Mail order firm to cut 160 more jobs - report

1 June 2009 | just-style.com

Fashion catalogue company Grattan is planning to cut 160 jobs from its Listerhills distribution centre, it was reported today (1 June).... read more