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Burberry, Asics among companies recognised in S&P Yearbook

15 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

British luxury clothing brand Burberry, Italian skiwear maker Moncler, and Japanese footwear brand Asics have been identified as global leaders for engaging with their suppliers on climate change.... read more


Birla Cellulose and Nanollose team up on high tenacity lyocell

12 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Manmade cellulosic fibre producer Birla Cellulose, a unit of India's Grasim Industries, has filed a joint patent application with Australian biotechnology company Nanollose for a high tenacity lyocell fibre made from bacterial cellulose.... read more


Fashion for Good grows presence across South Asia

8 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

Global sustainable fashion initiative Fashion for Good has expanded its presence across South Asia in the last year, including welcoming Birla Cellulose as an innovation partner, with plans to focus on scaling new technologies going forward.... read more


Birla Cellulose maps 100% of forest sources on GreenTrack

3 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Birla Cellulose, the pulp and fibre business of Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla Group, has partnered with dissolving pulp giant Sappi to provide visibility of its sourcing practices through the GreenTrack traceability platform.... 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


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


New fashion retail landscape emerging

10 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

The new fashion retail landscape emerging in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic is already leading to dramatic and permanent changes in the way brands and fashion retailers plan and work. There are some practical steps that surviving businesses should consider as online becomes the dominant way of doing business.... read more


Leicester garment industry dominates headlines

13 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has dominated the headlines in the last week after media reports surfaced of exploitation and unsafe conditions at one of its Leicester-based supplier factories, which is reportedly paying staff just GBP3.50 (US$4.38) an hour.... read more


Industry weathering the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic

15 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Trust, people and partnerships – key tenets underpinning fashion supplier and sourcing powerhouse PDS Group – have been tested to the limit during the coronavirus pandemic. But they've also stood the business in good stead, helping to not only weather the storm but reposition it to emerge even stronger from the crisis.... read more


Retail in spotlight as bankruptcies stack up

18 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is starting to be felt more heavily across the retail sector with more bankruptcies emerging.... read more