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Hugo Boss says labour rights claims inaccurate

9 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

Hugo Boss has denied claims made by union activists over its treatment of workers at a factory in Turkey, labelling them inaccurate and factually incorrect.... read more

UK: Documentary investigates aftermath of Rana Plaza

21 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Over a year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, a BBC Two documentary aims to investigate the story of "the worst industrial disaster of the 21st-century".... read more

GMAC concern at amended Cambodia labour policy

21 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has called on the country’s Labour Ministry to reconsider its intent to amend article 89 of the labour law concerning worker protection and severance pay.... read more

M&S defends position over Asia living wage

15 February 2016 | Michelle Russell

Marks & Spencer has defended its position over a report by a labour campaign group that claims workers making the UK retailer's clothes in some Asian countries are not being paid a living wage, despite a promise to do so. ... read more

New EU funding to help boost Myanmar garment exports

25 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

Myanmar's garment sector is targeting a 300% increase in garment exports to the European Union (EU) by end of 2019 thanks to a EUR2.8m (US$3m) funding boost as the second phase of the SMART Myanmar project gets underway.... read more

US confirms labour concerns in Peru apparel sector

22 March 2016 | Michelle Russell

A US Department of Labour report has raised significant concerns about workers' rights and labour law enforcement in Peru's textile and apparel sectors – leading to new questions regarding the labour rights record of a key member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).... read more

BANGLADESH: Tuba workers "set deadline" for compensation

17 September 2014 | Michelle Russell

Tuba Group workers are understood to have set a 25 September deadline for the Bangladesh government to pay their compensation or face demonstrations before Eid.... read more

Electronic wage system trial for Bangladesh workers

15 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

US non-governmental organisation Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) has teamed up with City Bank to launch a research project to analyse the benefits of offering Bangladeshi garment workers electronic wage payments.... read more

SOUTH AFRICA: Cotton textile mediation yields potential settlement

15 August 2014 | Michelle Russell

A national three-week strike involving up to 3,000 cotton sector workers over wages, may now be nearing settlement.... read more

Puma offers new financial support to ethical suppliers

8 September 2016 | Michelle Russell

German sportswear brand Puma has launched a supply chain programme that offers financial incentives to help its suppliers improve environmental, health and safety and social standards.... read more

Bangladesh Accord launches financial support programme

9 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

The Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is launching a financial support programme for suppliers that it says will ensure major and costly safety measures can continue to be carried out as the organisation enters its fifth, and final, year.... read more

Myanmar proposes minimum wage increase of 33%

2 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

The Myanmar Government has set out plans to increase the country's minimum wage rate by 33% across all regions – a move the garment sector suggests could put pressure on its business owners.... read more

EU's Myanmar garment support fund makes first payments

4 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The first payments have been made to some of Myanmar's garment sector workers through the European Union's EUR5m (US$5.5m) 'Rapid Response' support fund.... read more

Cambodia garment workers to get 11% wage hike

6 October 2017 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia's garment, textile and footwear workers are to receive an 11% rise in minimum monthly wages from the beginning of next year.... read more

Bangladesh sees largest drop in minimum wage since 2010

3 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

The largest decreases in real minimum wages over the last nine years were in the garment producing countries of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, a new study has found, which emphasises the effects of the pandemic on wages and its disproportionate effect on women and low-paid workers.... read more

BlackRock issues warning to CEOs on emissions goal

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Global asset management firm BlackRock is urging CEOs and clients to commit to a 2050 net zero emissions goal, warning it may withdraw investment from any laggards.... read more

EU pledge of EUR334m to help Bangladesh export workers

1 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

The European Union (EU) has pledged EUR334m (US$371m) to help the government of Bangladesh fight the Covid-19 pandemic, and in particular, provide cash assistance to its export workers.... read more

SOURCING: Apparel working conditions linked to profit

14 April 2015 | Michelle Russell

If proof was ever needed of the commercial benefits of better working conditions in garment factories, a recent study from Better Work Vietnam suggests both productivity and profitability improve.... read more

Is garment industry compliance fundamentally flawed?

17 July 2015 | Michelle Russell

Compliance in the global garment industry is fundamentally flawed, and has been from the beginning, according to industry expert David Birnbaum. In order to bring about change, he suggests, the industry must face up to these flaws, and work towards a single standard of compliance.... read more

Bangladesh Alliance and IFC offer credit facility

8 July 2015 | Michelle Russell

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has brokered what it says is a first-of-its-kind agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help the country's garment suppliers finance factory repairs.... read more

Rana Plaza fund call grows as anniversary nears

24 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

As the countdown to the second anniversary of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza tragedy begins, the call is getting louder for apparel brands to fill the gap in compensation for victims before 24 April.... read more

El Corte Inglés and BRAC make Tazreen donations

27 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

Spanish department store retailer El Corte Inglés and international development organisation BRAC have made "significant" donations into the Tazreen compensation fund, three days after the third anniversary of the factory fire that killed 112 workers. ... read more

Bangladesh confronts challenges to garment export growth

23 October 2015 | Michelle Russell

Market diversification, worker and factory safety, and ensuring a steady supply of skilled workers are all challenges Bangladesh's garment industry needs to overcome if it is to achieve its goal of doubling exports to $50bn by 2021. But in the short term, Bangladesh will need to address the country's safety issues if it wants to continue attracting buyers. ... read more

Japan investment loan to boost Bangladesh growth

17 December 2015 | Michelle Russell

Bangladesh has signed a JPY133.26bn (US$1.09bn) loan agreement with Japan for investment in infrastructure, sustainability and regeneration in urban areas. ... read more

SOURCING: Bangladesh Accord calls on firms for more funding

25 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

More than a year after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety is calling on retailers and clothing brands to contribute more funding in order to complete its factory inspections.... read more

UK: Matalan defends its position on Bangladesh

29 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

UK apparel retailer Matalan has moved to defend its position following accusations it has violated terms of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, and is dragging its feet over paying into the compensation fund.... read more

UPDATE: Fast Retailing supplier continues strike talks

26 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

Hong Kong garment manufacturer Lever Style says it has so far failed to negotiate an agreement with striking workers at its factory in Shenzhen, which is a supplier to Fast Retailing, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain.... read more

Honduras “union-busting” rift unresolved

30 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

A meeting in Honduras between unions and an apparel factory that labour officials say has been participating in “union-busting" has been unsuccessful in reaching an agreement.... read more

H&M encourages suppliers to pay workers digitally

8 March 2017 | Michelle Russell

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is to encourage its suppliers to pay workers through mobile money, or other digital forms, as part of a United Nations (UN) initiative the Swedish fashion giant has joined.... read more

HONG KONG: Top Form cites Cambodia concerns amid H1 profit

4 March 2014 | Michelle Russell

Lingerie maker Top Form International has moved to a net profit in its first-half but said ongoing wage conflicts in Cambodia are causes for concern.... read more

Global unions join forces on apparel wage poverty

19 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

Global unions have joined forces to discuss solutions to what they claim is the "race to the bottom" on wages for apparel workers in global supply chains.... read more

Bangladesh sets new rules to access "green" funds

7 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

The Central Bank of Bangladesh has set out rules for its Green Transformation Fund (GTF) that requires authorised dealers to sign a participation agreement in order to receive the benefits of the fund. ... read more

Bangladesh Alliance factory suspensions a "wake-up call"

15 April 2016 | Michelle Russell

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it hopes its suspension of factories for lack of progress on remediation will be a final wake-up call to owners to step up their efforts as the third anniversary of Rana Plaza nears. ... read more

Asia-Pacific wage growth dynamic but uneven

10 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

Wage growth in Asia and the Pacific is outperforming most of the world, but progress is unevenly spread across the region, new research has revealed.... read more

CAMBODIA: Government urged to halt ongoing strikes

28 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has called on the country's government to step in to try to stop several garment strikes that began last week, and are now continuing into a second week.... read more