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US industry coalition calls for creation of domestic PPE supply chain

22 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

A US coalition of 21 industry associations is calling on Congress and the Trump administration to ensure the creation and maintenance of domestic supply chains capable of producing personal protective equipment (PPE) in sufficient quantities through a number of means, including legislation.... 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


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


British Fashion Council launches platform for positive fashion

8 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has launched a website aimed at helping the industry lead in the goal to become more resilient, circular, equal, and fair through global collaboration and local action.... 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


UK investigates slave labour in China-sourced PPE

24 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

The UK government has said it is launching an investigation into claims it sourced PPE from a factory in China using North Korean slave labour.... read more


Hong Kong transitioning to global digital supply chain hub

23 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

In the wake of the pandemic, companies have begun assessing the viability of globally distributed production, while e-commerce is altering how people buy, and what they buy. For Hong Kong, these developments are important as its role evolves into a leading sourcing and digital supply-chain services hub, according to a new report.... read more


Covid crisis upticks child labour risk in India and Nepal

2 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

Informal workers in India and Nepal’s apparel supply chains have suffered extreme hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report, which calls for new standards to ensure rights for the most marginalised and promote improved sustainability.... read more


HanesBrands to exit PPE as it mulls future for European innerwear

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

T-shirt and activewear maker HanesBrands has revealed plans to exit its personal protective garments (PPE) business and explore strategic alternatives for its European innerwear unit as it looks to create a more consumer-centric company.... read more


Itochu, Aquafil partner to expand circular nylon production

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japan's Itochu Corporation has partnered with European nylon producer Aquafil to promote and expand the businesses of the latter company's circular nylon production.... read more


Call for Belgian legislation to protect supply chains

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A cohort of 60 companies and business federations have addressed a letter to the Belgian government asking for the establishment of a national legal framework that obliges companies to take responsibility for human rights and the environment in their supply chains.... read more


Morocco tragedy spurs calls for binding safety agreement

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

An incident in which 28 workers died following heavy flooding in an illegal garment factory in Morocco last week proves the need for a binding international agreement on factory safety and working conditions, the Clean Clothes Campaign has said.... read more


Egypt textile sector hit by recession and closures

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Around 30% of Egypt’s textile factories are understood to have closed as a result of the recession and deteriorating conditions in the country.... read more


Call for EU to speed up recovery of bloc's textile sector

23 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The European Union (EU) should speed up the recovery of the textile sector by setting the conditions for future competitiveness and resiliency, the bloc’s textile industry body has said.... 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


Supply chains need fortifying from climate change disruption

23 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) has partnered with HSBC to urge companies to prepare supply chains for the risk of climate change disruptions that threaten to raise costs and jeopardise their ability to meet customer needs.... read more


Mapping initiative aims to close the loop on US textile manufacturing

21 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fibershed, an organisation that develops regional and regenerative fibre systems on behalf of independent working producers, has developed an eco mapping system that it hopes will boost expansion in textile manufacturing in the Western US.... read more


Motif partners with LIM College on supply chain learning

13 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Motif, a knowledge hub and e-learning platform launched by fit specialist Alvanon, has launched three online courses covering supply chain, sustainability and advanced spreadsheet analytics.... read more


Asia supplier nations launch purchasing practices initiative

19 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Nine industry associations representing the apparel and textile industry across six countries in Asia have joined forces to launch a new initiative aimed at securing better purchasing practices for the sector.... read more


Bonneterie Chanteclair re-tools its supply chain

22 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

French knitwear manufacturer Bonneterie Chanteclair has digitally transformed its supply chain in order to keep up with high demand for protective facemasks.... read more


Cambodia approves $16m garment investment projects

27 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Three investment projects for new garment factories totalling around US$16.6m and creating nearly 2,500 jobs have been given the go-ahead in Cambodia.... read more


More than 350k jobs have been lost in Bangladesh RMG sector

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

More than 350,000 workers in Bangladesh's ready-made garment sector have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, new figures suggest, with many workers laid off without proper compensation.... read more


Government warned UK fashion industry at risk of "decimation"

2 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The UK fashion industry has written an open letter Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning the sector is at risk of "decimation" due to the restrictions brought in by the post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union (EU).... read more


Fossil-free fashion must be part of post-pandemic recovery

21 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

The global fashion industry must rely less on coal and other fossil fuels in the supply chain, according to a new report that is urging the sector to take action to address climate change as a critical part of its Covid-19 recovery strategy.... read more


Leicester garment factories subject to authority spot checks

17 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Garment factories across Leicester in the UK have been subject to unannounced visits by enforcement body the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to ensure the ethical treatment of workers and compliance with regulations.... read more


Scientists develop sustainable nylon production method

17 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Researchers in Scotland have developed a more sustainable way of manufacturing nylon they say could be revolutionary.... read more


Open Apparel Registry launches PPE manufacturing map

30 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Open Apparel Registry (OAR), a global map of garment factories funded by the Laudes Foundation, has developed a map to track facilities manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).... read more


Quiz latest to offload Leicester supplier amid "modern slavery" allegations

13 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Quiz has become the second UK fast fashion retailer in the last week to launch an investigation into one of its Leicester-based suppliers following allegations of non-compliance with living wage requirements, while reports have emerged nearly 10,000 modern slaves could be working in the city.... read more


Boohoo investigation could have lasting impact on transparency in fashion

8 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Boohoo's share price slumped 22% in morning trading today (8 July) as a growing number of retailers ditched the group's brands from their websites over claims of exploitation and unsafe conditions at one of its UK supplier factories. Analysts have questioned where Boohoo goes from here and how it will affect fashion's transparency problem.... read more


Technology key to navigating post-Covid fashion system

7 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Technology is at the heart of the apparel and textile industry's emergence from post-Covid lockdown, with digitalisation now key to helping brands navigate the fragile system the pandemic has exposed.... read more


Leicester clothing suppliers in spotlight for lockdown breaches

1 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Reports have emerged of "shocking" working conditions at clothing factories in the UK city of Leicester, which are said to have continued to operate at full capacity during lockdown primarily to sustain orders from their biggest customer, Boohoo.... 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


Garment workers going hungry amid Covid-19 pandemic

10 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

Garment workers across the supply chains of major brands and retailers are reporting growing hunger and food insecurity as a result of falling income and job losses amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report has found.... 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


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


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