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Covid-19 pandemic could push millions into child labour

12 June 2020 | Beth Wright

The Covid-19 crisis could lead to the first rise in child labour for 20 years, according to a new brief from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund.... read more

UNICEF issues guidance on children's rights for garment firms

11 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Global children’s charity UNICEF and Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) have partnered to help clothing and footwear companies better address children’s rights in their global supply chains.... read more

ZDHC Gateway opened for leather manufacturers

12 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Leather Working Group (LWG) and the ZDHC Foundation have agreed to provide free access to the ZDHC Gateway for all leather manufacturers currently holding a valid LWG audit certification.... read more

International Labor Rights Forum and Global Labor Justice merge interests

7 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) and Global Labor Justice (GLJ) are merging in a move aimed a providing greater strategic capacity, support, and momentum for workers.... read more

Flexport launches carbon calculator for shipping

12 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new carbon calculator has launched by freight forwarding company Flexport to help businesses assess up to 100% of their carbon footprint for shipments.... read more

Archroma awarded EcoVadis Gold rating for CSR performance

24 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Textile chemicals specialist Archroma has been awarded the EcoVadis Gold rating in corporate social responsibility (CSR) 2020, which the company says places it within the top 5% of the best rated companies in its industry.... read more

ZDHC position paper outlines air emissions targets

14 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

The ZDHC Foundation has broadened its scope of work to address the management of air emissions within the textile, apparel, leather and footwear industry.... read more

UK to launch new national circular economy research hub

22 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

A British university is launching a research hub to help spearhead national efforts to create a sustainable, circular economy where fewer resources are used and more waste materials are reused – with the potential to deliver huge benefits to the environment and UK economy.... read more

Chemical footprint of 35 producers revealed in new ranking

18 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Environmental NGO ChemSec has unveiled its new corporate benchmarking tool, aimed at helping investors access data on the best and worst performers in the chemical industry based on the amount of hazardous chemicals they produce and their efforts to transition to safer, greener alternatives.... read more

Bangladesh named one of worst countries for workers

25 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Bangladesh has been named as one of the worst countries for working people in 2020, according to a new survey.... read more

ZDHC sets out framework for industry unity

21 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The ZDHC Foundation, which is working to reduce the textile and clothing industry's chemical footprint, has released a two-part framework designed to provide companies with a united base to work from.... read more

Unions demand return to democracy for Haiti

22 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Unions in Haiti are demanding a return to democracy and an end to human rights violations and union repression in the country.... read more

Netherlands mulls new law on corporate accountability

23 March 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

The Dutch parliament is weighing up a bill that would hold businesses accountable for human rights and environmental violations in their supply chains.... read more

Indonesia launches latest decent work programme

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Indonesia has launched its Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), signed by key labour actors, aimed at promoting decent work and productive employment.... read more

Amazon ramps up global renewable energy investment

22 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

US online retail giant Amazon has invested in nine renewable energy projects around the world – a move that puts it on track to beat its target of powering 100% of its activities with renewable energy by 2025 ahead of time.... read more

290 chemicals identified as candidates for regulatory action

26 April 2021 | Beth Wright

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) says 290 of the 1,900 registered chemicals it assessed in 2020 may be candidates for further regulatory risk management at EU level if their hazards are confirmed.... read more

H&M, Inditex in UN push to governments for climate change action

20 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

More than 150 companies including the likes of H&M, Burberry, Inditex, and zipper manufacturer YKK Corp, have backed a UN statement urging governments to align their Covid-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science.... read more

US retail stores close amid civil unrest across the country

3 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Adidas and Target Corp are among a number of retailers in the US to have closed stores or postponed openings in response to the civil unrest taking place across the country over the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer.... read more

Fox & Robin activewear brand discloses worker wages

11 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

US ethical brand Fox & Robin, which claims to be the only activewear brand to disclose its factory workers’ wages, is preparing to launch this autumn with a range of menswear, with womenswear to follow next year.... read more

TUV Rheinland joins fight against microfibre shedding

2 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Testing and inspection services provider TUV Rheinland is helping the The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) to understand the problem of fibre shedding from textiles after its Shenzhen and Shanghai laboratories were approved to carry out tests for member companies... read more

Germany backs ILO garment worker support scheme

8 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The German government has partnered with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to launch a programme aimed at protecting garment sector workers affected by Covid-19.... read more

Zalando has science-based targets approved

3 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

German fashion e-tailer Zalando says it is the first online platform globally to set its own science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, and have them approved.... read more

Ocean microplastics could be hugely underestimated

27 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The amount of microplastic debris in coastal waters may have been significantly underestimated, a new study has found.... read more

UK outdoor brands Rab, Low Alpine join Fair Wear Foundation

9 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK outdoor clothing brand Rab and backpack specialist Low Alpine are taking the next step to improving working conditions in their manufacturing operations by becoming the latest members of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF).... read more

Safety costs to rise as retail stores reopen

18 May 2020 | Beth Wright

As non-essential stores re-open, UK retailers are set to face numerous challenges including the high costs of implementing safety measures, the need to gain shoppers’ trust, and increased supply chain costs, according to data and analytics firm GlobalData.... read more

Sateri wants to be leading net-positive fibre producer

2 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Viscose fibre producer Sateri has pledged to become the world’s leading net-positive fibre producer as it laid out its sustainability vision for the next decade.... read more

Covid crisis report highlights supplier challenges

3 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

More than half of Bangladesh garment suppliers surveyed in a recent report had the majority of their orders cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic, while 35% of fashion companies showed no evidence of making regular payments to their suppliers.... read more

Ethiopia landmark fund protects garment industry jobs

3 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

The UK and Germany have set up a landmark US$6.5m fund aimed at saving thousands of jobs in Ethiopia's textile and garment industry while helping to support the country's economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

Textile Exchange strengthens leadership team

3 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Textile Exchange says it is adding strength and depth to the organisation's leadership in order to help deliver its 2030 Climate+ Vision, with the appointment of a new chief operating officer hired from luxury brand Stella McCartney.... read more

Sanmartin develops eco-friendly fabrics, polyesters, cottons

6 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Portuguese textile firm Sanmartin has developed a sustainable range of eco-friendly fabrics, recycled polyesters and organic cottons.... read more

Archroma reduces scope one and two emissions

12 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Textiles chemicals specialist Archroma used less energy in its manufacturing last year, reduced its scope one and two emissions, and launched 27 sustainable solution systems.... read more

H&M debuts collection using Naia Renew fibres

23 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Global fashion retailer H&M is first to market with the launch of its new Conscious Exclusive autumn/winter 2020 collection made with Eastman Naia Renew cellulosic fibre.... read more

UK warned aid cuts could impact global supply chains

24 November 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Ethical Trade Initiative has joined a call urging the UK Prime Minister not to renege on a 0.7% aid commitment, warning it could impact global supply chains.... read more

Boohoo appoints Sir Leveson to oversee supply chain revamp

26 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Boohoo has appointed retired judge Sir Brian Leveson to provide independent oversight of the UK online fashion retailer’s Agenda for Change programme as the company looks to drive improvement in its supply chain and business practices.... read more

New guide helps retailers with chemical management

27 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Non-profit Clean Production Action has published a guide for retailers wanting to address consumer and investor concerns about hazardous chemicals in products.... read more