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Changing role of China as clothes sourcing go-to

China's role as the clothes sourcing go-to for most of the apparel industry is set to change, driven by a perfect storm of factors including...

How new China tariffs could hit US apparel trade

The fear of an imminent rise in new tariffs on virtually all US imports from China – including textiles, apparel and footwear – seems to hav...

Why it's time to share your views on trade

Ahead of her testimony against the proposed Section 301 tariffs on all imports from China – which would include all clothing and footwear –...

Bangladesh leather sector lags on health & safety

With decent working conditions eluding Bangladesh's booming leather industry, an advocacy group has suggested forming a tripartite body invo...

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How a converged single audit approach marks the next step in responsible sourcing 28 Jun 2019

Hannah Abdulla

An overhaul of the auditing process on factory safety and working conditions is long overdue – and a new initiative launched this month could offer the solution. The Social & Labour Convergence Programme's Converged Assessment Framework enables apparel brands and retailers to align collectively around one standard, reduce the amount of money spent on duplicated auditing, and instead free up resources to improve efficiency and factory working conditions. SLCP executive director Janet Mensink, and Peter Higgins, senior director of global responsible sourcing at VF Corp, tell just-style more.

Joined-up approach needed for truly green supply chains – Hugo Boss sustainability chief 11 May 2019

Beth Wright

It's been almost a year since Hugo Boss outlined its latest, annually revised set of ambitious sustainability targets and the German premium fashion brand continues to make progress towards its goals, including upping its use of more responsibly sourced cotton and reducing the number of potentially hazardous substances within its supply chain. Driving these efforts is Andreas Streubig, director of global sustainability, who also tells just-style of his concerns that despite efforts by individual companies, a concerted industry approach is still in its beginning when it comes to driving systematic change.

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Top stories this week on just-style... 19 Jul 19

Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at Marks & Spencer's journey to sourcing more sustainable cotton, new sustainability commitments from Zara owner Inditex, China's changing role as the clothes sourcing go-to, and new guidelines to help firms tackle waste, pollution and harmful practices in jeans production.

Asos shares tumble on FY profit warning 18 Jul 19

Beth Wright

Shares in Asos remained down by more than 17% this afternoon (18 July) as the UK-based online fashion retailer reduced its full-year sales and profit expectations.

New Texon material for extra support in vulcanised shoes 17 Jul 19

Beth Wright

Footwear components and materials supplier Texon has unveiled a new material that provides extra shape and enhanced levels of support in vulcanised shoes, and contains up to 50% recycled fibre content.

Nike expands US manufacturing footprint 12 Jul 19

Beth Wright

US sporting goods giant Nike is to expand its US manufacturing footprint with a US$184m investment in a new Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation (Air MI) facility in Goodyear, Arizona.

Top stories this week on just-style... 12 Jul 19

Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the ten worst countries in the world for worker rights, how Tunisia is underpinning its success as a jeans supplier, and forecasts for online shopping to double to more than 50% of UK retail sales in the next decade.

Fibre-to-fibre recycling shortfall hampers fashion's circularity drive 11 Jul 19

Beth Wright

The second annual status report from the Global Fashion Agenda suggests fashion brands must urgently accelerate efforts to reach the remaining targets of the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment. It also notes progress is hampered by a lack of high-quality fibre-to-fibre recycling solutions.

Latest blogs

Where in the world is worst for worker rights? 15 Jul 19

Leonie Barrie

An annual survey of violations of human and trade union rights ranks key apparel producing nations including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, the Philippines and Turkey among the ten worst countries in the world for worker rights.

US imports from Bangladesh and Cambodia jump in May 8 Jul 19

Hannah Abdulla

Bangladesh and Cambodia both enjoyed a boost in apparel shipments to the US during May – at around the same time US President Donald Trump said he was mulling a tariff hike on all incoming Chinese goods, suggesting retailers and brands are moving forward with plans to cut back on how much product they source from the Southeast Asian giant.

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