Blog: Leonie BarrieCloser cooperation urged in Bangladesh

Leonie Barrie | 22 September 2014

Two separate calls came last week urging the various safety initiatives in Bangladesh to work more closely to coordinate their efforts - and for more input from the Bangladeshi government if the work achieved so far is to continue its momentum.

A workshop organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Dhaka heard that authorities in Bangladesh must make plans to uphold building and fire safety once the support from external stakeholders comes to an end.

While a review in Washington of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progress" over the past 12 months - but pulls no punches when it comes to the many challenges that still lie ahead.

The Indian government's promised reform of the country's labour laws has moved a step closer with the publication of a list of interim plans. A draft National Textiles Policy, points out the need for immediate labour law reforms in order to draw investments into the sector and help it compete better globally.

And US negotiators involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks have wrapped up another round of meetings in Vietnam, but admit a number of remaining issues have yet to be resolved.

New - albeit sketchy - details are also starting to emerge on a draft cotton policy being trialled with Chinese cotton farmers in the region of Xinjiang, which will pay subsidies when the market price falls below a pre-set benchmark. The new system was first mooted at the beginning of this year, and is now "moving forward steadily."

The latest findings from an ongoing survey into the popularity of US athletic footwear and apparel brands suggest there has been a huge leap for Under Armour among female consumers.

But Adidas has been forced to defend its position over reports the sporting goods giant has received pressure from investors to accelerate a turnaround and consider replacing its chief executive.

Fashion retailer H&M is expanding its eco-friendly Conscious Collections with the launch of a new denim range that uses more sustainable materials and environmentally-friendly production processes.

And clothing and footwear has become the most-purchased item online amongst UK consumers, new figures show, with women most keen to click and shop. Indeed, sales of UK clothing and footwear are expected to top the GBP10bn (US$16.24bn) mark this year


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