Blog: Hannah AbdullaPrimark defends position over unfair dismissal allegations in Bangladesh

Hannah Abdulla | 7 May 2019

Value fashion retailer Primark has defended its position following allegations that workers at its supplier factories in Bangladesh were dismissed for taking part in protests over low wages – and says it will compensate workers whose contracts were terminated unfairly.

Meanwhile, a Danish university has said the standard of management and international business education in Bangladesh must be improved in order to help create a sustainable future for its garment supply chain. Bangladesh is also about to see the setup of a new manufacturing complex thanks to Canada's Gildan Activewear which, once fully operational, is expected to provide the capacity to service over US$500m in sales.

Following the International Labour Organization's 'Safety and Health at the Heart of the Future of Work' report, Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) says effective factory policies and procedures are key to worker safety. 

Meanwhile, China has promised to help Cambodia should the European Union press forward with plans to pull the Everything but Arms trade benefit under which the Southeast Asian nation enjoys duty-free access to the EU market.

Factory activity in China last month rose at a softer pace than in March, with a fall in new export orders suggesting cooling overseas demand. And Chinese fabric and garment maker Handa Textile Co is planning to open a 250,000 sq metre production facility in Egypt. 

Applied DNA has been engaged to install its molecular tagging technology in two varieties of Egyptian cotton which will help ensure product authenticity and provenance. On supply chain threats, a military security expert has warned the international clothing industry must take a holistic and assertive approach to detecting and fighting them, adding they are "changing faster than your analogue tracking processes". 

Environmental sustainability continues to be a key theme with Amsterdam based social enterprise Circle Economy and Fashion for Good partnering on a new project that aims to accelerate the uptake of recommerce and rental business models in the apparel industry.  While VF Corp has become the latest signatory to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, furthering its commitment to global climate advocacy and engagement.

Meanwhile South Korean apparel manufacturing giant Hansae Fashion Worldwide has pledged to invest 10% of net profits from all 'green orders' made using eco-friendly raw materials to support third-party sustainability initiatives. ANd Greenpeace is working with selected suppliers to trial a new Global Textile Procurement standard to see if it is possible to produce products such as T-shirts that are free from hazardous chemicals in line with its Detox requirements.

Finally, the effects of globalisation, technology, and changing demographics have combined to alter how American society functions and exacerbated divisions within the country, not only in terms of its politics but also from cultural and economic perspectives. But what effect do income inequalities have on apparel demand?

In other news, Hugo Boss and Adidas  both reported first quarter financial results; and shares in the N Brown Group surged on a revised "customer-centric" strategy, despite a full-year loss

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