Blog: Michelle RussellProgress still lags on a living wage

Michelle Russell | 7 April 2014

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As far as industry issues are concerned, a new report last week criticised retailers for not yet committing to pay a 'living wage' to supply chain workers. A survey of Europe's 50 leading fashion and sportswear brands suggested that while some work has been done, much more progress is still needed.

But two of the world's largest fashion companies, H&M and Inditex, have also set out new sourcing commitments to ensure the rayon and viscose fabrics used in their clothes is not derived from ancient and endangered forests. Research has suggested that threatened forests are routinely making their way into many trademarked fabrics.

On the issue of factory safety, just-style has spoken with Andy York, ethical trading manager for retailer N Brown, one of the founding signatories of the Bangladesh Accord. He believes it is now more important now than ever before to have an ethical supply chain, and explains how the company remains committed to Bangladesh.

Also last week, online fashion retailer Asos published a drop in first-half earnings, but revealed plans to "flex" its supply chain in order to access a further GBP1bn (US$1.66bn) in international sales. The retail group has been busy ramping up investment in its operations, building capacity to access global market opportunities.

And the latest just-style management briefing looks at software trends in the garment industry - rounding up executive views on the biggest challenges facing the global supply chain, how software can help, where apparel firms should be focusing their investments, and what is likely to be topping the industry's software agenda this year.

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