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OAKLAND – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute have announced a formal collaboration between the organisations, targeted at furthering their mutual ambitions to champion a circular economy.

Despite an official partnership only being announced now, both institutions have been working together for the past two years in various projects aimed at accelerating learning opportunities, sharing best practices, and building collaborative working relationships.

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  • Thursday, 20 September 2018

    Amfori targets supply chain gender equality

    BRUSSELS – Having drawn inspiration from the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and its own Vision 2030 initiative, Amfori has launched a programme seeking to empower women throughout global supply chains. The Women’s Empowerment Programme will…
  • Tuesday, 18 September 2018

    Bangladesh minimum wage stalemate rumbles on

    DHAKA – Garment workers in Bangladesh have rejected the latest proposed increase to the minimum wage, stating that it is still not enough to support the lives of RMG sector employees. Unions representing the workers have taken this opportunity to…
  • Trump administration denies renewal of Bangladesh GSP
    Monday, 17 September 2018

    Trump administration denies renewal of Bangladesh GSP

    WASHINGTON - Bangladesh has, once again, been denied renewal of a Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) arrangement with the United States of America following the latest round of Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (TICFA) talks in…
  • Thursday, 13 September 2018

    PVH scoops US award for Ethiopian work

    NEW YORK – PVH Corporation, the organisation which owns brands including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has been selected to receive a 2018 US Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for its work undertaken at the Hawassa…
  • Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Auditor negligence alleged over 2012 garment factory fire

    KARACHI – A complaint has been filed against Italian auditing firm RINA after it is alleged the company ignored fatal flaws in garment factory safety systems which led to the Ali Enterprises fire in Karachi, Pakistan. The 2012 fire at the textile…
  • Wednesday, 05 September 2018

    US stance on Uzbek cotton challenged

    WASHINGTON – The Cotton Campaign international collective of NGOs, trade unions, apparel brands and socially responsible investors has written in opposition to the US Department of Labor’s latest decision regarding Uzbekistan’s cotton sector.
  • Monday, 03 September 2018

    Bangladesh research suggests trade union deficiency

    DHAKA – New study undertaken by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Bangladesh has found that 97.5 per cent of ready-made garment sector factories don't have trade union representation. The CPD survey also indicated that workers' organisations…
  • Thursday, 30 August 2018

    Patagonia partners with academia on B Corp guides

    VENTURA – Outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has collaborated with several US academic institutions to produce three guides, all targeting different business demographics, on the benefits of pursuing B Corp certification and the ethical practices which…
  • Friday, 24 August 2018

    Uniqlo unpaid worker action needed, says CCC

    AMSTERDAM – In contrast to the celebratory atmosphere at the retailer’s opening party of its new Stockholm flagship store, Uniqlo has been challenged by Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) to act immediately in order to settle a dispute with around 2000…
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    Survey suggests lack of RMG worker longevity

    DHAKA – According to new research, just under 90 per cent of workers in the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector are below 30, with many people over this age citing excessive workloads as the reason for moving away from the industry.
  • Tuesday, 07 August 2018

    Esprit and IndustriALL unite for workers’ rights

    GENEVA – IndustriALL Global Union, the organisation which represents garment workers from across the world, has signed a global framework agreement with fashion brand Esprit which signals a commitment to protect and promote the human rights of…
  • Wednesday, 01 August 2018

    Levi’s, Tesco join Green Supply Chain Map

    BEIJING – Levi’s and Tesco have become the latest brands to join the Green Supply Chain Map; a publicly available online transparency tool that ties companies to their suppliers’ environmental performance in China. Developed by the Natural Resources…
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    Levi’s sets ambitious GHG targets

    SAN FRANCISCO - Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) has set aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions in an ambitious new climate action strategy, which sets out aims for the company use 100 per cent renewable electricity in its owned-and-operated…
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    Bangladesh on board with ILO’s Decent Work Programme

    DHAKA – The Bangladeshi government, along with many of the country’s employers and worker's organisations have today signed on to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) latest Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) which will run until 2020.…
  • Monday, 30 July 2018

    Japan NGO aims for transparent supply chains

    TOKYO – A new NGO has been set up in Japan that aims to help both local and international apparel firms to identify supply chain problems and is already working with global textile firms Teijin, Mitsui Fashion, as well the AEON Group which is the…
  • Wednesday, 25 July 2018

    OIA releases inaugural industry sustainability report

    DENVER – Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has published the first-of-its-kind State of Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry report, in which it surveyed 120 companies from the outdoor sector to build a quantifiable picture of the efforts…
  • Monday, 23 July 2018

    Alliance Helpline broadens scope with independent management

    DHAKA­­ – The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has announced that its 24-hour, first-of-its-kind worker helpline will transition from part of their operations to an external and independent initiative which has the capacity to expand its…
  • Friday, 20 July 2018

    NGO ‘condemns’ latest BGMEA wage proposal

    AMSTERDAM – Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has spoken out regarding the ongoing wrangling in Bangladesh regarding a proposed increase to the minimum monthly wage received by garment workers. This latest development caps off a week a turbulent week in…
  • Thursday, 19 July 2018

    Primark unveils UNICEF partnership

    DUBLIN – High street fashion retailer Primark has announced a three-year partnership with UNICEF which will see the organisations collaborate on work relating to education and emergency response. In total, Primark has confirmed it will commit US$…
  • Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    Protests expected as Bangladesh wage proposal rejected

    DHAKA – At an industry press briefing, representatives of Bangladeshi garment workers have rejected the latest proposals from factory bosses as the wrangle regarding an increase to the nation’s minimum wage continues. The most recent proposed…
  • Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    Bangladesh factory bosses offer minimum wage compromise

    DHAKA – After a long-running debate between unions and factory owners, there has finally been a slight breakthrough in the stalemate over an increase to the minimum monthly wage currently in place for Bangladeshi garment workers. Latest reports in…
  • Thursday, 12 July 2018

    Automation predicted to increase labour abuses

    BATH – Drastic job losses in South East Asia resulting from the onset of automation are predicted to produce a spike in slavery and labour abuses in global supply chains unless governments take action, according to a new report from risk analysis…
  • NGO support for higher Bangladesh minimum wage
    Monday, 09 July 2018

    NGO support for higher Bangladesh minimum wage

    AMSTERDAM - To coincide with this weekend's National Minimum Wage Board meeting, NGOs including Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) have declared their support for the immediate implementation of an increase to the minimum wage for garment workers in…
  • Tuesday, 03 July 2018

    Bangladesh Alliance announces worker safety progress

    DHAKA – The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has today announced that an additional 18 affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) during the month of June. This progress means that a…
  • Friday, 22 June 2018

    Bangladesh government issues factory closure warning

    DHAKA – The government of Bangladesh has warned garment factory owners that non-compliance regarding its deadline of December for remediation work to be undertaken will result in factory closures. This has provided the strongest statement to date…
  • Thursday, 21 June 2018

    C&A Foundation Annual Report issues call to action

    ZUG – The C&A Foundation has today released its fifth annual report and, in doing so, not only highlighted the progress made by the organisation across the last twelve months but also called on the wider apparel industry to do more. Transparency and…
  • Monday, 18 June 2018

    Child labour in agriculture is rising, says UN body

    ROME – Following years of concerted efforts to ensure the decline of child labour in the agricultural sector, the problem is now on the rise once again according to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). Driven by…
  • Wednesday, 13 June 2018

    Non-profit gives voice to Bangladesh garment workers

    STOCKHOLM – Swedish non-profit Swedwatch has published a report exploring the perspectives of workers and buyers in the Bangladeshi garment sector regarding the ‘social dialogue’ which was supposed to have been established post-Rana Plaza. The Power…
  • Monday, 11 June 2018

    Nike and Adidas urged to tackle ‘poverty wages’

    AMSTERDAM – Sportswear giants Adidas and Nike have been accused of paying thousands of workers in their supply chains ‘poverty wages’ in a new report released to coincide with the start of the FIFA World Cup. The Foul Play report, conducted by Clean…
  • Friday, 08 June 2018

    Human Rights Update for M&S supply chain

    LONDON – Hot on the heels of its annual Plan A report having been released, M&S has published a 2017/18 Human Rights Update which for the first time has sustainability integrated within its remit. The company says this reflects its belief that…
  • Friday, 08 June 2018

    GLJ hails ‘historic time’ for female garment workers

    WASHINGTON – Following the announcement from H&M and Gap that they would investigate allegations made regarding violence and sexual abuse in both companies’ supply chains, it has now been reported that the retailers have also declared support for an…
  • Wednesday, 06 June 2018

    Gap and H&M vow to investigate alleged supply chain abuse

    LONDON – Global apparel firms, Gap Inc. and H&M have pledged to investigate allegations made following research into violence and sexual abuse in both companies’ supply chains having been published. The two reports in question took several years to…
  • Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    Mostafiz Uddin: The power of one

    COPENHAGEN – Despite the commonly held belief that there is strength in numbers, Mostafiz Uddin is convinced that when it comes to textile certifications, regulations and compliance one is all that is required. The managing director of Denim Expert…
  • Monday, 04 June 2018

    IKEA chooses own harmonised standard over Bangladesh Accord

    LEIDEN – Home furnishings giant, IKEA has explained its decision not sign on to the 2018 extension of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh despite sourcing many of the materials for its textile products from the nation. The Swedish…
  • Monday, 04 June 2018

    Cotton Campaign makes case for Uzbek labour reform

    WASHINGTON – A delegation of representatives from Cotton Campaign have presented the findings of its research and recommendations on how to counteract forced labour in the cotton sector to Uzbek government officials. The meeting took place in the…
  • Friday, 01 June 2018

    Gender-based violence alleged in Gap, H&M supply chains

    AMSTERDAM – Two reports regarding the prevalence of gender-based violence in the supply chains of Gap and H&M have been published by a coalition of global trade unions and human rights organisations. This new research highlights issues including…
  • Friday, 01 June 2018

    Minister says Accord, Alliance should end this year

    DHAKA – Bangladesh Minister for Commerce, Tofail Ahmed has cast further doubt over the future of the Bangladesh Accord on fire and building safety as he claimed that neither it, nor the Alliance, were likely to receive an extension beyond December…
  • Thursday, 24 May 2018

    Campaigners back US decision to ban imports of forced labour Turkmenistan cotton

    WASHINGTON – Human rights organisation, the Cotton Campaign, has welcomed the decision of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to issue a ‘Withhold Release Order’ (WRO), formally banning the importation of all Turkmenistan cotton or products…
  • Thursday, 24 May 2018

    Better Buying launches benchmark report

    DELAWARE - Better Buying, the industry initiative which allows textile and apparel suppliers the ability to anonymously rate their customers, has launched the Better Buying Purchasing Practices Index (BBPPI) and its first benchmark report designed…
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018

    Outdoor group supports sustainability charter

    The Scandinavian Outdoor Group (SOG) has announced that it has signed up to support the European Outdoor Group (EOG) Sustainability Charter. The charter sets out an understanding of good corporate citizenship and responsibility and articulates…
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018

    New project aims to produce more sustainable fibres and plastics

    TRENTO – Aquafil, a producer of polyamide 6 (nylon 6), and bioengineering company Genomatica have announced the formation of ‘Project EFFECTIVE’, which is claimed to be a multi-company collaboration to produce more sustainable fibres and plastics…
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018

    Open access database to be enhanced with textiles case studies

    Circle Lab, the online open access innovation platform where the circular economy is being explored and implemented, has today introduced a new product feature in the shape of what it claims to be ‘the world’s biggest circular economy database,…
  • Canopy
    Monday, 21 May 2018

    CanopyStyle audit expels Sateri suppliers

    VANCOUVER - Environmental not-for-profits Canopy and the Rainforest Alliance, together with global viscose producer Sateri, have released the independent verification audit results of Sateri’s pulp sourcing practices, a process that uses a…
  • Underwear factory
    Monday, 21 May 2018

    Trade unions and Accord receive a boost in Bangladesh

    DHAKA - The Bangladeshi government has announced a relaxation of its trade union regulatory policy, a landmark move which could translate into major progress for garment workers in the nation regarding the receipt of support and guidance in…
  • Tuesday, 08 May 2018

    Vaude top of the class in FWF Brand Performance Check

    TETTNANG – The latest results of the Fair Wear Foundation’s (FWF) annual Brand Performance Check have been announced, with its findings positioning German outdoor specialist, Vaude as the highest ranked organisation according to its criteria. To…
  • Tuesday, 08 May 2018

    Oxfam calls on Myer to end textile ‘poverty wages’

    MELBOURNE – Oxfam Australia has launched a campaign seeking 10,000 signatories to support a petition aimed at ensuring Australian department store chain, Myer pays textile workers a fair wage. The charity claims the retailer “lags well behind in…
  • Wednesday, 02 May 2018

    US apparel brands challenged on Jordan migrant workers

    LONDON – A UK organisation that aims to advance human rights in business has released a report today which claims that many US apparel brands have chosen to avoid a survey it distributed regarding the safeguarding of migrant workers in the buoyant…
  • Tuesday, 01 May 2018

    Clean Clothes Campaign intensifies H&M living wage pressure

    AMSTERDAM – Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has today launched an online platform aimed at increasing the pressure on H&M to change course in order to action the living wage pledge it made back in 2013. This follows last month’s exchange between the…
  • Monday, 30 April 2018

    Hugo Boss outlines UN SDG contribution targets

    METZINGEN – Fashion brand, Hugo Boss has outlined its commitment to the successful implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the 2017 edition of its annual Sustainability Report. The firm has identified five of the 17…
  • Monday, 30 April 2018

    New safety guidelines to protect Myanmar workers

    NAYPYIDAW – New guidelines have been issued by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population in Myanmar in an effort to ensure the welfare of the nation’s garment workers. Despite the ongoing political turmoil in the war-torn nation, the…
  • Monday, 30 April 2018

    Bangladeshi garment firms receive health and safety awards

    DHAKA – Ten apparel companies have received recognition from the Bangladesh government in relation to sustained commitment to health and safety within the nation’s garment sector. To mark the achievement, the minister for Labour and Employment…
  • Friday, 27 April 2018

    EU-Bangladesh summit assesses RMG sector progress

    DHAKA – Representatives of the European Union and Bangladesh have gathered in Dhaka as part of the biennial meeting of the Sub group on Good Governance and Human Rights in the framework of the EU-Bangladesh Cooperation Agreement. Over the course of…
  • Thursday, 26 April 2018

    FLEX seeks garment sector input on modern slavery

    LONDON – FLEX (Focus on Labour Exploitation) has launched a survey through which garment industry stakeholders can share their views on the effectiveness of the UK Modern Slavery Act along with sharing other measures needed to ensure modern slavery…
  • Monday, 23 April 2018

    Bangladesh Accord protests held at Abercrombie & Fitch stores

    NEW YORK – With the firm having still to commit to the newest incarnation of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, Abercrombie & Fitch stores across the United States have been the subject of protests from workers’ rights campaigners.…
  • Monday, 23 April 2018

    Fairtade film makes garment worker living wage plea

    LONDON – The Fairtrade Foundation has called on more apparel brands and retailers to set a deadline by which they will deliver living wages to workers throughout their supply chains. To raise awareness of the issue, a new film titled Unravelling The…
  • Thursday, 19 April 2018

    Action Aid finds nearly half Rana Plaza survivors unemployed

    DHAKA – The Five years of Rana Plaza tragedy: Invitation to Advancing Decent Work Agenda: Departure from Rana Plaza report conducted by Action Aid Bangladesh has found that around 48 per cent of Rana Plaza survivors have been left unable to work.…
  • Monday, 16 April 2018

    Bangladesh garment suppliers to rate customers

    LONDON – The Ethical Trading Initiative has teamed up with Better Buying, the platform which allows textile and apparel suppliers to anonymously rate their customers as part of an 18-month plan to promote responsible buying in the Bangladesh garment…
  • Friday, 13 April 2018

    CCC accuses H&M report of living wage cover up

    AMSTERDAM – Following the release of H&M’s 2017 Sustainability Report, Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has accused the Swedish fashion retailer of attempting to ‘cover up its unfulfilled commitment’ to implement a living wage for its employees. The NGO…
  • Friday, 13 April 2018

    CSR report claims Timberland on course for 2020 goals

    STRATHAM – Timberland has published the 2017 edition of its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), citing ‘steady progress’ towards achieving its self-imposed 2020 goals of operating in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. The…
  • Thursday, 12 April 2018

    Report finds many Rana Plaza lessons unheeded

    PITTSBURGH – In contrast to the message of ‘lesson learned’ being distributed by many major fashion brands to coincide with the five year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, a new report has highlighted that a continuous sourcing squeeze has…
  • Thursday, 12 April 2018

    Moriarty outlines next step for Bangladesh Alliance

    DHAKA ­– The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has announced discussions are under way to develop a safety monitoring organisation which can take over it responsibilities when the Alliance’s five year jurisdiction comes to an end later this…
  • Wednesday, 11 April 2018

    Workers Resource Centre aims to empower RMG workers

    DHAKA – The National Coordination Committee on Workers Education (NCCWE) and the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) have joined forces to launch a Workers Resource Centre for employees in the Bangladeshi garment sector. Advocacy, training on…
  • Tuesday, 10 April 2018

    Bangladesh Accord dealt major blow by High Court

    DHAKA – Judges at the High Court in Bangladesh have instructed the nation’s government not to extend the jurisdiction of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh beyond May 31 until further notice. While this decision could prove just a…
  • Monday, 09 April 2018

    Blockchain: Building textile transparency?

    WAKEFIELD – Blockchain is by no means brand new, but is new to most brands in the sector. While it has taken until now for the technology to starting making an impression on the textile and fashion industries, it looks set to become an asset…
  • Friday, 06 April 2018

    Icebreaker debuts full supply chain transparency report

    WELLINGTON – Outdoor apparel brand Icebreaker, which was recently acquired by VF Corporation, has demonstrated its strongest commitment yet to transparency by launching a report which it claims gives consumers an unparalleled opportunity to inspect…
  • Wednesday, 04 April 2018

    Hawaiian swimwear brand fights plastics on the beaches

    MAUI – In line with its ongoing campaign to minimise oceanic plastic pollution, Hawaiian swimwear brand Manakai has launched its new ‘Women of the Wild’ Collection, manufactured from recycled and repurposed nylon-derived materials, some of which are…
  • Tuesday, 27 March 2018

    FLA alleges migrant garment worker pregnancy discrimination

    WASHINGTON – The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has published a report which claims female migrant garment workers in Asia are routinely subjected to pregnancy testing while in employment and are discriminated against if they are found to be pregnant.…
  • Tuesday, 27 March 2018

    Pioneering labour policy could protect entire garment workforce

    KARACHI – A new labour policy, the first of its kind in Pakistan, has been announced by the Sindh Provincial Government and will encompass contractual rights for workers such as social security, welfare payments and pensions. The move looks set to…
  • Friday, 23 March 2018

    No contract for majority of Bangladeshi RMG workers

    DHAKA – A report has been published which claims that over 70 per cent of workers in the garment-producing hubs of Dhaka and Gazipur in Bangladesh do not have a contract, and consequently a lack of job security. The study, conducted by the Manusher…
  • Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    Big brands seek Cambodian garment sector reform

    PHNOM PENH – An open letter from apparel brands to the Cambodian Prime Minister has called for reforms in the country’s garment sector. A group representing apparel brands including Gap, H&M and ASOS published the letter expressing a ‘growing…
  • Friday, 16 March 2018

    Gap targets transparency with wage digitisation

    SAN FRANCISCO – Gap has announced that, in an effort to improve transparency, the company will have made the transition to digitised payments for all staff throughout its tier 1 supply chain by 2020. In order to realise this target, Gap has joined…
  • Thursday, 15 March 2018

    Lindex furthers female garment worker commitment

    GOTHENBURG – Swedish fashion retailer, Lindex has donated 10 per cent of its sales from International Women’s Day (€119,000) to the HERhealth initiative, aimed at promoting improved education and access to healthcare among female textile workers.…
  • Wednesday, 14 March 2018

    BRC launches retail sustainability action plan

    LONDON – The British Retail Consortium has unveiled its Better Retail Better World initiative, outlining sustainability, development and equality as its three main targets for improvement in the sector. Better Retail Better World hopes to see…
  • Wednesday, 14 March 2018

    Bangladesh Alliance claims ‘unprecedented progress’

    DHAKA – The executive director of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, Jim Moriarty has spoken at the organisation’s quarterly press call, claiming that the Alliance has made unprecedented progress regarding issues such as factory safety and…
  • Thursday, 08 March 2018

    More big brands sign Accord 2.0, after long delay

    AMSTERDAM – Recent days have seen Spanish fashion brand, Mango and British apparel retail conglomerate, Arcadia become the latest firms to sign up to the renewed terms of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety. It has taken many brands,…
  • Tuesday, 06 March 2018

    China to temporarily pause anti-pollution campaign

    BEIJING – Disruption to the textile and chemical supply chain in China will reportedly subside this month as the clean air, anti-pollution campaign comes to an end. After the campaign began in September 2017, it aimed to reduce air pollution in 28…
  • Tuesday, 06 March 2018

    ETI worker engagement project makes great strides

    PINGHU – Huasheng Garments has begun to implement an entirely new way of working in its factory. With the support of ETI (Ethical trading initiative) and ILO (International Labour Organization), the firm has rolled out an initiative which sees…
  • Monday, 05 March 2018

    RMG workers see growth socially, not economically

    DHAKA – The latest findings of a report commissioned to examine the lives of RMG (Ready Made Garment) sector workers in Bangladesh since the Rana Plaza collapse of 2013 has been published. The report has suggested that social improvements in the…
  • Friday, 02 March 2018

    US demands Bangladesh progress as Ivanka Trump shuns Accord

    WASHINGTON – The United States government has called on Bangladesh to make more significant progress regarding freedom of association, workers’ rights and safety, and the protection of labour leaders from violence in order to regain a GSP…
  • Wednesday, 28 February 2018

    A win for workers, a defeat for workers’ rights?

    PHNOM-PENH – The Cambodian garment workers left jobless, wageless, and in a situation which had appeared to be utterly hopeless after the abrupt closure of factories in the country’s apparel-producing heartland have been handed some welcome news.…
  • Wednesday, 28 February 2018

    Female garment worker’s rights in spotlight

    DHAKA – Microfinance Opportunities (MFO) and the C&A Foundation have released a report on the living and working conditions of female garment workers in Bangladesh, Cambodia and India. The report was launched alongside the Fashion Focus: Fundamental…
  • Tuesday, 27 February 2018

    Report finds RMG sector frequently failing women

    DHAKA – A new report has been published concerning the rights of female workers in the RMG (Ready Made Garment) sector in Bangladesh. The findings have suggested that female workers are regularly subjected to verbal, physical and mental harassment,…
  • Monday, 26 February 2018

    Exports up as Cambodian human rights struggle continues

    AMSTERDAM – The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has called on global organisations to support a drive to end what it describes as the ‘politically motivated prosecution’ of a Cambodian human rights activist. This comes in a week which included the…
  • Thursday, 22 February 2018

    Brands urged to sign new transition Accord in Bangladesh

    AMSTERDAM – As the current Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety approaches its expiration date in May, NGO’s and garment worker unions have accused some apparel brands and retailers of dragging their heels when it comes to reconfirming…
  • Tuesday, 20 February 2018

    Virgin launches zero waste to landfill project

    LONDON – Virgin Trains has launched its zero waste landfill initiative, which will see former company uniforms be recycled and used as blankets, bags, and coats for people living on the streets. Approximately 30 million tonnes of corporate workwear…
  • Monday, 19 February 2018

    Big business to tackle modern slavery

    LONDON – American foundation, Humanity United has partnered with major corporations and the British Government to create Working Capital. The initiative aims to invest in technology start-ups that could ensure slavery is exposed in the global supply…
  • Friday, 16 February 2018

    Indian textile union alleges wrongful dismissal

    CHENNAI – An Indian trade union has called for the support of 130 global garment brands in a dispute with a major apparel label supplier. Workers’ rights campaigners claim this case highlights an area of the supply chain which is effectively…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2018

    C&A Foundation seeks transparency proposals

    Instituto C&A, the Brazilian branch of C&A Foundation is launching a new call for proposals to find innovative initiatives to use information and data to bring about systematic changes in working conditions in the Brazilian fashion industry. The…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2018

    SLCP initiative passes 100 signatories

    AMSTERDAM – The Social & Labor Convergence Project (SLCP) has announced a number of new industry signatories which takes the initiative beyond 100 member organisations in its first year of operation. The American Apparel & Footwear Association,…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2018

    OECD strengthens China garment partnership

    PARIS – The China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) has partnered with the OECD, underlined by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets out the mutual commitment to intensify co-operation and promote responsible business practices in…
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2018

    Myanmar loses C&A Foundation grants indefinitely

    ZUG - C&A Foundation has announced that it has halted grants for philanthropic work in Myanmar indefinitely. The nation’s government and its handling of the Rohingya crisis has been cited as the primary reason for this decision. The organisation…
  • Monday, 12 February 2018

    New firms join Circle Economy as report released

    AMSTERDAM – Dutch social enterprise, Circle Economy has announced several new members of its initiative to promote circularity in the textile industry. These include brands such as The North Face and Timberland, along with global fashion and textile…
  • Wednesday, 07 February 2018

    Patagonia seeks to unite environmental activists

    VENTURA – Outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has launched an online platform which offers environmental activists and those running sustainability organisations the opportunity to connect, enabling both parties to “take action on the most pressing…
  • Friday, 02 February 2018

    UN seeks wider textile sector engagement

    BONN – 38 representatives from the fashion industry have attended a summit held at the UN Climate Change secretariat in Bonn, to assess the possibilities of a joint future climate action programme. The two day agenda was primarily focused on global…
  • Tuesday, 30 January 2018

    Collaboration encourages sustainable textile co-operation

    PARIS – The German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles (AGT) have announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with the goal of supporting companies in the implementation of due…
  • Monday, 29 January 2018

    Investors urge Bangladesh Accord extension

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Investor Initiative, described as ‘a group of socially responsible shareholders’, has put pressure on fashion retailers who source clothes from Bangladesh to back the extension of the Bangladesh Accord until 2021. It is…
  • Friday, 26 January 2018

    Report alleges modern slavery in garment sector

    AMSTERDAM – A study titled ‘Labour Without Liberty – Female Migrant Workers in Bangalore's Garment Industry’ has been published which claims to have identified several examples of workers’ and human rights being breached in the region’s textile…
  • Thursday, 25 January 2018

    Hidden in plain sight?

    With the announcement of a substantial remediation settlement having been paid by an unnamed apparel brand to around 150 unsafe factories in Bangladesh, many media outlets are rejoicing at the opening of a new chapter for garment workers.…
  • Thursday, 25 January 2018

    OIA puts sustainability in the spotlight

    BOULDER – The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has revealed that it will be producing a series of films to educate consumers on the sustainability work undertaken by outdoor apparel brands. The companies chosen to feature in the films are those…
  • Wednesday, 24 January 2018

    OECD meets for due diligence forum

    PARIS ­– The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is set to meet in Paris next week to conduct a forum on Due diligence in the garment and footwear sector. The meeting will bring representatives together from government,…
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