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  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018

    A pivotal moment for garment workers’ rights?

    GENEVA – The United Nations Human Rights Council will, this week, negotiate a landmark treaty which aims to ensure transnational corporations (TNC) are held accountable for human rights violations which take place within their businesses and supply…
  • Tuesday, 16 October 2018

    Myanmar garment worker violence, EU ponders sanctions

    YANGON – Protesting garment workers in Myanmar are believed to have been injured outside a factory which, it is claimed, has supplied German retailer Lidl and UK fashion brand Joules, as tensions continue to flare in the beleaguered nation.…
  • Friday, 12 October 2018

    Bangladesh Accord transition set to commence

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Accord, which has held responsibility for safety activities in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) factories since its 2013 inception, now has a date for the handover of its jurisdiction. Following a meeting of the…
  • Friday, 12 October 2018

    Outdoor initiative grants support for schoolchildren

    STAMFORD – Hundreds of school children in the UK have been able to partake in outdoor activities for the first time courtesy of a grant from an initiative founded by the EOG (European Outdoor Group). The non-profit It’s Great Out There Coalition,…
  • Wednesday, 03 October 2018

    Trade unions clash over ASOS worker representation

    BARNSLEY – Following the conclusion of TUC (Trades Union Congress) proceedings, UK-based union GMB says it will advance its efforts to support ASOS workers amid a dispute with fellow union, Community. GMB claims the dispute stems from a decision by…
  • Monday, 01 October 2018

    Twelve major brands sign Turkmen Cotton Pledge

    OAKLAND – To coincide with the Turkmen president’s attendance at the UN General Assembly – the first time since 2015 – apparel companies and global investors have expressed disapproval regarding the nation’s use of state-sponsored forced labour in…
  • Clean Clothes Campaign rebukes H&M wage claims
    Tuesday, 25 September 2018

    Clean Clothes Campaign rebukes H&M wage claims

    AMSTERDAM – New research from Clean Clothes Campaign states that many garment workers manufacturing clothes for H&M live below the poverty line – despite the fashion giant’s promise of a living wage by 2018.
  • Textile partnership calls for Accord transition support
    Monday, 24 September 2018

    Textile partnership calls for Accord transition support

    BANGLADESH – Members of the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles – including Hugo Boss, Esprit and C&A – have urged the Bangladesh government to advocate for compliance with agreements regarding the transition of the Bangladesh Accord to a…
  • H&M hits living wage milestone
    Friday, 21 September 2018

    H&M hits living wage milestone

    STOCKHOLM – Fashion giant H&M’s fair living strategy now reaches 655 factories employing more than 930,000 garment workers, up from three factories in 2013.
  • 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…
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