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  • Friday, 19 November 2021

    Canada blocks shipment on forced labour fears Premium Article

    QUEBEC – Canadian border officials have confirmed intercepting a shipment of garments from China for the first time over concern they had been manufactured with the use of forced labour. 
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    SMEs react to EU sustainable textiles strategy Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Two organisations representing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have presented their recommendations for what they hope to see in the European Union's (EU) new sustainable textile strategy. Both the SMEunited and the Small Business…
  • Tuesday, 09 November 2021

    Dutch clampdown on fashion's greenwashing Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Dutch Consumer and Market Authority (ACM) is investigating six fashion companies which are suspected of making significantly misleading claims about the sustainability of their products. The ACM examined the sustainability claims of…
  • Friday, 05 November 2021

    Legal challenge to UK on Xinjiang imports Premium Article

    LONDON - Campaigners are taking legal action against UK authorities for failing to block the import of cotton products from the Xinjiang region of China over forced labour fears. The World Uyghur Congress (WUC), with the support of the Global Legal…
  • Wednesday, 03 November 2021

    Canopy comments on COP26 deforestation target Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Nicole Rycroft, the executive director of environmental non-profit Canopy, has taken to social media to outline recommendations on how world leaders who’ve committed to ending deforestation by 2030 can ensure they follow through. More…
  • Friday, 29 October 2021

    SBTi launches world’s first net-zero standard Premium Article

    LONDON – The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has launched the world’s first net-zero corporate standard in a bid to align industry-wide efforts. “Companies are currently self-defining net-zero targets without credible and independent…
  • Friday, 22 October 2021

    Companies call for British due diligence law Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion companies Primark, ASOS and New Look are among 36 organisations which today issue a joint call on the British government to introduce mandatory due diligence legislation. The coalition, which also includes Tesco, John Lewis and the…
  • Wednesday, 20 October 2021

    Public support for EU due diligence proposals Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - More than 80 per cent of consumers across the European Union (EU) back proposals for a mandatory due diligence law to make companies responsible for environmental and human rights violations in their global supply chains, according to a…
  • Wednesday, 13 October 2021

    Coalition warns of 'greenwashing risk' from PEF Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Make the Label Count - a new international coalition of organisations - is claiming that European Commission proposals for sustainability labels on clothing are in danger of misleading the public. The consumer-facing Product Environmental…
  • Monday, 11 October 2021

    Esquel setback in challenge to US sanctions Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Hong Kong-based textile and apparel manufacturer the Esquel Group has suffered a setback in its bid to overturn US sanctions against one its subsidiaries over alleged links to forced labour in China's Xinjiang region. The Changji…
  • Friday, 01 October 2021

    New EU legislation 'must have teeth' - report Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - New mandatory due diligence legislation proposed by the EU to make European companies legally responsible for environmental and human rights abuses in their global supply chains must have teeth, according to a new report. Entitled 'Suing…
  • Tuesday, 28 September 2021

    ‘Monumental moment’ as California passes wage bill Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has signed the Garment Worker Protection Act (SB62), putting an end to wage theft across the state’s apparel industry. After years of campaigning, workers’ rights activists have fought to ensure…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    Academics address wage bill in letter to California governor Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – More than 50 design professors from leading fashion schools have signed an open letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, urging that he passes the Garment Worker Protection Act (SB62) and puts an end to wage theft. Earlier this…
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Euratex shares vision for European strategy Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European textile and clothing industry trade body Euratex has shared its vision for the European Union's (EU) proposed new strategy for the sector. It says the EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy, due to be published before the end of 2021,…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    EU urged to hold social auditors liable Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Workers' rights campaigners and trade unions are calling on the European Union (EU) to ensure that social auditing companies - which wrongly certify factories as safe - are held to account by new mandatory due diligence laws. A total of…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    YKK's emissions targets approved by SBTi Premium Article

    TOKYO – Fastening solutions manufacturer YKK’s emissions reduction targets have been approved as being consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The company says the certification is part of its…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Social audit firms 'must be held to account' Premium Article

    LONDON - Social auditing companies should be subject to new mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence legislation, according to a new briefing from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC). The report claims that social audit…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Hugo Boss and Lidl face Xinjiang allegations Premium Article

    BERLIN - The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) non-profit is taking legal action against brands and retailers - including Hugo Boss and Lidl - which it accuses of taking advantage of forced labour in the Xinjiang region of…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Oeko-Tex 'Made in Green' certifications soar Premium Article

    ZURICH - Testing and certification organisation Oeko-Tex has revealed that the number of certificates and labels issued under its Made in Green sustainability programme more than doubled last year despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The company's 2020/21…
  • Tuesday, 24 August 2021

    Leather Working Group audit standard goes live Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON - The latest version of the Leather Working Group (LWG) trade body's flagship environmental certification - featuring new social, traceability and chemical management requirements - is now in effect. The Leather Manufacturer Audit…
  • Tuesday, 24 August 2021

    Australian Senate backs forced labour ban Premium Article

    CANBERRA - The Australian Senate has passed a bill, banning imports made using forced labour, which was triggered by concerns about the cotton industry in China's Xinjiang region. Independent senator Rex Patrick, who proposed the bill, said it was…
  • Monday, 16 August 2021

    Allbirds says legal action 'lacks merit' Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - US footwear brand Allbirds has firmly rebutted legal action by a group of consumers who claim the company's marketing messages exaggerate its sustainability credentials. In a complaint filed at the US District Court for the Southern…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    Greenwashing ‘rulebook’ looks to curb misleading claims Premium Article

    LONDON – Software solutions provider Provenance has developed a new ‘digital rulebook’ designed to help brands and retailers make more accurate sustainability claims. The tool has been developed to mitigate cases of exaggerated, vague or misleading…
  • Tuesday, 13 July 2021

    Final consultation opens on Green Button 2.0 Premium Article

    BERLIN – The second and final stage of public consultation has been launched on version 2.0 of Germany's Grüner Knopf (Green Button) consumer-facing sustainability scheme. Green Button 2.0 aims to increase protection of people and the environment…
  • Monday, 12 July 2021

    Parliamentary group pushes for industrywide action Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion (ESF APPG) has published a new report which details recommendations on how government and stakeholders can address the fashion industry’s environmental impact…
  • Friday, 09 July 2021

    MPs urge UK to ban Xinjiang cotton imports Premium Article

    LONDON - Britain's Foreign Affairs Committee has published a report in which it calls on the government to ban the import of all cotton products known to be produced in whole or in part in the Xinjiang region of China. Entitled 'Never Again: The…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Esquel Group sues US over Xinjiang sanction Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Hong Kong-based textile and apparel manufacturer the Esquel Group is suing the US government after one of its subsidiaries was sanctioned because of alleged links to forced labour in China's Xinjiang region. The Changji Esquel…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    UK government failing fashion industry, research suggests Premium Article

    LONDON – New research commissioned by environmental charity Hubbub claims that the UK government has demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the environmental and social challenges facing the fashion industry. Figures reveal that just 19 policies in…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    Campaigners call for UK due diligence law Premium Article

    LONDON - Campaigners are calling on the UK to follow in the footsteps of European countries, such as France, Germany and Norway, by introducing a mandatory due diligence law which would make companies responsible for human rights and environmental…
  • Monday, 05 July 2021

    NGOs welcome forced labour probe into brands Premium Article

    PARIS - NGOs who are suing fashion giants Uniqlo, Inditex, SMCP and Skechers for allegedly concealing "crimes against humanity" in China's Xinjiang region have welcomed French prosecutors's decision to open an investigation. The investigation has…
  • Friday, 02 July 2021

    Non-profit calls for 'clear' labels for synthetics Premium Article

    LONDON – Environmental non-profit A Plastic Planet has sent a letter to the UK government calling for a 'clear labelling system' on clothing that would highlight the volume of synthetic fibres used. Backed by campaign groups, politicians and…
  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021

    NGOs urge EU to act on fast fashion Premium Article

    EUROPE – A group of 25 European NGOs have launched a new campaign demanding an end to fast fashion in the textile industry. The likes of RREUSE, Plastic Soup Foundation, the Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS) and Future in Our Hands have…
  • Tuesday, 15 June 2021

    Norway backs 'comprehensive' supply chain law Premium Article

    OSLO - Norway has adopted a new Transparency Act, which makes medium and large companies responsible for human rights issues in their global supply chains, which is said to be the most comprehensive in the world. The Norwegian parliament, Storting,…
  • Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    CMA draft guidance addresses ‘greenwashing’ Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published draft guidance that details ways in which British businesses can become more transparent and ensure they aren’t culpable of ‘greenwashing’. Greenwashing is a term increasingly…
  • Thursday, 27 May 2021

    Digital care label aims to boost circularity Premium Article

    GLENDALE — Garment label manufacturer Avery Dennison has teamed up with LA-based garment recycler Ambercycle to launch a new digital care label which aims to increase circularity. The label features a QR code that links to an app which details how…
  • Thursday, 27 May 2021

    Higg impact data to be shared with consumers Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Major brands and retailers – including Amazon, H&M and C&A – have agreed to adopt a new transparency programme to use data from Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) spin-out Higg to share product-based information on environmental…
  • Friday, 21 May 2021

    Dutch minister proposes EPR for textiles Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Extended producer responsibility for textiles and clothing could be on the cards in The Netherlands after a government minister said it would be introduced in 2023 if new proposals were approved by both houses of parliament. In a letter…
  • Thursday, 06 May 2021

    Eurofins announces partnership with BeVeg Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON - Chemical management testing company Eurofins Chem-MAP has announced a partnership with BeVeg, the world’s only ISO-accredited vegan technical standard, trademark and programme. Eurofins Chem-MAP's vegan apparel and footwear…
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    Textile Exchange launches alpaca standard Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Global industry non-profit Textile Exchange (TE) has introduced a new voluntary standard to ensure that alpaca wool is responsibly sourced from farmers with high animal welfare standards. The Responsible Alpaca Standard (RAS) has been…
  • Wednesday, 14 April 2021

    AGI Denim's HempX wins C2C gold certification Premium Article

    KARACHI - Pakistani textile manufacturer AGI Denim has been awarded gold level certification from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute for it's HempX fabric. The award recognises environmental and social performance across five…
  • Friday, 09 April 2021

    Canada moves towards slave labour action Premium Article

    OTTAWA - Canada is moving forward with new legislation that would see companies face hefty fines if they are caught importing products made with slave or child labour. The Senate, the upper house of parliament in Canada, has given a second reading…
  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021

    Social auditors 'should be liable for reports' Premium Article

    LONDON - Social auditors should be held legally liable for inaccurate reports which fail to uncover health and safety breaches in brands and retailers' supply chains, according to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC). A new report…
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021

    Coalition to back natural fibres' case to EU Premium Article

    SYDNEY - The Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) industry organisation is to form an international coalition to ensure demand for natural fibres is not harmed at the expense of synthetics by new European Union (EU) legislation. It fears that the EU's…
  • Tuesday, 23 March 2021

    Bluesign recognised by German government Premium Article

    BERLIN - Textile chemical management specialist Bluesign has been recognised by the German government as a credible measure of sustainable manufacturing for public procurement purposes. Bluesign said it was proud to be able to contribute to the…
  • Monday, 22 March 2021

    Western countries sanction China on Xinjiang Premium Article

    LONDON - The UK, European Union, US and Canada have jointly announced sanctions on Chinese officials over human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region which supplies more than a fifth of the world's cotton. Up to two million Uyghur Muslims have been…
  • Tuesday, 16 March 2021

    New C2C Certified Product Standard launched Premium Article

    OAKLAND - The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has released the fourth version of its Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard which it claims is its most ambitious to date. The institute will begin accepting new applications to…
  • Friday, 05 March 2021

    German cabinet approves supply chain law Premium Article

    BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet has backed plans to introduce a new law which would make companies legally responsible for human rights and environmental issues throughout their global supply chains. It would mean that larger…
  • Tuesday, 23 February 2021

    Leather Working Group updates flagship certification Premium Article

    NORTHAMPTON - The Leather Working Group (LWG) trade body has released the seventh version of its flagship environmental certification featuring new social, traceability and chemical management requirements. The LWG Environmental Audit Protocol has…
  • Tuesday, 16 February 2021

    Germany reaches deal on supply chain law Premium Article Audio Version Available

    BERLIN - German plans to introduce a new law which would make companies legally responsible for human rights and environmental issues throughout their global supply chains look set to go ahead. It follows a hard-fought compromise, described as a…
  • Thursday, 11 February 2021

    New bid to reduce audit and standard fatigue Premium Article

    ZURICH – A new initiative to reduce audit and standard fatigue has been announced jointly by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) and the International Apparel Federation (IAF). The Standards Convergence Initiative (SCI) was…
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