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  • Thursday, 11 July 2024

    Major companies 'succumb to greenhushing'

    LONDON / NEW YORK - Six out of 10 major companies are underselling their sustainability efforts for fear of being accused of greenwashing, according to a new study. Data insights company Connected Impact and data science specialist Ringer Sciences…
  • Tuesday, 09 July 2024

    Digital technology ‘can tackle slavery’ – report Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – The UK garment industry must better utilise digital technology to combat modern slavery in global supply chains, according to a new report by academics at the University of Manchester. Researchers called for urgent attention from…
  • Friday, 05 July 2024

    Canada launches textile waste consultation Premium Article

    QUEBEC – The Canadian government has launched a public consultation to address plastic waste and pollution from the textile and apparel sector. Outlining a number of measures the government could implement, Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment…
  • Friday, 05 July 2024

    Major companies 'failing on social impacts' Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Nine out of 10 of the world’s most influential companies are failing on human rights, decent work and ethical conduct - but apparel and footwear is the best performing sector, according to a new study. The World Benchmarking Alliance's…
  • Thursday, 04 July 2024

    Campaigners accuse ASICS over jailed worker Premium Article

    KOBE – Japanese sportswear brand ASICS has been accused by workers' rights campaigners of standing by while a garment worker at one of its Cambodian supply factories was jailed for forming a trade union. The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) claims…
  • Friday, 28 June 2024

    Cascale scope expands as membership grows Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Cascale, formerly the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, saw its membership grow to 302 from across 34 countries in 2023, up from 257 the previous year, with the new members including retailers, brands, manufacturers, governments, and…
  • Wednesday, 26 June 2024

    Brands urged to back under fire Cambodian NGO Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Workers' rights campaigners in Cambodia who accused a factory watchdog of failing to protect garment workers are now reportedly under attack themselves from pro-government unions. The Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights…
  • Wednesday, 26 June 2024

    Garment workers protest for basic rations Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment workers in Bangladesh are staging protests in industrial areas calling for ration cards because they say their wages are not sufficient to pay for food and other basic needs. The minimum wage for the country's garment workers…
  • Tuesday, 25 June 2024

    Solidaridad report urges action for cotton workers Premium Article

    UTRECHT - The Solidaridad international organisation has published a new paper highlighting adverse working conditions in the global cotton supply chain, including poverty, forced and child labour, and the impact of pesticides on the health and…
  • Monday, 24 June 2024

    IndustriALL event outlines threats to garment workers Premium Article

    GENEVA - Workers from across the global garment sector face significant changes due to climate change and the twin green and digital transitions, a conference has heard. The challenges facing textile workers and what is needed to ensure a just…
  • Friday, 21 June 2024

    Date confirmed for Australia clothing stewardship scheme Premium Article

    SYDNEY – Australia’s new clothing product stewardship scheme will begin on the 1st July, environment minister Tanya Plibersek has announced. The ‘Seamless’ scheme aims to make Australian clothing circular by 2030, with a $0.03 (A$0.04) per garment…
  • Thursday, 20 June 2024

    UNECE conference provides update on field trials Premium Article

    MILAN – The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has provided an update on the three-year progress of its ‘Sustainability Pledge’ project to highlight ongoing challenges and solutions in adopting a supply-chain-wide traceability…
  • Wednesday, 19 June 2024

    Brands 'failing on freedom of association' Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Fashion brands are failing to fulfil commitments to freedom of association and collective bargaining in their supply countries in South and Southeast Asia, according to new research today. The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)…
  • Monday, 17 June 2024

    Ellen MacArthur Foundation urges EPR action Premium Article

    COWES - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has published a new report in which it outlines why mandatory, fee-based extended producer responsibility (EPR) is essential to building a global circular economy for textiles. The report, ‘Pushing the…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2024

    LVMH subsidiary linked to worker abuse Premium Article

    MILAN - An Italian subsidiary of French luxury giant LVMH has been put under court administration over allegations it sub-contracted work to Chinese-owned firms which mistreated workers. The Milan court ordered manufacturer Dior, which is fully…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2024

    New report shows workers’ rights declining Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – A new report has again identified major textile and garment-producing countries, including Bangladesh, Turkey, Myanmar and Guatemala, among the worst 10 in the world for workers’ rights. The International Trade Union Confederation’s…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2024

    Sourcing where human rights are under threat Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Companies sourcing from countries and regions where human rights are under extreme pressure are being offered guidance in a new report from the Joint Ethical Trading Initiatives. Entitled 'Human rights due diligence in challenging…
  • Friday, 07 June 2024

    Cambodian factory watchdog 'failing workers' Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - The Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) initiative's role as watchdog of the country's garment industry is at risk due to failures to uncover breaches of workers' rights, according to a new report. Entitled 'Barriers to Representation:…
  • Friday, 07 June 2024

    Apparel Impact Institute widens grant programme Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), which works with brands and factories to reduce the environmental and social impact of the fashion and textiles industry, is to launch the second round of its climate solutions portfolio (CSP)…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2024

    Fair Wear and SLCP target improved working conditions Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Fair Wear Foundation and the Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) have announced a new partnership which will see Fair Wear use SLCP data in their human rights due diligence (HRDD) facilitation hub in a bid to eliminate audit…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2024

    Euratex and IndustriALL team up on social partnerships Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Textile and clothing industry body Euratex and global trade union IndustriAll Europe have teamed up to launch Stitch Together, a Europe-wide two-year project to promote social partnerships in the European textiles and clothing industry.…
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2024

    Amazon joins Life and Building Safety initiative Premium Article

    SEATTLE - Online retail giant Amazon has joined the Life and Building Safety (LABS) programme which works to fostering safer working conditions and sustainable practices within the global apparel, footwear and accessories supply chain. LABS is run…
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2024

    ACT plots progress on brands’ purchasing practices Premium Article

    GENEVA - The ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation) initiative has published its latest report in which it highlights the progress made in its bid to reshape purchasing practices within the garment, textile, and footwear industries. The report,…
  • Friday, 24 May 2024

    Campaigners challenge auditors on 'failures' Premium Article

    LONDON - Workers' rights campaigners today staged a protest at the annual meeting of auditors Intertek which they say failed to detect forced labour at a Thai garment factory which supplied jeans for Tesco. Demonstrators from the Labour Behind the…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

    New platform to track garment workers rights Premium Article

    LONDON - The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has launched a new portal which explores how fashion brands’ purchasing practices are affecting workers rights across the globe. The ‘Who pays for the crisis?’ digital portal hosts key information…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    TrusTrace launches digital passport ‘playbook’ Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Traceability platform TrusTrace has announced the launch a new ‘playbook’ which is aimed at helping fashion brands prepare for the introduction of digital product passports (DPP). Unveiled today at the Global Fashion Summit in…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024

    EU textile waste sector under pressure - report Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Most textile waste in Europe currently ends up in mixed waste while sorting and recycling capacity need to be urgently scaled up to ensure better and more circular use of used textiles, new research suggests. The European Environment…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

    Cambodia collective bargaining breakthrough Premium Article

    BERLIN – Leading fashion brands have signed binding agreements with the IndustriALL global union to support collective bargaining for garment workers’ wages in Cambodia. However, agreements still need to be reached with the Cambodian suppliers of…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2024

     Brands urged to follow indigenous partnership principles Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – US-based non-profit Conservation International has released a “first-of-its-kind” set of principles to help guide fashion and textile companies in their work with indigenous peoples and local communities (IP&LCs). Unveiled at this…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2024

    Pakistan Accord now has 120 signatory brands Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - A total of 120 global brands and retailers have now signed up to the Pakistan Accord on Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry (Pakistan Accord). Latest signatories to the factory safety initiative, which was launched in…
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2024

    SLCP publishes progress report Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Dutch-based Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) has published its third annual Impact Report in which it shows the rapid growth of its work to converge apparel industry stakeholders around a single social assessment that…
  • Monday, 13 May 2024

    Shein supply workers 'toil 75-hour weeks' Premium Article

    GUANGZHOU - Garment workers at factories which supply Chinese-owned ultra fast fashion giant Shein are still working 75-hour weeks, according to a new report from Swiss human rights NGO Public Eye. The new report from Public Eye updates its 2021…
  • Friday, 10 May 2024

    Cambodia to phase out garment worker trucks Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Cambodia’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has announced plans to phase out the use of flatbed trucks to transport garment workers to and from their workplaces by 2027. It is hoped that the policy, which aims to reduce the number…
  • Friday, 10 May 2024

    Forced labour concerns remain in Turkmenistan Premium Article

    ASHGABAT - The Cotton Campaign coalition says that independent monitoring has revealed some progress in reducing the use of forced labour in Turkmenistan's cotton harvest but warns that it is still widespread. Public authorities stopped mobilising…
  • Thursday, 09 May 2024

    AGI Denim launches regenerative cotton programme Premium Article

    KARACHI – Vertically integrated garment manufacturer AGI Denim has partnered with the Rural Education and Economic Development Society (REEDS) to enhance the traceability of its supply chain and promote sustainable agricultural practices across…
  • Friday, 03 May 2024

    Carbonfact eyes growth with $15m funding boost Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Carbonfact, a supplier of software that helps fashion brands and retailers automate their environmental reporting, has raised $15 million in fresh funding. This latest tranche of investment will be used to expand the platform, adding to…
  • Friday, 03 May 2024

    Cotton harvest monitors 'harassed' in Uzbekistan Premium Article

    TASHKENT - The Cotton Campaign coalition is calling on the government of Uzbekistan to investigate the alleged harassment of a leading independent monitor of workers' rights in the country's cotton industry. Umida Niyazova, founder and director of…
  • Friday, 03 May 2024

    Xinjiang exports surge despite legislation Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Textile exports from the Xinjiang region of China increased to record levels last year despite the introduction of US legislation banning imports over forced labour risks in the region which produces a fifth of the world's cotton. It…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2024

    Amnesty calls for justice for Bangladesh workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment workers in Bangladesh continue to face a climate of fear and repression as human rights abuses remains unchecked amid a state-sanctioned crackdown on workers’ rights, according to Amnesty International. The human rights NGO marked…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2024

    Worker's rights campaign groups part ways Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Two of the leading organisations dedicated to improving the pay and conditions of garment workers in global supply chains are to go their separate ways after a quarter of a century. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has announced that it…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2024

    Xinjiang forced labour risk platform launched Premium Article

    BOSTON / SHEFFIELD - An open access platform which analyses shipping and customs data, import and export records and supply chain data to assess forced labour risks in the Xinjiang region of China has been launched. The Supply Trace platform - which…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2024

    Call to probe Shein, Temu 'forced labour links' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - US Senator Marco Rubio is calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to investigate Chinese-owned retail giants Shein and Temu for alleged links to forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China. Rubio wrote to DHS Secretary…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2024

    Armani to co-operate over worker abuse claims Premium Article

    MILAN - Italian fashion group Armani has pledged to co-operate with the authorities after one of its subsidiaries was accused of indirectly subcontracting production to companies in Milan which paid workers as little as €2 ($2.17) an hour. It comes…
  • Thursday, 04 April 2024

    Levi's accused of breaking pledge to workers Premium Article

    URFA - Denim giant Levi's has been accused by campaigners of breaking a promise to garment workers involved in a dispute over union recognition at one of its suppliers in Turkey. Workers at the Ozak/Kubrateks factory in the south-eastern city of…
  • Wednesday, 03 April 2024

    Call for better data sharing on forced labour Premium Article

    LONDON - The Tech Against Trafficking (TAT) coalition has launched a new report which calls for better data sharing on forced labour issues in global supply chains. TAT makes recommendations to businesses, policy makers and civil society to enable…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    Worker abuse reports 'triple' in Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - Reports of labour rights violations in factories in Myanmar increased by nearly 300% last year, according to the Myanmar Labour News platform which monitors worker complaints. Myanmar Labour News (MLN) says it reported a total of 455 cases…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    Brands urged to back arrested garment workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - Workers rights campaigners are urging fashion brands sourcing from Bangladesh to step up and pressure their suppliers to drop criminal cases against garment workers who were arrested during last year's protests over the minimum wage. The…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2024

    Water crisis facing apparel supply chains, report Premium Article

    LONDON – Global supply chains are under threat from a growing water crisis according to new research from global non-profit CDP, with the apparel sector offering mixed results in terms of reporting levels and overall performance. Presenting its…
  • Thursday, 28 March 2024

    Fair Wear and Cascale partner on due diligence Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Not-for-profit Fair Wear has teamed up with Cascale, formerly known as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, in a joint bid to improve conditions for workers in garment and consumer goods factories around the world. The new strategic…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024

    EU-UN project to support migrant workers Premium Article

    BANGKOK - The European Union and the United Nations have launched a joint initiative to help strengthen the rights of women migrant workers and children in southeast Asia. The three-year ‘Protect’ project will work to promote decent work and reduce…
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