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  • Tuesday, 30 November 2021

    Study seeks to establish cost of compliance

    RALEIGH - Researchers have carried out what they say is the first in-depth study to establish all of the actions apparel factories would need to take in order to comply with international labour standards. The North Carolina State University study…
  • Monday, 29 November 2021

    Factory safety progress 'slow' in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - A new report says that progress on worker safety has been slow in garment factories inspected under a joint initiative of the Bangladesh government and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Factories covered by the Remediation…
  • Monday, 29 November 2021

    Germany funds support for Laos garment workers

    VIENTIANE - More than 20,000 garment workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Laos have received emergency financial support worth about US$1.85 million from the German government. The funding, channeled through the International Labour…
  • Friday, 05 November 2021

    Bid to revive Madagascar's garment industry Premium Article

    ANTANANARIVO — A new 18-month pilot programme has been launched to transform Madagascar's garment industry by improving working conditions and business productivity. The Better Work Madagascar programme is a collaboration between the International…
  • Friday, 05 November 2021

    Global brands urged to pull out of Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - The IndustriALL global trade union has directly called on multinationals doing business in Myanmar to take immediate action to cease their operations, divest, stop placing new orders and halt all business relations in the country.…
  • Monday, 25 October 2021

    Factory owners threaten to quit garment hub Premium Article

    KARACHI - Factory owners are threatening to relocate away from Pakistan's textile and garment manufacturing hub of Sindh province over an increase of more than 40 per cent in the minimum wage. The Sindh provincial government announced proposals to…
  • Friday, 15 October 2021

    Worker rights 'decline in t-shirt capital' Premium Article

    TIRUPPUR - Workers' rights in the garment industry hub of Tiruppur - dubbed the "t-shirt capital of the world" - are reportedly declining amidst increasing demand as COVID-19 restrictions ease in western countries. The Social Awareness and Voluntary…
  • Thursday, 14 October 2021

    Leveson calls for body to tackle worker abuse Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Retired judge Sir Brian Leveson, who is leading Boohoo's Agenda for Change programme, is calling on the government to set up and fund a single body to tackle the abuse of workers' rights in UK supply chains. Boohoo launched Agenda for…
  • Tuesday, 12 October 2021

    Bangladesh factories 'still need to improve' Premium Article

    DHAKA - Bangladesh's garment industry remains below the basic level of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), according to a new study by the country's Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) think tank. The CPD study -…
  • Monday, 11 October 2021

    ILO adopts textiles and clothing safety code Premium Article

    GENEVA – More than 60 million workers around the world could benefit from a new code of practice on occupational safety and health (OSH) in the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries. The new code, based on international labour…
  • Thursday, 07 October 2021

    Worker risks 'hit key sourcing locations' Premium Article

    BATH - Global risk consultants Verisk Maplecroft are warning that brands and retailers face increasing exposure to rising modern slavery, child labour and occupational health and safety (OHS) risks. The company's new Human Rights Outlook 2021 report…
  • Monday, 04 October 2021

    Report highlights benefits of social procurement Premium Article

    BERLIN – German organisation Yunus Social Business has developed a social procurement manual to spotlight how companies can accelerate their sustainability work by partnering with social enterprises. Produced in collaboration with Dutch non-profit…
  • Monday, 04 October 2021

    New minimum wage does not meet needs - ETI Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - The Ethical Trading Inititative (ETI) is calling on garment factory owners in Cambodia to regard the new minimum wage settlement as a "floor not a ceiling". The ETI says the new figure of US$194 per month, agreed following tripartite…
  • Wednesday, 29 September 2021

    Cambodia sets US$2 rise for garment workers Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - The minimum wage for garment workers in Cambodia has been set at US$194 per month from the beginning of next year following tripartite talks between employers, unions and the government. The figure represents a US$2 increase on this…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    ETI, Fair Wear to assess Myanmar sourcing Premium Article

    YANGON - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has linked up with the Fair Wear Foundation to carry out a human rights impact assessment of the evolving political crisis in Myanmar. It follows fears for garment workers in Myanmar, following the…
  • Friday, 17 September 2021

    More fears for garment workers in Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - Union leaders fear another 200,000 garment workers in Myanmar could lose their jobs by the end of the year due to factory closures caused by both the political crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Nay Lin Aung, assistant secretary of the…
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021

    Bangladesh factories 'more dangerous' - study Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment factories have become more dangerous in Bangladesh since the closure of safety initiatives set up to represent brands and retailers following the Rana Plaza disaster, according to a new report. The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    Call to extend new safety Accord to Pakistan Premium Article

    KARACHI - Campaigners are marking the anniversary of a horrific garment factory fire in Pakistan by backing plans for a new workplace safety initiative for Bangladesh to be extended to other countries. More than 250 workers were killed in the blaze…
  • Thursday, 09 September 2021

    California wage bill clears another hurdle Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA - A bill which would require Californian garment factories to pay their workers hourly - instead of a 'piece-rate' which can leave them earning less than the minimum wage - has cleared a key hurdle. The Garment Worker Protection Act, also…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Sri Lankan manufacturers hit back at campaigners Premium Article

    COLOMBO – Garment manufacturers in Sri Lanka have again crossed swords with workers' rights campaigners over the protection of factory workers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka’s Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) has criticised the Clean…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    International microfibre shedding standard getting closer Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A sector alliance that was formed to tackle issues relating to microplastics has completed the next phase of its project to develop a harmonised industry standard for the supply chain, according to European textile industry trade body,…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    77 fashion companies back new safety Accord Premium Article

    DHAKA - The new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry - which aims to ensure workplace safety for garment workers in Bangladesh - has come into effect with 77 international apparel brands and retailers so far…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    Garment workers' pay 'increases by up to 57%' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - A new report by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) non-profit details how apparel factories in China and Vietnam were able to increase workers' wages by up to 57 per cent over a three year period. The FLA says the cases provide a…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Call to protect garment workers from COVID Premium Article

    SOUTH ASIA - More than 50 organisations have issued a joint call to brands, governments and employers in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to keep workers safe during the current third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workers' rights groups, NGOs and trade…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Garment workers 'risking COVID in Myanmar' Premium Article

    YANGON - Garment workers in Myanmar are working in factories without measures to protect them from COVID-19, according to the IndustriALL global trade union. The IndustriALL-affiliated Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) says two of its…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    BGMEA questions jurisdiction of new Accord Premium Article

    DHAKA - The trade body representing garment factory owners in Bangladesh says that a new 'legally-binding agreement' on workplace safety will have no legal jurisdiction in the country. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    New Accord will target North American brands Premium Article

    DHAKA - Campaigners are hoping that North American brands can be persuaded to join their European counterparts in signing up to a new legally-binding agreement on garment worker safety in Bangladesh. Leading fashion companies - including H&M, Zara…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    Garment worker unions ask for US$200 a month Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - Trade unions representing garment workers in Cambodia are asking for their minimum wage to be increased to US$200 per month from the beginning of next year. The Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC), which represents…
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021

    More brands back new worker safety agreement Premium Article

    DHAKA - More leading fashion companies - including Zara owner Inditex, retail giant C&A and Danish retailer Bestseller - have confirmed they have signed up to a new legally binding agreement on workplace safety in Bangladesh. The International…
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021

    Brands sign up to new Accord on Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - Brands and trade unions have signed a new agreement on workplace safety in Bangladesh to replace the legally binding deal behind the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh which expires at the end of this month. The new two year…
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021

    Call for factories to close to protect workers Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Trade union leaders in Sri Lanka are calling on the government to reverse a decision to exempt garment factories from a lockdown to tackle a spike in the highly contagious Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. The Free Trade Zones and…
  • Thursday, 19 August 2021

    Brands 'exposed to risks if Accord expires' Premium Article

    DHAKA - New and upcoming human rights due diligence legislation could see brands exposed to liability risks if they fail to extend the legal agreement behind the Bangladesh Accord which is due to expire in two weeks’ time, say campaigners. However,…
  • Tuesday, 17 August 2021

    Brands urge Biden to help Vietnam tackle virus Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - More than 90 brands have jointly written to US President Joe Biden urging him to make more COVID-19 vaccines available to Vietnam because of the country's importance in their supply chains. Leading brands, including Gap, New Balance,…
  • Monday, 16 August 2021

    Millions 'put out of work by COVID-19' – ILO Premium Article

    SOUTH ASIA – More than nine million people have put out of work due to restrictions related to COVID-19 in South Asia this year, according to a new policy brief from the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ASEAN region – which includes…
  • Friday, 13 August 2021

    XPCC 'selling Xinjiang cotton despite sanctions' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - A giant economic and paramilitary organisation which controls much of the cotton industry in the Xinjiang region of China - where it has been linked to human rights abuses against imprisoned Uyghur Muslims - is continuing to profit…
  • Wednesday, 11 August 2021

    New hub to boost supply chain sustainability Premium Article

    ASIA - A new digital gateway which aims to share knowledge and resources on decent work and sustainable business practices across the garment industry supply chain in Asia has been launched. The Asia Garment Hub is a joint project by the…
  • Tuesday, 10 August 2021

    Modern slavery toolkit launched for SMEs Premium Article

    GLOBAL - The Global Business Coalition against Human Trafficking (GBCAT) initiative has launched a toolkit to help smaller businesses in global supply chains identify and address risks of modern slavery. GBCAT says such companies are more likely to…
  • Monday, 09 August 2021

    BGMEA calls for help in vaccinating workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment factory owners in Bangladesh are seeking support from the US and the European Union (EU) in vaccinating the country's garment workers against COVID-19. Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president…
  • Thursday, 29 July 2021

    Solidarity Center to support Cambodian workers Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Labour Ministry has signed an agreement with the US-based Solidarity Center, which will focus on protecting workers’ rights in sectors such as garment manufacturing. The NGO, formerly known as the American Center for…
  • Monday, 26 July 2021

    Unions to get tough in Cambodia pay rise talks Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Workers union representatives in Cambodia are still hopeful that overflowing order books will be instrumental in garment workers getting a more favourable deal from the upcoming 2022 wage talks.
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    Modern slavery concerns overlooked, report suggests Premium Article

    LONDON – A new report published by researchers from the universities of Liverpool and Nottingham suggests that amid the global pandemic, commercial and operational risks were prioritised by companies ahead of modern slavery concerns. ‘Implications…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    Armani vows to reduce GHG emissions Premium Article

    MILAN – Italian fashion giant The Armani Group has vowed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 per cent over the next decade. The company says it is targeting a 50 per cent reduction in scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 2030 (from a 2019 base…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    Unity needed on German microplastic waste Premium Article

    BONN - The production and household washing of sportswear such as fleece jackets and running gear results in around 10 tons of textile microplastics being released into the environment in Germany every year, according to the findings of a…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Companies rally around California wage bill Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – More than 140 businesses have come out in support of the Garment Worker Protection Act (SB 62), as state senator Maria Elena Durazo looks to push through what would be a historic bill for California. A press conference was hosted…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Chinese factories 'laying off Xinjiang workers' Premium Article

    QINGDAO - Chinese apparel factories that make goods sold in the US for brands, including Nike, are reportedly laying off workers from the Xinjiang region to distance themselves from forced labour concerns. Several factories, including a subsidiary…
  • Tuesday, 20 July 2021

    COVID costs garment workers nearly $12bn Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Garment workers are owed US$11.85 billion in unpaid wages and severance money as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic so far, according to new research by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC). The report, entitled 'Still Un(der)paid', builds on…
  • Thursday, 15 July 2021

    SBTi to increase minimum target to 1.5C Premium Article

    LONDON - The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has updated its minimum requirement for corporate climate action to the more ambitious 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement. Previously companies were expected to at least set targets in line with…
  • Tuesday, 13 July 2021

    COVID awareness campaign underway in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA – The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a COVID-19 Behaviour Change Awareness Campaign in Bangladesh in a bid to educate and protect workers in the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector. The campaign targets households…
  • Friday, 09 July 2021

    California worker protection bill makes progress Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – The Garment Worker Protection Act, also known as SB 62, has passed through California’s Assembly Judiciary Committee, as workers’ rights activists again try to tackle poverty pay across the state’s apparel manufacturing industry by way…
  • Tuesday, 29 June 2021

    GoodWeave bid to help eliminate child labour Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Workers' rights non-profit GoodWeave International has released a five-part series of practice briefs to help companies eliminate child labour from their supply chains. GoodWeave International says it wanted to make the resource…
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