Social Compliance & CSR News

  • Wednesday, 20 March 2019

    Bangladesh Accord releases quarterly report

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Accord has released its report for the final quarter of 2018, detailing the remediation progress and status of workplace programs within the last 3 months of the year.
  • Monday, 18 March 2019

    Non-profit votes to require supplier transparency

    WASHINGTON – The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has, in response to requests from trade unions and other independent labour rights and human rights organisations, voted to require its company affiliates to publicly disclose their supplier lists. This…
  • Friday, 15 March 2019

    Under Armour social compliance programme accredited

    WASHINGTON – US sportswear brand Under Armour has received accreditation from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) for its social compliance programme, confirming that the company has “strong policies and practices in place to set goals, monitor, and…
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2019

    Social audit portal launched to drive industrywide change

    LONDON – The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) and Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) have joined forces to launch the Beyond Social Auditing portal, aimed at educating users on the failings of social auditing processes while also…
  • Monday, 11 March 2019

    ILO and IFC unite to empower female garment workers

    DHAKA – A pilot programme has been launched by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), offering training to female garment workers in order to enable more women to take up supervisory roles within…
  • Monday, 11 March 2019

    Teijin rallies behind TCFD recommendations

    TOKYO – Teijin Group has made public its support for the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB). TCFD was founded under the proviso that those companies…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019

    Bangladesh inspection agencies not ready, CCC claims

    AMSTERDAM – Following a fire in a Dhaka garment factory this week, and despite claims stating otherwise from the Bangladesh government, Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) believes that national inspection bodies are not yet ready to take over…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019

    NGO urges investigation of worker dismissal claims

    NEW YORK – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Bangladeshi authorities to immediately investigate allegations made by garment workers and union leader of arbitrary dismissals and false criminal cases following the spate of recent wage protests.…
  • Wednesday, 06 March 2019

    ETI links business and pressure on labour standards

     LONDON – A report commissioned by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has suggested that business models are at the forefront of creating pressures on labour standards in global supply chains. The report – titled ‘Business models and labour…
  • Wednesday, 06 March 2019

    Bangladesh gets new RMG safety body

    DHAKA – Following the dissolution of The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a new organisation has been formed to work on training programmes to maintain safety performance in the Bangladesh garment and textile sectors with what it's calling a…
  • Wednesday, 06 March 2019

    Zalando eyes Higg and BCI to advance its goals

    BERLIN – Online fashion retailer Zalando has outlined its goal to become a leading online destination for ‘sustainable’ fashion in Europe by 2020 with plans to up its sourcing of Better Cotton and deepen its engagement with the Higg Index. “As we…
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2019

    OECD calls for action on textile due diligence

    PARIS – OECD General Secretary Angel Gurría called out the challenges and urgent changes needed in the garment and footwear industries at the 5th yearly OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) forum on responsible supply…
  • Thursday, 28 February 2019

    Dhaka fire prompts further Bangladesh Accord debate

    DHAKA – In the wake of a fire in the Bangladeshi capital which killed more than 70 people, campaign groups and garment worker rights organisations have been quick to praise the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh for helping minimise…
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019

    UK retailers unite against worker exploitation

    LONDON – A group of UK retailers including M&S, Tesco and Sainsbury’s – all of which have substantial apparel operations – have come together as Founding Sponsors of the Responsible Recruitment Toolkit (RRT). The resource will offer “expert,…
  • Monday, 25 February 2019

    Oxfam garment worker study cites “entrenched exploitation”

    MELBOURNE – Research conducted by Oxfam Australia into the lives of female garment workers has exposed what the charity describes as “the undeniable truth” which lurks behind the apparel sold in the country's fashion stores. The report claims that…
  • Friday, 15 February 2019

    Prada CSR programme to promote diversity

    MILAN – Luxury fashion brand Prada has announced the creation of a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council in order to change the culture of both its operations and the wider fashion industry. The Council has the mission statement to “elevate…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    Money talks in Bangladesh Accord debate

    NEW YORK – A group of 190 investors with global assets of over estimated US$3 trillion has released a public statement and written directly to the Bangladeshi Prime Minister calling for an extension of the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in…
  • Thursday, 14 February 2019

    Odlo awarded Leader status by Fair Wear Foundation

    HÜNENBERG - Functional sportswear company Odlo has been awarded Leader status from the Fair Wear Foundation for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Survey finds consumers expect CSR from brands

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Consumers expect more responsibility, action and accountability from businesses and tend to shop at companies that share their values, according to a survey carried out by market insight company Clutch. The small-scale survey…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Apparel sector implored to combat sexism and gender violence 

    NEW YORK – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the global apparel industry to support a new ILO convention on violence and harassment at work and to do more when it comes to tackling the discrimination and violence faced by many female garment…
  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019

    US garment workers take to the picket line

    CHICAGO – Workers at two suit making factories in the US states of Illinois and Ohio have gone on strike over unfair labour practices exhibited by their respective employers; a move which offers up a reminder that such struggles are in no way…
  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019

    Campaigners still seek full remedy for Indonesian workers

    TANGERANG – Six years after their alleged illegal dismissal from employment, Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has hit out at the settlement former workers of PT Panarub Industry (PDK) were offered – calling the reimbursement offered “a pittance.” The…
  • Monday, 11 February 2019

    Canadian union stands with Bangladeshi garment workers

    OTTAWA – Canada's United Steelworkers union has written to the Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa to highlight its concern regarding the situation currently facing many garment workers during the ongoing wage dispute in the South Asian nation. In…
  • Friday, 08 February 2019

    Is the Bangladesh Accord nearing its final destination?

    DHAKA – The journey towards a safe garment sector has been a long and tumultuous one for the workers of Bangladesh. Delay after delay has left garment workers across the nation in a state of flux – and desperate to avoid the possibility of a return…
  • Wednesday, 06 February 2019

    Bangladesh garment workers laid off after wage protests

    DHAKA - More than 7,500 garment workers from 27 factories which supply brands such as H&M and Next have allegedly been laid off in Bangladesh after they joined wage protests.
  • Friday, 01 February 2019

    Levi’s and Harvard launch blockchain worker survey

    SAN FRANCISCO - On the back of a software development consultancy being awarded a two-year grant by the U.S. State Department to develop a blockchain platform, Levi Strauss and Harvard University’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for…
  • Tuesday, 29 January 2019

    Unethical UK fashion “not just an issue for Leicester”

    LEICESTER – The Mayor of Leicester has come out in defence of the UK city which he describes as having a “long and proud history of textile manufacturing” following criticism over some of its factories paying illegally low wages. After the UK…
  • Monday, 28 January 2019

    Worker rights campaigners begin ‘Week of Solidarity’

    AMSTERDAM – Clean Clothes Campaign has begun a ‘Week of Solidarity’ aimed at showing support for the Bangladeshi garment workforce currently caught in the limbo of the ongoing Bangladesh Accord negotiations, following a series of farcical delays…
  • Thursday, 24 January 2019

    Pakistan garment factories exposé uncovers rights violations

    NEW YORK – A new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has highlighted the dangerous and precarious employment experienced by some garment workers in Pakistan as a direct result of the nation’s government failing to enforce laws designed to combat rights…
  • Monday, 21 January 2019

    Charity T-shirt workers “earn 35p an hour”

    GAZIPUR – T-shirts produced in partnership with 90s pop group Spice Girls to raise funds for UK charity Comic Relief are allegedly being made by staff in Bangladesh earning the equivalent of 35p an hour and working 16 hour shifts. The garments which…
  • Thursday, 17 January 2019

    Neonyt hosts UN in European trade show first

    BERLIN - The debut of Messe Frankfurt’s Neonyt show during Berlin Fashion Week has seen a wide variety of firsts, with none being more significant than the event hosting the UN’s inaugural European trade show exhibiton. Neonyt - which is the new…
  • Monday, 14 January 2019

    ILO praises Bangladesh minimum wage progress

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh office of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said it is encouraged by the government’s decision to revisit the minimum wages for ready-made garment workers through an agreement made by a special tripartite…
  • Thursday, 10 January 2019

    French brands urge Bangladesh PM to extend Accord

    PARIS – On behalf of a group of French brands and retailers, including luxury department store chain Galeries Lafayette Group, ICS (Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability) has written to the Bangladesh Prime Minister to make the case for…
  • Wednesday, 09 January 2019

    ETI inquiry submission challenges Boohoo “inaccuracies”

    LONDON – The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has made a submission to the UK Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into the fashion industry, challenging some of the “inaccuracies” it claims were included in the evidence provided to the committee…
  • Friday, 04 January 2019

    NGO calls time on H&M living wage pledge

    AMSTERDAM – Clean Clothes Campaign has described H&M as a “full-fledged promise breaker” for allegedly failing to fulfil its commitment to implement a living wage for 850,000 workers in its supply chain by the end of 2018. As recently as September…
  • Thursday, 03 January 2019

    Study cites Bangladesh progress amid political uncertainty

    DHAKA – Following on from December which saw yet another delay in proceedings regarding the future of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, new research has pointed to a substantial drop in the number of workplace fatalities within…
  • Thursday, 20 December 2018

    SLCP set to scale up operations in 2019

    AMSTERDAM – The Social & Labor Convergence Project (SLCP), having started out with 33 signatories in October 2015, now has the support of 190 organisations and is approaching a very significant period of its development in 2019. One of the key…
  • Wednesday, 19 December 2018

    US brand allegedly sourcing from Chinese internment camps

    HOTAN – Reports coming out of China allege that US sportswear retailer Badger Sportswear is sourcing garments from internment camps in the nation’s Xinjiang region. The reports claim that these facilities, where up to “one million Muslims are…
  • Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    Bangladesh Accord suffers another farcical delay

    DHAKA – Following yesterday’s story of a 24-hour postponement on the decision regarding the future of the Bangladesh Accord, the situation has taken yet another farcical turn with a verdict now pushed back until 21st January 2019. While some may…
  • Monday, 17 December 2018

    Bangladesh Accord decision delayed yet again

    DHAKA – Following several delays to the hugely important decision on whether or not the Bangladesh Accord will receive an extension, a final verdict regarding the future of the regulatory body’s future is now expected tomorrow. The much-debated…
  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018

    Bangladesh Alliance publishes final annual report

    DHAKA – The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has released its fifth and final annual report as it nears the end of its time in the nation’s garment sector. The Alliance’s operations, including its training programme and helpline, will now be…
  • Tuesday, 11 December 2018

    H&M living wage summit, ETI rates progress

    PHNOM PENH – The approach taken by H&M group in its Fair Living Wage Strategy has been described as “bold and unprecedented” by the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI), with the caveat that there remain major lessons to be learned regarding…
  • Tuesday, 04 December 2018

    Online map highlights modern slavery risk areas

    LONDON – A new online platform created by Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) will map all calls made to Britain's anti-slavery helpline as part of its ongoing efforts to raise public awareness of the problem and to better and more precisely direct…
  • Tuesday, 04 December 2018

    Union seeks meaningful CSR progress through inquiry

    LONDON – IndustriALL Global Union, which represents garment workers around the world, has stated that apparel companies in the UK “need to get much more serious about reforming working conditions in their global supply chains.” In its submission to…
  • Tuesday, 27 November 2018

    Further NGO support for Bangladesh Accord

    AMSTERDAM – As part of a continued and coordinated effort to breath new life into the Bangladesh Accord on worker safety, several leading European NGOs involved in the ethical fashion sector have together appealed to Bangladesh government to allow…
  • Monday, 26 November 2018

    Bangladesh Accord receives support in vital period

    DHAKA – While its future remains the subject of much speculation, the Bangladesh Accord and its prospects for continuing work into next year seem to, in typically unpredictable style, have been handed a boost. Recent developments have strengthened…
  • Friday, 23 November 2018

    NGO targets H&M in Black Friday protest

    LONDON – UK non-profit Labour Behind the Label has held a demonstration at H&M’s Oxford Circus store to protest against the disparity between been the increased spending for Black Friday and the reimbursement of workers in fashion supply chains.…
  • Thursday, 22 November 2018

    ETI supports brands in modern slavery reporting

    LONDON – The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has published a framework to help brands in producing better modern slavery reports, with the overall standard of UK reporting being described as “very poor.” ASOS and Rowlinson Knitwear, both of which…
  • Monday, 19 November 2018

    Timberland supports urban green space project

    BERLIN – Timberland has teamed up with Belgian non-profit King Baudouin Foundation to facilitate the creation, maintenance and improvement of greenspaces in five European cities as part of a five-year-long grant-funded programme. This year will see…
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2018

    Big brands sign UK modern slavery protocol

    LONDON – Several leading UK fashion brands and retailers have joined forces with enforcement bodies to agree a deal aimed at eradicating modern slavery from the UK fashion and textile industries. John Lewis, M&S and New Look are among the signatory…
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