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  • Thursday, 18 August 2022

    IndustriALL urges brands to support Sri Lanka

    COLOMBO - The IndustriALL global trade union federation has added its voice to those urging global apparel brands to continue sourcing from Sri Lanka to help the country through its current economic crisis. People in Sri Lanka currently face daily…
  • Tuesday, 16 August 2022

    China confirms ILO forced labour conventions Premium Article

    GENEVA - China has lodged documents with the International Labour Organization (ILO) confirming its ratification of the organisation's conventions on forced labour amidst ongoing concerns over its use in the Xinjiang region's cotton industry. Martha…
  • Tuesday, 16 August 2022

    Cambodia’s garment sector starts wage talks

    PHNOM PENH – Discussions regarding the revised minimum wages of garment workers in Cambodia have started, as union representatives yesterday met with members of the National Minimum Wage Council. The meeting was described by local news outlets as…
  • Monday, 15 August 2022

    ACT bid to protect workers' rights in Turkey Premium Article

    BERLIN - Members of the ACT initiative, which include 19 global brands and the IndustriALL global union, have today moved to pressure garment and textile factories in Turkey into respecting workers' rights. ACT, which is supported by major fashion…
  • Friday, 12 August 2022

    40,000 loom workers strike in Pakistani city

    FAISALABAD - More than 40,000 power loom workers in Pakistan's textiles hub city of Faisalabad have gone on strike for improved pay and conditions, according to the IndustriALL global union. The workers have also been demonstrating on the streets of…
  • Wednesday, 10 August 2022

    ETI to publish study on sourcing from Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) will later this month publish the findings of what it says is the most comprehensive study so far into the human rights implications of continued sourcing from Myanmar. Brands and retailers Aldi South,…
  • Tuesday, 02 August 2022

    Framework promotes responsible purchasing practices Premium Article

    GLOBAL – A coalition of social and environmental sustainability non-profits, including Fair Wear and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), have developed a new framework in a bid to align the industry in its understanding of what constitutes…
  • Tuesday, 26 July 2022

    Brands accused of failing to protect workers Premium Article

    YANGON - Fashion brands are failing to protect workers in Myanmar from widespread labour and human rights abuses including wage theft, mandatory overtime, violent attacks, arrest, torture and even death, according to a new report. The Business &…
  • Monday, 25 July 2022

    UK authority assesses Leicester’s textile sector Premium Article

    LEICESTER – The UK’s Low Pay Commission, which advises the government on living and minimum wage levels, has published a new report which assesses the state of Leicester’s garment manufacturing sector after its reputation was tarnished. The paper,…
  • Friday, 22 July 2022

    Esquel setback in case against Xinjiang sanction Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Hong Kong-based textile and apparel manufacturer the Esquel Group has suffered another setback in its bid to overturn US sanctions against one its subsidiaries over alleged links to forced labour in China's Xinjiang region. The US…
  • Thursday, 21 July 2022

    Coalition aims to improve purchasing practices Premium Article

    GLOBAL - An alliance of multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) has drawn up new proposals on responsible purchasing practices in a bid to reduce the negative impacts of the fashion industry on garment workers and suppliers. Ethical Trading Initiative…
  • Thursday, 21 July 2022

    New textile federation to support Leicester suppliers Premium Article

    LEICESTER – Authorities in Leicester have welcomed the formation of a new Apparel and Textile Manufacturers Federation (ATMF) which will serve as a “voice for suppliers”. It’s one of many initiatives and activities underway within the city to…
  • Tuesday, 19 July 2022

    Workers’ rights coalition campaigns for living wages Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – A coalition of workers’ rights organisations have launched what’s said to be the largest European campaign on living wages in a bid to influence legislation within the garment sector. The Good Clothes, Fair Pay campaign – backed by the…
  • Thursday, 14 July 2022

    Garment workers' leader 'targeted by officials' Premium Article

    BANGKOK - A Thai trade union leader has accused the country's authorities of using COVID-19 restrictions to keep workers in line after 1,388 former garment workers won a 'historic' victory to end a 13-month dispute. Owners of the Brilliant Alliance…
  • Friday, 08 July 2022

    Garment workers go on strike in Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - Around 2,000 garment workers have reportedly gone on strike over pay and conditions in what is said to be the first major industrial action in Myanmar since last year's military coup. The workers are employed by the JW factory in Yangon’s…
  • Tuesday, 05 July 2022

    Forced labour fears in Xinjiang factory surge Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - A new report claims that China’s efforts to turn the Xinjiang region into a manufacturing powerhouse could make it harder to determine whether products are made with forced labour. The Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS) says…
  • Tuesday, 05 July 2022

    Cambodian workers set for wage talks amidst inflation Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Labour unions in Cambodia will reportedly request a US$10-20 wage increase for garment workers at upcoming talks with authorities. Tripartite talks between the government and representatives of employers and workers are expected to get…
  • Friday, 01 July 2022

    ETI appoints Mary Creagh as its new chair Premium Article

    LONDON - Former British MP Mary Creagh, who led the 2018 Environmental Audit Committee's (EAC) inquiry into the fashion industry, has been appointed as the new chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). Creagh was appointed by the ETI board this…
  • Friday, 01 July 2022

    Supply countries among worst for worker rights Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Garment manufacturing countries Bangladesh and Myanmar are among the 10 worst counties in the world for workers' rights, according to the 2022 edition of the International Trade Union Confederation’s (ITUC) Global Rights Index. The ITUC,…
  • Friday, 01 July 2022

    Study shows need to expand Accord to Pakistan Premium Article

    KARACHI - Campaigners say a new study on factory safety for garment and textile workers highlights the need to expand the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry to Pakistan. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC)…
  • Thursday, 30 June 2022

    PVH Corp invests in supplier improvements Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Fashion conglomerate PVH Corp, which owns the Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein brands, has partnered with HSBC to launch a supply chain financing programme that it’s hoped will accelerate the uptake of ‘sustainable’ environmental and…
  • Wednesday, 29 June 2022

    Unionisation rights declining, rights index says Premium Article

    YANGON – Workers’ rights abuses have reached record highs in supply chain countries including Myanmar, according to the International Trade Union Confederation’s (ITUC) latest Global Rights Index. Restrictions on the right to establish or be…
  • Tuesday, 28 June 2022

    Fast Retailing backs ILO project in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has announced its support for a new International Labour Organization (ILO) initiative to enhance social security protection for garment workers in Bangladesh. Fast Retailing is backing the Employment Injury…
  • Thursday, 23 June 2022

    Garment workers win 'historic' wage victory Premium Article

    KARACHI - Garment workers in Pakistan's textiles hub of Sindh province have won what campaigners declared to be a "historic" 40 per cent hike in the minimum wage. The Sindh Minimum Wage Board's decision to increase unskilled workers minimum pay -…
  • Thursday, 23 June 2022

    ILO change will 'benefit garment workers' Premium Article

    GENEVA - The International Labour Organization's (ILO) decision to extend its 'Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work' to include a safe working environment will make a real difference to the world's garment workers, according to the Ethical…
  • Wednesday, 22 June 2022

    Pilot to protect garment workers in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment workers in Bangladesh are to receive enhanced social security protection in the event of injuries at work following the launch of a new pilot scheme backed by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO and German…
  • Tuesday, 21 June 2022

    Columbia supplier accused of worker violations Premium Article

    KUPPAM - Garment workers at a factory in India which exclusively supplies US brand Columbia Sportswear are paid illegally low wages and subjected to verbal use and sexual harassment, according to a new report. Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA)…
  • Monday, 20 June 2022

    Garment worker study attracts £1.3m funding Premium Article

    NOTTINGHAM - An academic at the University of Nottingham has been awarded almost £1.3 million (US$1.6m) to investigate the threats posed to female garment workers in global apparel supply chains. Dr Sabina Lawreniuk's four-year research project is…
  • Thursday, 16 June 2022

    Turkish garment workers 'earn poverty pay' Premium Article

    ISTANBUL - Turkish workers making garments for global brands - including Adidas, C&A, Hugo Boss, H&M, Zara owner Inditex, Levi’s, Marks & Spencer, Next, Nike and Primark - are earning only a quarter of the living wage, according to campaigners. The…
  • Friday, 10 June 2022

    Project recycles plastic waste into buttons Premium Article

    BENGALURU - A partnership funded by the H&M Foundation claims to have improved the lives of 20,000 waste pickers in India while recycling discarded plastic into millions of new buttons for the fashion industry. Saamuhika Shakti was launched two…
  • Wednesday, 08 June 2022

    New US$250M fund launched to tackle fashion emissions Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Not for profit organisation, the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), has announced the lead funders in a new US$250M ‘Fashion Climate Fund’. The backers include: Lululemon, H&M Group, H&M Foundation, and The Schmidt Family…
  • Wednesday, 08 June 2022

    Shein launches charitable fund to aid Or Foundation Premium Article

    ACCRA – U.S./Ghana-based not-for-profit charity, The Or Foundation, and online retailer, SHEIN, have announced a multi-year agreement which will see the launch of Shein's Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Fund. The ERP Fund will help advance…
  • Monday, 06 June 2022

    BGMEA courts Germany with sustainability commitment Premium Article

    BERLIN - The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has reiterated its commitment to enhance safety and promote its members’ ethical approach to apparel sourcing as it seeks to cement supply chain cooperation with Germany.
  • Wednesday, 01 June 2022

    New phase in microfibre shedding action announced Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The ZDHC Foundation (ZDHC) and The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) have unveiled details of the next stage of a major initiative to address the issue of microfibres in textile manufacturing wastewater. Following the release of ‘Control of…
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2022

    Sri Lankan garment workers 'turn to sex work' Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Former garment makers in Sri Lanka are reportedly turning to prostitution to feed their families as the country's economic crisis continues to devastate the once booming industry. Sri Lanka's Joint Apparel Association Forum trade body this…
  • Friday, 27 May 2022

    Brands 'should be liable for garment workers' Premium Article

    DAVOS - Brands should be held legally liable for workers’ rights violations in global garment supply chains, according to a joint statement from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) and Focus on Global South initiatives to the World Economic Forum.…
  • Thursday, 26 May 2022

    Victoria's Secret financed 'historic' pay-out Premium Article

    BANGKOK - Lingerie brand Victoria's Secret has confirmed that it arranged the finance which enabled a US$8.3 million payment to 1,388 former garment workers resolving a long-running dispute in Thailand. Owners of the Brilliant Alliance Thai Global…
  • Wednesday, 25 May 2022

    Long-running garment worker dispute settled Premium Article

    BANGKOK – A dispute in which 1,388 garment workers claimed they were illegally laid off without compensation following the closure of a lingerie factory, which supplied brands including Victoria’s Secret, Torrid and Lane Bryant, has been resolved…
  • Monday, 23 May 2022

    Bid to improve protection for garment workers Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - A new initiative has been launched by Oxfam and the Laudes Foundation in partnership with NGOs and trade unions to improve social protection for garment workers in Cambodia. Entitled 'Inclusive National Social Protection Initiatives…
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

    Vietnam launches COVID migrant worker study Premium Article

    HO CHI MINH CITY - A new seven-month study has been launched into the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers in apparel and footwear factories in Vietnam. The reluctance of migrant workers to return to work following coronavirus…
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022

    Factory safety programme launches in Cambodia Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - A programme launched in 2019 to improve garment worker safety in Vietnam and India - with support from brands such as Bestseller, Gap, Target, VF Corp and Walmart - is expanding to Cambodia. The Life and Building Safety (LABS)…
  • Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    Call for global fund for garment workers Premium Article

    ITHACA - A global severance fund paid for, in part, by brands should be established to protect garment workers in supply chain countries which often lack adequate social protection systems, according to a new study. Researchers at Cornell…
  • Monday, 16 May 2022

    Industry reacts to proposed US FABRIC Act Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US fashion industry has cautiously welcomed a new bill which aims to protect the wages of garment workers by outlawing piece-rate pay and also encourage the fashion industry to move production back to the country. The Fashion…
  • Friday, 13 May 2022

    ETI issues warning to brands on Myanmar Premium Article

    YANGON - The Ethical Trading Institute (ETI) is urging western companies to stop investing in Myanmar and to consider pulling out of the country because of the deteriorating situation for workers following the coup. ETI previously urged brands and…
  • Thursday, 12 May 2022

    Bid to train garment workers in digital skills Premium Article

    DHAKA - The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has launched a new project to help 135,000 garment workers in Bangladesh - mostly women - to build financial and digital literacy skills. UNCDF has partnered with wage access platform Wagely, digital…
  • Tuesday, 26 April 2022

    Garment worker abuse 'increased in pandemic' Premium Article

    INDIA - Women garment workers at factories in India which supply major brands and retailers have been subjected to widespread gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. Entitled 'Unbearable…
  • Monday, 25 April 2022

    More brands urged to back International Accord Premium Article

    DHAKA - The UNI Global Union has marked the ninth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster by calling on more brands to sign the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Garment and Textile Industry. It named US companies Walmart, Disney and…
  • Friday, 22 April 2022

    China ratifies ILO treaties on forced labour Premium Article

    BEIJING - China has ratified two International Labour Organization (ILO) treaties on forced labour despite ongoing allegations about the widespread use of forced labour in the Xinjiang region's cotton industry. The National People’s Congress…
  • Thursday, 21 April 2022

    Brands urged to help threatened garment workers Premium Article

    KOGGALA - Trade unions and workers' rights campaigners are urging brands to help 1,500 garment workers at two closure-threatened factories owned by the apparel manufacturing giant Esquel in Sri Lanka. The Free Trade Zones and General Service…
  • Wednesday, 20 April 2022

    Sri Lankan firm bites back over report allegations Premium Article

    COLOMBO – A new report has accused Sri Lanka’s largest garment manufacturer, Brandix Lanka, of breaching COVID-19 guidelines in the run up to what was a deemed a ‘superspreader’ event in October 2020, and subsequently cracking down on unions that…
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