Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

27th March 2017

EU warns Bangladesh of duty free suspension over labour rights

The European Union was reported on March 23 to have warned Bangladesh of suspending duty-free access unless Bangladesh makes progress in the implementing worker rights. The European Commission's Directorates General...

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21st February 2015

ILO and Pakistan Textile Association sign “Better Work Lite” agreement

The UN's ILO announced on February 17 it had signed a partnership agreement with the Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) to promote Decent Work in Faisalabad's textile industry. The programme agreed on...

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15th February 2015

Alleged Indonesian Adidas supplier closes, disappears overnight

PT Yee Woo, in Indonesia's Tunas Industrial Zone, Batam, Riau Islands province, has reportedly discontinued operations and abandoned 305 of its employees who had been waiting for outstanding pay since...

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3rd December 2014

Government corruption “worsening” in major garment exporting countries

Public perception of government and public-sector corruption has recently worsened in virtually all major garment-making countries, according to the 2014 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. The Index scores public perceptions in...

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11th November 2014

C&A Foundation new strategy concentrates on sustainable apparel supply chain

The C&A Foundation launched a new global strategy concentrating on the textle and garment supply chains at the November 11 Textile Exchange Conference in Portland, Oregon. The foundation’s executive director, Leslie...

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5th November 2014

Levi and World Bank offer lower factoring rates to compliant factories

Levi-Strauss and the World Bank announced on November 4 a programme offering factories meeting compliance standards reduced interest rates on credit factoring loans. The Global Trade Supplier Finance programme, offered...

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22nd October 2014

Cambodian factory transparency improvement coincides with new safety colncerns

Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) announced clear improvements in the country's adherence to garment factory safety procedures on October 21. It was then hit by a bigger scare over inadequate building...

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28th July 2014

Fire deaths at “model” Pakistani textile plant and Cambodian Better Factories listed garment factory

Two bodies were found on July 27 in the debris of a burned-out Pakistani garment factory, once held up as a model of fire safety. About the same time, a...

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15th July 2014

PETA lobbies for all-out ban on wool

Animal rights group lobbyists PETA admitted its real objective in publicising abusive sheep shearing is to cause a ban on all wool buying. The group released film on July 9...

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15th July 2014

End of Ramadan poses threat to “506” Bangladesh garment factories

Bangladesh's industrial police were reported to have predicted on July 11  that labour unrest might break out at 506 garment factories that looked unlikely to pay outstanding wages and holiday...

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7th July 2014

China’s increasing “strikes” indicate something quite different from what the West’s used to

Reports of growing strikes in China are generally confused misunderstandings of a rise in something quite different. The China Labour Bulletin (CLB) has been quoted as saying on July 4...

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6th July 2014

China strikes in April-June “up 49% on 2013” aren’t quite what they seem

The China Labour Bulletin (CLB) is quoted as saying on July 4 that strikes in the second quarter of 2014 were 49% up on 2013. But in this industry, almost...

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