17th January 2015
Hong Kong activists claim Luen Thai and Pacific Textile “putting workers’ lives in danger”
Hong Kong-based labour rights group Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (Sacom) launched a highly critical report on working conditions at Luen Thai and Pacific Textiles plants in Guangdong on...
23rd October 2014
New Cambodian scare over factories’ structural integrity
Cambodian media reported on October 23 that a pilot study of local garment factories carried out in June showed “building construction and design” as the country's biggest safety risk, mainly...
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...
30th June 2014
“100% of 2014 Cambodian garment strikes fail to meet legal requirements”: United Nations
All 108 Cambodian garment strikes recorded at factories inspected in the year to April 2014 "failed to meet at least one of the legal requirements", said the Better Factories Cambodia...
19th June 2014
Bangladesh Accord-Alliance-government squabble
The Bangladesh government will not, for now, allow unsatisfactory Accord/Alliance factory inspections to trigger factory closures, and the Accord continues to insist on re-inspecting factories the Alliance has already checked....
2nd January 2014
Retailers start Bangladesh compensation funds as media “shaming” campaigns make little progress
Late December media campaigns to shame the US government into adopting an ethical sourcing policy and worldwide buyers into compensating Bangladesh factory tragedy victims seem to have made no progress....
17th October 2013
Has Cambodia’s garment trade association simply gone mad?
Cambodian garment makers' hostility to Better Factories Cambodia publishing their audits is beginning to look like the most foolish policy this industry has ever seen. Counter-productive behaviour by trade associations...
7th August 2013
ILO admits: Improvements not being made in key Cambodian areas
The International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia program (BFC) admitted on July 18 that improvements are not being made in key areas of working conditions including union discipline, fire safety,...
9th July 2013
Might soaring Bangladesh exports have partly caused its tragedies?
Is there another, and rarely commented on, way in which retailer practices have contributed to the spate of garment factory catastrophes in South Asia over the past year? It would...
25th June 2013
Limited evidence of disaster impact on shopper behaviour
For all the journalists’ tales of Western shopper “enraged” at Bangladeshi disasters, there is very little evidence of customer s allowing their alleged rage to influence how they spend their...