Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

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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26th October 2013

Adidas joins Bangladesh Accord: Nike still holding out

It emerged on October 26 that Adidas had joined the Bangladesh Accord on October 22. Adidas is among a number of manufacturers of US college merchandise, including Nike, that have...

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26th October 2013

Bangladesh inspection timetable still unclear

The Bangladesh Accord's factory inspections will not start till the end of November, the Accord's management reportedly told factory owners on October 23, as the Accord seems not to have...

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25th October 2013

Loblaw and Primark call on other buyers to adopt their Rana Plaza compensation policy

UK-based Primark and its Canadian cousin Loblaw on October 24 voiced outspoken criticism of other buyers connected with the Rana Plaza collapse. It followed research showing that 92% of Rana...

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24th October 2013

“Living Wage” campaign fails three crucial tests

The assumptions behind the Living Wage Action Week meet all the requirements activists have for an issue worth campaigning on. But the campaign fails on the crucial test for for...

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24th October 2013

Why are the Weston family happy not to toe the garment industry line?

The apparel businesses ultimately owned by the Weston family have suddenly acquired an extraordinary habit of becoming outspoken. After a century of intense understatement bordering on being corporate recluses. I...

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22nd October 2013

Bangladesh’s spaghetti bowl of helpful institutions needs everyone’s goodwill

With the best possible motives, a very substantial proportion of the world's international public servants is being directed towards Bangladesh. There are already signs of rather more carefully crafted commitments...

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19th October 2013

Bangladesh Accord announces 100th signatory and management appointments as Alliance publishes factory list

The Bangladesh Accord announced three new signatories on October 17, claiming they took the Accord's total to 100. It also announced three major management appointments, while the Alliance released its...

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18th October 2013

Is Liberty Fashion Syndrome going to dominate the next three years in Bangladesh?

Two simple sets of numbers may explain why the past week's events at Bangladesh  Liberty Fashion might create a constantly recurring problem over the next few years. Liberty Fashion is...

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10th October 2013

Is a fatal fire the right time for points-scoring?

The self-styled "Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights" (IGLHR) has consistently claimed to support the  Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. It might try taking its advice....

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10th October 2013

Bangladesh Accord explains why Aswad fire site was not listed:

The Bangladesh Accord has explained why the Aswad Composite Mills plant in Gazipur was used by a number of signatories, but does not feature in the factories list the Accord...

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9th October 2013

Aswad blaze factory not included in Bangladesh inspection list

Aswad Composite Mills Limited, where a fatal fire broke out on October 8, is not among the facilities listed for inspection by the Bangladesh Accord, though a number of of...

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