Brands in the news this week include Nike (over more sackings related to harassment), Myer (the target of an Oxfam campaign), Levi’s (for its new collaboratory leaders), Gilden (for rethinking Made in the US), Burberry (for rethinking fur), H&M (over the living wage), Patagonia (over Trump), Anthropologie and Express (for joining four other companies in banning mohair) and Loblaw (for an upcoming and unprecedented court case over compensation for Rana Plaza victims).
Reports released this week include:
i) Jordan's garment sector: How are brands combatting exploitation and abuse? by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, which surveyed 21 garment brands;
ii) The False Promise of Certification: how certification is hindering sustainability in the textiles, palm oil and fisheries industries, by Changing Markets Foundation, which says textile certification schemes are offering a false promise of sustainability;
iii) Field report: Consumer Survey, by Mistra Future Fashion, which surveyed consumers on models for prolonging the life of clothes.
Slavery was a hot issue this week with three stories:
i) in Canada, the government was urged to enact anti-slavery legislation;
ii) in the UK, a new parliamentary report concluded the Home Office’s ‘hands-off’ approach is not working; and
iii) in the US, Yeezy designer Kanye West created a furore when he said in an interview slavery “sounds like a choice”, forcing partner Adidas to issue a statement saying it would stand by him while distancing themselves from the comments after calls for the company to cut ties.
In the supply chain, Bangladeshi workers protested over compensation for a fellow worker’s death, authorities prevented Cambodian workers from setting tyres on fire in protest, and Indian garment workers went on strike.
In manufacturing, Spain’s Jeanologia announced a sustainable capsule collection fully made in Bangladesh, DBW gets sustainable in Vietnam, and the family behind Arvind talks about how they plan to transform the company for good.
Quote of the week: “The age of the colonic cleanse is giving way to the age of the closet cleanse.” From an article in the New York Times about the new trend of getting rid of fashion in your closet:
By Stephen Frost, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
BRANDS & RETAILERS
Brands signing up to the 2018 Bangladesh Accord 02 May – 09 May: Brands signing up during the last week to the 2018 Accord include: Cencosud Paris and Johnson, Cencosud Supermercados, Licensing Essentials, Madness Sport, Mavi, Puma, Vegotex, and Yongo Europe (09 May). [Ed’s note: list gleaned from IndustriALL’s updates list of signatories here.]
5 more Nike executives are out amid inquiry into harassment allegations: “A sweeping investigation into workplace behavior at Nike has resulted in the departures of five more top-level executives, raising to 11 the number of senior managers to leave the company as it continues to overhaul its upper ranks amid widespread allegations of harassment and discrimination against female employees” (08 May).
New brands sign up to SAC: The Sustainable Apparel Coalition has announced new brand members, including Tommy Bahama, Puma, Amer Sports, Wolverine, KappAhl and Outerknown (08 May).
Oxfam Australia launches campaign against Myer over garment workers’ wages: “Myer has so far refused to become more transparent and accountable by bringing factory locations out of hiding. Since the launch of What She Makes [an Oxfam campaign over apparel wages] in October 2017, Myer have ignored requests to meet and talk with Oxfam representatives” (08 May).
30 minutes with Rent the Runway’s CEO: “Many of [Rent the Runway’s customers] are getting dressed for work in our store or dressed for their dates or their nights out, so they're coming in between 6 and 8 p.m.” (07 May).
Levi’s announces the second class of collaboratory fellows: “12 leaders … have been selected as the second class of fellows in the Levi Strauss & Co. Collaboratory; a program for socially and environmentally responsible entrepreneurs in the apparel industry to collaborate on sustainability solutions” (07 May).
Gildan’s Made-in-USA apparel pitch lacking customer traction: “American-made pieces are $4 to $10 more, or 18 percent to 22 percent, compared with those made at offshore Gildan plants in Central America [but] “the truth is that most people are gravitating to the better value”” (07 May).
Fair living wages – what did we promise and what progress have we made? “In 2013, H&M launched a strategy to support the development of fair living wages in the textile industry. We are getting closer to the first milestone in this important and long-term work. What did we promise in 2013 and what progress have we made?” (07 May).
Burberry reviews use of fur, full ban likely: “Burberry has become the latest luxury label to rethink its fur policy and has launched a review. The combination of peer pressure as other luxe labels ban fur, ongoing anti-fur protests and crucially, the all-important Millennial consumer being largely anti-fur, are likely to have been the key drivers of the about-face” (07 May).
T-Shirts from Bangladesh. Sequin patches from China. Sold by WORLD as ‘Made in New Zealand’: “She’s the highly critical champion of New Zealand fashion, calling out competitors for saving money by making their clothes in substandard conditions overseas instead of paying higher wages at home. But for the past seven years, Denise L’Estrange-Corbet’s WORLD brand has been selling t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants manufactured in Bangladesh and China and bought through AS Colour. (07 May). [Ed’s note: see L’Estrange-Corbet’s response here, in which she denies the accusations.]
Patagonia v. Trump: “The outdoor retailer has supported grass-roots environmental activists for decades. Now it is suing the president in a bid to protect Bears Ears National Monument” (05 May).
‘Eco-Friendly’ Marmot Eclipse rain jacket put to test: “Marmot does away with the shortcomings of potentially toxic DWR treatments with the introduction of the Eclipse Rain Jacket. Instead, it introduces EvoDry technology to make water bead on the surface” (04 May).
The best answers to #WhoMadeMyClothes this Fashion Revolution Week: [Ed’s note: according to Forbes magazine.] Birdsong, G-Star Raw, and Asket (04 May).
A court will decide: what does Loblaw owe the workers who died making its clothes in Bangladesh? “An appeals court is weighing whether the firm’s code of corporate social responsibility means it has a duty of care to suppliers’ workers who were victims of the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster. Loblaw [owner of Joe Fresh] says there is no precedent for such a suit” (04 May). [Ed’s note: this is a long and thorough article outlining the legal complexities in the case, which also mentions Bureau Veritas.]
Icebreaker buyer used sweatshop labour: “Iconic New Zealand merino clothing brand Icebreaker was sold to [VF,] a company with a less-than-squeaky-clean history around worker conditions” (04 May).
Anthropologie and Express back away from mohair: “A breaking PETA video exposé of the mohair industry in South Africa – the source of more than 50 percent of the world’s mohair – prompted several top international retailers to ban the material, and now, just days later, Anthropologie and Express have joined the list” (04 May). [Ed’s note: See here for back story.]
Former Kering employee launches apparel sustainability college program: “A new standalone certificate program in Apparel Industry Sustainability taught by former Kering and Volcom employee Derek Sabori is being offered at Orange Coast College in Southern California” (03 May).
Tchibo’s clothes rental model: [Ed’s note: Tchibo started offering a rental service for children’s clothes in 2014 with ten test mothers; the service now has 4,000 customers and is expanding.] (03 May – in German).
Microsoft invests in fashion education: ““We need to evolve the way we use resources so we can be more sustainable in the future, and innovate the creative process itself to be more cost-effective, time-efficient and collaborative”” (02 May). [Ed’s note: the project is with the London College of Fashion
Kanye West criticized by campaigners for ‘unhelpful’ stance on slavery: “Yeezy designer Kanye West’s remarks about slavery being a choice were criticized on Wednesday [02 May] by campaigners as disrespectful to victims and damaging to global efforts to eradicate the crime” (02 May). [Ed’s note: despite calls for them to drop West, Adidas said it “isn't currently planning to drop rapper Kanye West as a sneaker designer, despite his comments this week on slavery.” See Adidas is standing by Kanye West, who said slavery ‘sounds like a choice’ (03 May). However, Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted distanced himself from comments. See Adidas CEO says 'we don't support' Kanye West slavery remark (03 May).]
US fashion brands silent on action to stop exploitation of migrant workers in Jordan: [Ed’s note: The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre “quizzed 21 garment brands on how they tackle abuse against migrant workers making their clothes in Jordan, and how they plan to safeguard the rights of Syrian refugees entering the workforce.” The results are included in a new report, Jordan’s Garment Sector: How are brands combatting worker exploitation and abuse?] “Only 6 brands – Columbia, Gap Inc., Hanes, New Balance, Puma and PVH (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger) – responded to the survey. Gap Inc., Puma and New Balance stood out because they have specific policies in place” (02 May).
‘Powerful’ consumers put focus on ethics: Icebreaker boss: ““The consumer is more powerful than any brand and this is a key change within the global landscape – it’s not the manufacturer, it’s not the retailer, it’s the consumer, and that’s exciting because the consumer is the toughest judge,” said Icebreaker chief executive Greg Smith” (01 May).
Aizome Bedding launches organic products utilizing traditional Japanese indigo dyeing techniques: “Inspired to bring the powerful benefits of traditional Japanese indigo-dyed fabrics into the modern age, a new company, Aizome Bedding is introducing organic bed linen to provide a unique and healthy sleep experience” (01 May).
NEWS & REPORTS
Textile Exchange releases Preferred Fiber & Material Benchmark: “The PFM Benchmark provides a robust structure to help companies systematically measure, manage and integrate a preferred fiber and materials strategy into mainstream business operations, to compare progress with the sector, and to transparently communicate performance and progress to stakeholders” (09 May).
Ethiopia government in sustainable cotton push: “A workshop on promoting sustainable cotton which was held in Ethiopia last week as part of a four-year government plan to reach export earnings of US$1 billion from its textile and clothing sector by 2019” (08 May – subscription required to read full article).
How long does it take to make a fast fashion shirt? “How long does it take to make a €14.99 shirt? Designer Miya Hakuyo and director William Below decided to find out” (08 May – 2:42-minute video).
Cotton Trailblazers celebrates organic: ““This event highlights that it is the collective and focused effort from all stakeholders of the organic cotton ecosystem in the state, that need to come together and support the real heroes of this sector - the organic cotton farmer”” (08 May). [Ed’s note: from C&A Foundation.]
Where do you find the most sustainable fashion consumer? “[A] new report depicting previous use and intended use of alternative business models for prolonged lifetime of clothing [has been published]. The data stems from the consumer survey carried out in four countries, Germany, Poland, Sweden and the United States, between October 2016 and January 2017” (07 May). [Ed’s note: you can find the report here (by Mistra Fashion Future).]
New technologies are affecting jobs the world over. Is your job safe? “Most executives of large garment exporters say replacing operators with sewing robots is unlikely in the next decade because it is barely feasible, either technically or economically, and the industry would need to adapt” (07 May). [Ed’s note: from an interview with Sameer Khatiwada, an Asian Development Bank economist at Economic Research and Regional Co-operation Department.]
Fair Wear Foundation reducing violence and harassment in Bangladesh: “The most notable achievement of the Programme so far is that workers have started to speak up. They are more confident and feel empowered. You can see it in their faces” (07 May).
Livia Firth: It’s not realistic to think we’re going to be in a world without leather or wool: “Firth [says] wool comes out on top when compared to the evils of synthetic fibres, which shed microplastics each time they are washed and are not biodegradable” (06 May).
Kim Kardashian is ditching fur from her wardrobe – it’s just not her thing anymore: “She’s not been afraid to wear animal pelts in the name of fashion before. But Kim Kardashian has decided that she’s done with fur, as the reality queen revealed she’s ditching it from her extensive wardrobe – replacing it with faux replicas” (05 May).
Livia Firth and Eco-Age host a conversation on sustainable fashion, with a film on Tasmania wool farming: ““In Tasmania, I found growers producing fine wool for the global apparel industry with a deep understanding of the need to work within the earth’s biological capacity,” said eco-philanthropist Livia Firth” (05 May).
Christiane Schnura on the goals of the Clean Clothes Campaign: [Ed’s note: a television current affairs program interview with the coordinator of the Clean Clothes Campaign Germany (Kampagne für Saubere Kleidung).] (04 May – 06:14-minute video – in German).
Standards Alliance organizes two-part textiles and apparel standards training in west Africa: “The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) through its public-private partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Standards Alliance, organized a two-part training series on textile and apparel standards in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire in March” (04 May).
Empowering Bangladesh’s female garment workers: “While Bangladesh’s textile trade has put money in women’s purses and challenged a patriarchal society to evolve, economic empowerment has not greatly improved gender equality and female wellbeing. On the contrary, women with jobs in the country’s largest industry are now imperiled on two fronts [home and work]. … Our research identified a disturbing correlation between employment in the garment industry and violence (physical, emotional, and sexual) against women” (03 May). [Ed’s note: by two authors from the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, who summarise findings from four academic articles they’ve published over the last year.]
Plastic clothes, plastic oceans: [Ed’s note: a good roundup of scientific research into microplastics since 2011 and possible solutions.] (03 May).
Sustainable Clothing and Textile covenant publishes assessment framework: “The Sustainable Clothing and Textile Covenant [in the Netherlands] has developed an assessment framework” (03 May – in Dutch). [Ed’s note: you can download the assessment framework here – in Dutch only.]
Our mountain of garbage is growing: “We should not buy just because it’s possible”: “[A]ccording to Irene Maldini, a researcher in Fashion & Technology at the [Amsterdam University of Applied Science], the French proposal [new regulations that would prohibit apparel brands and retailers from discarding or incinerating unsold items] does not address the entire problem. “The percentage of clothing that is not sold is not that big, there is a lot more clothing that is sold and worn for a short time and then thrown away” (03 May – in Dutch).
The biggest trend in fashion may be getting rid of your fashion: “The age of the colonic cleanse is giving way to the age of the closet cleanse” (03 May).
Textile certification schemes are offering a false promise of sustainability: “New report finds most schemes failing to achieve any protection for environment. Many certification schemes which supposedly help consumers make environment-friendly decisions when buying clothes and textiles stand in the way of sustainability and should undergo significant reform, according to a new report. The findings come in new research from the Changing Markets Foundation” (03 May). [Ed’s note: the report praises GOTS and EU Ecolabel, but identifies the Better Cotton Initiative “as one of the worst schemes”. You can read the full report – The False Promise of Certification – here (PDF).]
Bangladesh outperforms China, India in ethical compliance: “Bangladesh … has outperformed China and India in ethical compliance in the apparel segment in terms of workplace safety in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza collapse … a survey said” (03 May). [Ed’s note: survey by AsiaInspection.]
Companies urged to increase workforce disclosure to improve global working conditions: [Ed’s note: a follow-up to the WDI report noted in the newsletter last week.] “[M]ore than 90% of disclosing companies said they are committed to engaging with suppliers on wages, but less than 10% of those provided examples of how their engagement had resulted in improvements to workers’ pay” (02 May).
15 innovations changing the fashion world: “Algiknit, BioGlitz, circular.fashion, FLOCUS, Frumat, Good on You, Mango Materials, Nano Textile, Orange Fibre, PAPTIC, PlanetCare, Provenance, Reverse Resources, Scalable Garment Technologies and Style Lend are brands working hard to transform the fashion industry for good” (03 May). [Ed’s note: short blurb on each company in article. See also, From apple fibre, to knitting robots: meet the sustainable innovators (02 May).]
When clothing labels are a matter of life or death: “Multi-stakeholder initiatives should make supply chain disclosure a part of the criteria for ongoing apparel companies’ membership in such initiatives” (02 May). [Ed’s note: article from Human Rights Watch, which cited the Transparency Pledge as a good example.]
Groups urge Canada to enact modern slavery legislation: “SHARE, the Church Investors Group (UK), the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR, US) and the Church of Sweden (Sweden) invite you to sign on to an investor statement urging the Government of Canada to enact legislation to help investors and Canadian companies identify and address modern slavery and child labour in supply chains” (02 May).
France is about to ban stores from throwing away unsold clothing: “The 2019 deadline allows the government to appraise the situation, calculate the amount of discarded [textiles], review the procedures put in place by companies and the problems involved” (01 May). [Ed’s note: see here also.]
UK Parliament says Home Office’s approach to modern slavery not working: A new UK parliamentary report on the Home Office’s “hands-off” approach to compliance concludes it is “not working” (02 May). [Ed’s note: see the full report here, and summary here. See also, Modern slavery strategy ‘yet to result in coherent action’, MPs find (02 May).]
The ethical fashion movement can’t progress if it ignores plus-size shoppers: “The average woman wears larger than a size 14. So why aren't sustainable brands pushing to offer her more ethical shopping options?” (26 Apr).
CONFERENCES & SEMINARS
[New listings or updated information marked with *]
10 – 11 May, Izmir, Turkey: Regional Organic Cotton Round Table: “Textile Exchange’s Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) has evolved to become THE shared space for the organic cotton community to gather and collaborate.”
* 11 May, Dhaka: Understanding modern slavery and prevention through UNGP: The training will cover terminology, types, victims, national and international regulation, and UNGP on prevention.
13 – 15 May, Copenhagen: Youth Fashion Summit 2018: “In connection with Copenhagen Fashion Summit, 112 students from Asia, North and South America, Europe and Australia … will gather.”
* 14 May EST/15 May NZT, webinar: Kathmandu: Achieving sustainability across the materials portfolio & telling the story: “Learn about [Kathmandu’s] approach to a preferred materials priority plan and how they talk about their industry leading achievements to customers.” A Textile Exchange event.
14 May, Copenhagen: Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2018 Masterclass: “[D]ive deeper into the Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2018 report’s underlying data and to engage in an interactive discussion with the authors.”
14 May, Copenhagen: Educators Summit: “[To] establish a platform for sharing experiences and ideas as well as to discuss good practices in teaching topics related to fashion and sustainability.”
15 – 16 May, Copenhagen: Copenhagen Fashion Summit: Full program has been released: transparency, closed loop, purchasing practices, new textiles, sustainability in China, robots, etc.
15 – 16 May, Copenhagen: Innovation Forum at Copenhagen Fashion Summit: “Innovation Forum will present a curated trade and exhibition area enabling participating fashion brands to meet with +50 solution providers covering the entire supply chain – from innovative fabrics to green packaging solutions, and from new disruptive ideas to tried and tested large-scale solutions.”
* 16 – 17 May, Hong Kong: Kingpins Hong Kong: Including a session on “understanding today’s eco conscious consumer.”
17 May, Geneva: UN Working Group convenes open multi-stakeholder consultation on corporate human rights due diligence in practice: Corporate human rights due diligence – identifying and leveraging emerging practice. Open multi-stakeholder consultation.
22 – 24 May, São Paulo, Brazil: 2018 Global Sustainability Standards Conference: “The Global Sustainability Standards Conference is the leading annual global event for those who support the uptake of credible sustainability standards and certification.”
29 May, Coimbatore: GOTS India Seminar 2018: GOTS India Seminar 2018 will provide a platform for focused and challenging discussions under the theme “Sustainability as Key to Business Efficiency. It shall equip delegates with best practices and know how relating to the biggest opportunities – and challenges – help transforming their supply chains to achieve efficiency through sustainability.”
31 May – 1 June, Arnhem, the Netherlands: The Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the new luxury: “The Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury will explore new definitions of ‘luxury’ against the backdrop of urgent environmental and social issues.”
1 June – 22 July, Arnhem, the Netherlands: State of Fashion: Searching for the New Luxury: “7 weeks of exhibition and events in Arnhem, searching for the new luxury.”
* 4 – 7 June, Vancouver, Sustainable Brands ‘18: Redesigning the Good Life: “Join the world’s leading experts … and learn how to redesign your product and service offerings for a changing vision of The Good Life.”
12 – 13 June, New York: How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labor: “This conference is designed to inform business delegates how to comply with emerging legislation and mitigate supply chain risk to tackle slavery throughout supply chains and operations.”
15 June, New York: FashionistaCon NYC: How to Make it In Fashion (2018): A day-long conference tackling topics such as racial inclusivity and how to make your fashion line more sustainable.
19 – 20 June, London: How business can measure the impact - and ROI - of corporate sustainability: “Tools, techniques and strategies for understanding, measuring and communicating impact.”
* 21 June, Zeist, the Netherlands: Workshop ‘Due Diligence in your purchasing practices’: “How do companies improve their purchasing practices? In a short session Modint and Solidaridad will help companies further in how to embed due diligence in your purchasing practices.”
27 June, London: Sustainable Supply Chains 2018: “Aligning procurement & supplier engagement practices with sustainability strategy.”
* 22 – 24 October, Milan: 2018 Textile Sustainability Conference: United in Action Accelerating Sustainability in Textiles & Fashion: Textile Exchange’s 2018 Textile Sustainability Conference.
THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Bangladesh Alliance factories completing upgrades 02 May to 09 May: Apparel Stitch Ltd., Young An Hat Ltd., The Need Apparels Ltd., Stitchwell Designs, MZM Textiles, Transworld Sweaters (09 May). [Ed’s note: this list is gleaned from the Bangladesh Alliance Twitter feed.]
Bangladeshi RMG sector demands proper workplace safety: “A study conducted in Bangladesh by Bangladesh Occupational Safety Health and Environment at 2015 revealed that 79.52 per cent of the injured (occupational injuries) workers were in the 40-59 age group; and 73.26 per cent of accidents caused injury to hands, feet, torso, arms and eyes resulting in different forms of disability” (05 May).
RMG worker’s death: Fellow workers block Dhaka-Aricha highway in Savar: “The RMG workers [from H R Textile Mills Limited], who blocked Dhaka-Aricha highway in Savar protesting the death of their fellow worker this afternoon [05 May], withdrew the agitation following the garment authorities’ assurance of providing Tk 8 lakh [$9,436] as compassion” (05 May).
RMG workers demand fixation of minimum wage at Tk 16,000: “Garment Workers Coordination Parishad, a platform of 52 organisations for RMG workers, demanded fixing of the minimum wage of the country’s garment workers at Tk 16000” (05 May).
Garment workers’ demand for Tk 18,000 as minimum wage is illogical: Economist: “[W]ith a minimum wage of Tk 18,000 per month, a garment worker is expected to receive at least Tk 216,000 per year (excluding Eid and other bonuses) which is roughly 166 percent of our annual per capita income of approximately Tk 130,000” (02 May).
Why is Bangladesh booming? “[A]though Bangladesh still needs much stronger regulation to protect workers from occupational hazards, the absence of a law that explicitly curtails labor-market flexibility has been a boon for job creation and manufacturing success” (01 May).
Institutionalising universal workplace injury insurance: “Employers in Bangladesh are already required by the labour law to make payments to workers injured at workplace. However, neither the mode of payment nor the benefit levels are adequate” (30 Apr).
Protesting garment workers prevented from burning tyres: “Authorities in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district yesterday prevented nearly 100 workers from the First Gawon Apparel factory from burning tyres in a continued protest over wages that have gone unpaid since December” (08 May).
Government delivering on its promise to female garment workers: “The government has doled out nearly $1.8 million to about 18,000 female garment workers who have given birth thus far this year” (02 May).
Ministry providing rights defender with lawyer: “The Ministry of Labour, three days after calling for charges to be dropped against a prominent labour rights defender, said yesterday it was providing a lawyer for Moeun Tola” (01 May).
Indefinite strike by garment workers enters second day: “The indefinite strike by employees of Gokaldas Exports Limited (Atlantic Apparels) in front of the factory gate at Belawadi Industrial Area here entered second day this morning. Over 1,000 employees of the garment industry, mostly women, are on strike seeking a hike in wages and regular social benefits” (07 May).
Garment workers’ woes remain unchanged: “Bengaluru alone has over 1,200 factories as the city is a major manufacturing hub, especially for ready-made garments. Problems such as low wages, gender disparity and sexual harassment remain unaddressed. Workers say no party has reached out to understand their problems” (07 May). [Ed’s note: See also here.]
Relax labour laws to promote India as preferred sourcing destination for textiles: Report: ““Outdated labour laws within the textile sector hampers India from becoming labour competitive. India is not perceived to be a low cost labour destination,” the report said” (06 May).
No job, no PF: The plight of garment workers in Shashikar factory: “Over 600 workers at Shashikar garment factory in Peenya, Bangalore were forced to resign from their jobs in April this year as the company claimed to have made huge losses. They later realised that the company had also not paid the PF dues” (06 May).
Who would the garment and textile industry workers in Karnataka vote for? “The workers from the garments and textile industry of the state, however, do not feel hopeful about any party. It is an industry that has maximum number of female employees, but has been ignored by all the governments, feel the workers” (03 May).
King joins workers at garment factory for Labour Day celebration: “His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday paid a visit to Jerash Garments and Fashions Manufacturing Company (JGFMC) at Sahab Development Zone on the occasion of Labour Day” (03 May).
Govt. to cooperate with ILO on work safety, health for young: “The government, along with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and other partner organisations, will focus on programmes that will ensure the safety and health of the country’s young workers, who are considered more vulnerable than adult workers to occupational injuries” (01 May).
Overseas Pakistanis ministry blamed for delay in payments to Baldia factory victims: “Bureaucratic hurdles caused by the federal overseas Pakistanis and human resource ministry are resulting in delays in payments of pension to the families of the Baldia factory fire victims” (04 May).
Six years on, ‘Mother Baldia’ continues the fight for justice and labour rights: “One of the major demands of the victims is Occupational Safety and Health. With the exception of Sindh, no other provincial government or the federal government has drafted any such legislation” (02 May).
Workplace accidents: ticking time bomb: “The unfortunate deaths of the five Horana factory workers, two others at a spices factory at Dambulla and dozens of workers being hospitalised due to a gas leak at a garment factory at Ja-ela are some recent incidents that drew public attention” (06 May).
Everlight Chemical joins the SAC: The Sustainable Apparel Coalition has announced Everlight Chemical headquartered in Taiwan as one of its newest members.
Jeanologia leads a digital revolution in the Bangladeshi textile industry: At the upcoming Bangladesh Denim Expo, Spain’s Jeanologia will be presenting a capsule collection fully created in Bangladesh, from fabric to garment finishing, with a saving of 80% in water, 50% in chemicals use, and a 30% reduction in production time (08 May –press release).
Who made your football? “Legend International [a football manufacturer], in Jalandhar [India], though, made a conscious decision to go a step further: the Fairtrade way” (07 May).
How jeans are turned into new fabric: [Ed’s note: Sweden’s biggest business daily writes about Newcell and how when he saw the way they make new textiles out of old jeans it gave the minister for the environment goose bumps] (06 May – in Swedish).
DBW sets sights on sustainability leadership via textile production in Vietnam: “In a move aimed at creating a more sustainable facility, Royal Spirt Group, a Hong Kong-based firm that specializes in the design, production and export of fashion apparel and accessories for global brands, strategically selected Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam as the new manufacturing base for its Deutsche BekleidungsWerke arm” (07 May). [Ed’s note: see more here on the facility.]
Modern Meadow works on creating a sustainable fashion future: “There will another three billion people inhabiting the planet by 2050. What will they all wear? Modern Meadow has the answer [growing animal skin in the laboratory]” (03 May).
Sanjay Lalbhai and his two sons are transforming textile major Arvind: “Arvind is also looking to use sustainability as a differentiator, leaning on Punit’s background. With an undergrad degree in conservation biology from the University of California, Davis and a master’s in environmental science at Yale, he’s steering the group’s green agenda. Arvind is managing 65,000 acres of farmland under the Better Cotton Initiative, a global NGO promoting judicious use of water and approved chemicals” (02 May).
A more sustainable colorant technique for polyester fibers: “PolyOne Corp. has introduced a new fiber-colorant technology for polyester that incorporates proprietary high-pressure metering equipment with the company’s ColorMatrix liquid concentrates” (01 May).
Applied DNA successfully completes leather tagging from farm to finished products: “Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. [has announced] the successful completion of [a] project … to apply and recover DNA tags throughout … key processing stages [including] on a farm and test for recovery when hides were delivered to a tannery” (01 May).
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