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  • "Whole-of-supply-chain" approach needed to eradicate child labour, says ILO boss
    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is calling for a "whole-of-supply-chain" approach to addressing the issue of child labour in global supply chains.  Read more »
  • Woolworths warns on H1 as Levi's Bagattini named CEO
    South African retailer Woolworths has warned on profits for the half-year after sales were impacted by a "constrained economic environment" and unseasonal weather, which impacted December trade. Read more »
  • Lenzing FY profit falls as firm writes off US engineering costs
    Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has reported a drop in its preliminary 2019 figures with both earnings and revenue affected by lower selling prices for standard viscose and the write-off of engineering costs related to its mothballed US lyocell expansion project. Read more »
  • Brand and supplier "matchmaking" event aims to drive green innovation
    Copenhagen Fashion Summit and Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF) have collaborated on a new business space aimed at helping small and large fashion businesses implement solutions to create greener products. Read more »
  • Consumers feeling "misled" by sustainable buzzwords
    UK consumers are feeling misled by green and sustainable buzzwords in retail advertising, a survey has found, with words like 'organic' and 'eco-friendly' most likely to discourage purchases. Read more »
  • Womenswear brand Simplicity picks PLM to optimise design
    German womenswear firm Simplicity Trade has invested in a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution in order to digitalise its design department to optimise and simplify existing processes. Read more »
  • Transparent supply chains key to navigating UK retail slump in 2020
    Retailers are being urged to provide transparency in their supply chains as a new study indicates sustainability will be a key influencer in purchasing decisions during 2020. Read more »
  • End of MEIS benefit could hit India garment exporters
    India's government has withdrawn the Merchandise Export from India Scheme, a decision that an industry trade body has warned is a "serious situation" likely to erode profit margins of textile exporters Read more »
  • China's designation as currency manipulator removed
    China had its designation as a currency manipulator removed by the US just days before the two countries signed the 'Phase One' trade agreement. Read more »
  • Hohenstein microfibre shedding test brings new data to light
    Testing services provider Hohenstein has completed the development of its new method for analysing microfibre shedding from textiles, which could help to drive informed decisions in developing more sustainable textiles that shed less. Read more »
  • H&M Foundation calls for financial gender gap to be addressed
    H&M Foundation has launched a startup aimed at tackling the financial gender gap, where women lack adequate access to finance and investment. Read more »
  • Pakistan grows H1 apparel and textile exports
    Pakistan's ready-made garment industry saw exports grow over 12% in the first half of the year, new figures show. Read more »
  • US takes new steps to combat sale of fakes online
    The Trump administration has unveiled efforts to crack down on counterfeit and pirated goods sold over the internet via major e-commerce sites, a move applauded by the textile and garment industry. Read more »
  • Sri Lanka's Knitline Apparels to set up high-tech facility
    A high-tech sustainable knitwear manufacturing plant is to be set up in Sri Lanka, with the ambition of ensuring zero waste. Read more »
  • Isko debuts denim alternative to fur
    As an increasing number of apparel brands, retailers and designers move to ban fur from their collections, Turkish denim producer Isko has developed what it claims is the first denim alternative to fur and other synthetic imitations. Read more »
  • New tool helps shoppers calculate their fashion footprint
    A new tool has launched to help consumers discover the carbon impact of their wardrobes - as well as outlining steps they can take to lighten their fashion footprint.  Read more »
  • Cambodia labour issues continue to concern brands
    Ongoing concerns over the deteriorating labour and human rights situation in Cambodia have again prompted a number of brands and retailers - including Adidas, Levi Strauss, Ralph Lauren and Under Armour - to call on the government to set out steps to bring the country in line with international standards.  Read more »
  • More Myanmar factories complete chemical training
    Five more factories in Myanmar have completed a chemical management and detox programme developed by SMART Textile & Garments, a European Union-funded initiative aimed at promoting 'Made in Myanmar' garments and sustainable practices. Read more »
  • M&S shakes up kidswear in effort to grow sales
    UK fashion and homeware retailer Marks & Spencer is shaking up its kidswear range as part of efforts to broaden its apparel and grow its share of the childrenswear market. Read more »
  • UN Fashion Charter for Climate Action - Signatories so far
    The UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (UN Fashion Charter) is an industry-wide initiative to collectively addressing the climate impact of the fashion sector across its entire value chain. Signatories commit to reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions through their global supply chains by 30% by 2030, and to not installing new sources of coal-fired heat or power generation in tier 1 and tier 2 factories and mills by 2025. Read more »