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GOTS-certified units’ number up 21% in 2016

Number of facilities certified to Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) demonstrated a substantial increase, from 3,814 facilities in 2015 to 4,642 facilities in 2016, up 21 per cent. GOTS-certified facilities are now located in 63 countries around the world. Growth is continuously, evenly spread across all market segments including the mass market and the big brands. “The increasing market acceptance is a result that GOTS delivers solutions for sustainability-based problems for both, business need for […]

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‘Find Agencies’ looking for new and potential markets

Noida-based Find Agencies Private Limited (FAPL), an almost three-decade old company, is eyeing market expansion for which it is exploring the US and Scandinavian market. FAPL, a sister concern of Francis Wacziarg Group of companies, is currently working mostly with France, which contributes around 75 per cent of its total business and rest of the 25 per cent is from countries like Italy, Finland, Spain, UK and Australia. Aristide Samuel, Director of the company informed, “Despite the […]

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HanesBrands’ Cleveland Distribution Centre bags ‘safety’ award

HanesBrands, a leading global marketer of everyday basic apparel under world-class brands, has announced that its Cleveland Distribution Centre in Kings Mountain, North Carolina has been awarded for achieving 2 million employee hours without injury in 2016. Cherie Berry, Labor Commissioner, North Carolina visited the distribution centre to present the certificate to Joel Long, Director of Distribution for HanesBrands. The NCDOL Million-Hour Safety Awards are given to facilities that accumulate 1 million or more employee […]

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OECD introduces Due Diligence Guidance for Bangladesh’s RMG sector

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has introduced new due diligence guidance for the readymade garments (RMG) and footwear sectors in Bangladesh, at the recently held conference at OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France. The guidance named “Due diligence in the garment and footwear sector” will represent a move beyond voluntary, non-binding auditing and corporate social responsibility initiatives, which have done little or nothing to protect and improve the rights of workers. It may […]

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Sri Lanka to host International Summit on Textile Colouration

Sri Lanka is all set to host International Summit on Textile Colouration 2017: Colouring the Emperor’s New Clothes. The summit will take place at BMICH in Colombo on March 8. Organized by SDC International Limited, world’s leading independent educational charity dedicated to advancing the science and technology of colour worldwide, the Summit will discuss some of the difficult issues around technical innovation and environmental sustainability within the textile colouration industry. Also Read – Sri Lanka’s […]

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WRAP: More than compliance/certification, adding value to bottom line

Completing 16 years of its inception, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) has more than 250 certified factories in India and 2,300 factories across the world which employs more than 2 million workers. One of the largest independent factory-based certification standards for this industry, WRAP is more than just a certification and management system audit agency; in fact it has become a way to add value to the bottom line of apparel manufacturers. Though satisfied that […]

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Apparel exporter Virender Textiles expects 25% growth this fiscal

Founded by S P Gupta in 1973, Gurgaon-based garment export house Virender Textiles is moving into multiple directions and expecting good growth. The company, with the capacity of one lakh pieces per month, was earlier in C category of BSCI (The Business Social Compliance Initiative) and now it is in B category. “We are following all the compliance norms and continuously improving on the same so that we can serve our clients better,” said Naveen […]

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Liberty Fashion demands resumption of factory operations

Bangladesh-based garment manufacturing firm, Liberty Fashion Wears Limited recently demanded the resumption of the factory operations for the sake of 5,000 employees and their family members. In this regard, the export-oriented company also sought necessary support and cooperation from the Government of Bangladesh and other industry stakeholders. Liberty Fashion’s Chairman and Managing Director, Mozammel Huq placed the demand at a press conference while claiming that the operations of the RMG unit at Savar has been […]

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Improved compliance can boost Bangladesh’s RMG exports: Study

A research titled ‘Benefits and Costs of Building an Industrial Zone for RMG and Ensuring Compliance of all Factories in Bangladesh’, conducted by Copenhagen Consensus Center and BRAC has revealed that better compliance in readymade garment producing factories across the sector could enhance Bangladesh’s garment exports by around 10 per cent. Also Read – Bangladesh Govt. scrutinising over 80 garment factories on compliance issues This was stated by the experts while making public the findings […]

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AO Exporter Survey: Cost Cutting, the most important agenda for industry today

It’s a very unique period in the history of India and the Apparel Industry…, while the country comes to terms with the concepts of ‘limited cash holding’ and ‘digital India’, the industry is reconciling with the fact that orders do not come by themselves only on past performance, but constant work on many fronts is required to stay competitive and relevant to the buyers! Interestingly, exporters have stopped cribbing about fewer orders, and instead started […]

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SGS teams up with Source Intelligence

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has partnered with Source Intelligence, a global network and solution linking businesses together. The partnership will provide SI customers with a one-stop solution to collect and analyse supplier compliance data as well as on-site audits and testing to further certify companies are meeting regulations, ethical sourcing objectives and sustainability initiatives. This further strengthens company’s market-leader position for supply chain data acquisition, management and validation in order […]

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CBX Software to launch CBX Mobile Audit App

CBX Software, the leader in Total Sourcing Management for the retail industry, has announced the launch of CBX Mobile Audit app which will dramatically simplify, and speed-up factory audits and at the same time ensure a higher level of data integrity. The mobile app provides flexibility through configurable templates and can handle a wide range of audit requirements. Audit criteria and check lists can be tailored for ethical and social compliance, environmental and sustainability compliance, […]

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Massive fire at leather garment factory in India; 12 dies

In a tragic fire incident at a leather garment factory in Sahibabad Industrial Area, Ghaziabad (India) at least twelve people died while few are injured. The fire broke out at around 4 a.m. in the morning. Though it is still not clear whether the factory was catering to export or domestic market, but this incident has once again raised questions about compliance at units. Most of the factory workers belong to Bundelkhand and Bareilly. Ghaziabad’s […]

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SDSS Design Studio focusing more on ‘compliance’

Manufacturing women’s and kids’ wear, Noida (India)-based SDSS Design Studio has recently got SEDEX approval and is moving further to get CT-PET. “Sedex was our own initiative as none of the buyers asked us for it. But we strongly feel that once a company is compliant buyers feel more comfortable to work with it. Sedex was not very difficult for us as most of the systems were already in place. However, CT-PET will take some […]

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65 Bangladeshi garment factories complete remediation work

According to the statistics of Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a platform of north American buyers and retailers, and Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a platform of European buyers and retailers, 65 apparel readymade garment (RMG) factories have completed all the corrective measures recommended by the two western platforms during their initial electrical and structural safety inspections at the factories latest by October 18, 2016. The two platforms provided the Letter of […]

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