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Ahlstrom-Munksjö bags EcoVadis Gold rating for its CSR initiatives

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fibre-based materials, has been honoured with Gold rating by EcoVadis, following the assessment of the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) engagement. EcoVadis assessed all four CSR dimensions environment, labour practices, fair business practices, and sustainable procurement; performance improvements in which bagged the company the Gold rating. It also placed the company among the top 1 per cent of all suppliers evaluated by the platform, regardless of their industry. “In the […]

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Fashion Revolution Week reveals new theme

Kick-started in 2013, as a response to the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse, ‘Fashion Revolution Week’ is a global movement that calls for increased transparency as well as safer, cleaner and fairer production of fashion goods. In a short period, the movement has reached over 92 countries and has built an astonishing network of volunteers and passionate supporters. However, knowing that not a lot has improved in the last few years and change doesn’t happen […]

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Face-to-Face with AKM Ahsanul Hoque

AOB: What according to you are the thrust areas in the field of CSR as far as garment industry is concerned? AH: In the last one year or so, many Bangladeshi garment manufacturers have applied for LEED certification which is reflective of the focus on environment and environmental sustainability. Initially there were hardly any green factories in Bangladesh, but today majority of the entrepreneurs are going for green facilities, which covers some parts of sustainable environment portion. Another interesting development, in […]

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The evolving scenario in CSR

What is Corporate Social Responsibility? Depending on the organisation, sector or even the country, the connotations of CSR takes different dimensions. Over the years, if the very definition and principles of CSR have undergone massive changes, growing from a narrow and often marginalized notion into a complex and multifaceted concept, so has the readymade garment industry of Bangladesh from its humble days of the early ’70s to becoming the second biggest garment exporter globally today. […]

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Furthering the cause of Corporate and Social Responsibility

Taking cognisance of the need and importance of CSR, many companies have already started implementing CSR in their respective entities. Critics though are not very impressed with the aims and objectives of this very exercise in many cases, with some even pointing out that CSR as practised by a lot of companies are actually completely divorced from reality, aimed more at gaining PR and brand building, rather than to address the core issues that really […]

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Timberland shares sustainability goals

Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has unveiled its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. The retailer has always been driven by a commitment to innovate and operate in a responsible manner – in terms of its Products, Outdoors and Communities around the globe where it operates. Timberland has set a new goal to use 100 per cent organic or Better Cotton Initiative-certified sources by the year 2020. In 2016, the retailer had reached 58 per […]

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India’s Trident Group taking initiatives for society and staff

India’s leading vertically integrated home textiles giant Trident Group is doing a plenty of CSR activities for the welfare of society as well as its staff; be it environment conservation or society upliftment. Its human resource policies and business excellence initiatives are among the most progressive and comprehensive ones in the industry and are directed to improve productivity, workplace safety and gender equality. Through its Hastkala initiative, the company extends its support to several self-help […]

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German outdoor apparel brand Vaude bags CSR Award nomination

German outdoor apparel brand, Vaude has bagged prestigious ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Award’ nomination at the German Government’s Annual CSR Awards, which acknowledges the companies that have been successful in integrating CSR into their business. Vaude was also nominated in the special award category ‘Responsible Supply Chain Management’. Ajtje von Dewitz, CEO, Vaude expressed his happiness on being nominated, “We are pleased that we were listed twice among the five best companies in Germany. Even though we did […]

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Trident Group growing strong on sustainability front

India-based Trident Group – a US $ 1 billion group of diversified businesses, which is equally strong into home textile business – is continuously moving forward in its sustainable efforts. The company, which was recently awarded for its outstanding contribution for the social welfare at PHD Chamber Awards for Excellence, is working to add new ways to support the society as well as its own staff. To promote education in Punjab, the company has started […]

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Best in technology, professional management and satisfied customers drive growth

The garment export industry in the country is going from strength to strength, and so is the trims and accessory segment, which is keeping pace with the growth. Many players from the segment are recording growth and even looking to expand to meet the growing demand of local resources. While the established players are expanding, it is the new players that have entered the fray with world-class technologies at par with global benchmarks that are […]

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OGTC ICAHT-2016: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate

The 12th edition of ICAHT-2016 conference organized by OGTC held recently at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, was themed ‘Innovate, Integrate, Motivateʼ. The cross-disciplinary event explored creativity, and the creative process through the lenses of imagination and innovation. Like always the sessions projected more than just providing theoretical information on the topics chosen, and also raised some pertinent questions towards the middle- and top-level management present at the event, compelling them to introspect, review and […]

November 5, 2016

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Renaissance Group: Remains competitive to continuously evolve…

Beginning their journey as Araf Apparels, a garment and apparel sourcing house, the Renaissance Group (RG) has grown into a massive vertically-integrated US $ 200 million apparel manufacturing enterprise. Predominantly, a knits product manufacturer, RG is also majorly producing sweaters and shirts under 6 different group companies employing 22,000 workers. Md. Shahriar Alam, Chairman, Renaissance Group gave a fresh insight into the use of technology and systems to achieve operational excellence in an exclusive interview […]

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Bangladesh partners with Denmark to improve productivity in RMG sector

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Danish Fashion and Textile Industry Associations have jointly launched a project on 1st October 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh to improve productivity and better address social and environmental challenges in the country’s readymade garment (RMG) industry. Funded by DANIDA, a Danish development agency, the project is titled ‘Step Up Project in Bangladesh’. The project aims to build upon the already existing initiatives and focus on improving the business […]

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Gildan Activewear gets recognition for its sustainability efforts

Gildan Activewear Inc., a global manufacturer and marketer of quality family apparel, states that it has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World Index) for the fourth consecutive year. Gildan is the only North American company in the textiles, apparel and luxury goods industry that has got listed in the DJSI World Index. This ranking is a recognition of the company’s Genuine Responsibility™ programme, encompassing the full spectrum of corporate social […]

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Archroma Pakistan wins ‘Employer of the Year’ award

The Pakistan affiliate of Archroma, a leader in colour and speciality chemicals, has recently been announced the ‘Employer of the Year’ in the multinationals segment in a nationwide contest organized by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP). The award was given to Archroma in recognition of their best practices in human resource management, industrial relations in maintaining excellent relations with workers’ unions, providing employees with their legal rights as per applicable laws and regulations, observing […]

August 17, 2016

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