Just Style’s most prominent stories in May include interviews with outgoing International Federation (IAF) president Han Bekke and Mango head of supply Andrés Fernández and CSR director Beatriz Bayo . We also take a look at how U.S. clothing imports from China nearly tripled in March compared to last year, as domestic orders from India’s garment industry have plummeted amid the country’s second Covid-19 wave and what the first 100 days of Biden say about its trade approach.
1. What do Biden’s first 100 days say about his business approach
Compared to his predecessor Donald Trump, the shares of President Joe Biden’s trade policy have reached fewer headlines since his inauguration on January 20, 2021. However, these policies, along with the shares that President Biden did not, they still send critical signals about his trade approach, writes Dr. Sheng Lu, an associate professor of fashion and clothing studies at the University of Delaware.
2. The potential of Singapore as a starting point for clothing professionals
Political events in China and Hong Kong are pushing the global garment industry away from Hong Kong. Singapore has been the big beneficiary, but what is still missing is the attraction of a World Clothing Institute in Singapore, writes David Birnbaum.
3. “We are in this together” – As the IAF focused on the crisis
The International Clothing Federation is coming to the end of an era, and one of its oldest champions resigned later this year. Here, outgoing President Han Bekke explains why the IAF’s mission to unite stakeholders across the entire clothing supply chain is more important than ever before.
4. New textile center in Bangladesh to boost value-added exports
Bangladesh’s garment industry looks forward to the completion of five state-of-the-art textile factories in the Korea Export Zone (KEPZ) as a major expansion of local backward links.
5. The latest blockade adds to the problems of Cambodia’s garment sector
Cambodia’s latest Covid-19 blockade restrictions were eased last week, but many of the capital’s clothing factories continue to have impacts after a third wave of the virus grew by dozens of factories.
6. Fix fashion tracking looks to increase sustainability
A multi-stakeholder group of MPs has continued to investigate how the UK fashion industry is implementing initiatives to boost sustainability and improve its social impact, with executives from Primark and the Waste and Resource Action Program (WRAP), the last to participate in the Audit Committee’s Fixing Fashion Session.
7. Mango has a circular future with a new vision of CSR
The Spanish clothing group Mango is intensifying its efforts in sustainability by implementing a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy and focusing on moving to a more circular business model. The head of supply, Andrés Fernández, and the director of CSR, Beatriz Bayo, say that transparency, collaboration and trust are key to a greener future and that the Covid-19 pandemic can be better rebuilt.
8. Clothes recycling schemes increase retailers ’sustainability credentials
Clothing recycling options are a low-cost opportunity for retailers to increase their sustainability credentials, especially if they are launched with other initiatives such as carbon reduction plans and rental systems.
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9. Bangladeshi workers most vulnerable to the fall of Covid-19
With the second blockade of Bangladesh underway, new research offers recommendations on how brands and supply chains should respond to ensure the well-being of workers in the country’s garment industry.
10. Sales rise in UK clothing stores as stores reopen
UK retail sales rose sharply in April as non-essential stores reopened and consumers took to the streets, causing sales to clothing retailers to rise by almost 70%. intermonthly, narrowing the gap with pre-pandemic levels.
11. The rise of Covid-19 puts the clothing sector in India on the rack
The ability of India’s garment industry to serve foreign buyers has been devastated by the country’s second wave of Covid-19, with a collapse in domestic orders, workers fleeing urban areas and going disrupt upstream supplies reducing the capacity of the industry.
12. Opinion: Covid hastens the disappearance of large factories in poor countries
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for more regionalized and technology-oriented manufacturing, which is closer to consumers. For less developed nations, this is a disaster.
13. It was found that the best seller acted responsibly in Myanmar
An independent investigation into best-selling activities in Myanmar has found that the fashion company complied with sanctions and did not cooperate with the military, and the retailer was urged to resume production as a “humanitarian catastrophe” emerges. “.
14. U.S. clothing imports from China soared 174% in March
U.S. clothing imports continued to rise in March, as retailers worked to meet rising consumer demand driven by federal stimulus controls and the money saved by staying home for the most part. of the year. Import data are also skewed by comparisons with last March, when the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic began to consolidate. China recorded by far the largest year-on-year growth, with clothing shipments to the US nearly tripling.
15. Textile project to turn Denmark into a leader
Some of Denmark’s leading fashion and textile players have joined forces in a new recycling technology and circular design project that aims to recycle all of the country’s textile waste.
16. Marks & Spencer will close 30 stores with losses of GBP 201 million
UK clothing, household goods and food retailer Marks & Spencer will close another 30 stores after recording a loss of GBP 201 million (US $ 284.6 million) and a drop in sales of almost a third thanks to the blockades.
17. Avery Dennison launches a digital label for making garments
Avery Dennison has launched a complete digital care labeling solution, linked to an app that details how the specific piece was produced and how it should be considered.
18. Boohoo partially links the bonuses to the progress of sustainability
UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has announced that 15% of its 2022 executive bonds will be based on environmental and social governance (ESG) improvements, an action that has been hailed by the president of the Government Environmental Audit Committee (EAC).
19. A new study shows that 21 million U.S. jobs are dependent on imports
Eight U.S. business organizations, including those representing clothing and footwear brands, retailers and importers, have published an economic impact study that shows imports support more than 21 million U.S. jobs.
20. PVH improves the nutrition of RMG workers in Bangladesh
Garment giant PVH Corp. has started a new partnership to help combat malnutrition in the garment industry (RMG) by introducing essential nutritional services and support for pregnant mothers and women working in their suppliers ’factories. in Bangladesh.