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Pakistan’s textile-focused sector is changing course – and a good thing too, says Paula, WTIN have recently published an article about Pakistan's textile export sector, Read more here - for insight into this changing trading environment.


Sportswear - Why is it so expensive? Choice Australia have recently published an article covering some comparative testing of a variety of leggings both branded and basic, some interesting results about value for money. Read more: Sportswear- Why is it so expensive? March 2015


Cancer-causing dye discovered in jean imports: In the past month, clothing chains Rivers Australia and Just Jeans, and bedding ­retailer Pillow Talk recalled items, including children’s jeans, coloured with “azo dyes” known to break down into carcinogenic chemicals. Read More: Cancer-causing dye discovered in jean imports


Cancer-causing dye found in kids' clothes: Parents are being urged to check their children's clothing after a cancer-causing dye was found in kids jeans on sale at two major retailers. Read More: Cancer-causing dye found in kids' clothes


Recall: 'Cancer dyes' in children's clothes: Paula Rogers, of the Apparel and Textile Industries Group, says 3-4 per cent of clothing and textiles being sold in stores potentially use this particular dye. Read More: Recall: 'Cancer dyes' in children's clothes | 3AW Mornings


Cancer-causing dye discovered in jean imports: ACCC recently tested 199 items in mainstream stores and found four pairs of jeans and a pillowslip affected by the dyes. Washing did not necessarily reduce the concentration of hazardous chemicals, an ACCC spokesman said. Read More: Cancer-causing dye discovered in jean imports | Herald Sun


M&S makes progress on ‘Plan A’     Marks & Spencer has forged ahead with plans to educate 500,000 of its supply chain workers in areas such as employee rights, as well as boosting the amount of sustainable cotton used in its products, according to its latest ‘Plan A’ report. 10 June 2013 – Read more at: http://www.supplymanagement.com/news/2013/ms-makes-progress-on-plan-a/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_term=#sthash.pfX1FnY6.dpuf


Purchasers willing to open supply chains to public     Almost two thirds of procurement professionals would be willing to commit to transparency by letting members of the public inspect their supply chain. 5th June 2013

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United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has called on companies to take responsibility for their supply chains in the wake of the Bangladeshi garment factory collapse which killed hundreds of workers.   May, 30 2013

Read more: http://www.supplymanagement.com/news/2013/un-chief-warns-businesses-over-supply-chains/.


Disruptions to supply chain, natural catastrophes & fires or explosions will be the main risks keeping senior executives awake in 2013.

Jan 30, 2013— The Risk Barometer 2013 published this week by Allianz, identified business interruption and supply chain disruption as the business risk of most concern, with 45.7 per cent of respondents highlighting it.

The prominence of disruptive events continued, as natural catastrophes, such as storms or an earthquake, emerged as the second-biggest worry, chosen by 43.9 per cent, and fires and explosions third, with 30.6 per cent.

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How US policy fueled Bangladesh’s deadly fire
December 15, 2012 - Dhaka—The fire that killed 112 workers at a garment factory in the suburbs of Bangladesh’s capital last month was a stark reminder of the human costs of producing and consuming cheap clothes. While American officials have condemned poor safety conditions at the factory and have urged the Bangladeshi government to raise wages and improve working conditions, the United States can do much more: It should bring down high tariffs on imports from Bangladesh and other Asian countries. The tariffs put pressure on contractors to scrimp on labor standards in order to stay competitive.

Read more .. .http://www.pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=186989