Fourteen major brands and retailers have made a public commitment to clean up their viscose supply chains, sending a strong signal to viscose manufacturers about shifting to responsible viscose production by 2023-25.
Fashion giant H&M said on Tuesday it is working with other companies to support garment workers in Bangladesh, where more than 2 million have been hit by factory closures as coronavirus lockdowns hit orders.
US business Walmart is in talks with Tata Group to possibly form a strategic partnership for the two businesses using Tata’s distribution network to help Walmart expand its wholesale operations in India.
There may be a certain amount of scepticism around big company commitment to sustainability, but the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) said its members sourced more than 1m metric tonnes of Better Cotton in 2018.
Garment factory workers in Bangladesh filed a record number of complaints about safety - 662 - last year, showing that a mechanism set up by European fashion brands to improve working conditions was proving effective.
The fourth edition of Intex South Asia held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, saw an 18% rise in buyer footfall compared to the previous edition and a 14% rise in exhibitors. Over 200 suppliers from 12 countries took part.
Beiersdorf, the maker of Nivea skin creams, is promoting current deputy chief executive Stefan De Loecker to the top job from Jan. 1, with a mandate to make the company more digitally savvy and expand internationally.