Sri Lanka crisis: clothing and footwear, is it time to invest or take flight?

At this particular moment in history, the issue of work is at the heart of every nation’s social policies, both to boost the economy and to balance social relations.

2022 August, 2nd update

Sri Lanka crisis: clothing and footwear, is it time to invest or take flight? As Sri Lanka’s new parliament took control Friday in the capital city of Colombo, global investors have been scrambling to take stock of the island nation’s rapidly shifting landscape. @SourcingJournal reports that Sri Lanka’s garment sector has largely been holding its ground through months of turmoil, even as manufacturers field a crush of calls from jittery investors and buyers. How long will it last with inflation above 50%? A social bombshell that could overwhelm fashion OEMs. (Read more)

2022 July, 15th update

Sustainability puzzle: technological shift and widening skill gap in the context of a demand for skilled workers greater than supply. In @fibre2fashion’s analysis, the question of skilled labour is hard to pose to the global economy at a stage when there is a general mismatch in the labour market across the world. Although several sectors now have adequate or more workers than required, many sectors are in want of a larger supply. [Labour and Skills – Key Pieces in the Sustainability Puzzle – fibre2fashion]. (Read more)

2022 June, 8th update

2022 Supply Chain Compensation and Career Report. Sourcing Journal informs that the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) released the findings of its 2022 Supply Chain Salary and Career Report that found the supply chain sector was minimally impacted by the Great Resignation. (Read more)

2022 May, 24th update

Gender Equality and No Discrimination is still a big issue in textile/leather worldwide. IndustriALL Union is launching a new chapter of the research on gender-based violence and harassment with a summary of the results from the garment sector, where women report that trade union presence in the workplace makes a difference in fighting gender-based violence. From Europe a positive example, where the social partners of the leather industry (IndustriALL and COTANCE) engage in a project on collective agreements. (Read more)

2022 April, 19th update

The #PayUp campaign was formed as a direct consequence of the Fashion Order Cancellation Crisis. The Pay Up campaign tells how, despite the return to profit in 2021 after the Covid-19 crisis, many brands are still refusing to pay wages. (Read more)

2022 April, 4th update

Indonesia, Islamic fashion asserts itself but neglects the precarious situation of female workers. Ecotextile descrive come sia difficile la situazione delle lavoratrici della moda in Indonesia, nonostante che un nuovo studio di settore condotto da Annisa Beta, docente presso l’Università di Melbourne in Australia, affermi che le designer e le imprenditrici indonesiane siano accreditate come la forza trainante dell’industria della moda islamica del paese. (Read more)

2022 March, 29th update

U.S. Blocks Li-Ning Shoes and T-Shirts in Port for Suspected Use of North Korean Slave Workers. Hong Kong’s Li-Ning goods (CNN Business) are being held by U.S. authorities after US Customs and Border Protection said an investigation indicated that the Chinese sportswear giant uses North Korean labor in its supply chain. (Read more)

2022 March, 8th update

European Union one step closer to corporate accountability. Clean Clothes Campaign appreciates the long awaited rules on corporate sustainable due diligence proposed by the European Commission: “Whereas the proposal falls short of our recommendations, the introduction of a binding obligation on companies to carry out human rights and environmental due diligence is a major step toward corporate accountability”. (Read more)

February 17th, 2022 update

Young Vietnamese turn fashion contractor closures into innovative startups. For young Vietnamese, the closure of textile and leather OEM factories can be an opportunity to open new businesses. A report by DanTRI on how young people returned to the countryside to create new jobs in the fashion industry. (Read more)

CLIA concentrates, for strengthening, the Chinese workers unions. The China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) recently revealed that progress has been made as a result of its joint campaign to create more grassroots unions for Chinese leather workers along with the China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA). Leatherbiz is reporting. Both bodies fall under the jurisdiction of the China National Light Industry Council, which operates as a kind of bridge between government and business. (Read more)