More fashion companies and retailers have committed to signing the legally binding, enforceable and transparent Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh with the global association of trade unions IndustriALL, UNI and Bangladeshi unions as well as the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) as a witness.
The 8th edition of the annual Prime Source Forum (PSF) was held in Hong Kong from March 25 to 27, which included a half-day sustainability conference, a two-day-forum and provided also an ideal platform for launching the International Oeko-Tex Association’s new STeP certification system for sustainable textile production. STeP offers production facilities the possibility of a modular analysis of all relevant company areas including quality management, use of chemicals, environmental protection, environmental management, social responsibility and health as well as safety. The decision to launch STeP at this event has again underlined the importance of PSF – The annual forum for the global fashion industry.
Caerlee Mills Ltd, the company which runs Scotland’s oldest continually operating knitwear mill has gone into provisional liquidation after a drop in orders has left the company in financial difficulty.
In a single month, April 2013 has recorded the highest value already exported in hides and skins in the history of Brazilian exports, according to preliminary data from the Department of Foreign Trade. During the period, the foreign market imported US$ 217 million, representing a growth of 23.8% compared to the same month last year, when exports reached US$ 175.3 million. There was also an increase of 13.3% in relation to March 2013, which registered US$ 191.5 million.