Brazilian footwear exports increased by 21% in April compared to the same month of 2012. This recovery comes after a period of falling sales abroad. The export of 10.18 million pairs for revenue of US$88.14 million has been a big relief for the sector.
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.