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  • EU warns Bangladesh of duty free suspension over labour rights

    The European Union was reported on March 23 to have warned Bangladesh of suspending duty-free access unless Bangladesh makes progress in the implementing worker rights.

  • French constitutional court bans mandatory “duty of vigilance” penalties

    France’s Constitutional Council declared on March 23 that penalties of up to €30 million agreed by its Parliament for major corporations’ human rights violations were unconstitutional.

  • UK voter support for free trade hits extraordinary levels

    A survey of UK voters’ attitudes towards Brexit published on March 21 shows both far higher approval of free trade with the other 27 EU countries after the UK leaves than is seen for free trade in any other EU country. Perhaps more surprising, the survey shows little difference in attitudes towards trade those voting for Brexit and those voting to Remain.

  • European Parliament committee presses for more supply chain legislation

    A committee of the European Parliament voted on March 21 for a  proposal that “The EU Commission should propose rules obliging all players in the textile and clothing industry supply chain to respect the labour and human rights of their workers”.

  • Burmese garment factories attack Dutch report on child labour. Inconsistently

    Burmese factories were reported in the Thai press on March 13 to be claiming their industry “did not accept the use of child labour”, which had been alleged by Dutch activists a month earlier.

  • M&S tops apparel companies in first Corporate Human Rights Benchmark listimg

    Britain’s Marks & Spencer topped apparel companies listed on March 13 in a benchmark ranking assessing 98 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world on 100 human rights indicators.

  • Media wildly exaggerating legislation against poor working conditions

    Media which really ought to know better have taken to exaggerating the likelihood of legislation enforcing labour standards.

  • Better Factories Cambodia releases 2015 “Baseline research”

    Better Factories Cambodia released a report on February 22 summarising research carried out during 2015 among 50 managers and 1,500 workers in 73 Cambodian apparel factories.

  • Fast Retailing publishes “core supplier list” and Sustainability Report

    Fast Retailing published its “core supplier list” on February 28. The list includes 146 suppliers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, but no indication of how the company defines “core”, or what kind of supplier relations have not been disclosed.

  • Can DNA marking really fight Uzbek forced labour?

    A Western high-tech firm proposed a technology-driven solution to forced labour in Uzbekistan. Almost simultaneously, a World Bank subsidiary announced Western governments had funded more programmes that offered the prospect of eliminating the root causes of forced labour there.

  • “35%-75% of Leicester garment workers paid below legal minimum”: senior politician

    “Between one-third and three-quarters of Leicester’s textiles factories are exploiting workers” claimed prominent Labour MP Harriet Harman while visiting Leicester garment factories on March 1

  • French parliamentarians refer supply chain “duty of vigilance” law to country’s Constitutional Council

    120 Republican parliamentarians referred France’s supply chain “duty of vigilance” law to the country’s Constitutional Council on February 23, after it completed its passage through both houses of the French Parliament on February 21.

  • “On-off” US dock strike shows how complex Trump-era supply chain politics are getting

    The US dockworkers’ International Longshoremen’s Association tried on February 27 to get its members to call off plans for protests claiming to support Donald Trump over “the growing concerns of ILA workers that their livelihoods are being threatened by increased government interference.”

  • VF announces its first Forest Derived Materials Policy,

    VF Corp announced on February 27 a  Forest Derived Materials Policy.

  • Computer programs and flash PR won’t eliminate wage abuses by themselves

    Is the British government’s “name and shame” campaign High Street retailers concentrating too much on headline-grabbing mistakes?