US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.
Just about every apparel industry commentator on the planet is constantly going on about rising cost prices. But do any of them look at what buyers are paying?
Detailed analysis of Walmart suppliers in India, Indonesia and Cambodia, with details of how activists think they should be better run.
So few underage workers in Cambodia’s garment industry that “we can count them on our fingers,” said a minster on June 16.
Ambitions is to take minimum to $177 from current $128
Four people were arrested on May 21 over an attack on protesting workers in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district, who say a rival union leader was responsible for ordering the attack, officials and worker representatives said.
It’s easy to see poor country wage arguments just from the viewpoint of buyers, workers or their supporters.
Cambodia saw an 11% year on year rise in the US dollar value of exports in the first quarter of 2015, its Ministry of Commerce announced on May 13.
Cambodia’s Commerce Ministry said in early March the US dollar value of its 2014 apparel exports had grown 4%. GMAC attacked this data, saying it thought exports had fallen.
Marks & Spencer and Fast Retailing show differing reactions to Human Rights Watch Cambodia labour abuse claims
The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said on April 1 that the Worker Rights Consortium was “imposing inappropriate pressure on the international brands and retailers sourcing from Cambodia,” in writing to them complaining GMAC was persecuting unions.
The Indonesian rupiah has devalued 16% against the US dollar in the past year. Which is worrying Indonesian retailers.
Having “almost no one aged over 25 at this factory” is good for the company, because “young women are afraid to organize a union and don’t have children,” said Ath Thorn, Ath Thorn, president of the Cambodian Labour Confederation.
H&M said on March 12, in response to labour abuse allegations by Human Rights Watch in one of its Cambodian factories, that it would “revise our contract requirements” so that “Suppliers that employ workers over two years on fixed duration contracts will be seen as being in violation of our code of conduct requirements.”
New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) launched a highly critical report on March 12 about labour abuses in the Cambodian garment industry. But, though it specifically attacked alleged abuses in factories working for H&M, Gap, M&S and Joe Fresh, it declined to reveal the names of the factories.