Sourcing


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    SEC’s ESG greenwashing, human capital disclosure rules pushed to October

    The Securities and Exchange Commission’s delayed rulemaking timeline comes against a backdrop of increased scrutiny on ESG-related regulations.

    By Zoya Mirza • July 11, 2024
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    US aims to bolster textile and apparel trade partnerships in Central and South America

    The initiatives look to address supply chain sustainability, forced labor concerns and security issues, among other targets.

    By Siera Nezaj • July 8, 2024
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    AAFA joins call to Biden administration over supply chain concerns

    Trade groups are asking the president to intervene in contract negotiations for East Coast and Gulf Coast port workers.

    By July 2, 2024
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    Levi Strauss moves away from insourced logistics network

    The brand’s shift to a hybrid model that includes 3PLs intends to cut costs and grow its direct-to-consumer channels.

    By Kelly Stroh • July 2, 2024
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    Skechers supplier accused of using forced labor

    The shoe material maker and two other vendors joined the Department of Homeland Security’s list of companies banned from importing goods into the U.S.

    By Kelly Stroh • June 28, 2024
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    Consumers want ethical sourcing, labeling on manmade fibers: report

    Nearly three quarters of survey respondents think materials such as viscose and lyocell should come from sustainable forests.

    By June 26, 2024
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    Target, FibreTrace and Cargill partner to verify raw cotton

    Luminescent pigments are integrated into raw cotton to track it throughout the global supply chain to verify U.S. and Brazilian cotton.

    By Xanayra Marin-Lopez • June 17, 2024
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    Continued plastic use financially risky for brands: report

    Existing and upcoming legislation ramps up pressure for companies to find more sustainable materials, according to byPlasticFree.

    By Lauren Schenkman • June 13, 2024
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    Nordstrom nears completion on West Coast fulfillment transition

    By transitioning operations to an omnichannel center, the retailer is building on its efforts to lower fulfillment costs.

    By Kelly Stroh • June 13, 2024
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    The fashion industry’s ‘urgent need’ for sustainable practices

    It is “incumbent” on the industry to “bring new solutions forward,” said experts and stakeholders at the United Nations Fashion and Lifestyle Network annual meeting.

    By Zoya Mirza • June 7, 2024
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    OTB implements tracking and certification technology

    Diesel confiscated almost 44,000 counterfeit bags in China as its parent company implements NFT certification for its luxury lines.

    By June 6, 2024
  • A pile of pulp from textile recycling firm Renewcell sits against a dark background.
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    Renewcell lands buyer, will operate under new name

    Following bankruptcy, the Circulose maker was acquired by Sweden-based investment firm Altor in a move to help the company “thrive on a global scale.”

    By June 5, 2024
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    Gildan reinstates Glenn Chamandy as CEO

    The activewear company’s founder was fired in December 2023 but is back in the top spot after a months-long battle between the previous board and activist investor Browning West.

    By May 29, 2024
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    Cambodian garment workers demand severance pay from Adidas

    A union leader for the group traveled to Germany on behalf of 500 people who sewed for the company in 2020 and said they were tricked into resigning.

    By Lauren Schenkman • May 28, 2024
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    Shipping carrier diversification benefits Lulus in Q1

    The fashion brand has added more delivery providers in recent quarters to offset rising shipping costs.

    By Max Garland • May 24, 2024
  • Migrant workers pick cotton in a field.
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    Nearly 20% of cotton-containing tested products traced to Xinjiang, China: report

    More than 800 items, including apparel and footwear, had fibers from the contested region, despite U.S. bans over forced labor concerns.

    By Lauren Schenkman • Updated May 28, 2024
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    How Cotopaxi navigated remediation of a tier 1 supplier

    The outdoor apparel and accessories brand chose remediation over removal to avoid exacerbating negative worker impacts, an executive said.

    By S.L. Fuller • May 2, 2024
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    Better Cotton audits farms it previously certified following deforestation investigation

    Watchdog Earthsight called the certifier’s audit “so flawed as to be almost worthless.”

    By May 1, 2024
  • A black "Lululemon" sign features the red and white brand logo and white lettering, hanging in front of a leafy tree.
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    Lululemon shutters Washington distribution center

    The athleticwear brand is laying off nearly 130 employees, but a spokesperson said some will relocate to its new Los Angeles location and other facilities.

    By Kelly Stroh • April 30, 2024
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    Human rights and environmental legislation approved by European Parliament

    The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive holds companies and supply chain partners accountable for ESG compliance.

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 25, 2024
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    Cotton used by H&M and Zara linked to illegal deforestation: report

    A year-long investigation by nonprofit Earthsight found that fiber certified by ethical supply chain organization Better Cotton was grown on "stolen" and "deforested" land in Brazil.

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 18, 2024
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    Shein taps Flexport as logistics partner for US marketplace

    The arrangement allows orders made through the fast fashion giant to activate logistics processes with the freight forwarder.

    By Max Garland • April 17, 2024
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks at a podium.
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    DHS unveils ‘enhanced strategy’ to fight illicit trade in textile industry

    The plan includes cracking down on small shipments that fall under the de minimis exemption and benefit fast fashion giants such as Shein and Temu.

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 11, 2024
  • Garment workers in Dindigul are pictured near sheets of fabrics.
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    11 years after Rana Plaza tragedy, fashion brands still failing to improve treatment of garment workers: report

    While fashion brands have disclosed more about their supply chain, advocacy group Fashion Revolution said the industry has not done much to clean it up.

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 9, 2024
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    Apparel execs urge sourcing diversification amid geopolitical risks

    Executives at an American Apparel & Footwear Association event underscored the need to find alternative sourcing as U.S.-China relations continue to fray.

    By Ben Unglesbee • April 9, 2024