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Global sourcing needs more than supply chain audits

Posted by Peter Needle

26-Jan-2016 11:40:35

how-production-tracking-systems-can-benefit-the-garment-supply-chain.jpgFor many businesses, the decision on whether to implement supply chain audits is made simply in terms of financial risk. How much will a delay at one factory cost? How likely is it that orders will go unfulfilled? Are suppliers financially sound?

These are serious questions for any company but they don’t represent the whole picture. In addition, brands must consider the reputational threat involved. What happens if the quality of goods produced falls below an expected standard? Or worse still, if a supplier is exposed for improper working practices or modern slavery?

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Topics: global sourcing, supply chain management

Bangladesh sweatshops highlight modern slavery in retail supply chains

Posted by Peter Needle

10-Dec-2015 10:00:00

Since the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, when more than 1,100Segura_091215.jpg
factory workers were killed in a horrific building collapse, the
Bangladeshi garment industry has come under close scrutiny.
Tougher inspections have resulted in
35 factories closing, while
the recent introduction of the Modern Slavery Act means that
UK retailers are more aware than ever of the need for
greater supply chain oversight.

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Topics: global sourcing, garment industry, modern day slavery

Why modern day slavery in Thailand affects the UK

Posted by Peter Needle

03-Nov-2014 16:26:00

Supply Why modern day slavery in Thailand affects the UKchain ethics in developing countries can sometimes struggle to meet our expectations in the Western world, and conditions of modern day slavery are unfortunately a relatively common phenomenon across much of Asia. Just how hard is global sourcing within an ethical supply chain?

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Topics: ethical sourcing, global sourcing

After Rana Plaza: UK Government promotes supply chain transparency

Posted by Peter Needle

28-May-2014 14:50:00

Despite Rana_Plaza_and_the_Cost_of_Doing_Nothingthe collapse of Rana Plaza, which has been cited as the worst industrial accident recorded in the garment industry, factory life in Bangladesh goes on. The UK government has taken steps to support industry development in Bangladesh and promote supply chain transparency at home, but is it enough?

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Topics: ethical sourcing, supply chain transparency, global sourcing

May day protests: Supply chain ethics in the wake of Rana Plaza

Posted by Peter Needle

21-May-2014 13:14:00

InternationalMay day protests around the world focused on garment industry ethics. Workers' Day sees people around the world celebrate or challenge worker’s rights in their country. On May 1st this year, several nations witnessed protests directly related to their garment industries just a week after the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy.

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Topics: ethical sourcing, supply chain transparency, global sourcing, supply chain management

How has Rana Plaza affected the garment industry beyond Bangladesh?

Posted by Peter Needle

09-May-2014 09:03:00

The RanaHow should Turkey safely develop their garment industry? Plaza factory collapse in April 2013 has been labelled “a turning point” in the global garment industry. Members of the public, the media and industry professionals are now looking to support the implementation of improved ethical standards and supply chain transparency within the global apparel industry. However, as the demand for fast fashion increases, fierce competition and tight deadlines are still prevalent in the garment industry, and garment production in developing countries is increasing exponentially.

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Topics: global sourcing, supply chain management, garment industry

Driving ethical responsibility with global supply chain management

Posted by Peter Needle

09-Apr-2014 10:00:00

The globaGarment workers around the world are demanding better pay, affecting supply chainsl apparel industry is effectively responsible for the livelihood and wellbeing of millions of individuals across the world, particularly in poor and developing economies such as Bangladesh, Cambodia and Myanmar, but supply chain ethics are often lacking.

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Topics: ethical sourcing, global sourcing, supply chain management

Toxic fashion supply chains – workers suffer from chemical hazards

Posted by Peter Needle

27-Mar-2014 13:12:00

Although Toxic-fashion-supply-chains-Bangladeshi-workers-suffer-from-chemical-hazardsgarment factory conditions in Bangladesh have been well-publicised in recent months, poor ethics continue to plague the production industries that feed into European high street stores. High street retailers need to step up their supply chain strategies and closely monitor their global sourcing. Increasingly, production tracking systems represent a necessity in maintaining this control.

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Topics: ethical sourcing, supply chain transparency, global sourcing

Legal landscape shifts to promote ethical supply chains

Posted by Peter Needle

19-Mar-2014 09:57:00

Ethical supply chains are rapidly becoming a legal requirement within the global garment industry.Professor Roel Nieuwenkamp, chair of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) working party on responsible business conduct, recently stated: “You can outsource your production, but you cannot outsource corporate responsibility.”

From budget retailers to luxury labels, a multitude of fashion brands have suffered ethical supply chain nightmares with very damaging public consequences, not to mention the damage to the livelihoods of garment industry workers. The public have become increasingly unforgiving towards high street retailers found to be engaging in unethical practices, and international laws are also changing in light of this attitude.

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Topics: ethical sourcing, global sourcing

Localised supply chain strategy streets ahead for the latest fashions

Posted by Peter Needle

31-Jan-2014 09:31:00

The fashion industry reliesGlobal sourcing can be an economic option in the apparel industry, but operations and transport take up valuable time heavily on global sourcing, and it’s likely that most people’s wardrobes are full of clothing produced in far-flung developing countries. Countries such as India and China are big players within the global apparel production industry, but while sweatshop conditions in factories across Asia draw bad press, companies in the UK, the US, and even South Africa are beginning to find multiple reasons to bring production closer to home.

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Topics: global sourcing, supply chain management