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  • What does influence look like in 2021? Almost 18 months into the pandemic, it can feel as though everything – and nothing – has changed. While women, such as UK Vaccine Taskforce chair Kate Bingham, have played invaluable parts in curtailing the virus, they have also been disproportionately negatively affected by recent events. Women are more likely to have been made redundant, meaning workplace campaigners such asJoeli Brearley, founder of charity Pregnant Then Screwed, are indispensable. And,
  • All products featured on British Vogue are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.TheDuchess of Sussexhas had a whirlwind year, from publishing herfirst children’s bookto landinga mega dealwithNetflixandwelcoming daughter Lilibeton 4 June. Yet, rather than indulging in a little R&R on her 40th birthday, the mother of two used her platform to launch 40x40, an initiative to support women returning to
  • LEICESTER – Fast fashion firm Boohoo has vowed to investigate fresh allegations of exploitation at a factory in Leicester thatSky Newslinks back to them.Someone who claims to work at the site approached the broadcaster to say that staff are stillbeingunderpaid, because they’re required to return a portion of their wage to the factory.
  • LEICESTER – Fast fashion firm Boohoo has vowed to investigate fresh allegations of exploitation at a factory in Leicester thatSky Newslinks back to them.Someone who claims to work at the site approached the broadcaster to say that staff are stillbeingunderpaid, because they’re required to return a portion of their wage to the factory.“Boohoo have been proactive in their measures to mitigate the risk of labour exploitation within their supply chains, and have made a strong commitment to tackling
  • US-based retail company, Walmart, and Symbotic, a robotics and automation-based company, are set to reimagine the retailer’s regional distribution network. Symbotic will begin the process of outfitting 25 additional regional distribution centres with the high-tech system aimed at furthering Walmart’s mission of operating a best-in-class supply chain.Walmart’s supply chain is central to ensuring customers can shop when, where and how they want. By implementing Symbotic’s system, Walmart will bett
  • The Lenzing Group, the world's largest provider of sustainably produced specialty fibers, welcomes the release of the Single-Use Plastics Directive implementation guidelines (EU) which took effect on June 5, 2019. The EU Commission clarifies in these guidelines that wet wipes and feminine hygiene products are included in the directive's scope.Starting on July 3, 2021, the Commission's implementing rule for the Single-Use Plastics Directive mandates universal labeling requirements for
  • According to an earlier timeline set by the CDP, Bangladesh was set to leave the LDC category in 2024. However, given the COVID-19 pandemic and taking note of a request by the Bangladesh government the graduation year was deferred by two years, i.e., in 2026. However, how many days are passing, the concern to cope with the new status is becoming more visible.Figure 1: Prior to the LDC graduation, Bangladesh has to overcome many hurdles.Keeping this in mind Bangladesh is focusing on bilateral fre
  • Recent data from the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) showing that in the July-October period the home textile export climbed 47.86% to $354.25 million this year from $239.59 million last year.The export number also indicates an 18.24% growth than the quarterly target of $299.61 million set by the government earlier.In the previous fiscal year, Bangladesh’s home textile sector earned $758.91 million.Figure: The demand has skyrocketed.Besides the everyday items such as bedsheets, curtains, kitchen l
  • A report headlined “Dozens Die as Another Factory Fire Strikes Bangladesh” published in the New York Times on July 9, 2021, has drawn our attention. We are extremely disappointed by the spurious claims made in the report that unjustifiably attempted to malign the apparel industry of Bangladesh.Figure1: The safety transformation was done through an unprecedented collaboration of the global brands and retailers, manufacturers, government, ILO, development partners, and local and global unions.The
  • The Bangladesh govt. has decided that all kinds of factories in Bangladesh will stay closed from 23 July to 5 August as the government will enforce strict COVID-19 lockdown throughout the time after easing restrictions one week due to Eid. If Eid holidays are taken together, the industry will have to stay closed for at least 18 days in a row.The Cabinet Division has issued a gazette notification on Tuesday in this regard detailing the rules and regulations to be imposed from 23 July.Industry exp
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