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A lot can get lost amid today’s information overload - that's why every week we curate highlights from the garment and textiles industry for you. From new initiatives, events, webinars, flagship reports, trainings to services, we'll help you stay current with the industry’s news and latest updates around Decent Work and Sustainable business practices.

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That Fashion Declares, an industry-wide bottom-up global movement, will host an event on "How to promote Transparency & Accountability in fashion supply chains?" Join the webinar and learn about the first steps to improve governance, transparency in fashion supply chains – moving beyond greenwash and diversity and inclusion.

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That the latest reflections on the Asia Garment Hub’s Supplier Meet-Up provides you with practical tips for talking to manufacturers about decarbonization? Find out why many of the manufacturers attending the sessions were troubled with the way decarbonization is approached in the fashion industry and how an attempt to start to shift the dialogue could look like.

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That after two years of COVID break, the Asian Dialogues Conference finally returned to the stage as an in-person event? In case you missed the conference, we have summarized the most important statements and key findings for you.

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That we have launched a new section on the Asia Garment Hub called Ask an Expert? Whether you're looking to better understand the supply chain or make your workplace more socially and environmentally responsible, we hope this section can help you overcome barriers to action. This is why we're bringing in industry experts to help answer your questions.

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That we recently revamped our Learnings & Tools section? If you're looking for specific training, e-modules, and learning opportunities for your stakeholder group, this is a good place to start. Find out how you can improve, adapt or change the way you work with materials specifically designed for your organisation, company, business or institution.

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That financial inclusion increased all over the world last year despite COVID-19? Find out why the use of digital wages can enhance inclusion and led to enormous dividends for women.

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That web-based self-assessment tools like SheDil can help companies to conduct gender responsive human rights due diligence? An interview with Per N. Bondevik, human rights due diligence specialist in global supply chains, and co-developer of SheDil.

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That exactly one year ago, we launched the Asia Garment Hub? Time for a look back at what has happened in this year. A conversation with the project's co-directors David Williams (ILO) and Constantia Chirnside (GIZ).

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That barriers and stigmatization prevent people with disabilities from participating equally in the labour market? Find out why this is especially true for the garment and textiles sector and what measures can be taken to advance the issue of inclusion.

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That the recent debate over the Higg Index and the emerging industry focus on supply chain due diligence have something in common? You're just one click away from the answer. 

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That the EU recently drafted a proposal for a new law that would tighten corporate due diligence in global supply chains? Find out what impact this will have on the garment sector!

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That the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and Qima will run a webinar on ESG and Due Diligence risk assessment? Tune in to hear about how you can evaluate whether your risk assessment covers the basics, ways to add value with input from workers and communities and tactics for agility in your risk assessments.

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That governments around the world are increasingly moving to require corporations and businesses to take responsibility for the impacts of their supply chains by conducting what is known as human rights due diligence? Find out everyting what you should know about Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence!

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That the recent Better Buying Purchasing Practices Index revealed that brands and retailers who have subscribed with Better Buying over two or more supplier ratings cycles continued to improve their Purchasing Practices even during Covid-19?

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That the Asia Garment Hub had hosted its second supplier meet-up in early June? Held on the first Thursday of every month, these informal and unrecorded sessions bring manufacturers together in conversation about sustainability topics affecting their business and the industry in Asia. This month's conversation was on the help and support required for decarbonizing the supply chain. Interested in this issue?

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That the Asian Dialogues on Sustainability in the Textile and Garment Sector hosted a session on the topic of to what extent will Due Diligence legislation shape Purchasing Practices, and how can suppliers make their voices heard?

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That the technical seminar "A deeper dive" will provide producers with an overview of the web-based training course “Climate Action Training for the Fashion Industry”? The training supports textile, garment and footwear manufacturers to better understanding the impact of climate change, to learn how to account greenhouse gas emissions and to implement measure to cut the emissions. 

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That our next Supplier Meet-Up is happening this Thursday? For this edition, it’s time to strategize! Building on last month’s decarbonization conversation, we’re looking at what the industry can take from existing models to achieve its climate goals (featuring the Apparel Impact Institute).

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That the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), together with wagely, - a consortium of Quizrr and Ulula -, has launched a new initiative to boost financial inclusion for garment workers? The pilot will help 135,000 workers in Bangladesh (60% of whom are women) build financial and digital literacy skills so they can access services that empower and improve their lives. Find out more here!

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That the Asia Garment Hub held its first Supplier Meet-Up last week? These informal and unrecorded sessions bring together garment factories from across Asia to discuss leading industry challenges.  Held on the first Thursday of every month, the most recent topic was on how factories are responding to brands’ climate and decarbonization targets. Check out our first reflection piece of the event series!

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That the promotion and implementation of responsible business practices including gender equality is no longer an option for companies, but a requirement by markets, and an opportunity for companies to be more competitive, productive and resilient to address labour-related risks?

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That the Asia Garment Hub is hosting Supplier Meet-Ups on the first Thursday of every month? The first one is all about de-carbonization. Are de-carbonization targets sensitive enough to national context and infrastructure? If you're a supplier, join us on 5 May for an off-the-record discussion about what it would take to deliver on collective decarbonization goals.

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That it is becoming increasingly evident that making the transition from cash to digital payment solutions is an important driver for the financial inclusion and security of vulnerable populations?

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That more than 150 individuals and organizations have already registered on the Asia Garment Hub? Learn more about who’s doing what and where in Asia in our Who's Who section. 

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That green sustainability metrics are evolving quickly, with financial institutions increasingly adopting them? Find out why innovation in green financing is key to ensure a fair and just transition. 

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That there is guidance for brands and manufacturers in promoting the employment of people with disabilities in a non-discriminatory and practical manner? 

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That you can play an active role in shaping the Asia Garment Hub into one of THE leading platforms to help garment industry understand, promote and operationalize Decent Work and Sustainable business practices across the supply chain? Let us know what you think in our User Feedback Survey!

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That the labour law app "Seth Yerng - Our Rights" aims to empower Cambodian garment workers and improve their knowledge of occupational health and safety issues and legislation? And that the app already hit 10,000 downloads since its launch in March 2021?

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That Better Work has launched a new eLearning course aimed at helping industry stakeholders understand the impacts of supply chain decisions?

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That the garment and textiles industry in Asia is a highly feminized sector? As a result, it is women workers who typically bear the biggest burden of the inequalities and injustices of the global fashion supply chain.

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That nonprofit organization Remake has updated its approach to holding the industry to account? The 2021 Remake Fashion Accountability Report relies on the expertise of labour rights professionals, professors of human rights, employment, fashion and law and leading experts in the fields of sustainability, environmental justice, and circular economy.

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That the garment and textiles production is one of the oldest industries in India, directly employing more than 45 million people, and that India is now the sixth largest exporter of garment and textiles in the world? Check out our latest country profile on India and discover more up-to-date data.

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That the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector 2022 will explore a diverse array of themes critical to industry resilience and sustainability -from purchasing practices to supply chain dialogue models, living wages to climate risk mitigation and adaptation, and from mandatory due diligence to public procurement?

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That 3D solutions for fashion design, development and merchandising can not only increase the efficiency of fashion companies, but also reduce the production of physical samples, speed up product development and reduce textile waste? Learn more about this topic and read our interview with Sharon Lim, co-founder and CEO of Tech Company Browzwear. 

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That the ILO and BGMEA recently reached an agreement in which 700 safety committee members from 75 garment factories in Bangladesh will be trained on occupational safety and health (OSH), hazard identification and risk assessment, building safety culture, management of fire accidents and COVID-19 guidelines?

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That gamification can be a powerful educational tool in global supply chains? Swedish EdTech company Quizrr is launching a global program that turns important labour rights issues like responsible recruitment and forced labour into engaging content for garment factory workers, managers and other industry actors.

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That the Asia Garment Hub has a dedicated section on Purchasing Practices in the apparel sector? Check out our newly revamped page to find latest news, events and multimedia content on the topic, as well as tailored resources for suppliers and buyers.
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That the Global Deal organized a Masterclass Series on Sound Industrial Relations? In these sessions experts from the garments and textile sector discuss how to improve working conditions and productivity in the industry through Social Dialogue.

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That supply chain resilience and transparency are vital issues for the fashion industry in the next twelve months? Find out where fashion - and sustainability - are heading in 2022.

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That the Asia Garment Hub has more than 500 unique resources on a wide range of decent work and sustainability topics? Click through our digital library to find data, analysis, audio and video content that suits your needs, and share your own resources with our growing industry community.

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That there are 4,500 factories in the garment and textiles industry in Bangladesh, employing about 4,8 million workers, 61% of them are women? Interested in more up-to-date data on Bangladesh or other country-specific data? Then click through our country profiles!

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That a recently published ILO paper on the post-COVID future of global apparel outlines 3 possible scenarios that could emerge in the industry after the pandemic?

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That Grievance Mechanisms, when used effectively, can offer the prospect of a real and sustainable resolution at the factory level?

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That ILO's self-directed training modules on Women’s Leadership and Gender Equality in the garment sector can help you identify the key challenges faced by women in the world of work?

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That clear procedures with strong messages from leadership can help reduce gender-based violence & harassment and make women workers feel safer?

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That a brand new technology has made it possible for manufacturers to recycle blends of cotton and polyester for the first time?

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That The Industry We Want (TIWW) is working on a new Purchasing Practices Metric and inviting manufacturers to have their say?

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The fashion industry is responsible for between 5% and 8% of global carbon emissions –more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined?

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That more than 60 million workers around the globe will benefit from the ILO code of practice on safety and health in textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries?

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That STTI stands for Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative? Learn more about the initiative and the core principles that manufacturers have set out to prevent the companies they buy from breaching them.

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That the documentary «The Conscience of Clothing - Mode.Macht.Menschen.» is a film project providing an intimate insight into the precarious conditions Cambodian garment workers face?

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The Asia Garment Hub offers a section specifically dedicated to the topic of Learning. Find trainings, e-modules and learning opportunities for your stakeholder group.

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The Climate Action Training is designed to enable suppliers to achieve the 30% reduction target by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050 - An interview with Tracy Nilsson, adidas' Senior Director of Social-Environmental Affair.

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