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How Do You Define Sustainability?

Argentina’s economy has been volatile over the last few decades—the country has still not made good on its international debts following the 2001 economic crisis. Faced with increasing inflation and decreasing economic production, President Cristina Kirchner this year introduced new tariffs designed to protect domestic…

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Help! I’m Starting A New Brand!

Not too long ago, I ventured out to Miami to attend my first industry trade show, Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami 2019. I had no expectations. This was a new world for me, and I went into what I like to call “sponge mode” – basically…

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The “Buying Calculus” of a New Work Wardrobe

As I am writing this piece, we are approaching my first anniversary with WRAP. This past year has been marvelous and has been even more rewarding than I could ever imagine. Now, usually, for milestones such as these- one regularly pens a “plush-piece” full of…

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The Challenges of Reducing Work Hours and Enhancing Safety Compliance

In the last three decades, the garment sector has raised to be the most important industry, in terms of exports, of Bangladesh. A relatively young industry, the speed at which it has grown is astonishing: from 384 factories employing 120 thousand people and accounting for…

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International Labor: A Crucial Social Issue and WRAP’s Impact

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) is embarking on a very lofty mission. As part of their “Plan A” commitment to become the world’s most sustainable retailer, the company is setting out to train 500,000 workers at their suppliers’ factories by 2015. The goal is…

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Teaching Social Responsibility To Our Future

Since May, WRAP has run a podcast (yes, this is an absolutely shameless plug), where we interview vital figures and thought leaders throughout the apparel/textile production sphere. On the same day that I am writing this blog entry, I am beginning the prep phase for…

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WRAP and the Sustainable Development Goals

Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) has been covering the U.S. government’s push of domestically produced apparel—and the corresponding drop in American imports—for the past few months. At the beginning of this year, the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce launched the Made in America…

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Social Compliance: Responsibility versus Accountability

In Ghana, if one were to attend a Sunday church service or any special occasion like a wedding, funeral, outdooring etc., they are likely to encounter a colorful display of traditional print garments all around. Most of them would likely be from the prominent local…

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Where’s Your Key?

In February, Vice President of Compliance Avedis Seferian headed to Los Angeles for the 7th Annual UL-Responsible Sourcing’s Responsible Sourcing Summit. The day-long event featured six panels on issues related to corporate social responsibility in the sourcing industry, such as human trafficking, slavery, anti-corruption and…

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The Death of Ghana’s Apparel Industry

By Russ Jowell (rjowell@wrapcompliance.org) Today marks a somber anniversary in the history of Bangladesh’s garment industry. It was exactly one year ago today that over 110 people perished in a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in the Ashulia region outside of Dhaka. While, sadly,…

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