News Analysis: Workers’ Rights are Focus of Colombia and U.S. FTA

The free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and Colombia took force on May 15, 2012. The FTA was only finalized following President Obama’s approval of Colombia’s labor protection efforts. The trade deal was approved by the U.S. in October 2011, but did not…

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WRAP Staff Attends CSR Conference at the State Department

By Steve Jesseph Progress on labor and environmental issues over the past 15 years in facilities producing consumer goods for export has, by most accounts, been nothing short of impressive. More progress needs to be made, but as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of WRAP,…

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Worldwide Synthetic Fiber Prices Plummet in March

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Judith Russel for the Sourcing Journal and is republished with permission from the publication. Global synthetic fiber prices fell in March compared to a year ago for the fifth straight month, led by steep reductions in Asian and European prices. A revised measure…

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Industry Sees Increased Concern for Chemicals in Textile Production

Recent stories from the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and EcoTextile News demonstrate a growing concern for pollution and chemicals in the apparel supply chain. First, on April 9, 2012, the Institute for Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) published an investigative report…

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WRAP CEO Avedis Seferian Ethical Sourcing Forum Interview on YouTube

Darlene Ugwa ( For the past 6 months, I have been immersed into the world of social compliance within apparel manufacturing. While the term ‘social compliance’ and ‘corporate social responsibility’ are not new to me, it has always been theoretical rather than practical. As the…

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U.S. Imports Decline as Made in America Promoted, says WWD

With the speed and complexity of today’s global fashion industry, the business success of international fashion brands depends not only on maintaining good product quality, competitive prices, and efficient lead times, but also on devoting more attention to social compliance and environmental issues. Thus, sourcing…

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News Analysis: Obama’s Recent Trade Policies

The African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) was officially launched on April 27-28 in Nairobi, Kenya. Stuart Webster, WRAP’s Director of Training, was invited as a speaker by the Federation’s Chairman Mr. Jaswinder Bedi to attend the launch event. Founded in 2005, the Federation is…

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WRAP President & CEO Completes South Asia Tour

I’m going to begin this post with a groundbreaking statement: technology has changed the world. Okay okay, I’ll admit that if you’re reading this post, you’re probably already well aware of the fact that technology has had a profound impact on our society. After all,…

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