Clothing trade

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Apparel and footwear
Fashion industry
Ready-made garment industry
NARROWER TERMS
Report

Casualties of fashion: how garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia are wearing the cost of COVID-19

The research in this report reveals that garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia – two prominent garment producing countries for the Australian market – are not earning enough to cover basic living costs for their families during COVID-19.
Report

Addressing Forced Labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: collective action to develop new sourcing opportunities

This report argues that to speed the development of alternate sourcing hubs that are free of forced labor, public and private actors must coordinate to encourage long-term investment in new locations, and international human rights and environmental standards must form a fundamental element of the...
Report

New approaches to supply chain traceability: implications for Xinjiang and beyond

This report first explores the need for supply chain traceability, current approaches, and the challenges the apparel and textile industry faces with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region context. It goes on to discusses a number of new initiatives and technologies, exploring the...
Report

Creative economies in the Indo-Pacific and COVID-19

CSIS spent the past year studying how Australia and India have grown their creative sectors and consider how foreign assistance and development aid tools can help other Indo-Pacific countries build capacity in their creative economies. This report focuses on four major creative industries—film and television...
Briefing paper

Addressing forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: toward a shared agenda

The forced labor of ethnic and religious minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), as part of a broader pattern of severe human rights abuses, is a significant and growing concern that demands the attention of governments and private-sector actors across the world. This...
Report

Connecting the dots in Xinjiang: forced labor, forced assimilation, and Western supply chains

This paper argues that the potentially widespread use of forced labor in Xinjiang, and its connections to Western supply chains and consumers, creates both a moral imperative for action and an opportunity to use economic leverage to improve the situation in Xinjiang.
Guide

Apparel and footwear sector: Science-Based Targets guidance

This guide provides recommendations for companies in the apparel and footwear sector to set science-based targets, and provides case studies on best practices in target setting and strategies for achieving reductions.
Report

The 2018 ethical fashion report: the truth behind the barcode

This is the fifth report produced by Baptist World Aid Australia examining labour rights management systems in the fashion industry.
Report

The 2019 ethical fashion report: the truth behind the barcode

This annual report grades 130 companies from A+ to F, based on the strength of their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour, and exploitation in their supply chains.
Report

Curbing cultural appropriation in the fashion industry

This paper offers a brief introductory analysis to the questions that connect international IP law, the global fashion industry and traditional cultural expression.
Report

Made in poverty: the true price of fashion

The women who make our clothes are entrenched in a cycle of poverty — because big Australian brands allow poverty wages.
Working paper

Sub-contracting, the seamy side of the clothing industry

The findings and arguments presented in this paper are based on a variety of data including face to face interviews with clothing industry, government and union representatives.
Working paper

Rhetoric and reality in the clothing industry: the case of post-Fordism

The purpose of this paper is to examine in greater detail how new production concepts have been translated at the clothing manufacturing enterprise level.
Working paper

Retailing is more than shopkeeping: manufacturing interlinkages and technological change in the Australian clothing industry

The project examines the effect of technological change and modern production philosophies upon the relationship between clients and suppliers within the Australian clothing industry sectors.
Report

A living wage in Australia’s clothing supply chain: estimating factory wages as a share of Australia’s retail price

This report shows that while many leading and iconic Australian fashion brands are enjoying increases in revenue, the workers making our clothes – the vast majority of whom are women - are trapped in a cycle of poverty.
Discussion paper

Modern slavery in supply chains reporting requirement: public consultation paper and regulation impact statement

The proposals outlined in this discussion paper would require large corporations and other entities operating in Australia to publish annual statements outlining their actions to address modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.
Report

The 2017 ethical fashion report: the truth behind the barcode

This is the fourth report produced by Baptist World Aid Australia examining labour rights management systems in the fashion industry. It grades 106 companies, from A to F, on the strength of their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour, and...
Report

The 2016 Australian fashion report: the truth behind the barcode

This is the third edition of the Australian Fashion Report. It is being launched on the eve of the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, a tragedy which cut short the lives of 1,136 garment workers. When the factory came down...
Audio

Australian fashion companies still using overseas sweatshops

This Sunday marks the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1,136 garment workers. Each year, since the tragedy, a report card has been released monitoring the progress of the fashion industry and individual companies in improving the rights and...
Audio interview

Do you know the naked truth about what you're wearing?

What is the real cost of your three dollar t-shirt? If you're a fashion lover you might recognise a designer label, but can you tell where the fabric came from? Or who dyed the cotton? A new report is being released today scrutinises this very...