Apparel groups push for better purchasing practices

star network1Nine Asian textile and clothing business associations have joined forces to demand better purchasing practices in an industry struggling with coronavirus (Covid-19) production and supply chain disruptions.

The Sustainable Textile of the Asian Region (STAR) network is the first inter-Asian network of producer associations of the textile and garment industry, which came together in January, marking the start of a new initiative.

The central focus of the network is to raise questions surrounding purchasing practices, such as payment and delivery terms, from the perspective of manufacturers and the associations that represent them as a true, unbiased bottom-up initiative, the group said.

The organisations include the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association and the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association, as well as associations from Bangladesh, China and Pakistan.

For the full story, see the February 2021 edition of Textiles South East Asia.