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Global Apparel Markets
Issue 3:
3rd Quarter 2008

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Talking strategy: corporate social responsibility at Tommy Hilfiger (5 pages)
Textiles and clothing: opportunities for recycling (20 pages)
Developments and innovations in the apparel sector, 3rd quarter 2008 (10 pages)
Trade and trade policy: leading clothing suppliers to the EU (27 pages)
Introduction to radio frequency identification (RFID) in apparel (6 pages)
Apparel business update, 3rd quarter 2008 (32 pages)

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Talking strategy: corporate social responsibility at Tommy Hilfiger

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) covers a wide range of issues, including proper management of the environment, responsible employment of labour, health and safety in the workplace, sustainable business operations and appropriate involvement in social projects in local communities where company sites are located.

In the global apparel sector, CSR is a high level issue for all prominent players, particularly with respect to the environment and responsible labour practices. As a result, conscientious attitudes towards the environment are fast becoming instilled in the culture of many large clothing corporations. With regard to employment, and particularly child labour, the solutions are not as clear cut, however. Indeed, the fact that apparel manufacturing is, by nature, highly labour intensive means that production usually takes place in countries where there are plentiful supplies of low cost labour. Often, the cultural norm in these countries is for children to work from an early age instead of attending school—a concept which is difficult for consumers in the West to comprehend.

Thus, Western retailers who source from these countries will normally be faced with a dilemma. On the one hand, should a zero tolerance stance be taken regarding child labour—as is expected by most observers in the West? If so, this could cause the families to whom these children belong to be worse off than if the children were working.

Or, should retailers take a more pragmatic view and ensure that factories provide strict terms and conditions of employment for children—such as a reasonable minimum working age and pay, provision of educational facilities and lessons, and maximum shift length and total weekly hours?

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Global Apparel Markets provides intelligence, analysis and insight on the global apparel and fashion industries.
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Each issue contains data and expert analysis on key industry topics, including: artificial intelligence (AI); augmented reality (AR); consumer expenditure; corporate social responsibility (CSR); cotton; denim; environmental sustainability; fibres; imports and exports; key geographical markets; labour law; product innovations; regulation; retail; sourcing; strategy; supply chains; and trade and trade policy.

A single issue of Global Apparel Markets includes:

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    a round-up of the latest product innovations

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An annual subscription to Global Apparel Markets is a cost-effective way to keep informed about trends and developments in the global apparel and fashion industries.

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Subscribers also receive a complementary digital subscription to Global Apparel Update, delivered directly by email once a month. This free supplement contains essential information on business news and the latest product developments.

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