One of the most widespread, if not hot, subjects of discussion in the apparel and clothing world (or the fashion world) is “sustainability.” Suddenly, there is a flood of organisations – mostly registered as Not-For-Profit – claiming to be working for the future of the humanity and so on. Some of the organisations claim to be working to improve the conditions for those who make the clothes we wear calling it “sustainable fashion and ethical fashion.”
Let’s first see in how many ways the term ‘sustainability’ is appearing in the Wikipedia, one of the most referred knowledge banks. The name sustainability is derived from the Latin sustinere (tenere, to hold; sub, under). Sustain can mean “maintain,” “support,” “uphold,” or “endure”. Continue reading Flood Of Not-For-Profit Entities With The Sole Business Of Sustainability!
In the current online world, achieving success has become dependent, to a large extent, on Company’s digital presence, identity, and activities. It has become a major driving force for the organizational change, enhanced efficiency and growth and for meeting the marketing objectives. While some organizations have embraced the new connected economy by investing in smart digital strategies to change how they operate. Others are still not able to figure out the strategy that’s fundable, manageable, and achievable. Implementing a good digital approach helps in getting right partners at the table from the beginning, both within the organisation and outside of it. It leads to greater focus on improving engagement with customers, business partners, and employees. This also helps organizations to prioritize the customer experience as a central consideration to be successful in this digital age by quickly and effectively responding to market changes to satisfy customer expectations. Continue reading Digital Branding : A Must for Indian Apparel Brand Owners
The Government of India – under the Disaster Management Act – has set up 11 Empowered Groups for ensuring a comprehensive and integrated response to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. Empowered Group-4, headed by Dr Arun K Panda, Secretary (MSME), has launched a full-fledged website covidwarriors.gov.in that has a comprehensive database of Covid Warriors. The data accounts for doctors and nurses as well as dentists, auxiliary health staff, Ayush practitioners, Asha and Anganwadi workers and those that belong to the uniformed youth groups such as NSS and NCC.
According to covidwarriors.gov.in website, India has at least 3 million medical professionals and roughly 8 million others who can be drafted for disease containment work such as contact tracing etc. The website reflects the Union government’s stocktaking of a vast and divergent pool of human resources that can be deployed if the Covid-19 outbreak grows. Continue reading Corona Warriors of a Special Kind
The textile and clothing industry is one of the worst affected sectors of the economy due to the deadly coronavirus responsible for COVID-19, one of the worst pandemics of our living memory, creating havoc across the world. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is nearly impossible to gauge when 90% of the world is under the un/declared lockdown.
Due to the labour intensive nature of the textile and clothing industry, tens of millions of workers have either lost their jobs or have not got any money because of no work during the lockdown. Their lives have been turned upside down in a matter of a couple of weeks. Small and medium businesses are in no way less affected due the total closure of their economic activities. We are facing the biggest and global humanitarian crisis in the modern history which would have far reaching impact on the way we live and conduct our business. Continue reading Impact Of COVID-19 Pandemic On Global Textile Industry
The first cases of unusual pneumonia were reported in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province of China on December 31, 2019. China claimed to have alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) about this unknown virus which was later termed as 2019-nCoV on January 7, 2020. China announced its first death from COVID-19 on January 11. A second death in Wuhan was announced on January 17. Later, over the following days, news of confirmed cases of Coronavirus started coming from Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, France, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Iran, Italy, the United States, the Middle East and host of other countries and regions. The WHO declared it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Currently, the disease has spread across the world, affecting over 132,000 people in 123 countries and more than 4,900 deaths. China believes the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan and China has passed and they are now busy in containing the ‘imported’ cases. China expects that with $3 trillion in foreign reserves the country will not have a problem achieving a 6 percent GDP growth in 2020. Continue reading World Halted by Coronavirus. When Will Coronavirus Halt?
The theory of trickle-down economics, as propagated worldwide by economists of repute everywhere, has not worked the way it was supposed to have worked in theory. According to this theory, benefits given to the wealthy, and also the wealth created by them, trickle down to everyone else. The governments all over the world tend to provide such benefits in the form of tax cuts on businesses, high-income earners, capital gains, and dividends. Even subsidies of various kinds are also negotiated by governments to attract investments from outside to enhance the industrial activity and to boost industrialization and modernization in various priority sectors. Continue reading “Localization Of Globalization!”
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has free trade agreements with six partners namely People’s Republic of China (ACFTA), Republic of Korea (AKFTA), Japan (AJCEP), India (AIFTA) as well as Australia and New Zealand (AANZFTA). The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was established by the 16 participating countries on the basis of existing ASEAN+1 FTAs with the spirit to strengthen economic linkages and to enhance trade and investment related activities. RCEP negotiations started in 2012 and participating countries included ASEAN members – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia – and six Asia-Pacific countries with which ASEAN has free trade agreements – Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. Continue reading Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership: Dangerous For India?
The United States has decided to remove India from the list of eligible GSP countries. The reason for this move is that the Trump administration feels that India has failed to provide the United States with assurances that “it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets in numerous sectors.” The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) is a U.S. trade program aimed to promote economic growth in the underdeveloped or least developed countries and also in the developing countries by providing preferential duty-free entry for up to 4,800 products from 129 designated beneficiary countries and territories. GSP is in existence since January 1, 1976. The scheme provided India tariff-free access to the US market. All benefits have stopped since June 5, 2019. India had been the largest beneficiary nation under the GSP and exported goods worth $6.35 billion every year. Continue reading Exclusion of India from GSP Could Be a New Beginning For Exporters
Millions of workers across the globe are deprived from the minimum wage required to live a decent life. For them, the Living Wage, a voluntary pay rate set above the statutory minimum wage, is still but a distant dream. Many employers who do not pay the Living Wage argue that they simply cannot afford to. According to them, a minimum wage destroys jobs, particularly for the young. Is their argument about greed – the quest for maximum profit from the bodies and labor of others? We are NOT talking about vulnerable persons who fall victim to traffickers, from desperation, deception, or coercion. Continue reading Fresh Thinking is Needed to Guarantee “Living Wage”
The US administration’s withdrawal of the generalized system of preferences (GSP) status for India is being discussed by all the stakeholders including exporters of ready-made garments because the US accounts for 30-35% of exports of this sector. There is no clear indication as to how much negative impact this would cause on India’s exports to the US, if at all there is going to be any effect. Around $5.6 billion worth of exports from India – covering 1,784 textiles, engineering, gems and jewellery and chemical products – will be impacted when the decision comes into force by May this year. If we look at the pattern of the decision making involved in this case by the US Department of Commerce, it is abundantly clear that the process was initiated after the US dairy and medical devices sectors lobbied against India’s so-called trade barriers affecting their exports. If the statement of the US commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, is any indication, the final trigger could have come when India announced ‘stringent e-commerce rules’ that negatively affected two of the giant US companies – Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart. Continue reading GSP: Altering Preferential Status is ‘Significant’ or ‘Insignificant’?