H&M factories in Myanmar employed 14-year-old workers

Fashion retail giant says it has taken action against its two factories after new book in Sweden raises fears about working conditions in the country Swedish fashion chain H&M worked with clothing factories in Myanmar where children as young as 14 toiled for more than 12 hours a day, according to a book being published in Sweden […]

Lawsgroup’s journey from Hong Kong to Myanmar

Rising Chinese wages force the textile maker to move production but its CEO remains laid-back. Before his death in 1996, the Hong Kong textile tycoon Law Ting-pong handwrote a letter of wishes in which he expressed the hope that “those who are careful at the beginning would also be careful to the end”. Unfortunately, the […]

Myanmar adds new factory per week as textile sector booms

The international textile sector has discovered Myanmar. Low wages, plentiful labour and an image problem in neighbouring Bangladesh after the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse have all boosted the emerging country’s chances. Yangon- Green collars piled to one side, white polo shirts to the other – the young woman handles them with practised ease, creating […]

Gap Audit Reveals Issues at Myanmar Garment Factories

YANGON — An audit conducted for clothing retailer Gap Inc. identified issues with working conditions, health and safety at two factories in Myanmar that are now producing garments for the United States-based company. Measures have been taken to address the so-called “compliance issues” at the Gap-supplying factories, according to a comprehensive new report compiled by […]

Gap Report Outlines Issues With Sourcing in Myanmar

As the first American retailer to resume sourcing in Myanmar since U.S.-levied sanctions were eased following the country’s military rule, Gap Inc. elected to publish a report evaluating its supply chain risks to paint a picture of local conditions and aid in development of responsible sourcing practices for the Southeast Asian nation. In a voluntary […]

Myanmar’s garment industry is poised to surge

Myanmar’s garment industry is expected to receive US$4 billion in foreign investment this year, following three consecutive year’s of record-breaking growth as the industry poises itself to become a major playing the global garment supply chain, officials and industry executives say. Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the newly revamped Myanmar Investment Commission, forecast that $4 […]

Why Gap Is Opening Factories in Myanmar

Apparel retailer Gap (NYSE: GPS ) — the parent company of Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Piperlime — is headed to Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. Gap will be the first American retailer to enter the country since the former military nation transitioned into a democracy three years ago. Gap has […]

Gap’s entry to Myanmar could bring more good tidings, MGMA says

Gap’s entry into Myanmar could attract more foreign buyers into the fledgling garment industry, thus improving work conditions and increasing employment for workers, the chairman of Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) said on Monday. Retail giant Gap Inc announced on Saturday that they have started sourcing products from two South Korean-owned factories in Yangon, making […]

GAP Inc Taps Myanmar’s Apparel Industry

American clothing and accessories retailer Gap Inc said it plans to produce apparel at factories in Myanmar, making it the first major US apparel retailer to enter the impoverished Southeast Asian nation’s lucrative garment industry. The US Embassy in Yangon said products made at two Yangon factories would be in Gap stores by this summer. […]