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The coronavirus started in the Wuhan area has quickly spread all over the world and now highly impacting the textile industry. Not only Chinese production has been impacted, but also other production countries depend on supplies like buttons/yarns/zippers from China, etc. We notice companies are talking about dealing with this issue with regards to production and deliveries in this great uncertain situation.

Despite uncertainties, the following issues should be considered:

  • Risk of subcontracting due to capacity of production

  • Materials now sourced from different sources that could cause chemical/quality issues

  • Financial difficulties suppliers/production/agents

  • How will this affect the long-term relationship with your supplier

  • Flying production in instead of shipping will cause greater GHG emissions

  • Reconsider enforcing penalties due to delayed shipping.

We believe transparent conversations between brands and production to generate trust and solutions. More info: https://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/documents/reports/fla-brief-coronavirus_020620.pdf

Photo credit: Manufacturer Meo and New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker

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