In the age of cut-throat competition, the concept of sustainability plays a major role in the growth of apparel export business. Though its key areas involve saving of energy, water, more greenery in the factories, maximum use of natural resources, green factories, there are many other initiatives which companies takes as per their need, priorities, and with the changing sustainability landscape. Apparel Online brings to you a larger picture of this popular concept – what are the front runners doing and how small- and medium-level exporters can become part of this extensive programme… A year after the painful protest by Bangalore’s garment workers against the decision of the Central Government to prevent them from withdrawing employers’ contribution from Provident Fund, a 127-page report by People’s Union for Civil Liberties – Bangalore (PUCL) and Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), whose copy is also with Apparel Online, was compiled after interviews with workers, police officers and union leaders. This report by the two social activists has made several claims about police excesses on the workers, a majority of them being women workers. Raising the motivation level of their talented staff, some apparel exporters are undertaking unique initiatives. Based in Delhi-NCR, Richa Global, a respected name in Indian apparel export industry, took one such significant step when it recently arranged a three-day Goa trip for 12 members of its production team. Besides the above, our regular columns of Mind Tree, Fashion Trends, H2F, Industry Wire, Export Statistics, Resource Centre, etc. make the issue worth reading.