AMSTERDAM - The multi-billion dollar social auditing industry protects brands' reputation and profits but is failing to protect the safety of garment workers, according to a new report from the Clean Clothes Campaign.

The report, Fig Leaf for Fashion: How social auditing protects brands and fails workers, says the industry is operating as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) tool for brands while actually aggravating risks to workers.

It offers an extensive analysis of business-driven social compliance initiatives, such as Social Accountability International, WRAP, the FLA, and amfori BSCI, as well as corporate-controlled auditing firms, including Bureau Veritas, TÜV Rheinland, UL, RINA, and ELEVATE.

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