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  • Friday, 04 December 2020

    GoodWeave report highlights hardships in India, Nepal

    WASHINGTON – Workers’ rights non-profit GoodWeave International has surveyed garment workers in both India and Nepal on the extent to which COVID-19 has impacted their livelihoods, and warns that “extreme hardships” amongst these populations risk a…
  • Wednesday, 02 December 2020

    New initiative mentors modern slavery survivors

    LONDON – A new initiative which looks to empower survivors of modern slavery to become leaders of anti-slavery organisations in their communities has gained the backing of the Laudes Foundation, amongst others. This new venture has been established…
  • Tuesday, 01 December 2020

    Switzerland rejects human rights legislation Premium Article

    BERN – Swiss voters have rejected a proposal that would have held companies accountable for human rights or environmental violations within their global supply chains. Despite the Responsible Business Initiative (RBI) garnering 50.7 per cent of…
  • Monday, 30 November 2020

    Worldwide protests hold Amazon to account

    GLOBAL – Trade unions, human rights organisations and environmental campaign groups around the world staged demonstrations over the Black Friday weekend criticising e-commerce giant Amazon’s treatment of its suppliers and staff during the pandemic.…
  • Monday, 16 November 2020

    Adidas tops latest Human Rights Benchmark Premium Article

    LONDON – The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) has today published its fourth Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), assessing 230 of the world’s most influential companies on their human rights disclosure. With scores determined in-line with each…
  • Friday, 25 September 2020

    Inquiry lambasts Boohoo for Leicester ‘failings’ Premium Article

    LEICESTER – An independent inquiry into fast fashion retailer Boohoo’s working practises in Leicester has found significant ‘failings’ in its supply chain following claims in July that garment workers were being paid below the minimum wage and…
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Gender data in industry "woefully insufficient" Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) has today published a Gender Baseline Report, having assessed the commitments and strategies of 36 leading apparel brands around the world. The report looks at the gender data disclosure of each…
  • Friday, 18 September 2020

    Coats Digital solution calculates fair wages for workers Premium Article

    UXBRIDGE – Coats Digital, the technological arm of industrial thread manufacturer Coats, has updated its GSDCost software – which helps fashion brands and manufacturers streamline the logistics of their operations – to introduce a new globalised…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    Laudes Foundation pushes for regenerative economy Premium Article

    LONDON – The Laudes Foundation has forged partnerships with both the Council on Economic Policies (CEP) and the New Economics Foundation (NEF), and will free up €5.5 million to accelerate a push towards a more inclusive and regenerative economy.…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    Slavery risks 'surge in manufacturing hubs' Premium Article

    BATH – The risk of modern slavery in garment and textile manufacturing hubs in Asia has risen dramatically on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to consultants Verisk Maplecroft. In its 2020 Human Rights Outlook report, the global risk…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    ITUC urges Cambodia to release jailed activists Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has weighed in on the controversial arrests of labour rights activists in Cambodia, and has urged the country’s government to drop all charges against detainees, including those…
  • Tuesday, 25 August 2020

    Indonesian organisations align with ILO action plan Premium Article

    JAKARTA – A number of textile workers’ unions and employer associations in Indonesia have issued their joint commitment to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Action in the Global Garment Industry strategy. The plan, first outlined in…
  • Friday, 21 August 2020

    Workers’ union drops charges against Everlane Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - A workers’ union of former Everlane employees says it is dropping charges of union busting held against the brand, as it’s “hard to prove” that the company targeted this group of remote workers when it made cut-backs in March. Since…
  • Wednesday, 19 August 2020

    Coalition calls for campaigners’ release Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – As many as 79 trade unions, workers’ rights campaign groups and federations in Cambodia have backed a letter addressed to the country’s authorities, strongly condemning the use of violence against peaceful protestors and calling for all…
  • Monday, 17 August 2020

    Brands undercutting suppliers post-COVID, report finds Premium Article

    ARLINGTON – A new report published by the Better Buying Institute (BBI) has concluded that fashion brands and retailers are offloading their financial hardships onto suppliers, with a survey of 147 factories across 30 countries highlighting that…
  • Friday, 14 August 2020

    Kontoor and HERproject address workforce health Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Apparel conglomerate Kontoor Brands, whose brands include Wrangler and Lee, has partnered with BSR’s HERproject to support female workers within its supply chain. It’s HERhealth, a branch of the project, which is of particular…
  • Monday, 10 August 2020

    Cambodian authorities handed union recommendations Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s National Trade Unions Coalition (NTUC) has written to the country’s Ministry of Labour with recommendations on how best to address the ongoing plight of workers amidst the pandemic. NTUC council chamber leader Ath Thorn says…
  • Monday, 10 August 2020

    Report: pandemic cost garment workers 'billions' Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Garment workers in supply chain countries across South and Southeast Asia received 38 per cent less pay than their regular pay on average at the height of the pandemic, according to a new report. The Clean Clothes Campaign said it means…
  • Friday, 07 August 2020

    Workers’ rights complaint at C&A supplier taken forward Premium Article

    YANGON – The Complaints and Disputes Committee of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles has informed workers’ rights organisations SOMO, Action Labor Rights (ALR) and Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) that it will take up its complaint…
  • Friday, 07 August 2020

    Convention on child labour gains universal ratification Premium Article

    GENEVA – An International Labour Convention comdemning the “worst forms of child labour” has become the first in history to be ratified by all member States, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The convention is the first of…
  • Wednesday, 05 August 2020

    Report: brands urged to address systemic union busting Premium Article

    LONDON – A new report published today by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) suggests that trade union members in apparel manufacturing supply chains have been unfairly targeted for dismissal over recent months, with unscrupulous…
  • Monday, 03 August 2020

    New arrest as Cambodian PM quashes freedom of speech Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – A prominent Cambodian labour leader has been arrested for speaking out on “politically sensitive matters” relating to the government’s handling of its borders with Vietnam. Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions,…
  • Friday, 31 July 2020

    Private apparel firms urged to open up on ethics Premium Article

    LONDON – The newly relaunched Good Work Investor Coalition (GWC), the worker rights arm of responsible investment charity, ShareAction, says it’s exploring ways to influence privately owned companies to engage more openly in tackling poor employment…
  • Wednesday, 29 July 2020

    UN intervenes on Cambodia intimidation tactics Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The United Nations has sent a letter to Cambodia’s government over allegations it attempted to intimidate a representative of workers’ rights group Licadho by threatening jail time. Licadho’s monitoring manager Am Sam Ath was quoted on…
  • Tuesday, 28 July 2020

    Under-fire LA factory tipped to become “gold standard” Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Apparel, the factory which was closed in June after more than 350 of its staff caught COVID-19 leading to the deaths of four, has reopened and been tipped to become a gold standard for garment manufacture amidst the…
  • Monday, 27 July 2020

    Investors to influence textile supply chain reform Premium Article

    LONDON – Responsible investment charity ShareAction (SA) says the COVID-19 crisis could trigger significant growth of insecure work practices in sectors such as textiles and apparel and is calling for investors and companies to ‘deeply consider’ how…
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020

    Remake calls for accountability on LA factory infections Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – Ayesha Barenblat, the founder of workers’ rights organisation Remake, has called on Dov Charney – owner of Los Angeles Apparel, the factory which registered more than 300 COVID-19 cases and four deaths over recent months – to take…
  • Wednesday, 22 July 2020

    US sanctions suppliers over Xinjiang links Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US has announced sanctions against 11 Chinese companies - said to include current and former suppliers to Patagonia, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Muji - over alleged links with human rights violations against…
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020

    Cradle to Cradle standard open for further review Premium Article

    OAKLAND – The Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute has opened up the latest draft of its product standard version 4 for public review, having similarly turned to the industry for feedback in August of last year. Having incorporated changes off the…
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020

    Brands urged to support supply chains Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – A group of workers’ rights organisations have called on fashion brands and retailers to establish to make a Supply-chain Relief Contribution (SRC), through which two per cent of their total sourcing budget from the preceding 12 months…
  • Friday, 17 July 2020

    Uyghur workers videoed on TikTok platform Premium Article

    XINJIANG – Footage which has emerged on the social media platform TikTok has raised fresh fears over the sufferment of China’ Uyghur Muslim population, as it shows what are believed to be forced labourers in transit. In March, research from the…
  • Friday, 10 July 2020

    Garment workers 'gassed' during insect spraying Premium Article

    JORDAN - More than 140 women garment workers had to be taken to hospital after they inhaled toxic gases during spraying to control insects and rodents at their factory. Doctors said it appeared the concentration of the chemicals used for the…
  • Thursday, 09 July 2020

    GMAC appeals for ILO backing of EBA postponement Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has urged the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and those supporting its Call to Action to throw down their support for postponing Cambodia’s partial suspension from the…
  • Tuesday, 07 July 2020

    C&A called on to address supplier violations Premium Article

    YANGON – A collective of workers’ rights organisations has submitted a complaint against fashion titan C&A to the Complaints and Disputes Committee of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles, accusing the retailer of turning a blind…
  • Monday, 06 July 2020

    New BGMEA hospital provides respite Premium Article

    CHATTOGRAM – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has established a new 50-bed hospital in the export processing zone of Saltgola in Chattogram. The facility will be used to treat garment workers infected by…
  • Friday, 03 July 2020

    Project supports struggling Dhaka communities Premium Article

    DHAKA – Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the OHS (Occupational health and safety) Initiative for Workers and Community is launching an emergency response project to support garment workers, their families and communities across the Bangladeshi…
  • Thursday, 02 July 2020

    ILO rolls out COVID-19 safety training Premium Article

    DHAKA – The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is teaming up with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BKMEA) to establish a virtual platform…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Survey: Cambodian workers crippled by low incomes Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – A survey of suspended factory workers, whose sites have closed either temporarily or permanently in light of the coronavirus pandemic, highlights the severity of their financial difficulties with respondents suggesting they’re eating…
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020

    Cambodian minister vows to address worker plights Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia’s Minister of Labour Ith Samheng has urged his peers in authority to address the plight of workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic, after yet more protests over factory closures and uncertainty over pay. In a meeting with the…
  • Monday, 22 June 2020

    C&A Foundation releases final annual report Premium Article

    ZUG - The C&A Foundation has released its fifth and final annual report after handing over the reins to its successor organisation, the Laudes Foundation. As well as reviewing its achievements in 2019, the report highlights some of the…
  • Friday, 12 June 2020

    Cambodia expecting ‘contentious’ wage discussions Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Stakeholders in Cambodia’s garment manufacturing industry will meet next month to begin what are expected to be contentious discussions over a new minimum wage for workers. Union representatives, employers and government officials will…
  • Thursday, 11 June 2020

    ETI, FairWear publish workplace guidelines Premium Article

    LONDON – The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and FairWear have jointly published both a factory checklist and discussion sheet in an effort to ensure worker health and safety remains paramount whilst COVID-19 is a threat. The guidance material…
  • Wednesday, 10 June 2020

    UNICEF addresses children’s rights in textile factories Premium Article

    GENEVA – Global children’s charity UNICEF and Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) have teamed up to develop guidance for clothing and footwear companies to better address children’s rights in their global supply chains. Having collaborated with…
  • Monday, 08 June 2020

    Factory owners urged to stop sacking workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - Garment factory owners in Bangladesh are being urged to stop laying off workers during the coronavirus pandemic after nearly 18,000 reportedly lost their jobs in two weeks despite an agreement to avoid sackings. The government's Department…
  • Monday, 08 June 2020

    ILO launches garment worker hotline in Cambodia Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – The International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia initiative has launched a mobile phone hotline in the country to provide garment workers with information on how best to recognise and prevent the spread of…
  • Friday, 05 June 2020

    Brands urged to defend charged garment worker Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – A Cambodian garment worker who spoke out about her employer’s decision to terminate staff contracts against government advice could face up to three years in jail as the factory she used to operate for continues to press charges of…
  • Friday, 05 June 2020

    UN to host forum on business and worker rights Premium Article

    ONLINE – Representatives of governments, businesses, workers’ organisations and the international community will convene for a forum on business and human rights, organised by the United Nations. From 9-12 June, a series of discussions will take…
  • Wednesday, 03 June 2020

    Nirapon to leave Bangladesh but commits to safety role Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Nirapon garment factory safety programme - which represents 21 mostly North American brands and retailers in Bangladesh - is leaving the country. The organisation, which took over from the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, is to…
  • Wednesday, 03 June 2020

    Dutch authorities back worker welfare project Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given its nod of approval to a new collaborative multi-year project in the country, aimed at promoting workers’ rights for those in key garment manufacturing nations where wage concerns and…
  • Monday, 01 June 2020

    Alleged ‘hired miscreants’ assault Dhaka protesters Premium Article

    DHAKA – There’ve been violent scenes in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka over the weekend, as staff at a factory which took to the streets in protest over unfair working hours were assaulted by culrpits which they believe were hired by their…
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