Worker Rights

Fair Trade U.S.A. Wants to Keep the Fashion Industry Honest

As a vehicle for economic parity, “fair trade” is a designation that most people associate with coffee, chocolate, or bananas. Three years after a factory collapse in…

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Fashion Revolution Ranks 40 Apparel Brands by Supply-Chain Transparency

When the eight-story Rana Plaza building fell apart at its seams on the morning of April 24, 2013, it took but a moment for the disaster to seal its place as one of worst in…

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The Fashion Revolution Will Be Hashtagged on Social Media

MY REVOLUTION Carry Somers, who co-founded Fashion Revolution with fellow designer Orsola de Castro, thinks it’s time for some straight talk from the fashion industry. “We want…

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VIDEO: Five Children From Berlin Ask Fashion Companies for a Job

The same folks who brought us the €2 T-shirt vending machine are back with a new hidden-camera project that exposes the double standards endemic to the fashion industry, specifically,…

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Actor Bill Nighy: Fashion Industry Needs to Treat Workers As Human Beings

“Take a look at how the fashion industry works. … It is a global industry that has pioneered driving down costs, putting huge pressure on suppliers and workers, whilst…

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Dutch Government Seeks to Improve Garment Industry Conditions

Photos by EU2016NL The Dutch government, along with a coalition of trade unions, non-governmental organizations, and industry groups, has pledged to address the myriad social and…

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Meet the Invisible Women Who Stitch Your Shoes

Photos by Heather Stilwell The phrase “sweatshop labor” conjures up images of factory settings in faraway lands with row upon row of machines operated by young women, all…

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The Craftivist Collective Wants to Change the World, One Stitch at a Time

For as long as she can remember, Sarah Corbett has been fighting for social justice. Growing up in an activist family, she experienced firsthand how energy-intensive, frustrating, and…

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H&M, M&S Not Fulfilling "Living Wage" Promises, Says New Report

H&M and Marks & Spencer can ballyhoo their stances on ethical sourcing all they want, but not everyone is buying it. Among the skeptics? Labour Behind the Label, a…

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Fire at H&M Factory in Bangladesh Reveals Industry Failings

Photo by Vytautas Kielaitis/Shutterstock At least four people were injured on Tuesday morning after a fire broke out at one of H&M’s supplier factories in the Gazipur…

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Bangladeshi Workers Struggle Against Climate of Fear, Intimidation

The deadly collapse of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza factory building may have sparked a flurry of fire and building-safety reforms, but garment workers continue to struggle to be…

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Annalisa Natali Murri's Photographs Reveal Rana Plaza's Emotional Aftermath

In April 2013, Rana Plaza, a multi-storey facility in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories, collapsed into a pile of rubble. The event would go down in history as the South…

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Leona Lewis Speaks Out About Child Labor, Animal Cruelty in Bangladesh Tanning Industry

Photo by LaCameraChiara/Shutterstock Singer Leona Lewis has signed on with PETA, in an attempt to expose the horrors behind the leather industry based in Bangladesh. In a new video…

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At This Bangladesh Sweatshop, Children Make Our Clothing for Little to No Pay

Photos by Claudio Montesano Casillas for Fashion Revolution Claudio Montesano Casillas didn’t know what he was in for when he signed up for a tour of Old Dhaka in Bangladesh. It…

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REI Wants Its Employees to #OptOutside on Black Friday

Photo by Susan Montgomery/Shutterstock Looks like REI is choosing family over frenzy this Black Friday. Instead of herding lines of customers and hawking cut-price promotions, the…

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Everlane is Giving Its Black Friday Profits to Its Factory Workers

Everlane is starting a new Thanksgiving tradition. Instead of shuttering its virtual doors on Black Friday as it has in years past, the “radically transparent” online…

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Smartphone App Helps You Take the First Step Toward a Responsible Shoe Industry

With global concerns for ethical fashions after tragedies such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza sweatshop in 2013, the “Change Your Shoes” campaign hopes to shed light on another…

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Three Years Later, Victims of Bangladesh Factory Fire Still Await Walmart Compensation

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters In November 2012, five months before Rana Plaza became a rallying cry for garment workers’ rights in Bangladesh, Tazreen Fashions was the site of…

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