Worker Rights

H&M Conscious Leaves Workers "Unconscious" Says Sweatshop Group

H&M “Conscious”? More like “Unconscious,” according to a new spoof campaign designed to underscore the high incidence of “mass faintings” that…

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Fire Guts Bangladesh Garment Factory, 7 Killed, 10 Injured

A fire swept through a small garment factory in Bangladesh on Saturday, claiming the lives of seven employees—all women—and injuring 10, according to firefighters and witnesses. The…

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Walmart Adopts "Zero-Tolerance" Policy for Illegal Subcontractors

At least one positive thing emerged from the Tazreen Fashions tragedy in Bangladesh. After a devastating fire claimed the lives of at least 112 garment workers in November, Walmart is…

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Walmart Pledges to Add $50B in American-Made Products

Has American manufacturing found a champion in the unlikeliest of quarters? Walmart, the world’s No. 1 retailer, has announced several major initiatives, including a plan to…

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H&M Sourcing Child-Picked Uzbek Cotton, Claims Anti-Slavery Group

H&M may have pledged not to “knowingly” use Uzbek cotton in its clothes, but labor-rights campaigners say the Swedish apparel giant isn’t doing enough to support…

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Urban Outfitters Among Fashion Brands Using L.A. "Sweatshop" Labor

Looks like Forever 21 isn’t the only apparel label on the hook for promoting sweatshop-like conditions in downtown Los Angeles. Federal and state labor authorities announced on…

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Disgruntled Sweatshop Worker Allegedly Behind Chinese Factory Fire

A fire at an undergarment factory in southern China killed 14 workers on Tuesday, all of them young women between the ages of 18 and 20. Chinese state media reports quote a former…

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Walmart Wouldn't Pay for Bangladesh Factory Safety Improvements

Walmart play a lead role in blocking a proposal to have global retailers help their Bangladesh suppliers improve their electrical and fire safety, according to the minutes of a meeting…

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U.K. Students Activists Strip Naked to Protest Sweatshop Clothing

Students across the UK are taking it all off- in support of workers’ rights. In a protest against unfair conditions in sweatshops, British students are banding together, and making a…

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Sabotage Blamed for Bangladesh Factory Fire; More Brands Implicated

A deadly garment-factory blaze that killed at least 112 workers in Bangladesh was the work of saboteurs, said government officials on Wednesday as protestors took to the streets of the…

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Walmart Fires Supplier That Contracted Bangladesh Garment Factory

Walmart has fired the supplier that subcontracted work to a Bangladesh garment factory where at least 112 people died in a deadly fire on Saturday. The world’s largest retailer…

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Bangladesh Garment-Factory Fire Claims 112 Lives Because of Safety Issues

At least 112 people were killed late Saturday when a fire tore through a multilevel garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, in the country’s worst-ever industrial blaze. In a…

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Abercrombie & Fitch, Forever 21 Fueling Modern-Day Slavery

Photo by Shutterstock Abercrombie & Fitch, Carter’s, Forever 21, Quiksilver, and Walmart are among the brands fueling modern-day slavery through negligence, according to a…

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Threatened Black Friday Strike at Walmart Could be a "Game-Changer"

A walkout by Walmart workers on America’s biggest shopping event of the year could be a “game-changer” on many levels, according to labor experts from Cornell…

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"Dirty White Gold's" Leah Borromeo Talks GM Cotton, Farmer Suicides

As Emmy Rossum and Zooey Deschanel like to remind us, cotton is the fabric of our lives. Yet its snow-white facade masks a less-than-rosy reality. Leah Borromeo, a journalist and…

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H&M's Cambodian "Poverty Pay" Scandal Exposed on Swedish TV

H&M has come under fire after a Swedish broadcast claims the high-street retailer isn’t doing enough to prevent sweatshop-like conditions at a subcontractor’s factory…

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Forever 21 in Trouble With Dept. of Labor for Alleged Sweatshop Practices

Photo by SeanPavonePhoto/Shutterstock Forever 21 is in hot water with the U.S. Department of Labor. The department’s Wage and Hour Division, which is investigating the Los…

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Soil Association, GOTS Launch First-Ever Global Organic Cotton Campaign

Have you cottoned on yet? That’s the question Peter Melchett, policy director of the Soil Association, asked textile-industry leaders at the Sustainable Textiles Conference in…

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