Worker Rights

Children as Young as 12 Are Making Clothing for Old Navy in Bangladesh

Photos by Anjali Kamat for Al Jazeera Al Jazeera America certainly didn’t pull any punches when it made its anticipated debut. The news channel, the latest offshoot of the…

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H&M Looks to Leverage Ethiopia's Low-Cost Clothing Factories

Photo by JuliusKielaitis/Shutterstock H&M is looking to “expand its sourcing footprint” by turning to Ethiopia as a new, low-cost country to produce its clothing. The…

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Fast Retailing, Uniqlo's Parent Company, Signs Bangladesh Safety Accord

Asian’s largest retailer agreed to hold itself accountable for safety and labor conditions in the factories it employs in Bangladesh. Three months after a devastating building…

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Bangladesh Garment Exports Rise 16 Percent Despite Safety Violations

Three months after a deadly building collapse in Bangladesh crushed 1,127 workers to death, demand for the South Asian country’s clothing has far from diminished. Even as the…

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INFOGRAPHIC: What Does That $14 Shirt From Bangladesh Really Cost?

Photo by Shutterstock If there’s one positive thing to emerge from the deadly Bangladesh building collapse in April, it’s a growing global awareness of the less-than-humane…

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Secret Sandblasting by Chinese Denim Factories Exact Deadly Toll

Many Western denim brands may have declared sandblasting verboten years ago, but the controversial—and often deadly—denim-distressing technique still occurs covertly behind locked…

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Sweatshop Protestors Slam Gap, Walmart's "Sham" Bangladesh Safety Plan

A group of 17 North American apparel retailers, including Gap and Walmart, have announced a five-year plan to improve safety conditions in Bangladesh garment factories that supply their…

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AP Photographer's Haunting Portraits of Rana Plaza's Amputee Survivors

27-year-old Rikta, 27, who worked on the third floor of Rana Plaza, had her right arm amputated inside the rubble nearly 72 hours after the building came crashing down. Aroti, 16, who…

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Take Part in International Day of Action to End Death Traps

Labor activists are tired of Gap and Walmart’s “public-relations games.” In response to the companies’ failure to sign the legally binding Accord on Fire and…

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U.S. Suspends Bangladesh Trade Privileges Over Safety Concerns

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters President Barack Obama suspended U.S. trade benefits for Bangladesh on Thursday after concerns over worker safety in the country’s…

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Online Petition Urges Fashion Industry to Invest 1 Percent of Profits in Worker Safety

The folks over at Change.org have released an important new petition that can help save the lives of garment workers across the globe. The petition calls for major fashion brands to…

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Spanish Artist Protests Unethical Fashion With Live Street Performance

FASHION VICTIMS Fashion Victims, according to Dominguez, shines a light on the human cost of mindless consumerism, particularly in the West. More than that, it’s an appeal for…

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House Approves First Congressional Action on Bangladesh Safety Reform

Photo by Shutterstock Nearly two months after a deadly building collapse claimed the lives of 1,127 garment workers outside the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, the U.S. House of…

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Gap, Walmart Seek Alternative Plan for Factory Safety in Bangladesh

Photo by David Goldman for Associated Press As pressure from consumer and labor-rights groups over factory safety in Bangladesh intensifies, a number of leading U.S. brands and…

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Bangladesh Building Collapse: Shoddy Materials, Bad Choices to Blame

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters The disaster of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Building collapse, which killed 1,127 people, is a result of a serious of bad, horrible, choices. A…

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Your New T-Shirt Slogan: Spectrum & Ali & Tazreen & Rana

Photos by Dan Cutrona Can you stop fast fashion with a T-shirt? Probably not, but it’s a start. When Rana Plaza came tumbling down in Bangladesh in April, those of us in the…

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15 Major Retailers That Haven't Signed the Bangladesh Safety Agreement

Photo by Northfoto/Shutterstock GAP While competitors such as H&M, Mango, and Zara have committed themselves to financing vital safety upgrades in Bangladesh, Gap has held back,…

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A Haunting Embrace Amid the Rubble of the Bangladesh Building Collapse

Photo by Taslima Akhter “I have been asked many questions about the photograph of the couple embracing in the aftermath of the [Rana Plaza building] collapse [in Bangladesh]. I…

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