Worker Rights

Gap, Walmart's Concerns About Bangladesh Accord Liability Are "Irrational"

Photo by Khurshed Rinku for Associated Press On Friday, it’ll be a month since a devastating building collapse claimed the lives of 1,127 garment workers outside the Bangladesh…

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VIDEO: Gap Defends Its Decision Not to Sign Bangladesh Safety Accord

Photo by Northfoto/Shutterstock As dozens of anti-sweatshop protestors faced arrest outside Gap’s annual shareholder meeting in San Francisco on Tuesday, the retail giant defended…

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Ceiling Collapse at Cambodia Shoe Factory Kills 2, Injures 9

Photos by Heng Sinith for Associated Press The ceiling of a small shoe factory outside the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh collapsed early Thursday, killing at least two workers and…

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More Brands, Retailers Commit to Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety

Holy domino effect! Following examples set by H&M, Inditex, Primark, and C&A on Monday, a number of North American and European clothing brands have agreed to sign a legally…

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Bangladesh to Allow Garment Workers to Unionize, Raise Minimum Wage

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters Bangladesh’s government agreed on Monday to allow the South Asian nation’s 4 million garment workers to form trade unions without having to…

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H&M, Zara Commit to Signing Bangladesh Fire and Safety Agreement

Photos by Farad Hossain for Associated Press Four of the world’s largest retailers have consented to a legally binding, first-of-its-kind contract that requires Western businesses…

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Another Fire Breaks Out in Bangladesh as Rana Plaza Death Toll Tops 900

Photo by Associated Press File this under “We wish we were kidding.” As the death toll from a building collapse in Bangladesh climbed past 900, a fire tore through an…

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Death Toll In Bangladesh Factory Collapse Rises Above 650

Bangladeshi authorities have confirmed more than 657 deaths after the eight-story Rana Plaza collapsed just outside the South Asian nation’s capital of Dhaka on April 24. Murder…

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Baroness Lola Young: Uzbek Cotton is Fashion's "Horse-Meat Scandal"

The garment industry could learn a thing or two from Europe’s horse-meat scandal, said Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and…

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Is Our Addiction to Fast Fashion Just Another Form of Terrorism?

Photo by Khurshed Rinku for Reuters As the death toll in the Rana Plaza building collapse outside the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka climbs past 400, the kinship between our purchasing…

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Boycotting Brands Linked to Bangaldesh Building Collapse Not the Answer

Photo by Steve Parsons for PA Wire The recent events in Bangladesh have filled the media with horrific pictures of human tragedy: mothers mourning their lost children, rescue workers…

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Condolences Alone Will Not Help the Garment Workers of Bangladesh

Photos by Andrew Biraj for Reuters The world is still reeling from heartbreaking scenes in Bangladesh, where over 380 people died when a building collapsed last Wednesday, containing…

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Fire Breaks Out at Collapsed Bangladesh Factory Site, Owner Arrested

Photo by A.M. Ahad for Associated Press Mohammed Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of the eight-story building that collapsed and killed at least 385 people last week near the Bangladesh…

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Bangladesh Garment-Factory Collapse Kills Nearly 100 People

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters NOT AGAIN One firefighter told Reuters that around 2,000 people were in the building when the upper floors caved into those below. Mohammad…

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Sweatshop Activists Parody "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore

It was inevitable: “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore gets a human-rights twist in this spoof treatment of the popular rap song. PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: The No. 1 Rap Song in…

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Walmart Refuses to Compensate Bangladesh Fire Victims

Looks like there are limits to Walmart’s largesse. After announcing its $1.6 million contribution towards the establishment of an Environmental Health and Safety Academy in…

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Walmart Launches Environmental Health and Safety Academy in Bangladesh

Is Walmart’s latest act of contrition a case of too little too late? Five months after labor groups linked the world’s No. 1 retailer with a devastating fire claimed the…

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Zara Faces Slave-Labor Allegations...Again

Zara is under investigation by Argentinian authorities over its alleged use of slave labor. The South American nation’s Government Control Agency raided a series of factories…

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