workers rights

Is the World Bank Guilty of Supporting Forced Cotton Labor in Uzbekistan?

Photo by the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights Is the World Bank an enabler? A leading human-rights group certainly thinks so. Nearly 60 years after the International Labour…

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New Initiative Seeks to Eliminate Forced Labor From Cotton Production

Photo by Lionel Abrial/Unsplash Think “forced labor” and the image of a bleary-eyed worker, hunched over a sewing machine in a crowded factory, stitching clothing for…

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New Book Accuses Cambodian H&M Factory of Hiring 14-Year-Old Workers

H&M worked with factories in Myanmar where children as young as 14 stitched clothes for more than 12 hours a day, claims an upcoming book about “fast fashion’s seedy…

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India's Children Are Dying for Your Sparkly Eye Shadow

India has a “blood mica” problem. Deep within the South Asian nation’s off-the-books “ghost” mines, children as young as 5 toil alongside adults to pick…

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9-Year-Old Child Worker Dies in Textile Mill in Bangladesh

Photo by Varshesh Joshi/Unsplash Police in Bangladesh have arrested a textile-mill supervisor for allegedly torturing a 9-year-old worker to death over the weekend. The boy, Sagar…

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Turkey Sweatshop Allegedly Using Syrian Children to Make ISIS Uniforms

Photos by Jodi Hilton for the Daily Mail At least one sweatshop in Turkey is hiring Syrian refugee children to make camouflage uniforms for military groups such as Islamic State and…

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H&M, Swedfund Pilot Sustainable Textile Factory in Ethiopia

H&M has signed a long-term sourcing agreement with a new textile factory in Ethiopia that promises to provide up to 4,000 new jobs. Established by development financier Swedfund…

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Gap, H&M's Supply Chains Promote "Precarious Work," Says Report

Another day, another searing indictment of the capitalist machine we call “fast fashion.” Ahead of the International Labour Conference in June, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance,…

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Continental Clothing's "Fair Share" Line Aims to Deliver a Living Wage

A living wage is a human right, and Continental Clothing, for one, wants its workers to get their deserved share. Together with BSD Consulting and Switzerland’s Fair Fashion…

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Beyoncé's "Ivy Park" Sportswear Allegedly Made in Sweatshop

Bad news for the Beyhive: Britain’s The Sun reports that the Sri Lankan seamstresses who make Beyoncé’s new line of high-end athletic wear earn just £4.30 ($6.19) a day.…

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Activists Worldwide Protest Unsafe H&M Factories

On the day of H&M’s annual shareholder meeting, activists from cities worldwide poured into the streets to demand that the Swedish retailer live up to its promise to keep…

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Help Raise Awareness of Modern Slavery in the Fashion Industry

Safia Minney, founder and CEO of ethical fashion label People Tree, wants to shed a light on modern-day slavery in the fashion industry. Fresh off the publication of her second book,…

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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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Amber Valletta: Sustainable Fashion Needs to Expand Toward "Responsibly Made"

“I believe it’s time for the sustainable fashion movement to expand and move toward ‘responsibly made’ fashion. “Sustainability has focused on the…

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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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