workers rights

Bangladesh's Children Are Working 60 Hours a Week to Make Our "Fast Fashion"

It’s time to face up to the irrefutable truth: Those cheap clothes we can’t get enough are probably the handiwork of impoverished children from Bangladesh, some as young as…

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Li Edelkoort: Clothes Today Are Made to be Thrown Away "Like a Condom"

“The manufacturing of clothes has gone through a rapid and sordid restructuring process, which has seen production leave the Western world to profit from and exploit low-income…

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L.A. Factories That Made Clothes For Forever 21, T.J. Maxx Paid Workers $4 an Hour

Photo by Owen CL/Unsplash Los Angeles has a sweatshop problem, and bargain retailers like Forever 21, T.J. Maxx, and Ross are reaping the benefits. At a press conference on Wednesday,…

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13 People Killed in Fire at Illegal Garment Factory in India

Photo by Chandan Khanna for AFP At least 13 workers have died after a fire broke out at a suspected illegal garment factory on the outskirts of Delhi in India on Friday morning. Local…

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"Dozens" of Safety Violations Found at Bangladeshi Factory That Makes Donald J. Trump Shirts

Photo by Andrew Neel/Unsplash The sweatshop that produces shirts for Donald Trump’s apparel brand has been cited for a laundry list of safety violations, making it an unsafe work…

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BBC Exposé Reveals Child Refugees Making Clothes for British High Street

Factories in Turkey are employing Syrian refugee children as young as 10 to make clothes for the British high street, an undercover investigation by BBC’s Panorama has found.…

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New Report Accuses Uniqlo of Hiding Human-Rights Abuses Behind Ethical Claims

A new report from a London-based anti-poverty group has cast doubt on Uniqlo’s corporate-social-responsibility claims of “making the world a better place.” In This Way…

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Levi's Worker Well-Being Program to Target More Than 300,000 People

Levi Strauss & Co. is marking the 25th anniversary of the publication of “Terms of Engagement,” its industry-defining supplier code of conduct, by pledging to expand…

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Ivanka Trump's Shoe Line Allegedly Made Under Sweatshop Conditions

The Trump family just might be the clearest example of the adage “do as I say, not as I do.” After advocating for better conditions for working mothers on behalf of her…

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Patagonia Debuts Short Film About Fair-Trade Fashion, Expands Program to Improve Workers' Lives

More than 40 million people work in the global garment industry, yet their stories rarely make the headlines. We’ll tut-tut about the factory fires, the building collapses, the…

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H&M, Labor Unions Solidify Workers' Rights Framework

After a Global Framework Agreement signed a year ago was deemed a success, H&M, IndustriAll Global Union, and the Swedish trade union IF Metall have decided to permanently…

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Puma Offers Financial Rewards to Improve Suppliers' Social, Environmental Standards

Puma knows that carrots often work better than sticks. The sportswear manufacturer has partnered with European bank BNP Paribas to create a “pioneering initiative” that…

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Garment Workers Use Cellphones to Report Labor Abuses

Photo by Álvaro Serrano/Unsplash Cellphones are good for more than sending emoji-riddled missives. With penetration rates approaching 90 percent in most developing countries, apparel…

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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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