Garments & Textiles

According to the Financial Post garment manufacturing has become the world’s third-biggest industrial industry and one of the most labour intensive industries, directly employing at least 60 million people (ILO 2015). Human rights violations in the garment industry include forced and child labour, repression and discrimination, and unsafe, dirty and unfair working conditions. Employees may face might face excessive hours, forced overtime, lack of job security, denial of trade union rights, poor health, exhaustion, and denial of other basic human rights when on the job. In addition, the legal minimum wage in most garment producing countries is rarely enough for a worker to live on.

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Decent Work and Economic Growth in the South India Garment Industry
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05 September 2019

This report focuses on research exploring the labour challenges faced by the South Indian garment industry clustered around Tirupur. The authors found that the industry is at a crossroads. Despite decades of growth it faces three main labour challenges –...

Fig Leaf for Fashion: How Social Auditing Protects Brands and Fails Workers
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02 September 2019

This September 2019 report offers an extensive analysis of the corporate controlled audit industry, connecting the dots between the most well known business-driven social compliance initiatives, such as Social Accountability International, WRAP, the FLA, and amfori BSCI, and the largest...

Country Profile: Romania – Abuses in Garment Sector
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14 May 2019

Garment workers, mostly women, earn some of the lowest wages in the world while making clothes for some of the biggest fashion brands. Romania has about 300,000 oficial garment workers, who usually earn a minimum wage of about 230 EUR...

Sitting on pins and needles: a rapid assessment of labour conditions in Vietnam’s garment sector
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31 December 2018

This report is a rapid assessment of labour conditions in Vietnam’s export-oriented textile and garment sector. The findings of the report, that highlight the risk of forced labour, child labour and child slavery, showcase the need for pan-European legislation that...

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark – 2018 Key Findings
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01 December 2018

The 2018 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assesses 101 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world on a set of human rights indicators. The companies from 3 industries – Agricultural Products, Apparel, and Extractives – were chosen for the...

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark – 2018 Key Findings
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12 November 2018

The 2018 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assesses 101 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world on a set of human rights indicators. The companies from 3 industries – Agricultural Products, Apparel, and Extractives – were chosen for the...

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