2020

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  • October 28, 2020

    Live-blog: How the Coronavirus affects garment workers in supply chains

    This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.

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  • October 28, 2020

    Tell Disney, Starbucks and NBCUniversal there's no magic in poverty wages

    Tell Disney, Starbucks, and NBCUniversal they can write a happy ending for the story of 26 Burmese migrant workers in Thailand. These workers are legally owed approximately $110.000 USD, which is close to nothing for three of the biggest companies in the world, with a combined market value of $509.7 billion. Join us and write them on Twitter today!

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  • October 26, 2020

    Can the garment industry’s most important safety programme stay on course?

    In a public brief published this week, witness signatories to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh express their concern about the ability of this vital programme to monitor and improve the safety of Bangladeshi garment factories. 150 days since the Bangladesh-based operations of the programme were taken over by the Ready-Made-Garment Sustainability Council (RSC), this new body has not yet been able to prove that it can credibly ensure that signatories meet the obligations of the binding Accord agreement.

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  • October 26, 2020

    First time victory: Romanian workers stitching European brands win withheld wages during COVID-19

    A group of workers in Romania received their full back wages after an intense media campaign went viral. During the first months of the pandemic, they received 140 EUR, just over half of their regular monthly wage. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) network and supporters put pressure on Inditex, Holy Fashion and a UK high street brand: three companies sourcing from the Tanex facility. International pressure led these brands to take responsibility to settle the violations between the management and the workers.

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  • October 14, 2020

    Break the chains: transparency in the 2020 supply chain(s)

    A new position paper on supply chain transparency in the global garment industry, pleading for mandatory disclosure and advocating for better rules to enforce human rights due diligence.

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  • October 12, 2020

    Activists disrupt the Copenhagen Fashion Summit to spotlight the deepening crisis of garment workers

    - Sustainable fashion MUST be sustainable for garment workers. - H&M, Nike and Bestseller have no place supporting "Global Fashion Agenda" while the workers in their supply chains are starving. - Clean Clothes Campaign makes CFS+ (the online Copenhagen Fashion Summit event) its own magazine with the stories that CFS+ left out of its programme. - Global fashion brands need to commit to the wage assurance and #PayYourWorkers.

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  • October 1, 2020

    September 2020: How the Coronavirus affects garment workers in supply chains

    This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.

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  • September 28, 2020

    Verdict Ali Enterprise factory fire ignores systemic safety failures

    Eight years after more than 250 people died in Ali Enterprise garment factory fire in Pakistan, the court verdict ignores systemic failures in the garment industry. On Sept 22, an antiterrorism court in Karachisentencedtwo ex-Muttahida Qaumi Movement workers to death in the Baldia factory arson case while the factory’s four gatekeepers were sentenced to life term. The factory owners walked out without a sentence. German retailer Kik was the main buyer at the time when the fire broke out.

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  • September 28, 2020

    Garment workers in H&M, Primark, and Nike’s supply chains need their full wages during a pandemic

    Millions of workers in garment supply chains world-wide have not been paid their full wages during the pandemic or have lost their jobs without adequate financial compensation. Today the Clean Clothes Campaign network starts a campaign calling upon brands to take responsibility for the workers that make their clothes and ensure that workers are paid what they are owed.

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  • September 23, 2020

    Out of the shadows: A spotlight on exploitation in the fashion industry.

    Our new report brings data from the Fashion Checker transparency tool to life, detailing the stark contrast between fashion brands' big claims, and the reality of their supply chains.

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  • September 22, 2020

    US House of Representatives votes to take action against forced labour in cotton supply chains

    The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly today to take comprehensive action against the import of apparel and other goods from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (Uyghur Region).

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  • September 10, 2020

    Families affected by Ali Enterprises factory fire still have not seen full justice

    Eight years since a fire in a Pakistani garment factory killed over 250 workers, their families are still fighting for recognition and justice from the companies responsible. On this day, our thoughts are with the affected families and their struggle for justice. Now, the Italian auditing company RINA has a unique chance to step up to make up for mistakes made in the past.

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  • September 3, 2020

    We stand in solidarity to demand global brands immediately end union busting in their supply chains

    Today, Clean Clothes Campaign supports IndustriALL Global Union’s call for a global day of action against union busting in the garment industry. The Covid-19 pandemic has given garment factories around the world an excuse to dismiss workers en masse and many decide to use this opportunity selectively to remove union leaders and members from their factories.

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  • September 1, 2020

    NGOs clear on what EU legislation must ask of businesses to address their negative impacts

    As part of a broader civil society coalition Clean Clothes Campaign is publishing a statement on key principal elements of the upcoming due diligence legislation at the European Union level.

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  • September 1, 2020

    August 2020: How the Coronavirus affects garment workers in supply chains

    This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.

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  • August 8, 2020

    Garment workers on poverty pay are left without billions of their wages during pandemic

    Millions of garment workers around the world have not received their regular wages, or have not been paid at all, for months since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, shows a new report by Clean Clothes Campaign, launched today.

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  • August 6, 2020

    Union victory at the Huabo Times factory in Myanmar

    We congratulate the union at the Huabo Times factory in Myanmar for signing an agreement with the factory management after more than two months of fighting against union discrimination.

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  • August 1, 2020

    July 2020: How the Coronavirus affects garment workers in supply chains

    This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.

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  • July 23, 2020

    180+ Orgs Demand Apparel Brands End Complicity in Uyghur Forced Labour

    Today, 72 Uyghur rights groups are joined by over 100 civil society organisations and labour unions from around the world in calling on apparel brands and retailers to stop using forced labour in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (“Uyghur Region”), known to local people as East Turkistan, and end their complicity in the Chinese government’s human rights abuses.

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  • July 22, 2020

    Myanmar union busting win after months of struggle

    In a significant step for the Myanmar labour movement, workers at the Rui-Ning factory, producing for Inditex (Zara), Mango, Bestseller and Swiss brand Tally Weijl, are celebrating the signing of an agreement between the union, factory management and Inditex, regarding worker reinstatement and re-hiring following union busting.

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  • July 1, 2020

    Lockdown breaches, exploitation, and modern slavery in fast-fashion giant Boohoo’s supply chain in Leicester

    Workers reports reveal serious breaches of UK lockdown measures, failure to protect workers from COVID-19 and furlough fraud. Whilst many brands’ profits have taken a hit during the COVID-19 crisis, a surge in online shopping during the lockdown has boosted Boohoo shares by 22%. Earlier this month, Boohoo agreed to buy online businesses of Warehouse and Oasis for £5.25m[1].

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  • June 30, 2020

    June 2020: How the Coronavirus affects garment workers in supply chains

    This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.

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  • June 29, 2020

    Weak social responsibility reporting among Dutch firms in sustainability initiative

    A report published today by Clean Clothes Campaign Netherlands (Schone Kleren Campagne, SKC) and the Netherlands-based research group SOMO exposes the weak level of human rights due diligence reporting by companies affiliated to the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT).

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  • June 23, 2020

    Trade union leader spends 55 days in jail for Facebook post, brands do nothing

    Soy Sros, a trade union leader in a Cambodian factory producing for luxury handbag brands Michael Kors and Kate Spade, spent 55 days in prison for writing a Facebook post condemning the factory’s dismissal of workers under Covid-19. The brands did nothing to protect her human rights.

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  • June 22, 2020

    New website puts the fashion industry’s low wages in the spotlight, accelerating the campaign for living wages.

    The Clean Clothes Campaign has launched a new website for labour rights activists and consumers to gain deeper insight into where clothing was made and the working conditions in which it was produced. The Fashion Checker website goes live today and gives garment workers, activists and consumers access to real data from supply chains of the worlds’ biggest fashion brands including Primark, Bestseller and Topshop.

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  • June 11, 2020

    C&A ignores union busting at its supplier factory in Myanmar

    Two years ago this week, a Myanmar garment factory started a union-busting campaign against a newly formed union, leading to the dismissal and forced resignation of the union’s leadership. All that time, the factory’s major buyer – garment brand C&A – stood by and watched. Despite repeated requests, C&A has failed to address the situation and bring justice for the workers.

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  • June 10, 2020

    Union busting in Myanmar under guise of Covid-19

    Myanmar’s young and vulnerable trade union movement is being threatened under the guise of Covid-19, as selective dismissals of union leaders and members seek to undermine the workers’ rights movement.

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  • June 1, 2020

    Garment workers need apparel companies’ assurance that they will be paid during this crisis

    Garment workers are among those most economically vulnerable in the COVID-19 crisis, due to structural inequalities in global garment supply chains. A call launched today by labour rights organisations and trade unions, urges apparel companies to guarantee that all workers in their supply chain will receive their legally mandated or regular wages and benefits, whichever is higher.

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  • May 31, 2020

    May 2020: Coronavirus and garment workers in supply chains

    This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.

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  • May 18, 2020

    COVID-19 Demands in defense of Garment Workers in Global Supply Chains

    The Clean Clothes Campaign global network has come up with a set of demands upon brands, retailers, e-tailers, and governments to mitigate the effects of the crisis on global garment supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to create more resilient systems that work for workers in the future.

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  • May 6, 2020

    The devastation of COVID-19 on UNIQLO's former garment workers

    During the current COVID-19 crisis, those who are the most vulnerable must be tended to first, and multi-national clothing brands should not be allowed to ignore their responsibilities. Uniqlo must take urgent action to help the 2,000 workers of Jaba Garmindo who have no income and whose only hope is retrieving the $5.5 million they are legally-owed in severance pay.

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  • April 30, 2020

    April 2020: Coronavirus and garment workers in supply chains

    This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.

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  • April 29, 2020

    NGO’s disappointment as German NCP close Adidas labour violations case

    Case highlights the vulnerability of workers in subcontracted factories. NCP failure to clarify relationship between brand, main supplier and subcontractor leaves way open for brands to deny responsibility for workers in their supply chain, and a lack of transparency in adidas’ due diligence processes leaves Freedom of association violations unchallenged.

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  • April 24, 2020

    Remembering the Rana Plaza workers by continuing the fight for workers’ rights during the pandemic

    Seven years ago today at least 1,134 workers died in the garment industry’s deadliest factory incident in history. Today, we remember the workers who died in the Rana Plaza collapse, sending our thoughts to those affected by this tragedy. While we commemorate this crisis, workers’ lives are again at risk.

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  • April 24, 2020

    German brands' practices force European garment factories to risk workers' lives amidst a pandemic

    A shocking investigation from Clean Clothes Campaign and Germany based Bread for the World reveals that around 120,000 labourers across Europe are being forced to work in high risk environments in spite of workplace closures globally.

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  • April 23, 2020

    Coronavirus strengthens case for new EU textile laws – 65 civil society groups publish joint vision

    We urge the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, governments of EU Member States in the Council and other stakeholders to work towards such a strategy.

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  • April 22, 2020

    COVID-19: A global approach to protecting garment workers in supply chains

    Apparel companies around the world responded to the Covid-19 crisis with an immediate resort to the risk-mitigating measures built into global supply chains. Their mass cancellation of orders has left factories around the world without cash to pay their workers.

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  • April 21, 2020

    Former Uniqlo garment workers vulnerable due to COVID-19 restrictions on fifth anniversary of factory closure

    Five years after factory bankruptcy, 2,000 workers are still campaigning for $5.5 million legally-owed in severance pay. Many relied on informal work and are now facing unprecedented hardship due to COVID-19 restrictions. Uniqlo has failed in its responsibility to address and remedy adverse human rights impacts of its business practices.

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  • April 15, 2020

    Forced labour and debt-trap: migrant workers in Japan face substantial risks during coronavirus outbreak

    Report on migrant garment workers in Japan’s state-supported Technical Internship Training Program (TITP) are subjected to widespread labour violations including poverty pay, debt bondage, enforced overtime, and inadequate and crowded living and working conditions. Fears grow for their safety during Coronavirus outbreak.

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  • April 9, 2020

    Brands and retailers need to step up now to protect garment workers

    The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the grossly unequal power relations that define global garment supply chains, with workers paying the price. Today the many organizations behind the world-wide Clean Clothes Campaign network are calling for action from brands and retailers -- as well as governments and other stakeholders -- that aims to mitigate the impact of this crisis on those already most exploited in supply chains and to build towards a future in which workers have access to living wages and a social safety net.

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  • April 3, 2020

    COVID-19 continues to ravage the health and livelihoods of garment workers

    The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow and spread. Half of the world’s population is under some form of lock-down or movement restriction in order to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Garment workers in global supply chains, who already grapple with poverty wages and precarious living situations, face increasing insecurity as factories close in response to steep drops in orders and as governments shut down manufacturing to protect public health.

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  • March 31, 2020

    March 2020: Coronavirus and garment workers in supply chains

    This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.

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  • March 17, 2020

    Brands must urgently take steps to minimise impact of the coronavirus on garment workers’ health and livelihoods

    The new coronavirus has reached global pandemic levels and is affecting people across the world, including garment workers in global supply chains. Protecting those most at risk means both taking steps to limit exposure and ensuring that people surviving on the poverty line are not pushed below it.

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  • March 6, 2020

    Uniqlo and the women owed $5.5 million

    In the fashion game, brands always win and garment workers always lose. It’s a stacked deck, the winning hands held by those with the money. In the quest for ever-greater profits, garment workers are often treated as yet another commodity, to be swapped at will, as brands act with impunity and watch their profits rise.

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  • March 4, 2020

    Campaigners call on Uniqlo to resolve wage theft case for International Women’s Day

    Campaigners from the Clean Clothes Campaign and Labour Behind the Label will be marking International Women’s Day 2020 by holding a demonstration on Saturday 7th March outside Uniqlo’s flagship London store in solidarity with 2,000 garment workers from the former Jaba Garmindo factory in Indonesia.

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  • February 24, 2020

    Joint civil society response to European Commission study into supply chain due diligence

    Nine civil society organisations and networks strongly welcome the release of the findings from the European Commission’s study on due diligence requirements through the supply chain.

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  • February 17, 2020

    Deadly Indian factory fire again shows need for preventive safety measures and justice for workers

    A fire in the two-story Nandan Denim factory in the Indian city of Ahmedabad a week ago on Saturday night killed at least seven workers. According to media reports, the high death toll was caused by severe safety defects in the factory. This fire thereby painfully shows the need for concerted preventive safety measures throughout India’s garment industry.

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  • February 10, 2020

    UK garment brand River Island signs on to the Transparency Pledge

    The first out of five brands targeted in a new campaign push led by Clean Clothes Campaign and Human Rights Watch to publish their supplier list has signed the Transparency Pledge last week. UK garment brand River Island is committing to disclose their supply chain information according to the minimum standards laid down in the Transparency Pledge by end of March 2020. It is now time for the other four targets of the campaign, American Eagle Outfitter, Armani, Carrefour and Urban Outfitters, to take the same step.

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  • February 5, 2020

    Reality check for the Bangladesh garment industry: what needs to be addressed?

    Employers, multi-stakeholder initiatives, and academics will be discussing the Bangladesh apparel industry in the European Parliament today. All stakeholders in the industry will have a chance to speak, except for the workers who form the backbone of the industry. Requests to have a worker representative as one of the speakers on today’s panel have been turned down. Clean Clothes Campaign believes a reality check on the situation of the garment industry in Bangladesh is direly needed, and would like to highlight issues that might be left out in absence of worker voices.

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  • January 13, 2020

    A year after crackdown on wage protests in Bangladesh, hundreds of workers still face retaliatory charges

    A year ago, tens of thousands of workers in Bangladesh went on strike against the poverty wages that are pervasive in the country’s export-oriented garment industry. On 13 January 2019, a minimal wage revision was announced that, together with massive repression, led workers to end the demonstrations that had been going on since December. Thousands of workers were unable to go back to work, however, facing punishment for their peaceful protest through politically-motivated dismissals, blacklisting, and criminal charges. Public pressure has in the past weeks and months led to withdrawal of at least eight criminal cases. Nevertheless, one year on, hundreds of workers continue to face the threat of serving time in prison for trumped-up and retaliatory charges.

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