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Last week, a 14-year-old model from Perm, Russia, died while on a three-month assignment in China, setting off questions and a burst of unverified information regarding the circumstances of her death. Continue reading “Russian Authorities Investigate 14-Year-Old Model’s Death”
With an exemplary ruling the Federal Chamber of Cassation sentenced the textile entrepreneur Rina Ruíz Cerrón to five years in prison for reducing the servitude of a dozen Peruvian citizens, one of them disabled. Continue reading “They just lacked the shackles”
Germany has a growing club of global apparel brands making their supplier factory information public. Unfortunately, KiK is dragging its feet on transparency, and has stayed out of the club.
Transparency in the garment industry about the factories brands use to produce their clothes is important. When apparel brands publish names and key information about their supplier factories, it allows workers and labor advocates to swiftly alert them to unsafe working conditions or labor rights violations. This kind of transparency can even help avert deadly disasters. Continue reading “KiK Fails to Turn a New Page on Ethical Business”
We are textile workers in Turkey who have been working for years to make profit for brands such as Inditex (Zara), Next, and Mango. We produced their products under the brands’ close surveillance and saw the power they wield to ensure their working standards are followed by their supplier factories. By July of 2016, our boss refused to pay a huge portion of the wages we had earned making each brands’ clothing. Creditors came to our factory and seized all machines and valuable assets. Meanwhile, our boss disappeared, taking our wages with him. We have yet to receive our wages or any form of severance payment.
Continue reading “Tell Zara, Next, and Mango: Pay Your Workers the Wages They Earned!”