VF: Labor rights violations in supply chain

A 2012 study (Maid in India) by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands revealed inadequate safety standards in the Eastman Exports Global Clothing factory located in Tamil Nadu, South India. The factory is a supplier for VF brands like Timberland. During the investigation, workers only received personal protective equipment like earplugs during inspections and did not demonstrate knowledge as to why such equipment is necessary. During peak seasons, workers were required to work 24-hour shifts without overtime pay, sometimes being woken up in the middle of the night to perform work. The investigation concluded that a welfare committee exists for the benefit of the employees; however, workers claim it has not provided help of any kind. The investigation also reported an overall lack of trade union presence in the factory.