The garment industry has long been heavily criticized for fostering low wages, long working hours, child labor and health issues in Bangladesh and Pakistan. It has recently been observed that fashion manufacturing in Myanmar is steadily increasing. It seems that the garment industry is shifting manufacturing sites to other countries after public attention was raised by the collapse of the Rana Plaza production facility in 2013. ... →
Swedish fashion group H&M is planning to produce some of its clothes in Ethiopia. The first test orders have already been made and mass production can start in the spring of 2014. The change is justified with production costs: In recent years, H&M was able to produce in China partly under inhuman conditions and by engaging in wage-dumping. ... →
Worker rampages ensued following the recent collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh in April that killed over 1,100 people. In response to the tragic event, many large retailers, including H&M, Inditex (owner of Zara), and Primark, have chosen to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a document that extends retailers’ accountability for conditions at their garment supply factories. ... →
In March 2013, LA Alameda, an Argentinian NGO renewed charges against Zara due to the poor working conditions in their factories. Zara belongs to Inditex, a textile manufacturer based in A Coruna, Spain.