The manmade fibre viscose, first produced in the early 20th century, is predominantly used in the clothing industry.. It is particularly popular for light and colourful summer clothing as the fabric can easily be coloured and printed. A study by the Changing Markets Foundation shows that the production of viscose severely damages the environment. The use of highly toxic chemicals like carbon disulphide, hydrogen sulphide and sodium hydroxide does not only expose workers and local residents to serious health risks but also leads to severe air and water pollution. ... →
On April 24, 2017, the collapse of the eight-storey building complex Plaza Rana in Dhaka, Bangladesh, marked its fourth anniversary. Along with two devastating fires in the textile factories Ali Enterprises in Pakistan and Tazreen in Bangladesh, in which factory workers were burnt alive, the symptomatic inhuman working conditions in the garment industry were revealed. The newly published report, “Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry” calls on the fashion industry to increase transparency in global supply chains in the garment industry, and indicates cases where a substantial need for action remains. ... →
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. ... →
In 2012 a report by Somo and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) described working conditions in Indian textile factories in the state of Tamil Nadu. At this stage it was clear how catastrophic the conditions for workers were, many of them young women from lower castes.
ICN has now investigated factories in Bangalore and have documented the working conditions. ... →
The fact that the North Korean government sends its citizen abroad to work is well known. Currently there are approx. 65.000 North Koreans working as labourers outside of their country1.
In many cases, countries hosting these foreign workers do not respect labour rights and workers can find themselves in disastrous working and living conditions, which includes exploitation and in severe cases forms of forced labour. ... →