Stop Exploitation in the Fashion Industry! More Transparency in Supply Chains!

Dhaka Savar Building Collapse Einsturz des Gebäude-Komplexes Rana Plaza am 24. April 2013, Quelle: Flickr: Dhaka Savar Building Collapse, Autor: rijans | Bild (Ausschnitt): © rijans [CC BY-SA 2.0] - flickr

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.   ... →

Walmart textile workers in Asia protest against working conditions – workers rights group “Jobs with Justice Education Fund” publishes report

The workers rights groups Jobs with Justice Education Fund (JWJ) and the Asia Floor Wage Alliance have published the report “New Findings on Conditions Across Walmart’s Garment Supplier Factories in Cambodia, India and Indonesia” in June 2015. They evaluate the working conditions in factories producing textile goods for Walmart in Cambodia, India and Indonesia. To their great concern workers still have to face poor labour standards even though in some aspects there has been gradual improvement.   ... →

Companies Make Donations to Rana Plaza Victims’ Fund

Following the Rana Plaza collapse Bangladesh in 2013, negotiations between clothing companies, factory owners, labor groups and the Bangladesh government have resulted in the “Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund.” The disaster claimed over 1,100 lives and was the greatest disaster the industry has seen thus far. The fund aims to raise $40 million to compensate survivors, those who were injured, and families of the dead for their lost wages, medical expenses, and other expenses.   ... →

In Bangladesh 50000 textile worker on strike for higher wages

Last Saturday more than 50,000 textile worker went in Dhaka on strike to demand a minimum wage of 8000 Taka (75.50 Euro) per month. So far, the manufacturers offered the worker union a 20 percent increase, which is still far below the demanded wage increase. At the moment, most of the four million workers earn just around 28 Euro.   ... →

Dutch pension fund puts Walmart and PetroChina on investment blacklist

The Dutch pension fund APB put Walmart and the Chinese oil giant PetroChina on its investments blacklist. APB is one of the largest pension funds in the world. In a statement, the fund explained why both companies were on this list. Walmart was listed because of inconsistent policies with the guidelines of the International Labour Organisation, in particular those related to trade union policies and working conditions.   ... →