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WRC Welcomes New Binding Worker Safety Agreement

The International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry will preserve, extend, and expand the model pioneered by the Bangladesh Accord for protecting worker safety.

Pandemic-Era Severance Theft at Garment Factories Exceeds Half a Billion Dollars

New WRC research estimates that total severance theft during Covid-19, across the supply chains of global brands and retailers, is already $500 to $850 million... and the pandemic isn’t over.

Garment Workers Face Mounting Forced Labor Risks

Unpaid earnings. Threats and abuse. Skyrocketing debt.

New research co-authored by SPERI and the WRC illustrates the enduring impact of brands' pandemic response. Read the full report here.

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Enforceable standards

In global manufacturing, regulation usually means self-regulation, with brands inspecting their own suppliers under voluntary standards. The WRC promotes and enforces binding labor standards, the only kind that ever work in the real world.

Worker-Centered investigations

We interview workers away from their factories, without management’s knowledge, so workers can speak openly, with no fear of reprisal. This enables the WRC to uncover labor abuses that brands and their auditing organizations routinely ignore.

Full restitution for rights violations

The WRC compels brands and their suppliers around the world to remedy the abuses we’ve exposed: we’ve achieved tens of millions of dollars in back pay, reinstatement for thousands of unjustly fired workers, and transformative safety improvements.

Systemic change in supply chains

Achieving decent conditions in supply chains requires systemic reform: supplanting voluntary industry promises with enforceable agreements worldwide and obliging brands to end the price pressure on suppliers that impels abuses. We drive strategies to advance this agenda.

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NGO Signatories to Bangladesh Accord Welcome New Binding Worker Safety Agreement

Labor rights groups say “every brand that values workers’ lives” will sign the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry Today, apparel brands and labor unions announced agreement on a new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry, thereby preserving, extending, and expanding the model…

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Bangladesh Accord expiration poses liability risk to apparel brands

An analysis of existing and upcoming human rights due diligence legislation in relation to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, published today, shows that apparel brands will expose themselves to considerable liability risks if they fail to negotiate and sign a follow up agreement to this ground-breaking safety program, which will expire…

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Brands Should Consult Unions before Resuming Sourcing in Myanmar

Within the past two weeks, several apparel brands that put a pause on sourcing from Myanmar in response to February’s military coup in the country resumed their sourcing, drawn by cheap prices for apparel and a labor movement constrained by arbitrary arrests and violent suppression from the police and military. Despite the military’s unwillingness to…

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Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region Warns Corporations Not to Trade their Human Rights Principles for Market Access

WORLDWIDE — As global fashion brands face commercial retaliation in China over their statements against the use of forced Uyghur labour, the advocates leading the campaign against forced labour in the Uyghur Region are calling on companies not to trade their human rights principles to hang onto commercial advantage.

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