Holding corporations accountable. Protecting worker rights.

Garment Workers Going Hungry across Supply Chains of Leading Apparel Brands

new WRC report reveals employees are being forced into debt and facing food shortages as suppliers to western fashion brands cut wages and close factories.

In Sweeping Enforcement Action, US Bans 1.5 Billion Garments from the Uyghur Region

US Customs and Border Protection has banned imports of all products containing Uyghur Region cotton and yarn because of forced labor. The action effects 20% of cotton garments imported to the US. It creates enormous legal risk for any apparel brand that continues to source from the region.

Apparel Brands Are Using Suppliers’ Desperation to Squeeze Them on Price

In a new global survey, apparel factories, already reeling from the impact of the pandemic, say their brand customers are demanding large price reductions, forcing some to the brink of bankruptcy.

How we work

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.

Lesotho Garment Worker Program to Combat Gender-Based Violence Begins

by: Carolyn Butler, Solidarity Center A worker-centered, precedent-setting program that targets gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in four Lesotho garment factories is now in effect for as many as 10,000 workers producing jeans for the global market. The program inauguration on Friday was marked by a social media campaign, including SMS text blasts to garment…

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Global Survey: Garment Workers Report Widespread Hunger during Covid-19

Global Survey: Garment Workers Report Widespread Hunger during Covid-19 Leading apparel brands urged to avert destitution for workers who sew their clothes As a result of falling income and job loss amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, garment workers across the supply chains of major brands and retailers report growing hunger and food insecurity. These are the…

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Worker Rights Consortium Applauds US CBP Ban On XPCC Cotton as a “Body-Blow” to Apparel Brands Complicit in Forced Labor

+ Coalition allies filed a petition for a regional WRO on cotton products from China’s Xinjiang Region in August Washington, D.C.— Today, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it will block imports of all products containing cotton produced by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), in response to widespread concerns over the use of…

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Why We Need Corporate Transparency on Factory Closures

Covid-19 has meant a huge drop in demand for apparel, resulting in many closures of garment-producing facilities, with many more expected. Factory closures have sweeping social impacts, both short and long term, with a single closure often affecting the livelihoods and life prospects of thousands of workers and their dependents. When closures are carried out…

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