Holding corporations accountable. Protecting worker rights.

Binding Pakistan Safety Accord Is Launched

The model that has saved lives in Bangladesh is being expanded. New union-brand agreement will protect safety and health across hundreds of Pakistan’s apparel factories and fabric mills.

WRC Secures $1 Million in Back Pay for Fired Haitian Garment Workers

PVH was a small buyer, but it honored its responsibilities by ensuring workers were paid in full.

Engagement with Target Results in Compensation and Restoration of Stolen Severance Rights

Target supplier JNB Global in Guatemala has paid severance and back pay to workers who were illegally fired in 2021 and restored seniority rights to its workforce of 400 employees.

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.

Workers with back pay

WRC Engagement with Target Secures Compensation for Seven Unlawfully Fired Employees, Restores Stolen Severance Rights for 400 Workers at Supplier JNB Global in Guatemala

JNB Global, a garment factory in Guatemala that supplies Target Stores, has provided legally owed severance and back pay to workers whom the factory unlawfully fired in February 2021, and it has restored severance and seniority rights for the factory’s entire workforce of 400 employees, following a WRC investigation and subsequent engagement with Target for…


Car Industry Must Take Immediate Action to Exit the Uyghur Region

New report shows depth of industry links to Uyghur forced labour The automotive industry must exit the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Uyghur Region) at every level of the supply chain, said the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region. This includes ending all links to suppliers operating in the Region or implicated in…

Haitian Factory

Hanesbrands Ensures Severance Paid to Haitian Factory Workers

In late August 2022, more than 800 workers at the apparel factory, GO Haiti (Garments of Haiti) picked up severance checks totaling $330,000, the equivalent of almost three months’ wages per worker, that were paid for by Hanesbrands, the US apparel company that had been the factory’s main buyer. Hanesbrands informed the WRC that it…

Hong Seng factory with workers entering and exiting the campus

After More Than a Year, Workers at Nike Supplier Are Still Owed over $500,000

Hong Seng Knitting continues to refuse to provide back pay to more than 99 percent of the affected workers and continues to refuse to pay meaningful compensation to the Burmese migrant worker who was forced to flee the country after management reported him to the police. Nike’s position remains unchanged. Nike discounts the evidence of…