Holding corporations accountable. Protecting worker rights.

WRC Confirms $23 Million in Back Wage Payments to Karnataka Garment Workers

Most suppliers are fulfilling their commitments to remedy the worst mass wage theft ever documented in apparel supply chains.

Supplier of adidas’ World Cup Clothes Fired Unionists for Seeking Better Working Conditions

Trax Apparel in Cambodia is refusing to reinstate four fired leaders. Adidas is okay with that.

Hanesbrands Ensures Severance Paid to Haitian Factory Workers

A growing recognition by apparel brands of the need to ensure supply chain workers receive severance led Hanesbrands to pay the factory’s employees $330,000 in legally owed severance.

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.

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…

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shipping containers

EU Forced Labour Proposal Falls Short on Uyghur Forced Labour

Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region urges clear procedures to address state-imposed forced labour and require companies to map their supply chains  The European Parliament and Council should introduce amendments to strengthen the European Commission’s proposal to enact a ban on goods made with forced labour, the Coalition to End Forced Labour in…

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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…

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Target Supplier JNB Global Fires Workers and Steals Severance

Overview: The WRC recently documented violations of worker rights at the Guatemalan garment factory JNB Global, also known as Sams and Rudia. Following our investigation, we shared findings and recommendations for remedial action with the factory and with its buyer, Target Corporation. The violations of worker rights at JNB Global occurred when the factory required…

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