Holding corporations accountable. Protecting worker rights.

US House Votes to Ban Forced Labor Goods from Uyghur Region

The WRC calls congressional action to pass the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act “a high-decibel wake up call for apparel brands complicit in forced labor.” The bill is designed to end the use of Uyghur forced labor in corporate supply chains by banning all imports with content from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous 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.

Import Data Reveal Extent of Brands’ Covid-19 Misconduct

According to a new report from Penn State/WRC, the refusal of apparel brands and retailers to pay for clothes they ordered from suppliers drove a $16 billion plunge in US & EU apparel imports this spring, with ruinous implications for garment workers. See the Brand Tracker. 

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.

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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During Pandemic, Universities Continue Support of Living-Wage Jobs

Despite the tremendous challenges facing colleges and universities during this back-to-school season, dozens of schools have chosen to leverage their mask procurement and licensing choices to support living-wage jobs by sourcing from Alta Gracia Apparel.

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US House Votes to Ban Forced Labor Goods from Uyghur Region

Worker Rights Consortium— a member of Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region — Calls Congressional Action “A High-Decibel Wake Up Call for Apparel Brands Complicit in Forced Labor”

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Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour Testifies before Congress

Representatives from the Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour testified before the House Ways & Means Committee on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The Campaign for Uyghurs, the Worker Rights Consortium, and the AFL-CIO provided testimony to members of Congress on why apparel brands must divest from the Xinjiang Region of China. Supply chains of most…

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