Holding corporations accountable. Protecting worker rights.

Exclusive: Caterpillar Sourced Clothes from XUAR Factory Involved in Coercive Labor

New investigation by Axios builds on research by the WRC in exposing US construction equipment company Caterpillar for importing tens of thousands of pounds of workwear from a factory that is complicit the XUAR forced labor crisis.

Which Brands Are Honoring Commitments to Suppliers and Workers?

The WRC is tracking which brands and retailers are paying for goods that are finished or in-production and which are breaking their commitments, with devastating consequences for workers in their supply chains.

Kohl’s Refuses to Pay Its Suppliers but Just Gave Shareholders a $109 Million Dividend

The company’s refusal to pay factories for clothes it asked them to make is putting the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers at risk.

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.

Four Major Civil Society Groups Release Dispute Resolution System and Model Arbitration Clauses for Disputes Arising Under Enforceable Brand Agreements

Authors: Clean Clothes Campaign, Global Labor Justice, International Labor Rights Forum, and Worker Rights Consortium

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More Brands Paying for Orders, but Many Have yet to Follow Suit

The WRC has been working for the last two months to address the most urgent challenge facing garment workers: the decision of many leading apparel brands and retailers, at the outset of the Covid-19 crisis, to retroactively cancel apparel orders that suppliers and workers had already produced. This sudden withdrawal of billions of dollars in contractually…

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Covid-19 Tracker: Updates and Analysis

The WRC is tracking which brands and retailers are paying for goods that are finished or in-production and which are breaking their commitments, with devastating consequences for workers in their supply chains. Our tracker now also features a section for Updates and Analysis. Photo credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

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Two crises, one flawed supply chain model: How the imbalance of power in global supply chains harms workers

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory collapse claimed the lives of 1,137 garment workers in Bangladesh and injured thousands more. The tragedy, which was the deadliest disaster in a manufacturing facility in human history, put a spotlight on the grossly unsafe labor conditions plaguing Bangladesh’s garment sector and catalyzed fundamental reform. The international…

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