Holding corporations accountable. Protecting worker rights.

Survey of Factory Owners: the Devastating Impact of Covid-19

A new research brief from the Penn State Center for Global Workers’ Rights and the WRC sheds light on how brand and retailer responses to the Covid-19 crisis are having profound consequences for workers and factories at the bottom of supply chains. The brief draws from surveys with over 300 factory owners in Bangladesh.

WRC White Paper: Who will bail out the workers that make our clothes?

The world’s wealthy countries are poised to spend trillions of dollars to shore up the income of their workers and to rescue their corporations from the ravages of Covid-19. A vital question remains unanswered: who is going to rescue the workers who toil in the global supply chains of many of those corporations?

CECC Roundtable: Global Supply Chains, Forced Labor, and the XUAR

The WRC's Executive Director Scott Nova participated in the Congressional-Executive Commission on China's roundtable discussing the the risk of complicity in forced labor for global brands and retailers sourcing from the XUAR, as well as the obstacles to credible due diligence.

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.

Live-blog: How the Coronavirus affects garment workers in supply chains

This live-blog by the Clean Clothes Campaign aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting garment workers’ rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from…

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COVID-19 – time for governments, brands and employers to protect supply chain and precarious workers from hardship and infection

By Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC & Phil Bloomer, Executive Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre – Steps should be taken to protect workers and business, write Sharan Burrow and Phil Bloomer. As the economic and human rights impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak come into view, we are again seeing supply…

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Combatting Forced Labor and Enforcing Workers’ Rights Using the Tariff Act

By the International Labor Rights Forum – The U.S. has one of the most powerful tools for preventing the import of goods made by forced labor: the Tariff Act. Yet, Section 307 of the Tariff Act is rarely enforced. In its new report released today – “Combatting Forced Labor and Enforcing Workers’ Rights Using the…

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Challenging the Status Quo: Helping Workers Protect their Associational Rights in Myanmar

Freedom of association is a fundamental and critical right allowing workers to collectively demand better working conditions. Yet factory management around the world often deny workers this right, illegally terminating union leaders, and sometimes employing violence to quell union organizing. Buyers at the top of the supply chain generally fail to detect such violations or…

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