Press Release Archive

Leading Apparel Brands Tolerated Delivery Delays Resulting from Türkiye Earthquake; but Most Have Done Little Else to Support Survivors

August 22, 2023

New research shows that many apparel giants failed to take appropriate steps to protect suppliers and workers, leaving 48% of factories unable to pay employees in full after quake  A white paper by the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) examines how 16 global brands handled their human rights obligations after the devastating earthquake in Türkiye: Pressed…

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Gap Inc. Signs Pakistan Safety Accord in US Breakthrough for Binding Brand-Labor Agreements

July 20, 2023

Workers in Gap Inc.’s 14 Factories in Pakistan Will Now Benefit from the Accord’s Unparalleled Fire and Building Safety Protections The Worker Rights Consortium applauds Gap Inc. (Athleta, Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy) for signing the Pakistan Accord on Health & Safety in the Textile & Garment Industry and encourages other US brands to join…

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Haitian Workers at Factory Supplying Gildan Activewear Fired for Striking over Poverty Wages

April 25, 2023

An investigation by the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) has found that a supplier factory to Gildan Activewear located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, engaged in a mass firing of its workers in retaliation for their going on strike over unpaid overtime. The WRC found that the dismissal of 64 Haitian workers at Gildan’s supplier, Centri Group, was…

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Experts Commend Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Implementation, Call for More Muscle

April 18, 2023

Coalition members cite Entity List and third-country imports as key for tougher enforcement At a Congressional hearing today, experts called for urgent action to improve the effectiveness of a key import law to fight forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China (Uyghur Region). The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) bans all…

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Labor rights organizations hail advent of the Pakistan Accord 

December 14, 2022

Expansion of binding international health and safety pact will save garment workers’ lives   After a decade-long push towards factory safety for Pakistan’s garment workers, Pakistani unions and NGO witness signatories to the International Accord today celebrated the announcement of the new agreement:  Nasir Mansoor, General Secretary of the National Trade Union Federation Pakistan, said:…

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Car Industry Must Take Immediate Action to Exit the Uyghur Region

December 6, 2022

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…

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New Report Details Growth of XPCC’s Prisons and Internment Camps

July 26, 2022

The Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region calls on corporations, in all countries, to sever all relationships with Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) companies and their subsidiaries. The call follows the release of a new report, Until Nothing is Left, providing alarming insights into the systemic repression of Uyghurs by the XPCC …

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Global Coalition Calls on Companies Not to Dump Forced Labour-Made Goods in Non-US Markets

June 21, 2022

Today, as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) comes into effect in the United States, the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region urged US importers not to dump goods linked to the Uyghur Region into other markets and to not re-export tainted goods. Hundreds of companies have been publicly identified as having links to Uyghur forced labour.…

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Thai Workers Win Historic $8.3 Million in Back Pay, Financed by Victoria’s Secret

May 25, 2022

More than 1,250 Thai workers who sewed bras for Victoria’s Secret, Lane Bryant, and Torrid—and who were fired in 2021 without their legally mandated severance—have received $8.3 million in compensation.

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Worker Rights Consortium and Worker Representatives Secure $1 Million Humanitarian Contribution from Barco Uniforms to Address Unpaid Severance at Closed Supplier Factory in El Salvador

December 23, 2021

The WRC is pleased to report that Southern California-based Barco Uniforms, Inc. has made a humanitarian contribution of more than $1 million to the 200 former employees of Barco’s former supplier, the Industrias Florenzi factory in El Salvador.

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