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Code Compliance Successes in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia

Published: December 16, 2022

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Jessica Champagne and Scott Nova Date: December 16, 2022 Re: Code Compliance Successes in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia As we near the end of 2022, we write to provide brief updates on four cases that were resolved this year. In each case, the WRC documented violations of…

KGG Garments, Plc

Published: December 16, 2022

In March 2022, the WRC secured a commitment from the university licensee, Cutter & Buck, to provide the equivalent of more than four months’ wages to over 1,300 workers, to remedy violations of law at a factory in Ethiopia producing university logo apparel. The breaches of law—nonpayment of legally mandated severance and terminal benefits—were committed…

The Unequal Impacts of Covid-19 on Global Garment Supply Chains

Published: June 21, 2021

This report documents deteriorating living and working conditions for workers in garment supply chains, including a surge in vulnerability to forced labour, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

We find that garment workers’ labour and living conditions have severely worsened during the pandemic and workers are experiencing severe economic hardship and labour abuse. Across all four of our case study countries, workers have experienced sharp declines in earnings and working conditions, including increased vulnerability to key indicators of forced labour. These dynamics are evident for workers who have remained in the same jobs with no change in their employment status, as well for those who have had their contracts terminated amidst the pandemic and found new jobs; which have often involved worse working conditions and lower pay compared to their pre-pandemic employment. These patterns varied across case study country; individual level factors such as age, gender, race and ethnicity, union affiliation, migration and employment status; and commercial dynamics in supply chains.