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Garment Workers Face Mounting Forced Labor Risks

Published: June 21, 2021

1000+ Interviews Reveal Destructive Brand Practices Contributed to Unpaid Earnings, Threats and Abuse, Skyrocketing Debt, and a Dangerous Lack of PPE New research by the University of Sheffield and the Worker Rights Consortium finds that declining income and working conditions for workers in garment supply chains amid the Covid-19 pandemic has increased workers’ vulnerability to…

Hanging by a thread

Published: June 20, 2021

Avery Dennison (Honduras)

Published: March 22, 2021

In June 2020, Avery Dennison (Honduras), a subsidiary of the US-based Avery Dennison Corporation, conducted an economic layoff in which it dismissed 100 of the factory’s workers, of whom 33 were members of a workers’ union. In response to a complaint filed by the union, the WRC determined that the company’s selection of workers for dismissal did not comply with Honduran labor laws—which require that employees who are union members be protected in the case of a layoff, relative to the general workforce, in order to ensure that such discriminatory targeting does not take place. In December 2020, in response to the WRC’s findings and recommendations, the factory agreed to rehire 33 union members and to make the appropriate payment of back wages.

Case Brief: Avery Dennison (Honduras)

Published: March 22, 2021

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Tara Mathur and Ben Hensler Date: March 22, 2021 Re: Case Brief: Avery Dennison (Honduras) This brief concerns the successful securing of offers of reemployment and compensation, in December 2020, for 33 workers whom the WRC found had been dismissed in violation of their legal rights, by Avery…

Delta Apparel Honduras

Published: July 1, 2019

The WRC investigated a complaint filed by workers at Delta Apparel Honduras (DAH), and found that the practices of DAH violated Honduran law and university codes of conduct in the areas of wages and hours of work, legally mandated benefits, health care, harassment and abuse, gender discrimination, freedom of association, and occupational health and safety.

Direct Ship Americas

Published: April 8, 2019

In January 2019, the university licensee Fanatics, the WRC, and other stakeholders worked together to ensure compliance with university codes of conduct following the closure of Direct Ship Americas (DSA), a factory located in Choloma, Honduras. Fanatics informed the WRC about the closure before it occurred and reported that the factory, which owed its 240…

Rio Garment

Published: August 4, 2017

In August 2016, Rio Garment, a collegiate supplier factory, unexpectedly closed its operations. The WRC’s investigation found that, at the time of the closure, the factory owed its workers $1.3 million in compensation.