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Buyers Pulled Orders When Migrant Burmese Garment Workers Spoke Out in Defense of Their Rights, Now They Are Making Workers Whole

Published: May 10, 2021

Despite the inclusion of nondiscrimination protections based on nationality in Thai labor law, Mae Sot is known as a black hole of labor abuse for the many Burmese migrant workers who produce apparel there. Burmese workers in Mae Sot face a range of workplace violations that often go unreported and uncorrected due to their status…

Kanlayani Factory

Published: May 10, 2021

Kanlayani, a small subcontractor located in Mae Sot, Thailand—a hot spot for labor rights violations—closed in October 2019 leaving 29 Burmese migrant workers unemployed. After extensive engagement by the WRC and other local and international organizations, the factory’s four buyers, Tesco, Starbucks, Disney, and NBC Universal stepped in and provided the workers with their legally…

V.K. Garment Co. Ltd.

Published: April 6, 2021

The apparel industry’s chronically low wages left most garment workers with no savings on the eve of the Covid-19 crisis. Since most governments in apparel exporting countries provide little or no unemployment benefits, the only thing standing between an out-of-work garment worker and immediate poverty for her family are the legally mandated severance benefits that…

Royal Knitting Co. Ltd.

Published: April 6, 2021

The apparel industry’s chronically low wages left most garment workers with no savings on the eve of the Covid-19 crisis. Since most governments in apparel exporting countries provide little or no unemployment benefits, the only thing standing between an out-of-work garment worker and immediate poverty for her family are the legally mandated severance benefits that…

Brilliant Alliance Thai Global Ltd.

Published: April 6, 2021

The apparel industry’s chronically low wages left most garment workers with no savings on the eve of the Covid-19 crisis. Since most governments in apparel exporting countries provide little or no unemployment benefits, the only thing standing between an out-of-work garment worker and immediate poverty for her family are the legally mandated severance benefits that…

New WRC Report: Hong Seng Knitting (Thailand)

Published: April 5, 2021

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Scott Nova and Jessica Champagne Date: April 5, 2021 Re: New WRC Report: Hong Seng Knitting (Thailand) We write today to share a new report concerning labor rights violations at Hong Seng Knitting, a garment factory in Thailand that supplies university logo apparel to Nike. Through documents, worker…

Hong Seng Knitting

Published: April 5, 2021

The WRC engaged with this factory in 2012-2013 and again in 2020-2021 regarding separate issues.

Pandora Production Co., Ltd.

Published: December 18, 2019

Pandora Production Co., Ltd., (Thailand) (“Pandora”) is a Danish-owned jewelry factory in Bangkok, Thailand, which currently employs more than 7,000 workers. Until mid-2019, Pandora was a producer of university logo jewelry and, as a result, subject to university codes of conduct. Pandora’s parent company, Pandora A/S, currently holds licenses to produce jewelry from the Walt…

Thai Garment Export 1/3

Published: November 25, 2019

At Thai Garment Export, a factory supplying multiple licensees, we have recently seen new examples of the positive long-term impact of a successful WRC intervention that took place more than a decade ago. After the WRC documented retaliation against workers seeking to form a union in 2006–2007, the company complied with and even exceeded the…

Thai Garment Export 5

Published: April 3, 2015

The WRC’s assessment of Thai Garment Export, which was launched in May 2013, identified violations of Thai law and international labor standards in the following areas: occupational health and safety including excessive heat levels, inadequate sanitary facilities, safe drinking water, excessive noise levels, lighting levels, fire safety; freedom of association; hours of work including involuntary…