WRC Factory Investigation

Brilliant Alliance Thai Global Ltd.

Factory: Brilliant Alliance Thai Global Ltd.

Key Buyers: Lane Bryant, Torrid, Victoria's Secret

Last Updated: 2021

Case Summary

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 most garment workers are due upon termination.

Research by the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) reveals that many garment workers who were fired during the pandemic have been denied some or all of this essential compensation, in violation of the law and the labor rights obligations of the brands and retailers whose clothes they sewed.

Brilliant Alliance Thai Global is one of the 31 export garment factories identified in the WRC’s April 2021 report, Fired, Then Robbed: Fashion brands’ complicity in wage theft during Covid-19, that owed workers legally mandated terminal compensation.

In March 2021, Brilliant Alliance Thai Global dismissed 1,388 workers when it closed. In May 2022, following several months of engagement by the WRC, these workers received $8.3 million (281 million baht) in legally owed compensation, financed by Victoria’s Secret. The compensation provided to the workers included over one million dollars in interest, per Thai law.

Brilliant Alliance Thai Global Ltd., a lingerie production facility located at 393 Moo 17, Bangsaothong Sub-Division, Bangsaothong District, Samut Prakan, Thailand, was formerly known as Body Fashion and belonged to Triumph International. L Brands’ May 2020 supplier disclosure listed the factory as part of Hong Kong-based Clover Group International, which operates lingerie factories in Cambodia, China, and India. L Brands’ publicly available supplier list accessed on March 13, 2021, listed Clover Group’s Dongguan factory. Workers described Victoria’s Secret (part of L Brands until August 2021) in a public interview as among the factory’s buyers. January–March 2020 shipment records indicate production for Lane Bryant, which Sycamore Partners bought from Ascena Retail Group in December 2020.

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