Factory Investigations

The WRC has conducted hundreds of factory investigations in more than two dozen countries, many in response to complaints from workers and worker organizations. You can browse case summaries, full public reports, and related documents and background information for many of these investigations below. Reports include detailed information on findings, the WRC’s recommendations for remedies (from reinstatement of illegally fired workers, to urgent safety improvements, to back pay) and whether or not brands and factories have implemented these remedies. Click on a factory name in the results to view the case summary and links to the full report and other documents.

Sewing International S.A. (SISA)

Country: Haiti
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: Statutory Benefit Violations

In 2020–2021, the WRC investigated the chronic failure of Haitian garment factories to make legally required contributions to the country’s public healthcare and pension systems. This failure contributed to the avoidable deaths of two workers that occurred after each of them was unable to access lifesaving medical treatment. The WRC’s investigation found that the factories…

Palm Apparel

Country: Haiti
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: Statutory Benefit Violations

In 2020–2021, the WRC investigated the chronic failure of Haitian garment factories to make legally required contributions to the country’s public healthcare and pension systems. This failure contributed to the avoidable deaths of two workers that occurred after each of them was unable to access lifesaving medical treatment. The WRC’s investigation found that the factories…

Kanlayani Factory

Country: Thailand
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: Wage Theft

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…

Elim SA

Country: Guatemala
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: COVID-19, Freedom of Association Violations, Wage Theft

In late 2020, the WRC conducted an investigation of labor rights violations at Elim, a garment factory located in Mixco, Guatemala. The investigation found serious violations of freedom of association, including retaliatory dismissals, death threats by factory management, and threats of retaliatory firing and plant closure, all of which were in response to the decision…

V.K. Garment Co. Ltd.

Country: Thailand
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: COVID-19, Wage Theft

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…

Violet Apparel Co. Ltd.

Country: Cambodia
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: COVID-19, Wage Theft

The July 1, 2020, closure of Violet Apparel Co. Ltd. in Phnom Penh, Cambodia—a supplier to Matalan and Nike—left 1,284 workers unemployed. The factory deprived these workers of $1,800,829 in terminal compensation. Under Cambodian law, workers on permanent contracts, like those employed at Violet Apparel, must be given advance notice between one week and three…

Vega Textile Ltd.

Country: Jordan
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: COVID-19, Wage Theft

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…

Texport Creation

Country: India
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: COVID-19, Wage Theft

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…

Sangwoo (Cambodia) Co. Ltd.

Country: Cambodia
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: COVID-19, Wage Theft

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.

Country: Thailand
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: COVID-19, Wage Theft

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…