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.

Elim SA

Country: Guatemala
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: 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…

Hong Seng Knitting

Country: Thailand
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: Wage Theft

Read More: Factory Assessment: Hong Seng Knitting Co., Ltd. (Thailand) – April 5, 2021 University Caucus Board Representatives’ Letter to Hong Seng – March 8, 2021

Avery Dennison (Honduras)

Country: Honduras
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations

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.

Uni Gears Ltd.

Country: Bangladesh
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: Wage Theft

Read More: Case Brief: Uni Gears Ltd. (Bangladesh) – March 1, 2021

Popular International Garment Co., Ltd.

Country: Myanmar
Last Updated: 2020
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Health & Safety Violations, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wage and hour violations, Wage Theft

The WRC’s assessment of Popular Garment identified numerous violations of Burmese labor law, international labor conventions, and university codes of conduct. These included violations of the right of freedom of association, wage theft, illegal short-term contracts, harassment and abuse by management, and occupational health and safety violations among others.

Alta Gracia

Country: Dominican Republic
Last Updated: 2020
Issues: Living Wage

The WRC is currently engaged in monitoring and public verification of working conditions at a factory that makes a unique apparel product: university t-shirts and sweatshirts sewn by workers who are paid a living wage, are represented by a democratic union, and face none of the abusive labor conditions that continue to plague apparel workers around the world. The shirts are sold by Knights Apparel under the company’s new Alta Gracia brand, and are available in campus bookstores across the country and online. The Alta Gracia brand, and the robust labor rights monitoring process outlined on this site, represent an extraordinary step forward for worker rights in global manufacturing and are the product of two years of work by Knights Apparel, the WRC, student activists, university leaders, and worker representatives in the Dominican Republic where the garments are sewn.

Varsity Pro Ltd.

Country: El Salvador
Last Updated: 2020
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations

The WRC’s investigation found that Varsity Pro, a factory located in El Salvador that produces collegiate licensed apparel for Varsity Brands and non-licensed apparel for adidas and Under Armour, violated Salvadoran law and university codes of conduct on freedom of association. In March and April 2020, as part of a larger layoff, the factory fired…

L&Y Embroidery

Country: Bangladesh
Last Updated: 2020
Issues: Wage Theft

The WRC’s investigation found that L&Y, a subcontractor to college logo cap factory, Han Apparel (Han), violated Bangladeshi labor law and university codes of conduct by terminating at least seven employees without providing them legally required notice and severance benefits. After engagement by the WRC with Han’s buyer for collegiate products, university licensee Zephyr Headwear…

Avery Dennison

Country: India
Last Updated: 2020
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations

The WRC investigated retaliation by Avery Dennison against company employees who sought representation by the Bangalore-based Garment and Textile Workers Union (GATWU). As detailed in the report, the WRC found that Avery Dennison violated the associational rights of workers at this plant by: Improper payment by a factory human resources manager to the leader of…

All-Sportz Apparel

Country: Dominican Republic
Last Updated: 2020
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations

In March 2019, the WRC received a complaint from workers at the All-Sportz Apparel factory located in the Dominican Republic. These workers alleged that, following the creation of a Union Formation Committee at the factory, management responded with actions that violated their freedom of association. The WRC investigated the complaint and found violations of workers’…