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.

Can Man Garment

Country: Vietnam
Last Updated: 2022
Issues: Child Labor, Freedom of Association Violations, Health & Safety Violations, Living Wage, Overtime Violations, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wage and hour violations, Wage Theft

Read More: Worker Rights Consortium Assessment: Can Man Garment – January 24, 2022

Industrias Florenzi

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

Industrias Florenzi closed factory operations in July 2020. At the time of the closure, the factory failed to pay 207 workers the terminal compensation to which they were legally entitled: Under Salvadoran law, the factory owed the former employees unpaid wages, severance, and unpaid vacation and bonuses, as well as money that it deducted from…

Heart and Mind Apparel Co., Ltd.

Country: Thailand
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: Wage Theft

A Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) investigation found that, at the time of its closure, Heart and Mind, a garment factory located in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, denied 98 of its employees their legally owed severance. The factory had supplied children’s clothing to PVH Corp. (Tommy Hilfiger), El Corte Inglés, and Children Worldwide Fashion (CWF), the childrenswear…

South China Headwear (Shenzhen) Co. Limited

Country: China
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: Health & Safety Violations, Overtime Violations, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wage Theft

The WRC’s investigation found violations of law and university codes of conduct, including excessive overtime and the failure to provide workers even one guaranteed weekly rest day, failure to enroll workers in government social insurance programs, substandard dormitory conditions, and illegal wage deductions. While the factory has addressed the benefits enrollment and wage deduction issues,…

Honeys Garment Industry Ltd.

Country: Myanmar
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Health & Safety Violations, Overtime Violations, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wage and hour violations, Wage Theft, Wrongful Termination

From August through November 2019, the Worker Rights Consortium (“WRC”) conducted an assessment of working conditions and labor practices at the Honeys Garment and Honeys Garment Industry Ltd. apparel factories in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). Both factories are owned by Honeys Holdings Co. Ltd. (“Honeys Holdings”), a Japanese online retailer, and are located in Mingaladon Township,…

Premium Apparel

Country: Haiti
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Wage Theft

The WRC investigated and worked to remedy Premium Apparel’s unlawful, mass retaliatory firing of nearly 50 workers, nearly all of whom were union leaders and activists at factory. The dismissals occurred in July 2020 following a nonviolent protest in support of workers who were sent home without pay, after being called in to work on the promise of a day’s wage.

K.P. Textil

Country: Guatemala
Last Updated: 2021
Issues: COVID-19, Health & Safety Violations

The WRC investigated a May 2020 outbreak of Covid-19 at K.P. Textil that resulted in one-third of the factory’s employees contracting the virus and, unfortunately, led to the death of one worker.  Following the WRC’s engagement with factory buyers AEO Inc. and Gap, Inc., these buyers confirmed that factory management took appropriate remedial action with…

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…