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.
Country: United States
Issues: Wage and hour violations, Wage Theft
The WRC investigated violations of university codes of conduct by Pure Cotton, a company located in Los Angeles, California, that supplied collegiate apparel to the licensee, Hype & Vice, LLC (Hype & Vice). In September 2018, California state inspectors cited Pure Cotton, and a small subcontract factory operating at the same address, Union Supply, for…
Country: Dominican Republic
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.
Issues: Abuse and Harrassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Gender Discrimination, Health & Safety Violations, Statutory Benefit Violations
The WRC investigated a complaint filed by workers at Delta Apparel Honduras (DAH), and found that the practices of DAH violated Honduran law and university codes of conduct in the areas of wages and hours of work, legally mandated benefits, health care, harassment and abuse, gender discrimination, freedom of association, and occupational health and safety.
Issues: Wage Theft
In January 2019, the university licensee Fanatics, the WRC, and other stakeholders worked together to ensure compliance with university codes of conduct following the closure of Direct Ship Americas (DSA), a factory located in Choloma, Honduras. Fanatics informed the WRC about the closure before it occurred and reported that the factory, which owed its 240…
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Gender Discrimination
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…
Country: El Salvador
Issues: Abuse and Harrassment, Health & Safety Violations, Overtime Violations, Wage Theft, Wrongful Termination
The WRC conducted an assessment of compliance with labor rights standards at League Central America (LCA), a garment factory located El Salvador that is owned and operated by the U.S. apparel brand known as League Collegiate Wear, Inc. The assessment found violations of Salvadoran law in the following areas: Wages and Hours of Work. The WRC…
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations
In February 2016, Panorama Apparels (“Panorama”) illegally dismissed workers who were officers of a proposed union and engaged in a sophisticated campaign to ensure that the worker leaders would not return to the factory, further violating the workers’ associational rights. At the time that the WRC launched its investigation, Panorama, which employs 1,500 workers, was…
Issues: Wage Theft
The WRC conducted an investigation of the PT Kahoindah Citragarment Tambun-Bekasi factory, which was owned and operated by Hojeon Ltd. (Hojeon), a South Korea-based factory conglomerate. The investigation was undertaken in response to complaints from workers received by the WRC after the factory announced its intention to close on July 2, 2018. From 2009 until…
Country: El Salvador
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Overtime Violations, Statutory Benefit Violations, Wage Theft
The WRC uncovered extensive wage theft and related violations of university labor codes at Konffetty S.A. de C.V., a garment producer in El Salvador that is the sole disclosed supplier to university licensee Vive La Fete.
Issues: Gender-based Violence and Discrimination
This report details the findings of the WRC concerning gender-based violence and harassment and violations of associational rights at three garment factories in Maseru, Lesotho and the ground-breaking commitments made by the owner of the factories, and the leading apparel brands that produce there, to remedy these violations. Read the Full Report: WRC Report on…