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.

JNB Global / Sams and Rudia

Country: Guatemala
Last Updated: 2022
Issues: Wage Theft, Wrongful Termination

The WRC documented violations of worker rights at the Guatemalan garment factory JNB Global, also known as Sams and Rudia. Violations at this factory occurred when it required workers to sign new employment contracts that illegally falsified their dates of hire. Further violations occurred when JNB Global fired workers who refused to sign. JNB Global…

Hoosier Manufacturing

Country: Guatemala
Last Updated: 2022
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Wrongful Termination

In 2022, the WRC investigated complaints of retaliatory dismissal of 25 workers who allegedly attempted to form a union in April 2021, as well as the dismissal of three workers in October 2021 in violation of a legal protective order. In the case of the 25 workers fired in April 2021, the WRC determined that,…

Brilliant Alliance Thai Global Ltd.

Country: Thailand
Last Updated: 2022
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…

Natchi Apparel

Country: India
Last Updated: 2022
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Gender-based Violence and Discrimination

Labor organizations have signed binding agreements with Natchi owner Eastman Apparel and with H&M to combat gender-based violence and harassment at this factory. These agreements were reached after the WRC found numerous practices at the Natchi factory that violated Indian law, international labor standards, and/or vendor codes of conduct, regarding gender-based violence and harassment, other…

Hong Seng Knitting

Country: Thailand
Last Updated: 2022
Issues: Wage Theft, Wrongful Termination

The WRC engaged with this factory in 2012-2013 and again in 2020-2021 regarding separate issues.

KGG Garments, Plc

Country: Ethiopia
Last Updated: 2022
Issues: Wage Theft

The WRC has secured a commitment from the university licensee, Cutter & Buck, to provide the equivalent of more than four months’ wages to over 1,300 workers, to remedy violations of law at a factory in Ethiopia producing university logo apparel. The breaches of law—nonpayment of legally mandated severance and terminal benefits—were committed by KGG…

Centexsa

Country: Guatemala
Last Updated: 2022
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations

In January 2022, the Solidarity Center of the AFL-CIO filed a complaint with the WRC on the illegal dismissals of nine workers at Centexsa in response to their exercise of freedom of association. The WRC contacted the parent company, the Korean multinational corporation SAE-A, which agreed to make offers of reinstatement and payment of back…

Winners

Country: Guatemala
Last Updated: 2022
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Violence Against Workers, Wrongful Termination

The WRC documented serious violations of workers’ right to freedom of association that occurred at the Winners factory, owned by the Korean multinational company SAE-A. In 2020, union leaders were attacked by mob violence, threatened with death, and forced to resign from their positions. The WRC engaged with SAE-A and with buyers and ultimately the…

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…