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.

GO Haiti (Garments of Haiti)

Country: Haiti
Last Updated: 2022
Issues: Wage Theft

In late August 2022, more than 800 workers at the apparel factory, GO Haiti (Garments of Haiti) picked up severance checks totaling $330,000, the equivalent of almost three months’ wages per worker, that were paid for by Hanesbrands, the US apparel company that had been the factory’s main buyer. Hanesbrands informed the WRC that it…

Posmi Sweaters Ltd.

Country: Bangladesh
Last Updated: 2022
Issues: Wage and hour violations, Wage Theft, Wrongful Termination

The WRC initiated an investigation in response to a complaint from the Akota Garment Workers Federation (AGWF), brought on behalf of seven Posmi employees, alleging their retaliatory and illegal termination. While investigating the termination of the seven workers, the WRC found a number of violations of university codes and Bangladeshi law, including severe wage and…

Pure Cotton

Country: United States
Last Updated: 2022
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…

Din Han Enterprise

Country: Cambodia
Last Updated: 2022
Issues: Wage Theft

The WRC identified violations of law and university labor codes at Din Han in the context of a temporary factory closure, driven initially by a Covid-19 outbreak among workers and then by a government-ordered shutdown. Din Han failed to pay legally mandated wages to workers for two months, a violation that was particularly painful for…

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…