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Avery Dennison

Country: India
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
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’…

Suprema Manufacturing S.A.

Country: Dominican Republic
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Gender-based Violence and Discrimination, Health & Safety Violations, Wage and hour violations

The WRC’s assessment at Suprema Manufacturing found violations in the areas of wages and hours, freedom of association, and discrimination of pregnant workers in the hiring process. Read More: WRC Factory Assessment re: Suprema – January 24, 2020

Challenging the Status Quo: Helping Workers Protect their Associational Rights in Myanmar

Country: Myanmar
Issues: Blacklisting, Freedom of Association Violations, Retaliatory Dismissals

Freedom of association is a fundamental and critical right allowing workers to collectively demand better working conditions. Yet factory management around the world often deny workers this right, illegally terminating union leaders, and sometimes employing violence to quell union organizing. Buyers at the top of the supply chain generally fail to detect such violations or…

Pandora Production Co., Ltd.

Country: Thailand
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations

Pandora Production Co., Ltd., (Thailand) (“Pandora”) is a Danish-owned jewelry factory in Bangkok, Thailand, which currently employs more than 7,000 workers. Until mid-2019, Pandora was a producer of university logo jewelry and, as a result, subject to university codes of conduct. Pandora’s parent company, Pandora A/S, currently holds licenses to produce jewelry from the Walt…

Panorama Apparels

Country: Bangladesh
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…

Thai Garment Export 1/3

Country: Thailand
Issues: Freedom of Association Violations, Gender-based Violence and 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…

Delta Apparel Honduras

Country: Honduras
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Gender-based Violence and 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.

Banning Hope: Bangladesh Garment Workers, Seeking a Dollar an Hour Face Mass Firings, Violence, and False Arrests

Country: Bangladesh
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Violence Against Workers, Wrongful Termination

The government and apparel factory owners in Bangladesh have carried out a brutal crackdown on garment workers in retaliation for largely peaceful protests against the country’s extremely low minimum wage. Since December of 2018, at least 65 workers have been arrested and subjected to baseless criminal charges, brought at the behest of factories that supply brands like H&M, Mango, and Next.

AR Jeans Producer Ltd.

Country: Bangladesh
Issues: Abuse and Harassment, Freedom of Association Violations, Wrongful Termination

On January 11, factory managers from AR Jeans Producer Ltd. (AR), in Narayanganj, filed a criminal case alleging that, on January 10, AR employees beat up factory staff, locked them in a room, and destroyed property worth nearly $6,000 USD. The WRC interviewed 15 AR employees regarding the protests at the factory on and around…