The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord) is set to expire on May 31, 2021, after eight years of making factories safer for more than 2 million garment workers.
Unfinished Business enumerates the ongoing lack of appropriate safety standards in the industry and highlights the urgency for a new enforceable agreement to protect worker's lives.
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July 21, 2022
The EII pilot programme, launched in June 2022, comes off the back of almost a decade of work and considerable pressure from Bangladeshi trade unions and civil society organisations supported by the Clean Clothes Campaign. To highlight the long history of the EII pilot scheme and the disasters that acted as catalysts for brands and employers, the Clean Clothes Campaign has pulled together a timeline of the process. This timeline tracks the history of the scheme, the bridging solutions that came in between and shows the heavy campaigning that occurred to ensure the pilot was successfully implemented.
July 13, 2022
In this report we specifically address the issue of wages as the first, but not the only, urgent issue we need to act on in order to tackle the problem of in-work poverty and inequality in Italy, starting from the fashion supply chains. The concept of wage we are referring to is the floor living wage adopted by the Clean Clothes Campaign, which can be defined as the value of the net basic wage able to guarantee the worker and his/her family the satisfaction of basic needs and decent living conditions. The net basic pay is calculated without overtime bonuses, before incentives and allowances, and after taxes, taking into account only monetary disbursements.
June 30, 2022
2022 marks 10 years since the horrific Ali Enterprises fire that killed over 250 garment workers in Pakistan yet rights for workers in the garment and textile industry have hardly progressed. There is still no safety agreement that holds employers and international brands accountable for implementing basic safety protocols and procedures, leaving workers in almost the same conditions that led to this catastrophic fire – the deadliest ever in the global garment industry. Our new report highlights the deficiencies in some of the most basic provisions for factory safety in garment production in Pakistan, and shows the imminent need for International Accord expansion to protect workers.
June 16, 2022
1,5 million workers in Turkey make garments for many global fashion brands, including: Adidas, Banana Republic, Benetton, Boohoo, C&A, Esprit, GAP, G-star, Hugo Boss, H&M, Inditex – Zara, Levi’s, Marks & Spencer, Next, Nike, Puma, Primark, Urban Outfitters, and VF. The top five export destinations for clothing made in Turkey are Germany, Spain, UK, Netherlands and France. Despite the big-name brands these workers produce for, new research shows that garment workers earn poverty pay which leaves them struggling to survive, highlighting the inadequacy of the legal minimum wage.
May 10, 2022
On 23 February 2022, the European Commission released its proposal for a directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence. This directive could represent a landmark step forward in minimising the negative impacts of businesses on workers, communities and the environment worldwide. In response, over 220 NGOs and trade unions from around the world welcome the proposal as an essential and long-awaited step toward corporate accountability, responsible business conduct and access to justice. However, the proposal contains significant flaws that risk preventing the directive from achieving the positive impact that people, planet, and climate urgently need. The undersigned human rights, labour and environmental organisations and networks call on the European Parliament and EU Member States to strengthen the text in line with what EU citizens, workers and communities affected by corporate abuses worldwide have vocally and publicly demanded. The joint statement outlines our collective views on how to improve the proposal to guarantee that the law will effectively prevent corporate harm to human rights, the environment and climate; as well as provide victims of corporate abuse with access to effective remedies.
April 21, 2022
Cheap Tricks: How Levi's and IKEA are freeriding on their competitors' progress on workplace safety in Bangladesh
Nine years since the Rana Plaza collapse, not all brands have heeded its wake up call and joined the safety mechanism that was created in its wake. Brands which are vocal about their sustainability credentials like IKEA and Levi's have refused to sign the International Accord, yet they source from factories that are made safe under the programme, thanks to the efforts of their competitors. This report by Clean Clothes Campaign and with research by Future in Our Hands (Norway) from April 2022 explores several examples of freeriding in the brands' supply chains.
April 1, 2022
82 civil society organizations ask the EU to address the persistent gender inequalities that prevent many women and girls affected by the activities of European business from leading a safe and prosperous life, the CSDDD must ensure that European companies are compelled to change their own practices and business models, cover the costs of compliance to prevent harms and face the judicial and administrative consequences of failing to do so.
March 30, 2022
Civil society response to the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles released on 30 March 2022: textile strategy contains green ambitions but forgets workers from the equation.
March 8, 2022
"We have the right to the protections of Nike’s labour code after losing our job without getting what we were owed. " Workers from the former Violet Apparel factory in Cambodia, owned by Singapore based Ramatex Group, call on Nike to ensure they receive the 343.174 USD they are owed in compensation in lieu of prior notice. In addition there are damages mounting up to 1.048.120 USD. Together with the workers, Clean Clothes Campaign calls on Nike, as Ramatex’ biggest buyer, saying Nike has the responsibility to make sure they are paid for their labour.
February 24, 2022
In this letter of 22 February 2022, unions and NGOs call upon the European Commission for an ambitious tangible vision to change the textile sector
January 25, 2022
Legislating Human Rights Due Diligence: Momentum to enact mandatory human rights due diligence (HRDD) legislation is building around the world. Such legislation is necessary to ensure corporations respect human rights and that victims of corporate abuse have access to justice and remedy. This paper identifies 12 key interpretations of the norms that legislators must get right when establishing HRDD obligations.
December 8, 2021
On Wednesday, 8 December, the European Coalition for Corporate Justice and 46 other civil society and trade union organisations sent an open letter to the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen asking her to show that the EU is serious about addressing corporate abuse, following last week’s news that the sustainable corporate governance draft law has been delayed to 2022.
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