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  • December 23, 2019

    Will women workers benefit from living wages? A gender-sensitive approach to living wage benchmarking in global garment and footwear supply chains

    The global garment and footwear industry relies heavily on the work of women, who represent up to 80% of its global workforce. The current living wage debate presents both opportunities and risks for the millions of women workers in this industry. This paper argues that it is imperative to adopt a gender-sensitive approach in the living wage discourse, and to look at the implications that such an approach has on the methodology of calculating a living wage and on the measures to implement it.

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  • December 20, 2019

    CCC's summary briefing of "Fashion's next trend"

    This summary briefing gives a short overview of the main take-aways from the Transparency Pledge coalition's report "Fashion's next trend" about the surge towards transparency in the garment industry and the steps that still need to be taken.

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  • December 18, 2019

    Fashion’s Next Trend: Accelerating Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry

    The 15-page report, “Fashion’s Next Trend: Accelerating Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry”, by the Transparency Pledge coalition describes how dozens of brands and retailers are publicly disclosing information about their supplier factories. This has become a widely accepted step toward better identifying and addressing labour abuses in garment supply chains. It is an update to the 2017 coalition report "Follow the Thread".

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  • September 17, 2019

    Fig Leaf for Fashion - summary briefing

    This summary briefing sums up the main findings and recommendations of the September 2019 Fig Leaf for Fashion report on how the social auditing industry protects brands' reputations rather than workers' lives and thus fails workers by design.

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  • September 17, 2019

    Fig Leaf for Fashion. How social auditing protects brands and fails workers

    This September 2019 report offers an extensive analysis of the corporate controlled audit industry, connecting the dots between the most well known business-driven social compliance initiatives, such as Social Accountability International, WRAP, the FLA, and amfori BSCI, and the largest corporate-controlled auditing firms, including Bureau Veritas, TÜV Rheinland, UL, RINA, and ELEVATE, as well as the brand interests that they serve. Evidence presented throughout the report clearly shows how the social audit industry has failed spectacularly in its proffered mission of protecting workers’ safety and improving working conditions. Instead, it has protected the image and reputation of brands and their business models, while standing in the way of more effective models that include mandatory transparency and binding commitments to remediation.

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  • September 11, 2019

    Pakistan Safety report

    On the seventh anniversary of the Ali Enterprises anniversary, garment workers in Pakistan still risk their lives in unsafe factories. This report released in September 2019 called for a worker-led labour-brand safety accord in Pakistan, based upon the lessons learned by the Bangladesh Accord.

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  • July 2, 2019

    Statement on the need for occupational health and safety in Cambodia after a tragic building collapse

    At least 28 workers were confirmed dead as of 27 June after the collapse of a seven-storey building in Sihanoukville Province, Cambodia. In the aftermath of the deadly collapse over 100 civil society organizations and human rights defenders jointly released this statement, calling upon the Government of Cambodia and private developers to take immediate action for a long-term solution to prevent similar tragedies. The statement includes a set of recommendations.

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  • June 5, 2019

    Tailored Wages 2019: The state of pay in the global garment industry

    No major clothing brand is able to show that workers making their clothing in Asia, Africa, Central America or Eastern Europe are paid enough to escape the poverty trap, according this June 2019 research report, which analyses responses from 20 top clothing brands about their progress in implementing a living wage for the workers who produce their clothes. Whilst 85% of brands had some commitment to ensuring wages were enough to support workers’ basic needs, no brand was putting this into practice for any worker in countries where the vast majority of clothing is produced. The report covers Adidas, Amazon, C&A, Decathlon, Fast Retailing, Fruit of the Loom, GAP, G-Star RAW, Gucci, H&M, Hugo Boss, Inditex, Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Primark, Puma, PVH, Tchibo, Under Armour, and Zalando.

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  • April 2, 2019

    Bangladesh Government's Safety Inspection Agencies Not Ready to Take Over Accord's Work

    The government of Bangladesh is using proceedings before the Supreme Court of Bangladesh to prevent the Accord on Fire and Building Safety from operating, thereby putting workers’ safety at risk. The government’s justification for trying to end the Accord’s work depends entirely on its claim that the government is ready to assume responsibility for the 1,688 factories under the Accord’s purview, but this research published 2 April 2019 by the Accord’s NGO witness signatories – Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Worker Rights Consortium – shows a shocking level of unreadiness.

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