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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June 23, 2021
This paper looks at how transparency is handled within the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (PST) - regarding both supply chain transparency and transparency on the due diligence processes of its members, i.e. the PST´s so-called Review Process. The German Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is a member of the PST and has always worked towards improving the Partnership`s approach to supply chain and reporting transparency. However, as this analysis shows, there has been almost no progress at all in terms of supply chain transparency.
May 25, 2021
NGO support for the EU Commission plans on Sustainable Corporate Governance and response to criticism.
April 29, 2021
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Outstanding safety hazards at garment factories show that the Accord must be extended and expanded
In our report from April 2021, the Accord witness signatories enumerate uncorrected safety hazards at factories producing for 12 leading brands covered by the Accord. The data show that every brand is sourcing from dozens of factories that have failed to install fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and/or adequate emergency exits. Therefore it is paramount that these brands sign a new legally binding agreement to safeguard the effectiveness of the Accord and ensure these hazards are remediated.
April 6, 2021
We put forward a cross-border living wage proposal for European production countries and explain why national governments keep legal wages below the poverty line. We detail how we calculate a living wage and the human rights violations the garment industry is founded on. Brands and retailers have built their wealth by under paying their suppliers for decades. Read more about how they can end exploitation in their supply chains.
March 24, 2021
This March 2021 brief by AFL-CIO, Clean Clothes Campaign, Labour Behind the Label, Workers United, Maquila Solidarity Network, War on Want, and USAS draws attention to the situation of Sri Lankan garment workers during the pandemic.
March 22, 2021
Civil society organisations call on policymakers to define meaningful supply chain reporting requirements
The undersigned expert organisations have come together to develop recommendations for standardizable supply chain data and indicators applicable across high-risk sectors, as well as providing sector-specifications for the Garment & Footwear, Food & Beverage, Extractive and Electronics industries.
March 11, 2021
Civil society statement on the adoption of European Parliament Due Diligence & Corporate Accountability Legislative Report
This report sends a strong signal to the European Commission on what key elements the European Parliament expects in the upcoming legislation. However, there is still room for the Commission to build on this report in the upcoming legislation.
January 14, 2021
Fashioning Justice: A call for mandatory and comprehensive human rights due diligence in the garment industry
Our latest publication on mandatory human rights due diligence calls for concrete and comprehensive binding regulations which ensure responsible business conduct. We put the spotlight on brands’ unfair purchasing practices at the root of human rights violations, their reliance on the flawed social auditing system, the lack of occupational safety, gender inequality, poverty wages, persistent attacks freedom of association, the acute lack of value chain transparency and lack of effective remedy in cases of human rights violations which take place on a mass scale.
December 22, 2020
BGMEA Issues Statement with False Claims and Unsubstantiated Commitments to Building Safety in Bangladesh
Witness signatories to the Accord produced a brief in October 2020 expressing concerns about the functioning of the RMG Sustainability Council, the body that took over Bangladesh-based operations of the Bangladesh Accord. In this statement of December 2020, the witness signatories respond to false commentary by the Bangladesh Garment Exporter and Manufacturer Association to the brief.
November 16, 2020
Exploring the connections between economic exploitation and violence against women workers
October 26, 2020
Amidst Covid-19 Crisis, Untested Industry Group Assumes Safety Responsibilities for Bangladesh Garment Factories Despite Concerns
The witness signatories to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in this brief from October 2020 express concerns about the functioning of the RMG Sustainability Council which has taken up the work of the Accord Bangladesh office on 1 June 2020.
October 14, 2020
The Clean Clothes Campaign has published its latest position paper on corporate transparency in textile global supply chains. Following up from the 2016 report, it pictures the state of corporate transparency practises in the global garment industry.
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