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Today in Sweatshops

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On May 27, 2016
Everyone loves Beyoncé. But you would be surprised to know that she is exploiting sweatshop labor for her clothing brand? Of course you wouldn’t: Ivy Park, the sportswear brand that is a joint venture between singer Beyonce and Topshop tycoon Philip Green, has defended itself against a Sun newspaper report that says its supplier in […]

L.A.’s Sweatshops

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On April 11, 2016

In Out of Sight, I discuss how consumers need to understand how their clothes are made and the tremendous costs of not knowing that information. Of course, much of this is because clothing production

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Above: Survivors and Families of the Rana Plaza Collapse Protest in Bangladesh, November 2013 Maybe. In the aftermath of Rana Plaza, the European apparel companies (not the major U.S. ones like Gap, Target, or Walmart of course) decided it was in their interests to take a small measure of responsibility for their contractors. This led […]

Life in the Factory

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On January 18, 2016

What is life like in a Bangladeshi garment factory for women workers? It’s not good. “What happened when you formed the union?” asked the interviewer from the Bangladesh Center for Worker So

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Corporate Standards

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On June 6, 2015
Patagonia is receiving some kudos for taking steps to clean up its supply chain. After investigating conditions in its supply chain, mostly at factories in Taiwan, it discovered all the usual problems, including forced labor and slavery. It has set new standards for its suppliers although a compliance mechanism is not really in place yet. […]
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