Human Rights In Fashion

Ethical Fashion

Praised for its high-quality clothing and quick turnaround time, Turkey is an attractive player in the garment manufacturing industry. It provides for a number of big European and Western clothing brands, to whom Turkey, although more expensive, is preferential over East Asian suppliers. But like the majority of the garment industry’s key players, Turkey is vulnerable to the abuses of Western brands, rendering human rights violations inevitable….
Producing around $56 billion of apparel each year, Turkey’s garment manufacturing industry is booming. As of 2019 it has become the fifth largest clothing exporter in world. The industry employs over 1.5 million people and is the country’s second biggest exporter.

At the beginning of 2020, Turkey found itself in a profitable position, as China faced production delays of up to six months due to the coronavirus outbreak. Turkey lapped up the diverted orders, predicting its exports to rise by 10% during the pandemic. Despite order cancellations and parts of the industry grinding to a halt at points in 2020, reports suggest the garment sector has so far championed through the pandemic….
But like all garment suppling countries, Turkey’s clothing manufacturers are vulnerable to the pressures of the industry, sacrificing the wellbeing of their work force to comply with demand.

Brands constantly seek cheap labour and take advantage of countries like Turkey where labour laws are not duly implemented.

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre found that a constant push for lower prices and brands’ excessive power over their suppliers, fuels abuse in the labour supply chain. Suppliers are often offered short contracts and impossible deadlines, forcing workers to work over time, face severe job insecurity and manufacturers to outsource production….

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