Human Rights In Fashion

15% Of Forced Labour Cases

International Labour Organization

The 2018 Global Slavery Index identified the garment industry as being amongst the top five industries with the biggest imports of products at risk of modern slavery. With a high demand for cheap labour and inadequately regulated supply chains, the fashion industry is rife with the most vulnerable and exploited workforces, including those who have… Continue reading 15% Of Forced Labour Cases

Child labour

Credit: "Young girl employed in the garment industry" by ILO PHOTOS NEWS. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

There are an estimated 170 million children in child labour. Amongst the countries categorised as the highest risk for child labour are China, India, Bangladesh and Vietnam – four of the top clothing manufacturing countries. Children living in poverty are vulnerable to accepting exploitative, demanding and low-paid work, such as is available in garment manufacturing.… Continue reading Child labour

Unfair pay

NYU Stern Centre for Business and Human Rights

Not every country has a legal minimum wage. For those that do, it is important to remember that a minimum wage is not the same as a living wage nor is it always enforceable. Monthly minimum wages in chief manufacturing countries range from $26 a month in Ethiopia to $340 a month in Turkey. According… Continue reading Unfair pay

Indecent working conditions

Credit: "Thousands of garment workers and their unions rally on the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than 1,100 garment workers" by Solidarity Center. Licensed under CC-BY-ND 2.0.

Credit: “Thousands of garment workers and their unions rally on the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than 1,100 garment workers” by Solidarity Center. Licensed under CC-BY-ND 2.0. Indecent working conditions In April 2013, thousands of garment workers were injured or killed when the Rana Plaza clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh.… Continue reading Indecent working conditions

Discrimination

Sisters for Change

Discrimination Gender based discrimination is prevalent in the fashion and garment industry. 80 per cent of the garment manufacturing workforce are women. However, within this sector, women are rarely in high-paid or managerial positions. 84 per cent of women in the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh are in low paid positions. On the other hand,… Continue reading Discrimination