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Feb 16, 2017:
10,000 signatures for living wage handed over to Minister Ploumen: Consumer fed up with starvation wages in garment industry (press release CCC/ICN):
Thousands of Dutch consumers want Minister Ploumen [of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation] to provide a living wage for garment workers. Through a petition of Clean Clothes Campaign and the India Committee of the Netherlands 10,734 Dutch people call on Ploumen to do so.
Feb 2, 2017:
Indian textile firms fail to investigate abuse complaints - activists (Thomson Reuters Foundation):
Women facing sexual harassment in India's garment industry have no place to turn as textile companies are shirking their legal duty to investigate abuse allegations, activists said on Thursday. Big textile companies are legally required to form committees to look into sexual harassment complaints but the vast majority haven't done so, according to campaigners.
Jan 27, 2017:
Slave to Fashion (University Observer):
Benjamin Jordan looks into the ethical grey area of high street clothing.
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A report by labour rights NGO India Committee of the Netherlands in January 2016 highlighted appalling conditions for living, where factories provide hostels to workers in Bangalore, in Southern India. Arvind, a supplier of popular high street store H&M, were shown to be housing 220 male workers in a three storied-hostel. Seventy workers were staying on each floor.
Jan 24, 2017:
Garment brands contribute to low wages & child labour in Bangladesh (Stop Child Labour):
The average worker in the Bangladeshi garment industry is getting paid only one third of what is considered to be a living wage. Low wages and long working hours have been found to play a key role in parents’ decisions to take their children out of school and let them work in various jobs. Many international garment brands, including but not only H&M, C&A, Esprit, Marks & Spencer, GAP, VF Corporation and Kmart Australia, contribute to this situation.
These are important findings of the report Branded Childhood that is published by Stop Child Labour and SOMO today.
Jan 16, 2017:
No Sexual Harassment - The fight against sexual violence at work (ICN):
Brochure of the India Committee of the Netherlands and Mondiaal FNV on sexual violence at work. Published on the occasion of a meeting of international experts - mainly women - from Bangladesh, India, Argentina, Tanzania, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Netherlands.
Jan 8, 2017:
The warp and weft of exploitation (The Hindu):
Women lured by the Sumangali scheme to work in textile mills endure harassment, exploitation and even sexual abuse.
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The recently-released Fabric of Slavery report of the India Committee of Netherlands (ICN) gives expression to the exploitation in the mills through facts and percentages. The report, based on a study in 743 spinning mills in Dindigul, Tirupur, Namakkal, and Erode districts, says: “Young women workers face intimidation, sexually coloured remarks and harassment, which they can hardly escape.” The study was conducted between July and December 2015. Eight researchers and 40 volunteers interviewed 2,286 workers from these mills and held focus group discussions.
Jan 4, 2017:
Brands urged to tackle child slavery in India spinning mills (Just-Style.com):
Various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, have been found in around 90% of spinning mills in South India producing yarn that makes its way into garment factories in India, Bangladesh and China supplying western brands and retailers, a new report claims.
The Fabric of Slavery research by the India Committee of Netherlands (ICN), found the majority of women working in the 743 spinning mills investigated in Tamil Nadu were aged between 14 and 18 years. Around 10-20% of the women were younger than 14.
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Dec 30, 2016:
India Committee of the Netherlands research finds large-scale violations in Indian spinning mills (The Freedom Fund):
A new report – Fabric of Slavery – published by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) exposes the scale of human rights violations against girls and young women in spinning mills in Tamil Nadu, South India. Although the textile industry is vital for jobs and the local economy, this new research finds that abuses amounting to forms of modern slavery such as withholding wages, lack of freedom of movement, excessive working hours, and sexual harassment are widespread.
Dec 21, 2016:
Fabric of Slavery: Large-scale child slavery in Indian spinning mills making yarn for international garment brands (press release ICN):
New research by the India Committee of Netherlands (ICN) shows that various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, are found in more than 90% of the spinning mills in South India. These spinning mills produce yarn for India, Bangladeshi and Chinese garment factories that produce for the Western market.
Dec 6, 2016:
How Bonded Labor Fuels India’s Garment Industry (TriplePundit.com):
India’s garment industry is a $100 billion powerhouse, with $40 billion worth of textiles and garments exported annually. It is the country’s second largest sector after agriculture, employing at least 45 million workers directly, it and contributes to the economic livelihood of at least another 60 million Indians.
Oct 10, 2016:
Dutch retailers underpaying Indian workers (news.com.au):
Dutch fashion retailers are paying "starvation wages" at factories in a major hub for the global garment industry in southern India, forcing many workers into crippling debt, a report shows. "Workers cannot properly support their families with this wage," said the report, co-authored by Clean Clothes Campaign, the India Committee of the Netherlands, Asia Floor Wage Alliance and Cividep India.
Oct 4, 2016:
Garment workers of Karnataka, TN not getting even ‘living wage’: study (The Hindu BusinessLine)/
Garment workers of Karnataka, TN not getting even ‘living wage’: study (Karnataka.IndiaEveryday)/
Garment workers of Karnataka, TN not getting even ‘living wage’: study (News Letter Citi India - Oct 5, 2016):
More than one-third of workers, a majority of them women, in some factories in South India that produce clothing for Dutch brands, such as C&A, Coolcat, G-Star, McGregor, MEXX, Scotch & Soda, Suitsupply, The Sting and WE Fashion, are not being paid the official minimum wage leave alone a ‘living’ wage, says a new study.
In fact, none of the garment workers in 10 factories located in Karnataka (Peenya and Bommassandra) and Tamil Nadu earns a living wage, and women workers get paid lower than men doing the same work, says the study, Doing Dutch – Research into the State of Pay for Workers in Garment Factories in India working for Dutch fashion brands.
Sep 29, 2016:
Marcas holandesas acusadas de explorar trabalhadores (Portugal Têxtil):
Os retalhistas holandeses estão a pagar “salários de miséria” nas fábricas de um dos principais centros de produção mundial de vestuário no sul da Índia, forçando muitos trabalhadores a contraírem dívidas. A afirmação é do estudo Doing Dutch, realizado por quatro organizações não-governamentais (Clean Clothes Campaign, India Committee of the Netherlands, Asia Floor Wage Alliance e Cividep India), que inquiriram trabalhadores em 10 unidades de produção de vestuário em Bangalore e arredores, que concluiu que cada um leva para casa, em média, 90 euros e que 70% está endividado.
Sep 29, 2016:
Raport: holenderskie firmy odzieżowe płacą w Indiach "głodowe pensje" (biznes.onet.pl):
Holenderskie firmy odzieżowe, szyjące ubrania pod znanymi markami w fabrykach w południowych Indiach, płacą pracownikom "głodowe pensje", zmuszając wielu z nich do wyniszczającego zadłużania się - głosi opublikowany we wtorek raport.
Sep 27, 2016:
C&A Statement on Clean Clothes Campaign / ICN Report "Doing Dutch" (C-and-A.com):
C&A appreciates that Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has shared the draft report entitled “Doing Dutch” upfront and engaged us regarding our position and perspective on a variety of issues relating to Bangalore. We value CCCs input and insight and view it as a support and complement to our ongoing efforts towards the improvement of worker’s rights in our sourcing countries.
C&A has been in multiple conversations with CCC and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) regarding this topic and we have provided a formal response to the report in May 2016.
Sep 27, 2016:
Raport: holenderskie firmy odzieżowe płacą w Indiach "głodowe pensje" (money.pl)/
Raport: holenderskie firmy odzieżowe płacą w Indiach "głodowe pensje" (onet.biznes):
Holenderskie firmy odzieżowe, szyjące ubrania pod znanymi markami w fabrykach w południowych Indiach, płacą pracownikom "głodowe pensje", zmuszając wielu z nich do wyniszczającego zadłużania się - głosi opublikowany we wtorek raport.
Sep 27, 2016:
Dutch petition: Workers exploited, shun garments made in India (The Times of India)/
Dutch petition: Workers exploited, shun garments made in India (indian364):
The living wage for workers in India is Euro 256 (about Rs19,000). A recent interview of workers at garment factories that were manufacturing for sales in the Netherlands found that more than a third of workers were paid less than 100 euros (about Rs7,500).
The survey results were published in the report Doing Dutch: Research into the state of pay for workers in garment factories in India working for Dutch fashion brands. Human rights organization India Committee of the Netherlands has now begun a petition in Dutch appealing to people to buy only clothes that are not produced by exploiting poor labourers.
"Most workers cannot properly support their families with this wage. Food and housing, usually a one-room apartment without water tap, with a shared toilet outdoors, are the biggest expenses. Almost everyone would like to buy healthier and more varied food, but is unable to do that because of low wages," said a press release issued on Tuesday by Gerard Oonk, director, India Committee of the Netherlands.
Sep 27, 2016:
Le sourcing indien des marques sous le feu des critiques (Fashion Network):
Un rapport largement relayé venant des Pays-Bas lance la polémique autour d'enseignes et marques payant des « salaires de misère » dans les usines d'un centre de confection textile situé dans le sud de l'Inde, forçant de nombreux travailleurs à accumuler les dettes.
Les ouvriers interrogés, qui travaillent dans 10 usines de la région de Bangalore, dans le sud de l'Inde, sont rémunérés 90 euros par mois en moyenne, et 70 % d'entre eux sont endettés, selon les conclusions du rapport, écrit par quatre organisations à but non lucratif.
Les usines en question fournissent des marques néerlandaises qui ont « reconnu l'importance d'un salaire décent ». Parmi ces dernières, Coolcat, The Sting, Mexx Europe, McGregor Fashion, Scotch & Soda, Suitsupply, WE Fashion et C&A. La Fondation C&A s'est associée avec la Fondation Thomson Reuters pour combattre l'esclavage et la traite des personnes.
Sep 27, 2016:
Dutch Retailers Paying “Starvation Wages” to Indian Textile Workers (Newsweek Middle East)/
Dutch retailers paying "starvation wages" to Indian textile workers - report (Thomson Reuters Foundation)/
Dutch retailers paying 'starvation wages' to Indian textile workers: report (Reuters)/
Dutch retailers paying 'starvation wages' to Indian textile workers (Gulf Digital News)/
Dutch retailers paying 'starvation wages' to Indian textile workers (Fashion Network)/
Dutch retailers paying 'starvation wages' to Indian textile workers: report (FirstPost.com)/
Dutch retailers paying "starvation wages" to Indian textile workers - report (Mail Online)/
Dutch retailers paying 'starvation wages' to Indian textile workers - report (Yahoo! News)/
Dutch retailers paying "starvation wages" to Indian textile staff – report – India F1 information (Serendipitous Panda)/
Dutch retailers paying ‘starvation wages’ (Arab Times - Sep 28, 2016)/
Dutch retailers profitable "starvation wages" to Indian weave workers (Samanta News - Sep 28, 2016)/
India: Dutch retailers paying starvation wages to Indian textile workers (All Of Textiles - Sep 28, 2016)/
Dutch retailers paying 'starvation wages' to Indian textile workers - report (Channel News Asia - Sep 28, 2016)/
Dutch brands pay ‘starvation wages’ to Indian garment workers: Report (Apparel Resources - Sep 28, 2016):
Dutch fashion retailers are paying "starvation wages" at factories in a major hub for the global garment industry in southern India, forcing many workers into crippling debt, a report on Tuesday showed.
Workers surveyed at 10 garment factories in and around Bengaluru in the southern Indian state of Karnataka took home on average 90 euros ($100) a month, and 70 percent were in debt, the report by four non-profit organizations said.
The factories were supplying Dutch brands that have "acknowledged the importance of living wages".
They included Coolcat, G-Star, The Sting, MEXX Europe, McGregor Fashions, Scotch & Soda, Suitsupply, WE Fashion and C&A. The C&A Foundation partners with the Thomson Reuters Foundation on trafficking and slavery coverage.
"Workers cannot properly support their families with this wage," said the report, Doing Dutch, co-authored by Clean Clothes Campaign, the India Committee of the Netherlands, Asia Floor Wage Alliance and Cividep India.
Sep 27, 2016:
Dutch companies producing garments in India often pay less than minimum wage: Study (TwoCircles.net):
The working conditions in factories in India that produce for Dutch clothing brands are downright bad. No garment worker earns a living wage. More than one third of the workers not even get the official minimum wage. Mandatory overtime is often not paid, intimidation is widespread and women earn even less than men. Also, some factories do not take care of social insurances and medical expenses. That, and more, emerges from the study Doing Dutch – Research into the state of pay for workers in garment factories in India working for Dutch fashion brands published today by the (Dutch) Clean Clothes Campaign and the India Committee of the Netherlands.
The India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) is a human rights organisation dedicated to improving the lives of the marginalized in South Asia by giving information, awareness raising, advocacy, lobby, networking, research and publicity.
Sep 27, 2016:
Doing Dutch: New report into pay of garment workers making clothes for Dutch brands (HomeWorkers Worldwide):
A new report, published by India Committee of the Netherlands and the Clean Clothes Campaign, has exposed the low pay and poor working conditions in factories in India that produce for European clothing brands.
Sep 16, 2016:
Dutch media focuses on abuses in the Indian textile sector (SOMO):
Indian textile workers make clothing in harrowing conditions for clothing chain stores such as C&A and H&M. The workers are barely permitted to leave the factory site, are paid more than a quarter of their wages only after three years, and there are no trade unions. These findings were published by the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant in early September, after a visit, together with SOMO, to the textile factory KPR Mill. Other Dutch and Belgian newspapers, television and radio also showed interest in the story. Dutch political parties submitted written questions about this issue in Parliament. H&M and C&A both responded in the press.
Sep 15, 2016:
Invitation to meeting Violence against women in the workplace worldwide (ICN/Mondiaal FNV):
What do women in the garment factories in Asia, Africa and Latin America have to endure with regard to sexual and other violence at work? How do they oppose it and how can we support them?
Sexual and other violence against women in garment factories in India, Bangladesh but also in countries in Africa and Latin America is a very big problem. The extent and severity of the problem became painfully clear in a recent study on garment factories in the Indian city of Bangalore. This report showed that one out of seven female workers in garment factories in Bangalore is forced into sexual acts and that one out of fourteen encounters physical violence in the workplace.
Sep 9, 2016:
Human rights groups target spinning mills in India, Bangladesh as pressure points in fight against modern slavery (South China Morning Post):
Thousands of women are kept in bonded labour in spinning mills in southern India, where they have been lured from their homes with promise of work.
One of the most effective ways to curb forced labour in the garment industry is to target cotton spinning mills, where workers can provide valuable information about the source of material in the fashion supply chain, an anti-slavery charity said on Friday.
Aug 2, 2016:
Why India Has So Many Slaves (Asia Society):
The issue of slavery has not dominated international headlines for decades, but that doesn't mean the practice no longer exists: Roughly 46 million people — the equivalent to Spain's total population — around the world live in slavery, a fact that challenges perceptions of progress in human rights.
Jul 5, 2016:
European deal on textile industry sustainability (fibre2fashion.com):
The Foreign Trade Association (FTA), the leading business association of European and international commerce promoting the values of international trade and sustainable supply chains, signed the Statement of Support for the Dutch Garment and Textiles agreement on Monday.
Jul 5, 2016:
75 firms sign up to Dutch sustainable sourcing pact (Just-Style.com):
A Dutch agreement on international responsible business conduct in the global garment and textile sector, aimed at improving labour rights and worker conditions, has been signed by around 75 companies and endorsed by the Foreign Trade Association (FTA). The Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector agreement, which was initially formed in March, has now been signed by businesses representing more than one-third of the revenue generated in the Dutch market. The aim is for at least 50% of the Dutch garment and textile sector to sign the agreement by 2018, and 80% by 2020.
Jul 5, 2016:
FTA Endorses Dutch Garment And Textiles Agreement (Sourcing Journal):
The European and international commerce business association on Monday signed a “statement of support” for the Dutch Garment and Textiles Agreement, to promote trade values and sustainable supply chains. To date, 55 companies have pledged to the agreement, which includes more than 20 FTA Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) participants.
“The agreement is an important example of how multisector collaboration between business and stakeholders can lead to even more effective and committed improvements in global supply chains,” FTA director general Christian Ewert said. “However, while FTA welcomes such national projects, we believe that these initiatives should not lose sight of the broader EU goal of creating a global approach that provides a common framework and avoids duplication of standards and fragmentation.”
Jul 4, 2016:
Stop Child Labour signs Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector Covenant (Stop Child Labour):
Stop Child Labour signed a Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector Covenant today, together with 55 businesses, their trade organisations, the Dutch government and several other NGOs. A broad coalition has joined forces in this agreement. It is the first time, in the Netherlands and worldwide, that such a large group of companies has committed themselves to work together towards a more sustainable garment and textile industry.
Jul 4, 2016:
75 signatures endorse Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector agreement (SER):
This morning, 55 businesses, their representative organisations VGT, Modint and INretail, Solidaridad, UNICEF Netherlands, the India Committee of the Netherlands, the Stop Child Labour Coalition, Four Paws Netherlands, Dutch trade unions FNV and CNV and the National Government of the Netherlands signed the Agreement on a Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector. This is the first in a series of agreements on international responsible business conduct that aim to improve the sustainability of international production and supply chains.
Jun 28, 2016:
India: Eliminating violence against women at work (Sisters for Change):
A new report released on 25 June by Sisters For Change and Munnade has found that 1 in 7 women workers in garment factories in Bangalore has been forced either to commit a sexual act or to have sexual intercourse and 1 in 14 has experienced physical violence in the workplace.
Jun 16, 2016:
With Organic Cotton and Online Ads, Boll & Branch Helps Indian Farmer (The New York Times)/
With organic cotton and online ads, Boll & Branch helps Indian farmers (The Economic Times - Jun 18, 2016):
When Scott and Missy Tannen were putting the final touches on their home renovation in Summit, N.J., a few years ago, they embarked on a seemingly pedestrian chore: choosing sheets for their new king bed.
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It does not get much better further along the supply chain. According to a recent report by the Center for Research on Multinational Corporations, a Dutch nonprofit organization, and the India Committee of the Netherlands, forced labor, child labor and poor working conditions are common in Indian garment factories.
Jun 13, 2016:
Textile sector still in knots over child labour (The Hindu):
Textile units in Tamil Nadu have grabbed headlines several times in the past for the wrong reasons. Non-governmental organisations, including international organisations, have alleged that child workers are employed in many textile mills and that some units that employ young women do not provide adequate facilities for those who stay in hostels within the mill premises.
Jun 10, 2016:
Childhood murderers (My Republica):
Have you ever even thought of the child exploitation behind some of the foreign brand garments you wear?
The theme of The World Day Against Child Labour 2016 (June 12) is precise and to the point: "End child labour in supply chains—It’s everyone’s business!"
Jun 1, 2016:
Walmart, Gap supplier factory workers exploited in India (Rediff):
Some workers in India were also make to work on Sundays and national holidays "in sweltering heat, without adequate supply of clean drinking water or any breaks".
May 26, 2016:
Rampant abuse in Tamil Nadu's spinning mills: study (Deutsche Welle):
Thousands of poor girls and young women in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are being exploited by spinning mills, a recent study claims. Deutsche Welle takes a look at the harsh working conditions they face.
May 24, 2016:
Made by Children (All About Lady Things):
Quantas vezes não ouvimos dizer aos nossos miúdos "Come a sopa toda, há meninos no mundo que não têm o que comer!", "Estás a queixar-te porque não te dou o que queres? Há meninos que não têm nada e não se queixam!" , "Há meninos da tua idade que já trabalham! Sabias??" e, porra, isto é dito com tamanha leviandade que passou de informação chocante a pregão nacional.
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Segundo a SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations) e a ICN (India Committee of the Netherlands) os inúmeros empregadores inescrupulosos prometem às famílias que proporcionarão às suas crianças educação, refeições e melhores condições de vida o que não corresponde de todo às condições de escravatura às quais sujeitam as crianças.
May 3, 2016:
NGOs at it again! Findings of ‘Unfree and Unfair’ on living conditions of migratory workers in Bangalore raise questions on credibility of such reports (Apparel Resources):
Apparel Online was surprised to see a report Unfree and Unfair recently, wherein the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), an independent NGO has made some serious allegations against India’s top exporters in Bangalore that run hostel facilities for their workers. On the base of desk research and interviews with 110 migrant workers from rural Karnataka and other states like Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, employed at four garment factories – Shahi Exports, Texport Industries, Arvind Ltd., and K Mohan in Bangalore, the ICN claims that garment workers still face serious issues like poor living conditions and has restricted freedom of movement despite stated commitments on the part of big brands to address these problems. Ironically, the very lopsided report with no discussion or clarification from the company owners in a positive feedback, admits that the wages at all the four factories are slightly above the minimum wage rate fixed by the State Government.
Apr 21, 2016:
Low wages, poor housing and now EPF: Garment workers’ protest in Bengaluru was inevitable (Firstpost):
The garment workers' violent stir in the beginning of this week in Bengaluru may have died down, with the central government withdrawing the provident fund amendment, but what is apparent is that this was one protest that was just waiting to happen.
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Meanwhile, let’s not lose heart. It’s not as though no action is taking place. The Economic Times reported in March this year that Indian firms who supply apparel, even if it is to foreign brands such as Gap, H&M and Marks & Spencer, will now be scrutinised for unfair trade practices. This decision was taken after a consortium of international agencies, including Unicef, Stop Child Labour and Solidaridad, signed an agreement on this issue.
This agreement was in response to a paper published by The India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) in January 2016. Titled Unfree and Unfair, the paper highlighted how young migrant garment workers live in appalling conditions. Unfree and Unfair studied the conditions for migrant workers in four garment factories – K Mohan, Texport Industries, Arvind Ltd Exports and Shahi Exports.
Apr 20, 2016:
Fear and clothing in Bengaluru (Bangalore Mirror):
Varalakshmi BS, 20, was agitated when we spoke to her on Monday. She had just been shooed away by cops for sitting outside the regional PF office in Singasandra. She was part of a group of garment factory workers protesting against the amendment to the Provident Fund Act, which now prevented them from withdrawing the employer's contribution towards their PF corpus till the age of 58.
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The industry manufactures apparel for some of the world's leading clothing brands. Yet the conditions under which young migrant women work are appalling, sometimes even amounting to modern-day slavery, says a study by human rights organisation, India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN).
Apr 19, 2016:
Garment workers' stir continues in Bengaluru, traffic hit for second day (The Hindu):
For the second day in a row, protests against recent amendments to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) continued in Bengaluru and its suburbs on Tuesday, affecting vehicular movement.
Apr 19, 2016:
Chaos reigns in East Bengaluru (Bangalore Mirror):
Chaos reigned supreme in the south eastern belt of the city for a large part of Monday when 15,000-20,000 garment factory workers from various unions staged a protest against the revised central government notification regarding their provident fund and blocked three-quarters of Hosur Road for over six hours.
Apr 13, 2016:
Sweatshops for sweatshirts (Bangalore Mirror):
Leading multinational brands told researchers that more work needs to be done in order to provide them with better living conditions.
"Most of the leading multinational brands like GAP, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Inditex (ZARA) and C&A source from Bengaluru. According to official figures, there are 962 officially registered garment factories. However, it is estimated that there are around 1,200 garment factories in total in and around Bengaluru. The industry manufactures apparel for some of the world's leading clothing brands. Yet the conditions under which these young migrant women work are appalling, sometimes even amounting to modern day slavery," says the study by human rights organisation, India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN).
Mar 21, 2016:
The Netherlands establishes Textile Covenant (Made-By):
The Dutch government, along with a group of trade organisations and NGOs, announced a textile covenant on the 9th of March 2016. The aim of the covenant is to prevent child labour and improve poor working conditions and low wages in textile producing countries such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Turkey.
Mar 18, 2016:
India: Exploitation concerns after death of a teenage girl at a textile mill (The National):
An investigation into the death of a teenage girl working in a spinning mill in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has raised fresh concerns over the working conditions of textile workers, especially those trapped in bonded labour.
Mar 16, 2016:
For better social fabric, apparel makers under global eye (The Economic Times):
Indian apparel suppliers including those catering to global brands such as Gap, H&M and Marks & Spencer will now be monitored for unfair trade practices, following the signing of an agreement by a consortium of international agencies including the UNICEF, Stop Child Labour and Solidaridad.
Mar 14, 2016:
Dutch coalition commits to responsible garment production (Just-Style.com):
A coalition of Dutch industry organisations and the Dutch government has pledged to tackle issues such as working conditions, wages and environmental pollution within the garment and textile supply chain in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Turkey.
Mar 9, 2016:
Broad support for plan to eliminate child labour from the garment and textile industry (Stop Child Labour):
Stop Child Labour welcomes the broad support for the elimination of child labour, forced (child) labour, low wages and other abuses in the global garment and textile industry. Sector associations, the government, trade unions and civil society organizations - including Stop Child Labour – have agreed on a ‘covenant’ to address these issues in the coming years.
Mar 2016:
ILO asks Indian Government to react to statement by ITUC on forced labour in textile industry (ICN):
ILO’s Committee of Experts on the Application on Conventions and Recommendations has requested the Indian government to react to observations by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Garment Labour Union (GLU) about forced labour and other labour rights violations in the textile industry in Tamil Nadu affecting a large number of young women employed in spinning mills.
Feb 20, 2016:
Labour in the twenty-first century (The Hindu):
As the NDA government leans towards industrialists by scripting reforms that would legalise and expand contract labour, the big question is: do India’s trade unions have it in them to resist this imminent legislative blitz?
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To cite just one example, as reported by the NGO, the India Committee of the Netherlands, 80 per cent of the garment workers in Bengaluru toil in sweatshop conditions. They Make-in-India for reputed global brands such as Gap, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger and Zara — without ever being employees of Gap, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger or Zara. This kind of employment will become the legal norm for India’s workers when the proposed amendments become law.
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Feb 9, 2016:
India: C&A, H&M, Inditex, PVH and Gap pledge to improve garment workers' living conditions (FashionUnited.com)/
India: C&A, H&M, Inditex, PVH and Gap pledge to improve garment workers' living conditions (FashionUnited.in):
In response to the report Unfree and Unfair, published by the human and labor rights organisation India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) in January 2016, five international buyers - C&A, H&M, Inditex, PVH and Gap - responded extensively to the draft sent to them and pledged to improve the living conditions of garment workers at their suppliers' factories in Bangalore, India, a garment hub that leading multinational brands are sourcing from. Specifically, the report criticises the poor living conditions and restricted freedom of movement of young female migrant garment workers in Bangalore.
Feb 9, 2016:
C&A, H&M, Inditex, PVH & Gap versprechen bessere Bedingungen für Bekleidungsarbeiter (FashionUnited.de)/
C&A, H&M, Inditex, PVH & Gap versprechen bessere Bedingungen für Bekleidungsarbeiter (FashionUnited.ch):
Als Reaktion auf den Bericht Unfree and Unfair, veröffentlicht von der Menschen- und Arbeitsrechtsorganisation India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) im Januar 2016, haben sich fünf internationale Auftraggeber - C&A, H&M, Inditex, PVH und Gap - verpflichtet, die Lebensbedingungen der Bekleidungsarbeiter ihrer Zulieferfabriken in Bangalore, Indien, zu verbessern, einem Produktionszentrum im Süden Indiens für führende internationale Marken und Einzelhändler. Der Bericht bemängelt besonders die schlechten Lebensbedingungen und beschränkte Bewegungsfreiheit junger Wanderarbeiterinnen in Bangalore.
Feb 8, 2016:
H&M kritiseras i rapport (Lag & Rätt):
H&M är en av flera klädtillverkare som kritiseras i en ny rapport om mänskliga rättigheter.
Rapporten med titeln Unfree and unfair har skrivits av den holländska organisationen The India Committee of the Netherlands och pekar ut levnadsförhållanden och frihetsbegränsningar för migrantarbetande kvinnliga textilarbetare i den indiska staden Bangalore som inte lever upp till gällande lagstiftning.
Feb 6, 2016:
India: Study reports appalling living conditions of migrant garment workers, brands respond (Business & Human Rights Resource Centre):
The paper Unfree and Unfair gives evidence of appalling living conditions and restricted freedom of movement of young migrant garment workers in the Indian city of Bangalore. An increasing number of young migrant women workers are staying in factory-owned hostels with poor living conditions while their movement is severely restricted. The wages of the workers do not add up to a decent living wage. The hostels are run by garment factories in Bangalore that produce for leading multinational brands like C&A, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Inditex and GAP.
Please note that the press release & the paer have been updated considering statement issued by Gap Inc folllowing miscommunication between Gap & authors of the report.
Feb 6, 2016:
C&A, H&M, Inditex and PVH will ‘take serious action’ regarding garment workers’ conditions (MyGreenPod):
The paper Unfree and Unfair – published by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) – gives evidence of the appalling living conditions and restricted freedom of movement of young migrant garment workers in the Indian city of Bangalore.
An increasing number of young migrant women workers are staying in factory-owned hostels with poor living conditions and severely restricted movement. The wages of the workers do not add up to a decent living wage.
Feb 6, 2016:
The dark side of Bengaluru's garment factories (Fibre2Fashion.com)/
The dark side of Bengaluru's garment factories (Manufacturing Mirror - Feb 7, 2016)/
The dark side of Bengaluru's garment factories (BigNewsNetwork.com - Feb 7, 2016):
In a damning indictment of the apparel industry, a paper published by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), a human rights organisation dedicated to improving the lives of the marginalized in South Asia, says young migrant garment workers in Bengaluru live in appalling conditions and face restricted movement.
Feb 3, 2016:
Arbeitsbedingungen in indischen Textilfabriken katastrophal wie eh und je (Facing Finance):
2012 beschrieb ein Bericht von Somo und dem India Committe of the Netherlands (ICN) die Arbeitsbedingungen in indischen Textilfabriken im Staat Tamil Nadu (Maid in India). Schon damals wurde deutlich, wie katastrophal die Bedingungen für die Arbeiterinnen waren, viele von ihnen junge Frauen aus unteren Kasten.
ICN hat nun auch Fabriken in Bangalore untersucht und auch dort die Arbeitsbedingungen dokumentiert. Der Bericht Unfree and Unfair zeigt erneut, wie desolat es um die Arbeits- und Lebensbedingungen für die in der indischen Textilindustrie Beschäftigten bestellt ist.
Feb 3, 2016:
Working Conditions in Indian textile factories (Facing Finance):
In 2012 a report by Somo and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) described working conditions in Indian textile factories in the state of Tamil Nadu1. At this stage it was clear how catastrophic the conditions for workers were, many of them young women from lower castes.
Feb 3, 2016:
Fashion brands pledge action for workers in India (Just-Style.com):
Four major fashion brands have pledged to take serious action to remedy what has been alleged as "appalling living conditions" and "restricted freedom of movement" for apparel workers in Bangalore, India.
Feb 2, 2016:
‘Unfree and Unfair’ Report Prompts Brand Commitments to Improve Labor Conditions (SustainableBrands.com)/
‘Unfree and Unfair’ Report Prompts Brand Commitments to Improve Labor Conditions (EnvironmentGuru.com)/
'Unfree and Unfair' Report Prompts Brand Commitments to Improve Labor Conditions (Fashion-Victim-net - Feb 3, 2016):
A new report has revealed yet more unfair treatment of garment factory workers. Labor conditions in the apparel industry are an ongoing struggle even for brands with substantial purchasing power. Since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in April 2013, dozens of brands and industry organizations have committed to various approaches to ensuring worker safety and improving wages, but progress has been slow and conditions remain largely untenable.
Bangalore, India is a major hub for the apparel industry and a city where up to 80 percent of garment workers are believed to be migrant workers. Migrant workers are particularly vulnerable to unfair treatment since they often do not speak the local language and rely on company-provided accommodations. A recent investigation targeted four garment factories in Bangalore – suppliers of GAP, H&M, C&A, and Inditex, the parent company of Zara – and found that the factory-owned hostels provided inadequate living conditions and restricted freedom of movement.
The paper Unfree and Unfair, released in January by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), includes a collection of evidence from a mix of desk research, interviews with over 110 factory workers, and interviews with members of the Garment Labour Union (GLU) in Bangalore.
Feb 1, 2016:
Nightmare Hostels for Those Who Make in India (The Wire):
The condition of garment factory workers is under scrutiny once again. The India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), a human rights organisation, has released a report, Unfree and Unfair, that brings out the appalling treatment of migrant workers coming to work in Bangalore’s garment factories, with a focus on housing. Based on 110 interviews in four factories – K Mohan, Texport Industries, Arvind and Shahi Exports – the report brings out shocking realities about the living conditions of Bangalore’s migrant labour. While this is not the first report of its kind, it has prompted a response from the international companies these factories cater to.
Feb 1, 2016:
Trade-Commerce Tactics in the Neo-Liberal Era - Unseen side of Social Compliance Audit in the Textile/Garment Industry as a Factor (panancherynews.com):
With the advent of the neo-liberal economic policies and the norms of World Trade Organization, the corporate world gets strengthened ever than before. At this juncture, there is a prevailing reality that the corporate world exploits the human resources across the world. However, they (read global brands) are very keen to cover up that reality by initiating the Social Compliance Audit, a new trade-commerce strategy in the era of neo-liberal economic policies.
Jan 30, 2016:
Global apparel brands to help Bengaluru workers (Fibre2Fashion.com):
After a damning report by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), a Dutch non-governmental group, highlighting appalling living conditions, low wages and lack of freedom of movement of workers in garment factories in Bengaluru, clothing majors such as H&M, Inditex, C&A and PVH have committed to improving the lives of workers in the city.
Jan 30, 2016:
Wszyscy o nich słyszeliśmy, ale wolimy o nich nie wiedzieć (antykruchosc.blox.pl):
Prawdopodobnie wielkie cywilizacje muszą się żywić pracą niewolniczą, aby trwać w świetności. Tak było w przypadku starożytnej Grecji, gdzie Ateńczycy mogli uprawiać demokrację i filozofię, gdyż pracowali na nich niewolnicy. [....] Nawiązując do najnowszego raportu organizacji pozarządowej, zajmującej się prawami pracowniczymi - India Committee of the Netherlands – warunki egzystencji w przyzakładowych hostelach urągają jakimkolwiek standardom.
Jan 29, 2016:
New report shows mistreatment of garment workers by familiar brands (Grist):
Unless you purchase all your garments handmade from Etsy, your artfully distressed culottes were probably mass-produced somewhere in Asia. (And also, even if you’re buying exclusively on Etsy, your clothes could still very well be made in China.) It’s no secret that the working conditions of garment workers in developing nations — and even some industrialized ones — are bad, but a new report by the NGO India Committee of the Netherlands illustrates just how abysmal they can be.
Jan 29, 2016:
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (Reuters.com)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (The Times of India)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (nvs24.com)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (Business Standard)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (SmartInvestor.in)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (DailyHunt)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (News.Trust.org)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (InvestmentGuruIndia.com)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (ETRetail.com [The Economic Times])/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (FashionMag.com)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (ShareWise)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (ShareNet)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (Yahoo! Finance UK & Ireland)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (Yahoo! Maktoob News)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (MyInforms.com)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (Sajatya.com)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (canmua.net)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (Daily Mail)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bangalore workers (The Himalayan Times)/
Global Apparel Brands Pledge To Improve Lives Of Bengaluru Workers (BusinessWorld.in)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (Sify.com)/
Global Apparel Brands Pledge to Improve Conditions for Bengaluru Workers (Sudan Vision)/
Global brands pledge to better workers' conditions (Gulf Times - Jan 30, 2016)/
'Improve living conditions' (Arab Times - Jan 30, 2016)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for workers (Middle East North Africa Financial Network - Jan 30, 2016)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for workers (Arab News - Jan 30, 2016)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (Tula Today - Jan 30, 2016)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (Market Watch - Jan 30, 2016)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (FirstPost.com - Jan 30, 2016)/
Clothing firms vow better conditions (Taipei Times - Jan 30, 2016)/
Global apparel brands pledge to better conditions for Bengaluru workers (Dhaka Tribune - Jan 30, 2016)/
Global apparel brands initiate to better conditions for Bengaluru workers (RMG Bangladesh - Jan 30, 2016)/
Global apparel brands pledge to better conditions for Bengaluru workers (New Age - Jan 30, 2016)/
Global apparel brands pledge to better conditions for Bengaluru workers (The Goan EveryDay - Jan 30, 2016)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (The Daily Star - Jan 31, 2016)/
Global apparel brands (Pakistan & Gulf Economist - Feb 1, 2016)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (Eco-Business.com - Feb 2, 2016)/
Global apparel brands pledge to improve conditions for Bengaluru workers (Vastuullisuusuutiset.fi - Feb 2, 2016)/
Apparel brands to improve conditions of Bengaluru workers (The Asian Age - Feb 3, 2016):
Clothing companies H&M, Inditex, C&A and PVH have committed to improving the lives of workers in Bengaluru, after a report said employees lived in appalling conditions and were denied decent wages and freedom of movement.
Gap Inc., which also sources apparel from Bengaluru, did not respond to the report by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), according to a statement by the Dutch non-governmental group late on Thursday. A draft of the report, Unfree and Unfair, was presented to the companies last November.
The conditions of garment workers in South Asia have come under sharp scrutiny following the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, in which 1,135 workers were killed, many of them employed by suppliers to Western retailers.
Jan 29, 2016:
Global Brands Vow to Improve Conditions in Bengaluru Sweatshops (The Quint):
Clothing companies such as H&M, Inditex, C&A and PVH have committed to improving the lives of workers in India’s southern city of Bengaluru.
A report compiled by India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), revealed that employees working for such companies lived in appalling conditions and were denied decent wages and freedom of movement.
Jan 29, 2016:
Global clothing brands vow to improve Bengaluru workers’ living conditions (scroll.in):
Global clothing companies that own brands such as Zara, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein have vowed to improve the lives of workers employed in Bengaluru garment factories, after a report exposed the terrible conditions they live in and their low wages. The clothing companies said they will coordinate with local trade unions to provide training and address the grievances of the workers, reported Reuters.
Jan 29, 2016:
H&M, Inditex and PVH pledge to improve conditions at Indian factories (Fashionista):
On Thursday, the India Committee of the Netherlands released Unfree and Unfair, a paper detailing the "appalling living conditions and restricted freedom" of migrant garment workers in Bangalore.
Jan 29, 2016:
“We cannot talk about it”: Factory workers for major fashion labels live confined by guards (Quartz)/
“We cannot talk about it”: Factory workers for major fashion labels live confined by guards (Snapzu.com):
Up to 80% of garment workers in Bangalore, India, are believed to be migrant workers. Many don’t speak the local language and struggle to find housing, so garment factories fill the gap by offering company accommodations. The only catch: Some residents are treated like prisoners.
According to a new report by labor rights NGO India Committee of the Netherlands, conditions inside factory “hostels” can be terrible, involving forced confinement and constant surveillance.
Jan 29, 2016:
India: Inditex, H&M, C&A y PVH se vuelcan en los trabajadores del textil tras otra denuncia por abusos (Modaes.es):
Inditex, H&M, C&A y PVH toman medidas en su aprovisionamiento en India. Estos cuatro gigantes de la distribución de moda se han comprometido a mejorar las condiciones laborales en la ciudad de Bangalore, en India, después de que un nuevo estudio desvelara prácticas abusivas en sus proveedores en el país. La denuncia procede del Comité Indio en Holanda (ICN, en sus siglas en inglés), autor del informe Unfree and Unfair.
Jan 28, 2016:
India – ‘Unfree and Unfair’ – young migrant women workers in Bangalore (Kractivist.org):
The paper Unfree and Unfair – published today by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) – gives evidence of appalling living conditions and restricted freedom of movement of young migrant garment workers in the Indian city of Bangalore.
Jan 28, 2016:
H&M, Inditex, PVH Vow to Improve Conditions in Indian Factories After Critical Report (WWD)/
H&M, Inditex, PVH Vow to Improve Conditions in Indian Factories After Critical Report (MagicOnline.com)/
H&M, Inditex, PVH Vow to Improve Conditions in Indian Factories After Critical Report (PourElles.com)/
H&M, Inditex, PVH Vow to Improve Conditions in Indian Factories After Critical Report (TopFash.com)/
H&M, Inditex, PVH Vow to Improve Conditions in Indian Factories After Critical Report (Glam-Touch.com):
Three leading European retailers and a major U.S. fashion group have pledged to take action to end what the India Committee of the Netherlands alleged are “appalling living conditions” for apparel workers in Bangalore, India, according to the human and labor rights organization.
The ICN, which released a paper titled Unfree and Unfair on Thursday detailing the alleged abuse, reached out to retailers and brands before the paper was published and said it has received commitments from C&A, H&M, Inditex and PVH Corp. to provide garment workers with better working conditions in Bangalore.
Jan 15, 2016:
Daliters möjligheter i tillväxtens Indien (Svalorna Indien Bangladesh):
Sedan Indien öppnade marknaden för utländska investerare under 90-talet har landet haft en stabil ekonomisk tillväxt, men trots det har landet misslyckats med att stärka situationen för kvinnliga daliter i arbetslivet.
winter 2016:
Accountability in the Fashion Industry: Loopholes in the H&M Value Chain (School of Global Policy and Strategy, San Diego):
On the morning of April 24, 2013 two women entered the Rana Plaza Building, an eight-story garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh where they went to work every day as sewing operators for a company that manufactures garments to be sold at Western retailers. The women and several other bystanders noticed a crack in the wall and immediately reported it to the factory manager. Under pressure to fulfill orders, the factory owner ordered the women back inside. Just moments later the women and more than 1,100 other people died when the building collapsed around them, suffocating the occupants under a pile of ash and steel. The catastrophe rocked the international community and left many to ask how such a disaster could happen. Who was responsible for the neglect and how can they be brought to justice?
2015
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Dec 12, 2015:
Twilight children (The Hindu):
Children and adolescents, mostly girls, toil in factories in conditions of near-slavery. This is the hidden face of manufacturing units in the flourishing industrial hubs of Tamil Nadu.
Nov 20, 2015:
Inditex y la responsabilidad solidaria (La Marea):
Junto a la voluntariedad y la unilateralidad, hay que tener en cuenta los distintos mecanismos de verificación y evaluación de la “responsabilidad social”.
Nov 10, 2015:
Kasteløse slaver i den indiske tøjindustri (The Dig Project):
Unge kasteløse piger i sydindien udnyttes groft af den lokale tøjindustri, der med slavelignende forhold producer tøj for en lang række internationale tøjmærker.
Oct 22, 2015:
The problem with slavery and the Sustainable Development Goals (Equal Times):
At the end of September, the United Nations officially adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guide for international efforts against poverty for the next 15 years. The SDGs include a target for the elimination of slavery, forced and child labour.
Anti-Slavery International has been calling since 2007 for slavery to be recognised as a fundamental issue of poverty and development so the recognition of this in the SDGs is a crucial step. But this is where it gets difficult.
Sep 21, 2015:
23 girls rescued from spinning mill in Tirupur (The Hindu):
As many as 23 girls aged between 11 and 18 years were rescued from a spinning mill at Olapalayam village near Kangayam, in Tirupur District on Sunday. They were rescued in an operation carried out by officials and police, led by Revenue Division Officer (RDO) of Dharapuram G. Saravanamurthy.
Aug 9, 2015:
Girls duped into bonded labor in India’s textile mills (Taipei Times):
Tens of thousands of these women come from poor, illiterate communities, whose families are duped into sending their daughters on three-year work schemes that are promoted as an easy way to earn dowries.
Aug 6, 2015:
Captured by cotton: Girls duped into "bonded labour" in India's textile mills (Trust.org):
Over 100,000 girls, women work as "bonded labour" in mills.... Poor families duped, send daughters on three-year work schemes.... Spinning mills, big brands say inspectors check conditions....
Apr 1, 2015:
Girl workers physically, sexually exploited, reveals survey (The Hindu):
A study on the health status of adolescent girls working in the textile mills under the controversial ‘Sumangali Scheme’ or ‘Thirumagal Thirumana Thittam’ has revealed that most of them working in hostile working conditions are being physically and sexually exploited.
Mar 31, 2015:
Study on the Health Status of Adolescent Girls working in Textile and Spinning Mills: Almost all girls have big physical and mental health problems (Vaan Muhil):
A study on the health status of adolescent girls working in the textile and spinning mills was conducted by the organization Vaan Muhil between October 2015 and February 2015.
In total 193 girls of girls from Tirunelveli District working in the mils or returnees of the Sumangali Scheme were selected for the study through group discussions, case studies and individual in-depth interviews.
Mar 18, 2015:
New Sumangali guidance document online (Fair Wear Foundation):
To provide guidance to its members, FWF has drawn a document on the risks related to the Sumangali Scheme and India's Bonded Labour System.
Feb 27, 2015:
Dalit Girl Found Hanging in Textile Mill (The New Indian Express):
A 19-year-old dalit girl was found dead in a suspicious manner inside a bathroom of a private textile mill near Vedasanthur, Dindigul district on Wednesday. While police claimed the girl committed suicide as she could not bear her stomach pain, NGOs have raised doubts over the death.
Feb 23, 2015:
New report Mind the Gap: How the global brands are not doing enough to ensure a dignified life for workers in the garment and electronics industry in India (Future in Our Hands):
This report is a joint effort of Future in Our Hands (Framtiden i våre hender), Norway and Civil Initiatives for Development and Peace (Cividep), India, both civil society organizations working for fair distribution of wealth globally through respect for the rights of workers and communities. The study compares working conditions and wages in two different global supply chains that cater to the European market with links to South India - the garment industry in Bangalore that produces apparel for well-known European retailers including H&M, a Swedish multinational, and Norwegian Varner Group as also the electronics industry in Sriperumbudur (near Chennai) where electronics companies Dell and Samsung (USA and Korea respectively) are manufacturing their products.
Feb 12, 2015:
Ropa manchada (El Subjectivo):
Abres el armario y piensas que tu repertorio está desactualizado, o que el número de camisas, camisetas, pantalones y zapatos no es suficiente para seguir el ritmo de renovación que impone nuestra sociedad. [...] Según el estudio Flawed Fabrics (Tejidos defectuosos) del Centre of Research on Multinational Corporations, las opciones que tenemos de comprar productos textiles que no estén salpicados de injusticias de este tipo se reduce cada vez más.
Feb 5, 2015:
Helping women garment-factory workers stand up for their rights (The Times of India):
International consumer activism has helped empower several hundred women, especially in garment factories, which is the second largest sector to employ women. [....] Another report, titled Flawed Fabrics issued by two non-profit agencies, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and The India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), has looked in-depth into the plight of these garment factory workers in Tamil Nadu. The report shows how vulnerable the women are starting from deceptive recruitment tactics by middle men which results in forced and bonded labour. Long working hours, low wages, unhygienic working and living conditions are other aspects that dominate the scene.
Feb 4, 2015:
Esclavas textiles en la India: cuatro grandes empresas españolas en la 'lista negra' (El Confidencial)/
Trabajo esclavo en la India: cuatro grandes empresas españolas están en la 'lista negra' (SOTT.net)/
Trabajo esclavo en la India: cuatro grandes empresas españolas están en la lista negra (PrimeraPlanaOnline.com - 4(?) feb 2015)/
Trabajo esclavo en la India: cuatro grandes empresas españolas están en la 'lista negra' (AgenciaEternity.com - 6 feb 2015)/
Esclavas textiles en India: Empresas europeas en “lista negra” (Guioteca.com - 6 feb 2015)/
Trabajo esclavo en la India: cuatro grandes empresas españolas están en la lista negra (Perseo (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) - mrt 2015):
Salarios de 1,3 euros diarios por 68 horas de trabajo a la semana, sin contrato, en un ambiente insalubre, sin derechos básicos como la prestación en caso de enfermedad o la afiliación sindical, en régimen de privación de libertad... Ese sigue siendo el lóbrego escenario laboral al que se enfrentan cotidianamente decenas de miles de niñas y adolescentes, muchas de ellas de apenas 15 años, en el estado indio de Tamil Nadu, al sudeste del coloso asiático. [....] Así lo revela un nuevo y exhaustivo informe del prestigioso Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations – una organización independiente holandesa sin ánimo de lucro que escruta los estándares éticos de las grandes multinacionales –, que destapa, una vez más, la explotación vinculada al comercio textil.
Feb 2, 2015:
Addressing Modern Slavery in Tamil Nadu Textile Industry - Feasibility Study Report (Freedom Fund):
In response to continued evidence of human rights violations in the textile industry in Tamil Nadu, the Freedom Fund and C&A Foundation decided to carry out a feasibility study focused on issues related to modern slavery within the supply chain in the sector. The Association for Stimulating Know How (ASK) conducted this study.
Feb 1, 2015:
[Recomendación] Sweatshop (Regeneración):
La industria textil y de la moda es una de las que más dinero mueven en todo el mundo, y es un sector pionero en desarrollar las prácticas más salvajes del capitalismo y la globalización. Como ejemplos podemos nombrar la producción en maquilas, sin derechos laborales, empleando a niñas; o la contaminación de ríos (y la consiguiente destrucción de ecosistemas) como consecuencia del vertido de tintas utilizadas en la producción de ropa. Un informe del Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (organización independiente holandesa) y el India Committee of the Netherlands (una ONG del mismo país) nos advierte de las prácticas “esclavistas” de algunos de los gigantes mundiales de la moda.
Jan 25(?), 2015:
Tres blogueros de moda viajaron a Camboya. H&M les prohibió hablar de lo que vieron (Muhimu.es):
El periódico noruego Aftenposten creó un “reality” donde 3 jóvenes fueran a Camboya para ver cómo se produce la ropa que se ponen a diario. En su apartado de video lanzó varios capítulos bajo el nombre Sweat Shop. [....] Y mucho más: un informe elaborado por el prestigioso Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, organización independiente holandesa sin ánimo de lucro y el India Committee of the Netherlands, una ONG del mismo país impulsora de la campaña Clean Clothes (Ropas Limpias) contra la explotación vinculada al comercio textil, nos advierte de las prácticas “esclavistas” de algunos de los gigantes mundiales de la moda.
Jan 22, 2015:
H&M prohibió hablar de ello - Sweat Shop: Moda barata de la muerte (AlMomentoNoticias):
El periódico noruego Aftenposten creó un “realityshow” donde 3 jóvenes reconocidos por fashionistas y bloggers de moda, fueron a Camboya para ver cómo se producía la ropa que se ponen a diario. En versión de video, lanzaron varios capítulos bajo el nombre Sweat Shop: Moda barata de la muerte. [....] Un informe elaborado por Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, organización independiente holandesa sin ánimo de lucro y el India Committee of the Netherlands, una ONG del mismo país impulsora de la campaña Clean Clothes (Ropas Limpias) contra la explotación vinculada al comercio textil, advierte de las prácticas “esclavistas” de algunos de los gigantes mundiales de la moda.
Jan 19, 2015:
Child labour in the fashion supply chain - where, why and what can business do? (The Guardian):
Some 170 million children were in child labour in 2012, according to the International Labour Organisation, touching areas of our lives from fashion to food. To achieve true sustainability, businesses must consider their impacts on children, both directly and indirectly. [....] A recent report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) revealed that recruiters in southern India convince parents in impoverished rural areas to send their daughters to spinning mills with promises of a well-paid job, comfortable accommodation, three nutritious meals a day and opportunities for training and schooling, as well as a lump sum payment at the end of three years.
Jan 15, 2015:
Textilindustrie: Kinderarbeit, Zwangsarbeit, Schuldknechtschaft und Menschenhandel (CleanKids.de):
Somo und ICN aus den Niederlanden, Partner von FEMNET/CCC decken auf: Zwangsarbeit, Schuldknechtschaft und Menschenhandel gibt es in fünf südindischen Spinnereien – Lieferanten von H&M, C&A und Primark.
2014
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Dec 29, 2014:
Schiavitù moderna nel settore tessile indiano (News Femca Veneto):
Il rapporto pubblicato da due organizzazioni non governative olandesi, dal titolo emblematico Flawed Fabrics (Tessuti difettosi), dimostra che le lavoratrici impiegate nell’industria tessile indiana per l’esportazione, localizzata nella regione del Tamil Nadu, sono ancora sottoposte a condizioni di lavoro spaventose, paragonabili al lavoro forzato.
Dec 28, 2014:
Women need ‘azaadi’ from this surveillance regime (Hindustan Times):
The hardest and most urgent challenge in India today is to change the conversation from that of ‘safety from rape’ to that of women’s autonomy.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now exhorting multinationals to come and ‘Make in India’. Under what conditions do women currently ‘make’ for MNCs in India? Flawed Fabrics, a report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and the India Committee of the Netherlands on women workers in Tamil Nadu’s textile industry that produces for a variety of top American and European brands, reveals the extremely exploitative conditions there.
Dec 28, 2014:
C&A und H&M betroffen: Spinnereien in Indien knechten junge Frauen (T-Online.de):
In indischen Spinnereien, die auch für große Textilkonzerne arbeiten, gibt es offenbar schwere Menschenrechtsverletzungen. Das berichtet Der Spiegel vorab unter Bezug auf eine Studie aus den Niederlanden. Die untersuchten Fabriken in Südindien produzieren demnach Garn und Vorprodukte unter anderem für C&A und H&M.
Dec 28, 2014:
Löchrige Kleider: Der Missbrauch von Mädchen und jungen Frauen in der Textilindustrie Südindiens (FemNet-ev.de):
Somo und ICN aus den Niederlanden, Partner von FEMNET/CCC decken auf: Zwangsarbeit, Schuldknechtschaft und Menschenhandel gibt es in fünf südindischen Spinnereien – Lieferanten von H&M, C&A und Primark.
Der von FEMNET übersetzte Bericht der niederländischen Nichtregierungsorganisationen SOMO und ICN mit dem Titel Löchrige Kleider: Der Missbrauch von Mädchen und jungen Frauen in der Textilindustrie Südindiens (PDF-Datei) gibt Einblicke in schwere Verstöße gegen internationale Arbeits- und Menschenrechte in den Spinnereien des südindischen Bundesstaates Tamil Nadu.
Dec 27, 2014:
Has docility become a job requirement for women? (The News Minute):
We tend to think and speak of ‘dress codes on women’, bans on mobile phones, and other forms of moral policing as imposed by ‘backward’ social outfits like khap panchayats that are ‘out of sync with modernity’. Occasionally, we might discuss such measures imposed by colleges or Universities. [....] A recent study of textile factories in Tamil Nadu, Flawed Fabrics: The abuse of girls and women workers in the South Indian textile industry (October 2014, prepared by SOMO - Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, and ICN - India Committee of the Netherlands) is revealing in this regard.
Dec 19, 2014:
The Year Fashion Woke Up (BusinessOfFashion.com)/
The Year Fashion Woke Up (Fashion Matters):
This year, the global fashion industry finally began to take environmental and ethical problems seriously, with major luxury conglomerates and mass retailers alike taking significant steps in the right direction.
...
H&M blacklisted a spinning mill in southern India for not meeting its ethical standards, but only after a report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and the India Committee of the Netherlands uncovered “appalling” working conditions and child labour there.
Dec 9, 2014:
Flawed Fabrics – the abuse of girls and women workers in the South Indian textile industry (Ethical Trade Initiative Norway):
This report highlights serious labour and human rights violations faced by girls and young women employed in the Tamil Nadu spinning industry in South India, a major hub in the global knitwear sector.
Dec 8, 2014:
Inde: Des jeunes filles dalits traitées comme des esclaves modernes dans l’industrie textile (Solidarité Dalits Belgique):
Un récent rapport, publié à la fin du mois d’octobre 2014 et consacré aux formes modernes d’esclavage dans les filatures indiennes, fait apparaître que, malgré les initiatives prises pour mettre fin à la pratique de travaux forcés, la situation actuelle reste alarmante. Les efforts déployés par des marques de vêtements et des distributeurs au détail pour mettre un terme à ces abus manquent tant de considérations d’échelle que d’authentique conviction. A cause de leur statut de marginalisées et de leur incapacité d’avoir accès à des opportunités alternatives, la majorité des jeunes filles travaillant dans ces usines est constituée de dalits.
Dec 2014:
Dalit Girls in Modern Slavery in Textile Mills (Dalit Cry, p10):
The report Flawed Fabrics released by the India Committee on the Netherlands (ICN) and the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), states that girls as young as 15 in South India’s spinning mills are still facing appalling labour conditions that amount to forced labour. They live in very basic company-run hostels and are hardly ever allowed to leave the company compound. The researched spinning mills have Western companies and Bangladesh garment factories among their customers.
Nov 20, 2014:
Flawed Fabrics Report - Appalling Labor Standards in Tamil Nadu, India (Source4Style):
A report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) has exposed appalling labor conditions within 5 spinning mills in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India.
Nov 19, 2014:
Report on (child) slavery in Indian textile production leads to action (ICN):
The new report Flawed Fabrics of the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) and SOMO about child labour and 'modern slavery' in Indian spinning mills supplying to well-known garment brands clothing companies drew a lot of attention and led to action.
Nov 19, 2014:
Report on Child Slavery in Indian Textile Production Leads to Action (Mino-View Quarterly Magazine (Oct-Dec 2014), p19):
The new report Flawed Fabrics of the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) and SOMO about child labour and 'modern slavery' in Indian spinning mills supplying to well-known garment brands clothing companies drew a lot of attention and led to various actions.
Nov 17, 2014:
Modern Slavery Bill — Second Reading (TheyWorkForYou.com (UK Parliament)):
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The need for measures to tackle modern slavery in company chains is amply demonstrated by the abuses and exploitation of workers in cotton mills in places such as Tamil Nadu in India or, for that matter, the situation of children of brick kiln workers in places such as India and Pakistan. The report, Flawed Fabrics, published in October, detailed forced labour abuses, including shocking "prison-like conditions". The report makes several recommendations on brands, retailers and manufacturers, and highlights the need for supply chain mapping, transparency and the identification of risks.
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Nov 15, 2014:
Abused Workers Make "Flawed Fabrics": Garment Makers of South India Under Global Watch (NewClothMarketOnline.com):
There is disturbing news for textile manufacturers of the country that must put them on a high alert, especially if they are engaged in export related production activity and not following the global practices with regard to well-being of their labourforce.
The Netherlands based Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) – in association with India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) – has come out with its latest investigative report on the Tamil Nadu textile and garment industry. The research was conducted to find out the current status of compliance of labour-related global standards by leading export oriented manufacturing units.
Nov 15, 2014:
The cotton in your clothes may be made by girls aged 11, paid £6 a month (The Times):
Girls as young as 11 are being paid as little as £6 a month to produce the raw materials used to make garments for sale in Britain, an investigation by The Times has found.
Girls are sold to cotton spinning mills in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, locked in for weeks on end and forced to work relentless hours for pitiful wages in dangerous conditions.
Nov 14, 2014:
A report that sheds light on the misery of women labourers in the Tamil Nadu spinning industry (The News Minute):
Vinitha was fifteen when she began working in a cotton mill in Satyamangalam in Tamil Nadu. “The working environment was not hospitable. We were often yelled at by senior management. They would keep complaining about us even if it wasn’t our fault ”, said Vinitha, who left the job at the mill around six months ago.
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A joint report titled Flawed Fabrics published by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) details the abuse of girls and women workers in the spinning mills of Tamil Nadu and the gross violation of labour rights and human rights in this industry.
Nov 14, 2014:
Modern day slavery in Southern Indian textile industry: Efforts of clothing brands and retailers lack scale and conviction (Counterview.org):
Flawed Fabrics – a new report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) – shows that workers are still facing appalling labour conditions that amount to forced labour in the export-oriented Southern Indian textile industry. Executive Summary of the report.
Nov 14, 2014:
Flawed Fabrics (WellMade.org):
This report highlights serious labour rights and human rights violations faced by girls and young women employed in the Tamil Nadu spinning industry in South India, which is a major hub in the global knitwear sector, supplying some of the big name clothing brands. In fact, Tamil Nadu is home to some 1,600 mills, with a workforce of more than 400,000 workers. Sixty per cent of the total labour force consists of girls and young women.
Nov 10, 2014:
Modern Day Slavery in Tamil Nadu's Textile Mills (RGICS Policy Watch, p24):
A report, titled Flawed Fabrics, released on 28th October 2014 by the Amsterdam-based Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) has revealed that workers in Tamil Nadu’s textile mills work under appalling conditions, almost equivalent to modern-day slavery. It gives an account of the condition of workers in five Tamil Nadu spinning mills including Best Cotton Mills, Jeyavishnu Spintex, Premier Mills, Sulochana Cotton Spinning Mills and Super Spinning Mills.
Nov 7, 2014:
Den dag i dag slavelignende forhold i Indiens tekstilindustri (U-Landsnyt.dk):
Mange arbejdere i det sydlige Indiens tekstilfabrikker er nærmest slaver, siger ny rapport. Der er ofte tale om unge kasteløse kvinder, der lokkes til arbejdet med løfter om hjælp til uddannelse.
Nov 7, 2014:
No compres productos de empresas que utilizan esclavos (La Opinión de Tenerife):
A mancio Ortega tiene cara de abuelo dulce, un señor respetable que protege en su regazo a sus nietos para contarles mil historias de sueños y glorias personales, la misma con la que Francisco Hernando Contreras, conocido por Paco el Pocero, se pasea en su yate haciendo alardes de grandeza, recordándonos que todo lo ha conseguido con esfuerzo y humildad, que de construir alcantarillas pasó a ser el empresario modelo que edificaba urbanizaciones como quien planta árboles y sin que nadie lo detuviese porque todos se plegaban ante su poder.
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Cuando usted visite un centro comercial predispuesto a entrar en una tienda donde se venda ropa de esa firma, tiene que tener en cuenta un par de cosas: lo primero que debe saber es que la India se ha convertido en un nuevo foco de la esclavitud mundial hasta el punto que en 2012 se denunciaba que niñas y adolescentes trabajan en fábricas textiles más de setenta y dos horas semanales por 0'88 euros al día en unas condiciones infrahumanas; y lo segundo es que el informe elaborado por Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations y el India Committee of the Netherlands demostraba que una serie de marcas estaban inmersas dentro de esa red de trabajo esclavo.
Nov 5, 2014:
Nuevo informe sobre la esclavitud moderna en la industria textil india (ObservatorioRSC.org)/
Nuevo informe sobre la esclavitud moderna en la industria textil india (SIIDHU - Nov 10, 2014):
El informe Flawed Fabrics: The abuse of girls and women workers in the South Indian textile industry del Centro de Investigación de las Empresas Multinacionales (SOMO) y el Comité Indio de Holanda (ICN) muestra que los trabajadores todavía afrontan condiciones laborales que equivalen a trabajo forzado. Esto ocurre en el sector textíl del sur de India, que está muy orientada hacía las exportaciones.
Nov 4, 2014:
H&M Blacklists Indian Spinning Mill After Allegations of Forced Labor (Ecouterre)/
H&M Blacklists Indian Spinning Mill After Allegations of Forced Labor (NewsFiber.com)/
H&M Blacklists Indian Spinning Mill After Allegations of Forced Labor (OrtaBlu.org)/
H&M Blacklists Indian Spinning Mill After Allegations of Forced Labor (Ethicalista - Nov 5, 2014):
H&M has blacklisted a southern Indian textile mill following allegations of rampant labor- and human-rights abuses in the the country’s garment hub of Tamil Nadu. Flawed Fabrics, a report released by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), in collaboration with the India Committee of the Netherlands last Tuesday, details the deplorable conditions that are endemic to the region’s 1,600 mills, most of which are staffed by girls and young women. Compiled using a mix of desk research and in-depth interviews with 150 workers at five different mills, the research paints a grim picture of the supply chains of some of the world’s best-known brands, which, in addition to H&M, include C&A, Hanes, Mothercare, and Primark.
Nov 4, 2014:
Flawed Fabrics: The abuse of girls and women workers in the South Indian textile industry (Homeworkers Worldwide):
Women and girls in South India are continuing to work in conditions of forced and bonded labour in a textile industry supplying many UK highstreet brands.
The latest report from research organisation SOMO highlights serious labour rights and human rights violations faced by girls and young women employed in the Tamil Nadu spinning industry in South India, which is a major hub in the global cotton jersey (T-shirt fabric) sector.
Nov 4, 2014:
Forced labour scheme found in highstreet retailers supply chains (Clean Clothes Campaign Ireland):
The latest report released by Clean Clothes Campaign Ireland and their partners have found a bonded labour schemes targeting poverty stricken young girls as young as 15 in South India are supplying well known highstreet retailers including Primark, Mothercare, C&A and Sainsbury’s among others.
Flawed Fabrics a new report from Clean Clothes Campaign partners; the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) highlights serious labour rights and human rights violations faced by girls and young women in the South Indian textile hub of Tamil Nadu.
Nov 4, 2014:
(2014) Report – Flawed Fabrics (AbitiPuliti.org):
Ancora evidenze di schiavitù moderna nel settore tessile indiano.
Il 28 ottobre 2014, due organizzazioni non governative olandesi, SOMO (Centro di Ricerca sulle Imprese Multinazionali) e ICN (Comitato Indiano dei Paesi Bassi), hanno pubblicato un nuovo rapporto sulle condizioni di lavoro esistenti nell’industria tessile indiana per l’esportazione, localizzata nella regione del Tamil Nadu.
Nov 3, 2014:
New Report: Modern day slavery in the Indian textile industry (Thozhilalar Koodam):
Flawed Fabrics – a new report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) – shows that workers are still facing appalling labour conditions that amount to forced labour in the export-oriented Southern Indian textile industry.
Nov 3, 2014:
Flawed Fabrics of Tamil Nadu (Navayana.org):
That global capital constantly shifts its sites of exploitation is common knowledge, but the wide-reaching consequences of such an imperative are often overlooked.
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Flawed fabrics, a report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (Somo) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), shows that in spinning mills in Tamil Nadu, in south India, teenage girls and young women are working under conditions that amount to slavery and the worst forms of child labour.
Nov 2, 2014:
Odevní znacky využívají otrocké práce (HaloNoviny.cz):
Náctileté dívky v indických tkalcovnách ve státe Tamil Nadu tkají látky pro známé odberatele, jako jsou napríklad C&A, Primark ci Sainsbury´s. Dívky jsou lákány pod príslibem atraktivní práce a dobrého výdelku, ve skutecnosti jsou zamestnavateli težce vykoristovány. Haló novinám to sdelila organizace NaZemi.
Závery plynou ze zverejneného výzkumu nizozemských organizací SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational) a ICN (India Committee of the Netherlands).
Nov 1, 2014:
India: The SOMO - ICN report on employment and labour conditions in the textile industry in the state of Tamil Nadu (South Asia Citizens Web (SACW)):
This report offers insights into the employment and labour conditions in the textile industry in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The report tells the stories of workers in five spinning mills: Best Cotton Mills, Jeyavishnu Spintex, Premier Mills (Unit III), Sulochana Cotton Spinning Mills and Super Spinning Mills (Unit C). These spinning mills are part of five vertically integrated enterprises: Best Corporation (P) Limited (BCPL), Premier Group, K.M. Knitwear, Sulochana Group and SARA ELGI.
Nov 1, 2014:
Exploitation widespread in the textile industry (TUC - RISKS):
Workers are facing appalling labour conditions that amount to forced labour in the export-oriented Southern Indian textile industry, a study has found. The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) discovered women and girls who work in the spinning mills of Tamil Nadu, some as young as 15, are forced to work long hours for low wages.
Nov 1, 2014(?):
H&M boykottiert Super Spinning Mills! (NachhaltigLeben.de):
Vielleicht ein erstes gutes Signal für bessere Arbeitsbedingungen in Indien: Der schwedische Bekleidungskonzern Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) bezieht ab sofort kein Garn mehr aus der südindischen Spinnerei "Super Spinning Mills".
Nov 2014:
Exploitation widespread in the Indian textile industry (SheilaPantry.com):
Workers are facing appalling labour conditions that amount to forced labour in the export-oriented Southern Indian textile industry, a study has found. The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) discovered women and girls who work in the spinning mills of Tamil Nadu, some as young as 15, are forced to work long hours for low wages.
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Nov 2014:
Can you earn a living wage in fashion in Italy? (Campagna Abiti Puliti/Clean Clothes Campaign):
This report was conducted by Campagna Abiti Puliti, the Italian section of the Clean Clothes Campaign. It is a survey on pay conditions in the clothing and footwear sector in Italy to see whether in Italy too there is a real living wage problem. This report sets out the findings of the survey, which was conducted from April 2013 to August 2014 by members of the campaign and a team of Italian researchers represented by Devi Sacchetto, Veronica Redini and Davide Bubbico.
Oct 31, 2014:
Wspólczesne niewolnictwo w indyjskim przemysle tekstylnym (Ekonsument.pl)/
Nowy raport: Wspólczesne niewolnictwo w indyjskim przemysle tekstylnym (CleanClothes.pl):
Flawed Fabrics – nowy raport przygotowany przez Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) oraz India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) – pokazuje, ze w zorientowanym na eksport przemysle tekstylnym poludniowych Indii, pracownicy wciaz stawiaja czola odrazajacym warunkom pracy równoznacznym z praca przymusowa.
Oct 31, 2014:
Investigation Finds “Slavery” Of Women And Young Girls At Textile Mills Used By Fast Fashion Brands (SwaggerNewYork.com):
Multiple textile mills in South India have been accused of employing luring young girls and women from their impoverished communities and forcing them into “modern-day slavery” at mills used by fast fashion brands including H&M, Primark and C&A.
Oct 30, 2014:
Indisk textilindustri under lupp (Habit.se):
En ny rapport kastar ljuset på undermåliga och slavlika arbetsförhållanden i textilindustrin i södra Indien.
Undermåliga arbetsförhållanden, arbetare inlåsta i trånga och dåliga arbetslokaler och bostäder, låga löner, långa arbetsdagar och inga möjligheter att organisera sig är en verklighet för unga kvinnor i textilindustrin i södra Indien enligt rapporten nya rapporten Flawed Fabrics - The abuse of girls and women workers in the South Indian textile industry framtagen av Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, SOMO, och the India Committee of the Netherlands,ICN.
Oct 30, 2014:
Výzkum: Odevní znacky dostupné i v CR využívají indických otrokyn (Souvisime.cz):
Náctileté dívky v indických tkalcovnách ve státe Tamil Nadu tkají látky pro známé odberatele, jako jsou napríklad C&A, Primark ci Sainsbury´s. Dívky jsou rekrutovány z nejchudších venkovských vrstev. K práci jsou lákány pod príslibem atraktivní práce a dobrého výdelku. Ve skutecnosti jsou nuceny pracovat až 68 hodin týdne za velice nízké mzdy. Mají omezenou svobodu pohybu, jsou nuceny k prescasum i nocním smenám, pracují ve škodlivém prostredí bez ochranných pomucek. Uvádí to práve zverejnený výzkum nizozemských organizací SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational) a ICN (India Committee of the Netherlands).
Oct 30, 2014:
Report: Dalit girls in modern slavery in India’s textile industry (IDSN):
A new report following up on modern slavery in Indian spinning mills, finds that despite initiatives launched to end conditions of forced labour, the situation remains alarming. Efforts of clothing brands and retailers to end this, lack scale and conviction. Due to their marginalised status and lack of alternative opportunities, the majority of girls working in these factories are Dalits.
Oct 30, 2014:
Neuer Bericht prangert entsetzliche Bedingungen in Spinnereien an (FashionUnited.de):
Gerade als es schien, dass die Bekleidungsindustrie auf dem besten Weg sei, verantwortlicher zu werden - durch Anstrengungen von Marken und Einzelhändlern und Übereinkommen wie dem Bangladesch Abkommen und der Allianz - da gibt es einen neuen Rückschlag, der diesmal an die Substanz geht, nämlich den Stoff, aus dem Kleidung gemacht wird. Ein neuer Bericht hat sich mit der Situation südindischer Spinnereien beschäftigt und musste entsetzliche Bedingungen feststellen.
Oct 30, 2014:
H&M boykottiert südindische Spinnerei (FashionUnited.de)/
H&M boykottiert südindische Spinnerei (FashionUnited.ch):
Der schwedische Bekleidungskonzern Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) hat sich entschieden, kein Garn mehr von der südindischen Spinnerei Super Spinning zu beziehen, nachdem ein zu Beginn der Woche veröffentlichter Bericht die entsetzlichen Arbeits- und Lebensbedingungen junger Frauen und Mädchen aufdeckte, die dort arbeiten (s. Artikel "Neuer Bericht prangert entsetzliche Bedingungen in Spinnereien an" vom 30. Okt.)
Oct 30, 2014:
H&M bans Indian spinning mill for use of child labour (FashionUnited.in):
Swedish brand Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has decided to stop suppliers from sourcing their yarn requirements from a spinning mill in southern India after a report revealed that five manufacturers belonging to this area, use child labour and the workers, mostly women and girls working in these units are subjected to poor and horrific working conditions.
Oct 30, 2014:
Modern Day Slavery by Brands (FashionFad.in):
Even in the 21st century, a country like India still lays in the backdrop of social hindrances and the vicious circle of poverty. With a major chunk of people still remaining below the poverty line, people still die of hunger and lack of basic necessities in life. A very similar plight is suffered by the girls and young women in Tamil Nadu.
Under an extremely rampant scheme titled ‘The Sumangali Scheme’, innumerable young girls and women are employed to work in the garment industry, wherein they are promised a decent wage, comfortable accommodation and a lump-sum amount of money upon the completion of a three year contract, which thereafter is used to pay for a dowry.
Oct 30, 2014:
Report claims unethical practices in Tamil Nadu (Apparel Resources):
Flawed Fabrics, a report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), claims that at spinning mills in Tamil Nadu, teenage girls and young women are working under conditions that amount to slavery and the worst forms of child labour.
Oct 30, 2014:
Flawed Fabrics – The abuse of girls and women workers in the South Indian textile industry #Vaw (Kractivist.org):
Laborers in South India’s textile industry are facing appalling working conditions and abuse, likened to “modern-day slavery,” according to a new report.
The report, titled Flawed Fabrics released by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), two nongovernmental labor rights organizations based in the Netherlands, claims that five spinning mills in textile and knitwear hub, Tamil Nadu, are forcing workers to toil for long hours under lackluster conditions.
Oct 30, 2014:
Slave labor in textile industry still common practice (Summer-Foundation.org):
Last year headlines where dominated by a major disaster taking place in a textile factory in Bangladesh. Suddenly the garment industry promised to do anything necessary to improve the poor working conditions. However, a recently published report by SOMO shows that little progress is made. Anyone buying clothes at stores such as Primark, C&A, Mothercare, Hanesbrands and Sainsbury's should know that these garments are made by women and children that are being treated as slaves. SOMO monitors the activities of multinationals since 1973 and publishes reports on the effects of their policies.
Oct 30, 2014:
Apparel retailers react to India forced labour allegations (Just-Style.com)/
Apparel retailers react to India forced labour allegations (Human Rights Defense International):
A number of retailers have responded to allegations of "forced labour" amongst female textile workers in mills in southern India, with H&M blacklisting one of the five named.
Oct 30, 2014:
H&M to blacklist India’s Super Spinning Mills after report of child labor, ‘appalling’ conditions (Business World Online):
Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) will blacklist a spinning mill in southern India after a report claimed five manufacturers there use child labor and subjected workers, mostly women and girls, to “appalling” working conditions.
H&M will ban suppliers from using products made by Tamil Nadu-based Super Spinning Mills Ltd., the Stockholm-based company said today.
Oct 29, 2014:
CSR: avoiding ethical exhibitionism (Hrchitects.net):
Talking about CSR is not so easy. It’s about ethics. It’s not that business and ethics are incompatible. They are. But ethics is innate. So if you talk about it, you risk to end up in existential discussions.
... This is what happened recently to H&M a couple of days ago. This is an interesting case. You can find a full description of its view on CSR here. They take CSR really seriously. But a recent report by SOMO under the name Flawed Fabrics is very critical about the South Indian textile Industry, allegedly working for H&M.
Oct 29, 2014:
Oct 29, 2014:
H&M prohíbe insumos de empresa India que emplea trabajo infantil (MiaBogadoEnLinea.net):
La empresa sueca de ropa y accesorios, H&M, Hennes & Mauritz AB, anunció que incluía en la lista negra de empresas a una empresa de hiladoras al sur de la India porque emplea trabajo infantil y somete a "espantosas" condiciones de trabajos a sus empleados, mayoritariamente mujeres y niñas.
... El anuncio lo realizó H&M después de que se dieran a conocer los resultados de una auditoría realizada por el Center for Research for Multinational Corporations, SOMO, y por el Comité de la India de los Países Bajos.
Oct 29, 2014:
Odevné znacky dostupné i v CR využívajú indické otrokyne (Humanisti.sk):
Nástrocné dievcatá v indických tkácovniach v štáte Tamil Nadu tkajú látky pre známych odberatelov, ako sú napríklad C&A, Primark ci Sainsbury's. Dievcatá sú regrutované z najchudších vidieckych vrstiev. K práci sú lákané pod príslubom atraktívnej práce a dobrého zárobku. V skutocnosti sú potom nútené pracovat až 68 hodín týždenne za velmi nízke mzdy. Majú obmedzenú slobodu pohybu, sú nútené k nadcasom i nocným zmenám, pracujú v škodlivom prostredí bez ochranných pomôcok. Uvádza to vcera uverejnený výskum holandských organizácií SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational) a ICN (India Committee of the Netherlands).
Oct 29, 2014:
Investigation Finds ‘Slavery’ of Women and Girls at Textile Mills Used by Major Fast Fashion Brands (Human Rights Defence International)/
Investigation Finds ‘Slavery’ of Women and Girls during Textile Mills Used by … (Fashion News):
It’s time to rethink your wardrobe, and not just because the season’s changing.
A new report has linked some of the world’s largest fast fashion retailers to sickening forced labor of women and young girls at multiple South Indian textile mills. Flawed Fabrics, an investigation carried out by human rights organizations The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN,) has linked multiple western retail giants including H&M, Primark, and HanesBrands to the horrifying conditions in mills, reports WWD.
Oct 29, 2014:
Investigation Finds “Slavery” at Mills Used by Major Fast Fashion Brands (TheFashionLaw.com):
A handful of textile mills in the Tamil Nadu area of India have been accused of employing forced labor and have been linked to major fast fashion giants including H&M, Primark and C&A. According to Flawed Fabrics, a report from the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and the India Committee of the Netherlands, which was compiled "through a mixture of desk research and interviews with workers", an array of core labor rights are being violated.
Oct 29, 2014:
Indian Textile Mill Working Conditions Likened to ‘Modern-Day Slavery’ in New Report (TheFashionSpot.com):
After last year’s tragic Rana Plaza building collapse killing 1,130 people, preceded by the Tazreen factory fire in November of 2012 that claimed 112 lives, we’ve seen retailers and factory owners try to reform the working conditions of the people that make our garments. But the latest report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and the India Committee of the Netherlands shows that there is still much work to be done when it comes to textile factory workers in the region.
Oct 29, 2014:
Labour condition appalling in Indian Textile Industry (HotNHitNews.com):
Teenage girls and young women are lured with attractive promises of decent jobs and good pay to join the textile industry in south India as workers. But, in reality, they work under appalling conditions that amount to modern day slavery and the worst forms of child labour, says a new report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN).
Oct 29, 2014:
H&M blacklists supplier over child labor reports (RetailDive.com):
Stockholm-based Henne & Mauritz AB, known as H&M, is banning all products from a southern India company after reports that its manufacturers hired children and maintained “appalling” working conditions.
Oct 29, 2014:
H&M bans clothes from Indian spinning mill accused of child labour (Irish Independent):
Hennes & Mauritz AB will blacklist a spinning mill in India after a report claimed five manufacturers there use child labour and subjected workers, mostly women and girls, to "appalling" working conditions.
Oct 29, 2014:
Tamil Nadu’s garment workers ‘modern-day slaves’: Dutch Report (Down to Earth):
A report released on Tuesday by the Amsterdam-based Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) has revealed that workers in Tamil Nadu’s textile mills work under appalling conditions, almost equivalent to modern-day slavery.
Oct 29, 2014:
Indian Textile Mills Accused Of Forced Labour (Vogue):
Five textile mills in the Tamil Nadu area of India - linked indirectly to several high-profile high-street retailers including H&M, Primark and C&A - have been accused of forced labour in a report entitled Flawed Fabrics.
The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) are responsible for the report, which was compiled "through a mixture of desk research and interviews on the ground with workers employed at five Tamil Nadu spinning mills". It concludes "that several core labour rights are being violated. Girls and young women are being lured from their home villages by false promises and are working under appalling conditions amounting to forced labour" - a practice known as the Sumangali Scheme.
Oct 29, 2014:
Super Spinning Mills denies H&M charge (The Hindu):
Super Spinning Mills, which was blacklisted by Hennes & Mauritz AB of Sweden for violating core labour rights, on Tuesday, said it followed the labour laws of Tamil Nadu, and these are verified by the Labour Department.
Reacting to a Bloomberg report on the textile mill’s blacklisting following a study by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands, a company representative said, “We are denying the allegations of SOMO...."
Oct 29, 2014:
Report sheds light on appalling working conditions in spinning mills (FashionUnited.uk):
Just when it seemed that the garment industry was on its way to becoming more responsible - with efforts by individual brands and retailers and the Bangladesh Accord and Alliance making progress - another jack-in-the-box jumps out of it, this time in the form of the very fabric clothes are made of. A new report looks at the situation at South Indian spinning mills and finds appalling conditions. Titled Flawed Fabrics - The abuse of girls and women workers in the South Indian textile industry, the report scrutinized the conditions at five Tamil Nadu spinning mills...
Oct 29, 2014:
Indian women textile workers endure “forced labour” (Indian-Apparel.com):
Female textile workers in mills in southern India are enduring horrific working conditions which amount to “forced labour”, according to a report from two pressure groups.
Flawed Fabrics was compiled by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) after interviewing some 150 workers at five textile mills in Tamil Nadu.
Oct 29, 2014:
SAI Respond to SOMO and ICN "Flawed Fabrics" Report (Social Accountability International):
This statement is in response to SOMO and ICN’s recently published investigative report on working conditions in spinning mills in India: Flawed Fabrics. Among other multi-stakeholder initiatives, the report profiles SAI and claims non-compliant working conditions at two SA8000 certified mills.
Oct 28, 2014:
‘H&M, C&A ve Primark sömürüye ortak oluyor!’ (Sonhaber.nl):
H&M, C&A en Primark gibi batili tekstil firmalarin, dünya çapinda karsi çikilmasina ragmen yinede dolayli yoldan Hindistan’daki genç isçileri sömüren tedarikçilerle çalismaya devam ettigi iddia ediliyor.
Oct 28, 2014:
Response to SOMO / ICN report: Statement from Primark Stores (Primark.com):
Primark shares the concern of SOMO and ICN over working and employment conditions in the Southern Indian cotton mill industry. Primark does not source from the Sulochana mill, contrary to suggestions in the report and contrary to false claims made on the Sulochana website. Factories contracted to supply garments to Primark source from just one of the mills in the report, the Jeyavishnu Spinntex. The company notes that working and employment conditions there are generally better than in the other mills surveyed in the report. However, Primark accepts that this mill has issues that need rectification and will be continue to work with them to resolve them.
Oct 28, 2014:
Flawed Fabrics (Media Voices For Children):
Flawed Fabrics – a new report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) – shows that workers are still facing appalling labour conditions that amount to forced labour in the export-oriented Southern Indian textile industry.
Oct 28, 2014:
H&M Bans India’s Super Spinning After Report of Child Labor (Bloomberg.com)/
H&M Bans India’s Super Spinning After Report of Child Labor (FreeNewsPos.com)/
H&M Bans India’s supplier after report of child labor (TexTalks.com - Nov 14, 2014):
Hennes & Mauritz AB (HMB) will blacklist a spinning mill in southern India after a report claimed five manufacturers there use child labor and subjected workers, mostly women and girls, to “appalling” working conditions.
Oct 28, 2014:
Clothier H&M bans India spinning mill after report on child labour, working conditions (TheStar.com)/
Clothier H&M bans India spinning mill after report on child labour, working conditions (NewsSaskatchewan.ca):
Clothier Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) will blacklist a spinning mill in southern India after a report claimed five manufacturers there use child labour and subjected workers, mostly women and girls, to “appalling” working conditions.
Oct 28, 2014:
H&M Bans Textile Factory in India for Alleged 'Appalling' Conditions (PromoMarketing.com):
Following a report that a spinning mill in southern India uses child labor and subjects workers—mainly young women—to "appalling" conditions, H&M has banned suppliers from using its products.
... The report, Flawed Fabrics, from the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) indicates the mill has "appalling labour conditions that amount to forced labour." The report is based on 150 worker interviews as well as an analysis of company data and information.
Oct 28, 2014:
H&M blacklists spinning mill in India after reports of child labour and ‘appalling’ work conditions (Financial Post)/
H&M blacklists spinning mill in India after reports of child labour and ‘appalling’ work conditions (BullFax.com):
Hennes & Mauritz AB will blacklist a spinning mill in southern India after a report claimed five manufacturers there use child labour and subjected workers, mostly women and girls, to “appalling” working conditions.
Oct 28, 2014:
H&M Bans India’s Super Spinning After Report of Child Labor (BusinessOfFashion.com)/
H&M bans India’s Super Spinning after report of child labour (LiveMint.com):
Hennes & Mauritz AB will blacklist a spinning mill in southern India after a report claimed five manufacturers there use child labour and subjected workers, mostly women and girls, to “appalling” working conditions.
Oct 28, 2014:
H&M announces Design Award Finalists and blacklists a mill in South India (Fashionista):
... In other H&M news, the Swedish company has decided to blacklist a spinning mill in South India after a report claimed the factory uses child labor and that working conditions are “appalling.” Though the mill, Super Spinning Mills Ltd., claims these accusations are untrue, the retailer isn’t taking any chances.
Oct 28, 2014:
Report Links Brands to 'Slavery' in Indian Mills (Women's Wear Daily):
A new report alleging “modern-day slavery” in five Indian textile mills prompted at least three of the Western retailers — H&M, Primark and C&A — linked to the factories on Tuesday to pledge to take either punitive or remedial action.
The report, Flawed Fabrics, was released by the Center for Research on Multinational Corporations and the India Committee of the Netherlands, two human and labor rights nongovernmental organizations based in the Netherlands, detailing alleged egregious abuses found at Indian textile spinning mills in Tamil Nadu, considered a major hub in the global textile and knitwear industry.
Oct 28, 2014:
Flawed fabrics: the abuse of girls and women workers in the South Indian textile industry (IndiaEnvironmentPortal.org.in):
This report highlights serious labour rights and human rights violations faced by girls and young women employed in the Tamil Nadu spinning industry in South India, which is a major hub in the global knitwear sector, supplying some of the big name clothing brands including C&A, HanesBrands, Mothercare and Primark.
Oct 28, 2014:
Tamil Nadu’s exploited garment workers need help from British justice (The Guardian)/
Tamil Nadu's exploited garment workers need help from British justice (Tamilnadu Everyday)/
Tamil Nadu's exploited garment workers need help from British justice (Bangladesh Development Reports - Oct 31, 2014):
Eighteen months ago the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 garment workers, and prompting global shock and outrage.
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Flawed Fabrics, a report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (Somo) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), shows that in spinning mills in Tamil Nadu, in south India, teenage girls and young women are working under conditions that amount to slavery and the worst forms of child labour.
Oct 28, 2014:
Primark, H&M factories hit in teen girl abuse report (NLTimes.nl):
Hannesbrands, C&A, Sainsbury’s, Primark and Mothercare have been linked to spinning mills that still have appalling working conditions.
This is evident from a report done by the Center for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN). The report shows that workers are still facing awful working conditions in the Southern Indian textile industry.
Oct 28, 2014:
New Report: Modern day slavery in the Indian textile industry (Stop Child Labour):
Flawed Fabrics – a new report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) – shows that workers are still facing appalling labour conditions that amount to forced labour in the export-oriented Southern Indian textile industry. The women and girls who work in the spinning mills of Tamil Nadu, some as young as 15, are mostly recruited from marginalised Dalit communities in impoverished rural areas.
Oct 28, 2014:
New Report: Modern day slavery in the Indian textile industry - Efforts of clothing brands and retailers lack scale and conviction (press release SOMO/ICN):
Flawed Fabrics – a new report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) – shows that workers are still facing appalling labour conditions that amount to forced labour in the export-oriented Southern Indian textile industry. The women and girls who work in the spinning mills of Tamil Nadu, some as young as 15, are mostly recruited from marginalised Dalit communities in impoverished rural areas. They are forced to work long hours for low wages. They live in very basic company-run hostels and are hardly ever allowed to leave the company compound. The researched spinning mills have Western companies and Bangladesh garment factories among their customers, including C&A, Mothercare, HanesBrands, Sainsbury's and Primark.
Oct 13, 2014:
Kailash Satyarthi, premio Nobel de la Paz 2014, pone en el punto de mira a las grandes empresas textiles (MarketingDirecto.com):
Kailash Satyarthi, nacido en Vidisha (India) en 1954 ha sido galardonado con el premio Nobel de la Paz 2014, por su incansable lucha contra para erradicar el trabajo y la explotación infantil. Satyarthi comparte este reconocimiento con Malala Yousafzai, la joven activista de origen paquistaní que lucha por el derecho a la educación de las niñas en todo el mundo.
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Hace un par de años el Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (ONG holandesa que analiza grandes empresas) y el India Committee of the Netherlands (ONG que lucha contra la explotación infantil) puso en el punto de mira a algunos de los gigantes mundiales del sector textil al relacionarlas con este tipo de prácticas laborales.
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Sep 1, 2014:
Sweat Shop... (La Otra Mirilla):
...o lo que es lo mismo un taller de trabajo esclavo. ¿Y a qué viene hoy este post? Pues con motivo del vídeo que esta revolucionando las redes sociales, el trailer del reality Sweat Shop (fábrica de explotación), creado por el periódico noruego Aftenposten y donde 3 jóvenes blogueros visitan Camboya para ver cómo se produce la ropa que se ponen a diario.
May 19, 2014:
Poorly Paid Garment Workers Clothed in Worry (The New Indian Express):
With schools reopening in a few weeks, Veena (name changed), employed in a garment factory near Mysore Road, is a worried mother.
From the few thousands she will earn this month, she needs to buy stationery and uniforms for her two children in high school. This apart, she has grocery and travel expenses daily - all this to be met within 2,000.
May 15, 2014:
Behind the showroom: the hidden reality of India’s garment workers (FIDH):
Labour rights abuses and grave human rights violations, including bonded labour, are enduring on India’s garment factory work floors, said FIDH in a report launched today in New Delhi. To conceal indecent working conditions, garment factory managers and owners deploy extremely well-orchestrated show-responses to external visits by auditors, foreign buyers and NGOs alike.
May 11, 2014:
'Rights Abuse Rife in TN Garment Sector' (The New Indian Express):
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), working on human rights issues, has alleged that labour rights abuse and human rights violations, including forms of bonded labour, are prevalent in the garment factories in India.
Apr 20, 2014:
Dalit girls exploited in India's garment industry (IDSN) :
A new report finds that Dalit girls in India's garment industry live in hostels, with little freedom of movement, are underpaid for long working-days and working under hazardous conditions. Press Release from the India Committee on the Netherlands.
Apr 5, 2014:
International garment brands not transparent about labour exploitation by their Indian suppliers: report (Down to Earth) :
An international organisation working for welfare of workers has drawn attention to the hazardous and exploitative working conditions of young girls working for the garment sector in Tamil Nadu.
An estimated 100,000 children and teenage girls are working in extremely oppressive conditions in the spinning mills and garment factories in Tamil Nadu, according to a report released by FNV Mondiaal (international department of Dutch trade union confederation) and the India Committee of the Netherlands. Most of the girls belong to Dalit communities and live in hostels, with little freedom of movement. They are underpaid, made to work for long hours in hazardous and unhealthy conditions. They are victims of "bonded labour" or "modern slavery", says the report.
Apr 1, 2014:
Niños sin infancia - Trabajo esclavo en la India: tres empresas españolas están incluidas en la 'lista negra' (Beevoz):
Niñas y adolescentes trabajando sin contrato, privadas de libertad y en condiciones insalubres durante más de 72 horas a la semana por un salario de 0,88 euros al día, del que sólo podrán disponer cuando hayan transcurrido de tres a cinco años y que servirá para pagar su dote matrimonial. Ese es el sombrío escenario laboral de miles de jóvenes del estado de Tamil Nadu, al sur de la India, que son empleadas en condiciones que rozan la esclavitud por empresas textiles de aquel país que luego suministran sus productos a grandes firmas internacionales, entre ellas las españolas Inditex, El Corte Inglés y Cortefiel.
Jan 9, 2014:
Inditex lleva años siendo objeto de denuncias periodísticas debido a sus proveedores (Mundiario.com):
Amancio Ortega es un hombre muy rico, pero recuerda mucho a Juan March, quien solía decir que siguiendo las reglas no se llega a millonario.
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¿Es qué acaso es un invento el informe elaborado por el prestigioso “Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations” -una organización independiente holandesa sin ánimo de lucro que escruta a las grandes multinacionales- y el “India Committee of the Netherlands” -una ONG del mismo país impulsora de la campaña Clean Clothes (Ropas Limpias) contra la explotación vinculada al comercio textil- sobre la práctica de los gigantes mundiales de la moda por comerciar con esa presunta red de trabajo esclavo?
2013
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Dec 19, 2013:
Expert meeting 3-12-2013: “Towards decent work in the Indian textile and garment industry and the role of the Netherlands” (ICN):
On the 3rd of December 2013, the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and Dutch trade union FNV organised an expert meeting around the question how the government, industry and civil society can work together to improve the lives of workers in the Indian garment industry.
Nov 29, 2013:
I Tried to See Where My T-Shirt Was Made, and the Factory Sent Thugs After Me (MotherJones.com):
After meeting India's "sumangali girls," I'll never look at cute, cheap clothes the same way again.
Nov 2013:
Textile Industry: India's second largest employer, but what's really in for the workers? (International Journal of Research in Commerce, Economics & Management):
The seeds of Indian Textiles were sown early in Indus Valley Civilization and constituting one of the essential needs of human beings, demand for textile and clothing shall never come to a halt. Currently textiles industry is of critical importance to our national economy since it is the second largest after agriculture in terms of providing employment opportunities. Moreover, this sector absorbs a sizable number of people belonging to the weaker sections of the society in general and women in particular. Hence, advancement of this sector has direct bearing on our development and nation building. Notably, a substantial number of firms in this industry cater to the global retail giants. [....] Women workers who are majorly employed in this industry fall prey to sexual exploitation, economic discrimination in contrast to their male counterparts and absence of facilities of toilets and crèches. Studies bring out cases of child labour where children are treated like slaves. Overall, the working environment is stressful, over-tiring, unhealthy and hazardous.
Oct 18, 2013:
INFO-GRAPHICS: Over 29 Million People Enslaved, Says World’s First Global Slavery Index (We-Designs):
More than 29 million people across the globe live in conditions of modern-day slavery, according to the first index to quantify the scale of forced labor on a country-by-country basis.
Oct 16, 2013:
47 young labourers rescued from spinning mill in Erode (The Hindu):
Forty-seven young labourers, including 24 from Chhattisgarh and 12 from Assam, most of them girls, were rescued from bondage in P.V. Spinning Mill at Vinnapalli village near Sathyamangalam in Erode district by a team of officials on Monday night. The remaining 11 workers are all girls belonging to various parts of Tamil Nadu.
Oct 9, 2013:
Clean Clothes Campaign mourns more factory deaths in Bangladesh (Clean Clothes Campaign):
Latest reports suggest that ten workers were killed and over 50 may have been injured when a fire ripped through the Aswad Composite Mills factory in the capital Dhaka at around 6pm on the 8th October. Firefighters took several hours to extinguish the blaze and investigations into the cause of the blaze are now underway.
Sep 2013:
Fact Sheet Forced Labour: Focus on the role of buying companies (SOMO):
Nobody should be forced to work against their will. Any form of forced labour is a grave violation of human rights. However, in many parts of the world men, women and children are trapped in jobs that they were forced into by coercion or deception. Often, they cannot leave these jobs.
This fact sheet is about forced labour in the textile and garment supply chain. It offers examples of different types of forced and bonded labour. Recommendations are made for garment buying companies to recognise cases of forced labour in their supply chains and to act upon these practices.
Jun 25, 2013:
Vulnerable Migrant Young Women Workers Exploitation of Garment Companies in Tirupur District, Tamilnadu - An Analytical study (Life Science Journal):
The aim of this study is to describe the experiences of some Young Women migrant workers who have encountered exploitation in their workplaces in garment industries in Tirupur. This study considered the various types of Young Women workers exploitations that migrant workers face in their workplaces. It equally looks at the effects of worker exploitation on migrant Young Women workers, and suggested possible ways that migrant workers could make themselves less vulnerable to workplace exploitation. The findings were divided into three parts. The first part of the finding uncovered the various kinds of exploitative practices the migrants face in their workplaces such as denial of various workers' rights. The second part showed the personal feelings of the exploited persons in response to their experiences. The third part of the finding showed the various negative effects that Young Women workers exploitation produces in the life of the exploited persons such as psychological, physiological, and emotional as well as health effects. The study was able to discover the reasons for migrant workers’ vulnerability to Young Women workers exploitation and the actions that could be taken to reduce the vulnerability of migrant workers in their workplaces.
Jun 21, 2013:
Me avergüenza tener esclavos (NuevaTribuna.es):
La ropa que llevamos los europeos pero también los españoles está manchada de sangre. Tras los vestidos a 19.95 euros hay muerte, corrupción, explotación, sangre y sufrimiento.
Resulta muy escandaloso y escalofriante ver como 1.127 personas han muerto, 2.438 han resultado heridas y 98 desaparecidas en las últimas semanas en Blangadesh en fábricas insalubres, en donde trabajaban en condiciones infrahumanas, en régimen de esclavitud por un salario que va de los 30 a los 38 euros mensuales.
Jun 9, 2013:
India’s textile hub Tirupur less likely to witness a garment factory collapse like Bangladesh (The Economic Times):
Tirupur, India's foremost textile hub located close to Coimbatore, has been nervously following Bangladesh in recent years. That started when India's eastern neighbour, what with its duty-free access to Western markets and cheap labour, started snatching prime business away from Tirupur.
Jun 3, 2013:
Sourcing shifts: Defining parameters of ethical sourcing (Just-Style.com):
Ethical sourcing in the garment and textile industry is a key consideration - not just because it is the right thing to do, but because consumers are keen to know how their clothes and accessories have been produced. But one key question is who sets the parameters of what is ethically sourced?
May 16, 2013:
Le Bangladesh est-il la pire usine textile du monde? (FranceTVInfo.fr):
Le drame du Rana Plaza, qui a fait 1127 morts, est le plus récent d'une longue série au Bangladesh. Mais les ONG enquêtent sur les autres ateliers du monde.
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Des adolescentes comptent parmi les victimes du drame du Rana Plaza, mais ce phénomène est loin d'être isolé. L'ONG India Committee of the Netherlands s'est penchée sur les Etats indiens du Tamil Nadu et de l'Uttar Pradesh. Dans son rapport 2012 (PDF en anglais), elle note que les enfants ne sont pas directement employés dans les usines d'export, mais dans des lieux de travail modestes, où les inspecteurs du travail ne passent pas.
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May 2, 2013:
Bring workers’ rights back into fashion (New Internationalist):
Article by Mari Marcel Thekaekara:
It’s May Day as I write this. A few days ago, powerful Bangladeshi writer Rahnuma Ahmed had people across the world in tears, as we read her account of the latest Bangladeshi tragedy: ‘The Stench of Rotting Corpses.’
Rahnuma wrote about the illegally constructed, eight-storey Rana Plaza which collapsed in a heap on the morning of Wednesday 24 April, burying thousands of workers in the five garment factories in the building. Thousands escaped. But, the latest reports say, more than 400 people died. Those who perished instantly were lucky. The others died dreadful deaths, trapped in the rubble with the clock ticking ominously, fully aware that these terrifying hours or minutes were their last. Untrained civil volunteers worked like maniacs, trying to save people. They were weeping, Rahnuma tells us, as they brought each corpse out and anxious mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and children peered frantically at decomposing bodies, hoping desperately it was not their loved one.
May 2013:
Young Women Exploitation in Tirupur Textile & Garment Industries with reference to Sumangali Scheme (International Journal of Engineering and Management Research):
After agriculture, the Textile and Clothing (T&C) Industry is the second largest sector in the Indian economy in terms of output, foreign exchange earnings and providing employment and employment-generating Industry in India. The latest estimates reveals that the direct employment of over 35 million people are engaged with Textile and Garment Industries across India, Tirupur and nearby Coimbatore have long been the centre of a textile and garment industry supplying a national market. Now, Tirupur is declared as a corporation from being just a municipality town, because of its demographic and geographical growth. The Textile Industry in Tamil Nadu particularly Tirupur has been reported to be exploiting young women workers in the spinning and textile units under what is called the “Sumangali Scheme.”
Apr 13, 2013:
Una ONG cercana al Papa convoca escraches contra Zara en Argentina por "trabajo esclavo" (El Confidencial):
Los escraches regresan a Argentina, el país que los popularizó. Pero el blanco de las protestas no son ahora, como en 1995, los domicilios de los defensores de la dictadura militar que fueron indultados por Carlos Menem, sino las tiendas Zara, buque insignia de Inditex.
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El historial de denuncias contra la firma española por presuntas prácticas de trabajo esclavo es más amplio. Hace ahora un año, Inditex fue incluida en una lista negra de presunta explotación laboral en la India elaborada por dos prestigiosas ONG holandesas. En el informe, elaborado por el Centre for Research on Multinacional Corporations y el India Committee of the Netherlands, se describía un escenario laboral más que sombrío: miles de niñas y adolescentes del Estado indio de Tamil Nadu trabajando sin contrato, privadas de libertad y en condiciones insalubres durante más de 72 horas a la semana por un salario de 0,88 euros diarios.
Apr 2, 2013:
Child labour in the Indian textile industry: Rescue of Sumangali Girls (ICN):
Poverty stuck families where agriculture no longer wins them bread, send their daughters to jobs in textile mills under Sumangali scheme, also as a way for getting the girls married because they can earn their dowry in the factories. At least that is one part of the story.
The Indian organization SAVE writes: "Once the girls land into the industry, the core reality hits hard on them. The worst form of exploitation by the management make the workers exhausted and most of the bitter experiences remain unsaid inside the hearts of many girls...."
Mar 22, 2013:
Wo bleibt die Transparenz? Bericht über die Lieferkette in der indischen Textilbranche (Kampagne für Saubere Kleidung):
In ihrem neuesten Bericht Time for Transparency über die indische Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie rufen das Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) und das India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) zu grundlegender Transparenz in der Lieferkette der Textilbranche auf. SOMO und ICN vertreten die Auffassung, dass nur durch Offenlegung von Informationen bezüglich Unternehmensstruktur, Beschäftigung und Sorgfaltspflicht den Beschäftigten entlang der Lieferkette die Möglichkeit gegeben wird, Menschenrechtsverletzungen anzusprechen und Arbeitsbedingungen zu verbessern.
Mar 5, 2013:
Time for transparency in the garment industry - The case of the Tamil Nadu textile and garment industry (SOMO/ICN):
In recent years, the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) conducted research into labour rights abuses in the textile and garment industry in Tamil Nadu, India. It became clear that the linkages between the investigated manufacturers and their clientele are very complex, and difficult to unravel. Local factories, well-known clothing brands and retailers only rarely make public who their business partners are. It is difficult to find out where exactly clothing brands source their products. Although, according to international guidelines, enterprises have to map their supply chain and make this information accessible to stakeholders, most companies simply do not come forward with this kind of information. In this latest paper on the Indian textile industry, Time for Transparency, SOMO and ICN elaborate on why the garment industry has to become more transparent. In addition, SOMO and ICN show buyer-supplier connections within the industry that normally remain hidden for consumers and other stakeholders.
Mar-Apr 2013:
Inefficiency of the buyer-driven value chains of big multinational retail houses causes women labour exploitation (International Journal in Multidisciplinary and Academic Research (SSIJMAR)):
United States and European garment brands and retailers have failed in their attempts to structurally improve labor conditions at their suppliers in Tamil Nadu, South India. Despite corporate promises and a range of well-meaning initiatives, workers, mostly very young women, continue to suffer exploitative working conditions. Even today, thousands of women in the garment and textile industry in Tamil Nadu work under recruitment and employment plans that amount to bonded labour. Workers are recruited within as well outside of the state of Tamil Nadu. The majority of the workers are Dalit (outcaste) girls under 18 coming from poor families, who are lured with promises of a decent wage, comfortable accommodation and, in some cases a sum of money upon completion of the contract that may be used for their dowry. These recruitment and employment practices are often referred to as 'Sumangali scheme'.
Feb 14, 2013:
Trapped in Textile (The New Jurist):
Human Rights abuses of female textile workers in Tamil Nadu and the responsibility of manufacturers and buyers.
Feb 13, 2013:
Primark eröffnet am Valentinstag auf der Zeil (Frankfurter Rundschau):
Extrem billig und extrem viel: Am heutigen Donnerstag eröffnet auf der Zeil die zweite Frankfurter Filiale des Textildiscounters Primark. Zur großen Freude der einen, zum heftigen Missfallen der anderen. Denn das Erfolgsunternehmen ist keinesfalls unumstritten.
Feb 4, 2013:
Tailored for Tyranny (FountainInk.in):
Tirupur is India’s knitwear district, a small town in Tamil Nadu that exports garments worth thousands of crores every year. But success is built on a systematic exploitation of workers who are treated as bonded labour, not paid minimum wages and made to work inhuman hours to produce the brands that everyone wears.
Feb 1, 2013:
Empresas españolas relacionadas con la esclavitud laboral (enFemenino.com):
Trabajan sin contrato; en condiciones insalubres; por salarios abusivos, con sueldos de 0,88 euros al día por jornadas de hasta 12 horas, que en muchos casos no cobran hasta haber cumplido un mínimo de 3 años de trabajo... Son miles de jóvenes (en su mayoría niñas pertenecientes a la casta más baja de la India) del estado de Tamil Nadu, al sur de la India, que son empleadas en condiciones que rozan la esclavitud por empresas textiles del país que luego suministran sus productos a grandes firmas internacionales.
Jan 10, 2013:
Ganancias empresariales y esclavitud obrera femenina (Rebelión):
El Corte Inglés, sin las ganancias abultadas de otros años, va viento en popa. A Cortefiel tampoco le van mal las cosas. Inditex, que era en 2011 la 120ª empresa del mundo, es en 2012 la 75ª (su valor financiero roza los 66.000 millones de euros). Amancio Ortega, su fundador, es la tercera fortuna más importante del mundo-mundial. Su patrimonio sube como la espuma incluso en momentos de crisis-estafa como los actuales. Su presidente ejecutivo, Pablo Isla, ingresó en 2011 unos 20 millones de euros (se desconocen las cifras de este año).
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Un documentado informe, Captured by cotton ("Atrapadas en el algodón"), elaborado sobre el terreno con entrevistas a más de un centenar de obreras y ex trabajadoras, además de sindicalistas, miembros de ONG's y académicos, por el prestigioso Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations -una organización holandesa sin ánimo de lucro que analiza a las grandes multinacionales- y el India Committee of the Netherlands -una ONG impulsora de la campaña “Ropas Limpias” contra la explotación vinculada a la producción y comercio textiles- saca o debería sacar los colores a algunos de los gigantes mundiales de la moda.
2012
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Dec 18, 2012:
New Report Documents Fire Safety Cover-ups by US Retailers (International Labor Rights Forum):
Major U.S. apparel companies continue to put at risk the lives of the workers in South Asian factories who sew their clothing by covering up problems identified in confidential audits and ignoring best fire safety practices, according to a new report published today by the Washington, DC-based International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF).
Dec 6, 2012:
La cara oscura de la moda: explotación infantil (Lógica Ecógica):
Día si y día también, los medios publican listas llenas de éxitos, que si 'los 100 más ricos del mundo', 'Las marcas más rentables' 'las mayores fortunas' ...pero la cara fea de la moda también ve la luz en muchas ocasiones y esos mismo que las lideran, están presentes también en otros índices no tan envidiables. El Confidencial se hacía eco esta semana de un informe creado por el Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations de Holanda y el India Committee of the Netherlands, en la que no se mide el dinero que estas empresas producen, sino la esclavitud que se esconde detrás de cada camiseta o cada pantalón. Titulado Captured by cotton (Atrapadas en el algodón), este informe relata el proceso de reclutamiento, generalmente a través de falsas promesas para una vida mejor, de miles de niñas y jóvenes indias de entre 14 y 20 años por los grandes fabricantes textiles de Tamil Nadu, un estado de la India.
Nov 25, 2012:
Garment tribunal verdict finds systematic human rights abuse (AsiaFloorWage):
The verdict of a tribunal to assess human rights abuses faced by workers in the Indian garment industry was announced today in Bangalore.
Nov 25, 2012:
Bangladesh factory fire: brands accused of criminal negligence (Clean Clothes Campaign):
The Clean Clothes Campaign, along with trade unions and labour rights organisations in Bangladesh and around the world is calling for immediate action from international brands following yesterday's fire in Dhaka Bangladesh, which cost the lives over one hundred garment workers.
Nov 20, 2012:
Indian Garment industry to receive human rights trial - Local trade unionists condemn GAP for refusing to attend (Clean Clothes Campaign):
Garment workers' unions and human rights groups will hold a tribunal in Bangalore this week to hear evidence of systematic human rights abuses in the Indian garment industry. Supplier factory owners, government and industry representatives, multinational brands including H&M, and over 100 factory workers will give evidence in front of a panel of judges from 3 continents on the topic poverty pay and poor working conditions.
Oct 21, 2012:
Sumangali Scheme (SAVE/YouTube):
Short film (26 min.) about bonded (child) labour in the South Indian garment industry.
Oct 11, 2012:
Employment or Exploitation: Are suppliers to retailers like Walmart, Carrefour sweatshops? (The Economic Times)/
Are Walmart & Carrefour Suppliers Sweatshops? (Vaachaniya):
It isn't often that the biggest rivals in the world of retail - Walmart and Carrefour - find themselves on the same side of a negotiations table.
That they did so one afternoon early last month at the old-wordly headquarters of the Southern India Mills' Association, a body of yarnmakers based in Coimbatore that accounts for half of India's yarn exports, is a pointer to the heady challenge facing them and the mills.
Sep 28, 2012:
Students join campaign against exploitation of poor girls (The Hindu):
The ongoing campaign against ‘Sumangali Scheme,’ which is being followed by many textile and spinning units in the western districts of Tamil Nadu that has ruined the health of a few hundreds girls from southern districts, gained significant momentum on Thursday with college students joining hands with the organisations fighting against this system.
Sep 18, 2012:
Teuer gleich gut? Wie gerechtfertigt ist der Preis von Kleidung? (Zeitgeschmack):
Wir kennen das alle, man betritt den durchgestylten Laden in Mitte; eine fröhliche, bunte Welt tut sich auf. Solange der Blick nicht Richtung Preisschild wandert, bleibt alles so schön wie es ist. Wir kaufen gedankenlos einen Pulli für 60 Euro. Wir haben für dieses Geld gearbeitet (oder auch nicht), wir gönnen uns diesen Pullover und freuen uns, ihn abends auf der Party vorzuführen. Selten hinterfragen wir die Zustände der Produktionsstätten. Sicherlich hat sich in der letzten Zeit einiges geändert.
Sep 18, 2012:
Working in India’s Textile Mills and the Sumangali Scheme (TheWorld.org):
Indian textile mills increasingly rely on young women and girls for labor. Many of the young female workers sign contracts known as the Sumangali scheme. The mills withhold part of their paychecks and then give them a lump sum for a dowry four years later. But if the workers leave before the four years are up, they lose all of the money. Michael May has the story.
Sep 17, 2012:
ILO announces action plan to boost workplace safety in Pakistani factories (ILO):
ILO sets out a series of short and medium-term measures in response to the deaths of more than 260 workers in a garment factory in Karachi.
Sep 16, 2012:
As pressure builds up, TN mills rectify conditions: Netherlands' Campaigners Expose Sumangali Scheme in SA8000 Certified Mills (Textile Excellence):
In yet another international report, the 'exploitive', 'abusive' and 'inhuman' labor practices prevalent in the Indian textile industry has been highlighted. But SOMO and ICN report has also accentuated, how, right under governments' nose, an institutionalized dowry 'scheme' ran.
Sep 2012:
"Fabrikarbeit ist wie Gymnastik" (Südlink: INKOTA-Dossier):
Die Bekleidungsindustrie lockt Hunderttausends indische Mädchen mit schönen Versprechungen in eine Sklaverei auf Zeit.
Aug 26, 2012:
Campaign against Sumangali Scheme to be intensified (The Hindu):
A State-level body has been formed to intensify the campaign demanding abolition of ‘Sumangali Scheme’ in Tamil Nadu and to initiate State-level advocacy efforts involving victims, human rights organisations, women’s groups, grassroots movements, trade unions, elected local body members, activists, academicians and student organisations.
Aug 13, 2012:
Trabajo esclavo en la India (YouTube - La Novena Legión):
Niñas y adolescentes trabajando sin contrato, privadas de libertad y en condiciones insalubres durante más de 72 horas a la semana por un salario de 0,88 euros al día, del que sólo podrán disponer cuando hayan transcurrido de tres a cinco años y que servirá para pagar su dote matrimonial.
Aug 1, 2012:
‘Maid in India’ - Shocking Findings (GroundReport.com):
In Tamil Nadu textile and garment products for big brands and retailers are being made by girls and young women under exploitative working conditions, says a report, Maid in India, published by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN).
Jul 20, 2012:
Report cites ‘major labour abuses’ in textile sector (The Hindu):
Though there are improvements in employment and labour conditions on the work floor and in workers’ hostels in textile mills and garment factories in the State, “major labour abuses continue to occur,” according to the latest report by non-government watchdogs.
Jun 21, 2012:
Tamil Nadu Programme update - Supporting young women workers in the textile and garment sector of Tamil Nadu, India (Ethical Trading Initiative):
Textile and garment manufacturing and production in Tamil Nadu, India, has grown exponentially since the 1980s and now exports globally. An estimated 500,000 people work in the region’s textile and garment industry and women workers are estimated to be about 60% of the workforce, mostly in unskilled or semi-skilled jobs.
Reports by non-governmental organisations such as the India-based Social Awareness and Voluntary Education (SAVE) and Centre for Education and Communication (CEC), the Dutch Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and Anti-Slavery International (ASI) brought to light concerns about labour practices in the region's garment industry, centred around Tirupur. Concerns have been expressed about these practices, particularly for vulnerable migrant workers in schemes known locally as Sumangali or Camp-Coolie.
Jun 17, 2012:
Verdammt hoher Preis - Billigmode und die Selbstmordrate bei indischen Arbeiterinnen (Monitor - ARD):
"Monitor hat oft die üble Ausbeutung von Menschen in Asien enthüllt, die für uns Billigware machen. Wir haben gezeigt, wie sich Firmen mit Ethik-Richtlinien schmücken, die unser Gewissen beim Schnäppchenkauf beruhigen sollen. Sie sehen jetzt eine Geschichte, die mit Ausbeutung noch freundlich umschrieben ist. Arbeitsverhältnisse, die ganz junge Inderinnen in einen grausamen Tod treiben. Unsere Autoren Christian Brüser, Jochen Leufgens und Andreas Maus über das Sumangali-System. Sumangali bedeutet: glückliche Braut. Ein poetischer Begriff für eine perfide Form der Sklaverei."
Jun 17, 2012:
Bangladesh pay row shuts Ashulia garment factories (BBC - News Asia):
About 300 garment factories in Bangladesh have halted operations indefinitely after five days of violent protests by workers over salaries.
Jun 11, 2012:
INDIA: Clothing firms accused of slave labour conditions (Just-Style.com):
Textile and garment firms in southern India who supply dozens of major European and US brands and retailers, including Marks & Spencer, Mothercare and supermarket giant Tesco, are accused of selling clothing made by girls working in slave labour conditions.
The claims are made by lobby group Anti-Slavery International and Dutch campaign group SOMO in a report called 'Slavery on the high street.' The allegations are based on interviews with over 200 former workers in cotton spinning mills and factories around Tirupur in western Tamil Nadu.
Jun 3, 2012:
Caste Off (Good.is):
One day in 2007, a stranger came to JJ Nagar village in South India’s Tamil Nadu state, promising girls from the village a chance to change their lives. The man went from house to house offering to sign up any girl over 14 to a three-year term in a yarn factory. At the end of the period, the young women would earn bonuses of $800 (about a year’s salary), an almost unimaginable sum for a girl from JJ Nagar. The village is a six-hour drive from Coimbatore, the state’s second-largest city, but the prosperity of the new India and its almost double-digit growth rate hasn’t arrived here.
Jun 1, 2012:
Top UK high street brands selling clothes made through slavery (Anti-Slavery):
Over a dozen major western clothing retailers, including high-street stores Marks and Spencer, Mothercare and the supermarket Tesco, are selling clothing made by girls in slavery in southern India, according to research launched today (Friday 1 June 2012) by Anti-Slavery International.
‘Slavery on the high street’ finds five Indian clothing manufacturing companies supplying leading European and US brands, using the forced labour of young women and girls made to live in prison-like conditions in cotton spinning mills and factories around Tirupur, western Tamil Nadu.
Jun 2012:
Slavery on the high street - Forced labour in the manufacture of garments for international brands (Anti-Slavery International):
This report identifies the use of slavery-like practices involved in the manufacture of garments in India for international markets: the use of forced labour of young women and girls in the factories of Southern India, particularly the spinning mills around Tirupur. This report also identifies the routine use of child labour in garment finishing in Delhi. Details of international companies whose supply chains appear to be affected by some of these forms of forced labour are given in chapter four of this report.
May 30, 2012:
No choice but a stitch strictly in time (The Hindu):
Earning does not necessarily change domestic dynamics for women garment workers in Peenya.
May 10, 2012:
Tøjindustrien udnytter stadigt kasteløse (AktiveForBrugere.dk):
Unge kasteløse kvinder udnyttes stadigt i Indiens tøjindustri. Det dokumenter en ny rapport Maid in India som følger op på en tilsvarende rapport Captured By Cotton fra 2011.
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Alt dette afslører en ny rapport Maid in India fra Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) og the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN).
May 9, 2012:
Motion passed in Dutch Parliament on full supply chain transparency in India's garment industry, following report highlighting Dalits in bonded labour (IDSN):
A Motion in the Dutch Parliament on full supply chain transparency in the garment industry in India has been adopted in the wake of the report Maid in India by SOMO and the India Committee of the Netherlands.
May 8, 2012:
Understanding the Sumangali Scheme in Tamil Nadu's Textile & Garment Industry (Fair Labor Association):
In May 2012, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and Solidaridad-South & South East Asia released a research report on the Sumangali Scheme - the practice of paying young women a lump sum to be used for a dowry at the end of a three-year term. Written by Solidaridad with support from the FLA, this report provides an overview of the Sumangali Scheme, presents stakeholder views, and offers the perspectives of some of the women and their families who are affected by this practice.
May 8, 2012:
Vestuário Explora Intocáveis (PortugalTextil.com):
C&A, Diesel, Primark, Decathlon e Quicksilver são apenas algumas das 70 marcas e retalhistas que podem estar a usar, indiretamente, trabalho forçado de jovens mulheres indianas da casta mais baixa na produção do seu vestuário, que são atraídas por promessas raramente cumpridas.
May 7, 2012:
Ausbeutung junger Frauen in der indischen Textilindustrie (FacingFinance.org):
Ausbeutung junger Frauen in der indischen Textilindustrie (FacingFinance.org):
Im April 2012 veröffentlichten SOMO und ICN (beide aus den Niederlanden) einen follow-up Bericht über die Arbeitsbedingungen in der indischen Textilindustrie (Maid in India).
Der erste Bericht (Captured by Cotton, Mai 2011) deckte auf, dass Mädchen und junge Frauen für eine Pauschalsumme auf Basis von drei-Jahresverträgen rekrutiert werden.
May 6, 2012:
España busca en India el nuevo El Dorado tras el fiasco de Repsol (El Confidencial):
Gustavo de Arístegui anda enfrascado en plena mudanza. Después de tres legislaturas en el Congreso de los Diputados, en menos de dos semanas se marcha definitivamente a Nueva Delhi como nuevo embajador del Reino de España.
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Algunas empresas españolas, sin embargo, figuran todavía en la lista negra de la explotación infantil en las fábricas textiles, según ha denunciado el último informe Captured by cotton (Atrapadas en el algodón) elaborado por el prestigioso Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations -una organización independiente holandesa sin ánimo de lucro que escruta a las grandes multinacionales- y el India Committee of the Netherlands -una ONG del mismo país impulsora de la campaña Clean Clothes (Ropas Limpias) contra la explotación vinculada al comercio textil.
May 1, 2012:
India’s Dalit women and the real cost of fast fashion (Women's Views On News):
The High Street frenzy that follows when the Duchess of Cambridge is snapped wearing a new dress can lead to 24-hour shifts for women working in some of India’s garment factories.
That’s one of the findings of a new report Maid in India that reveals the impact that unexpected orders and the frequency at which high street stores change their collections is having on some of India’s most disadvantaged women.
May(?) 2012:
"Maid in India" - Sklavinnenarbeit heute: kfb-Partnerorganisation kämpft gegen ausbeuterische Arbeitsbedingungen (Katholische Frauenbewegung Österreichs):
Die südindische kfb-Partnerorganisation Vaan Muhil hat dank Unterstützung der kfb - Aktion Familienfasttag eine Studie zum Sumangali Scheme in den Baumwollspinnereien durchgeführt. Vaan Muhil ist im Bundesstaat Tamil Nadu tätig und hat dort in vier Bezirken Daten erhoben.
May(?) 2012:
Maid in India - Young Dalit women continue to suffer exploitative conditions in India's garment industry (Eldis.org):
In Tamil Nadu young women workers continue to suffer exploitative working conditions while making garments for Western brands. Thousands of girls work under recruitment and employment schemes that amount to bonded labour. In this report the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) present their findings on the labour conditions in the South Indian garment and textile industry.
Apr 30, 2012:
Dalit women exploited in garment supply chain (Just-Style.com):
Clothing supplied to leading European and US brands by the Indian garment industry is being produced by young Dalit (or Untouchables, as they were formerly labelled) women, a new report claims.
Apr 27, 2012:
Saga of ‘Maid in India' (The Hindu):
Thousands of young Dalit girls, between the ages of 14 to 25 employed in the garment and textile industry in Tamil Nadu continue to work under exploitative conditions akin to bonded labour, concludes a report Maid in India.
Apr 27, 2012:
Analysis research: Young women exploited in Indian garment industry (StopCorporateImpunity.org):
European and US garment brands and retailers have failed in their attempts to structurally improve labour conditions at their suppliers in Tamil Nadu, South India. Despite corporate promises and a range of well-meaning initiatives, workers, mostly very young women, continue to suffer exploitative working conditions. Up until today, thousands of women in the garment and textile industry in Tamil Nadu work under recruitment and employment schemes that amount to bonded labour. These are the findings by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) presented in the report Maid in India.
Apr 26, 2012:
BSCI responds to Sumangali report Maid in India (BSCI):
On 25 April a joint report entitled Maid in India was released by Dutch organisations, the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN). Maid in India follows up on SOMO and ICN’s initial research Captured by Cotton, released in May 2011 which highlighted the poor conditions imposed on Dalit girls in the garment industry in India. In the conclusions of the report, actions from producers and companies were requested along with recommended actions for companies. Maid in India follows up on this report and evaluates to what degree these actions have been implemented.
Apr 26, 2012:
Reacción de la moda a denuncias en India “es insuficiente” (FashionUnited.es):
A pesar de las promesas de cambio e iniciativas con buenas intenciones de algunas empresas europeas y americanas de vestimenta, los trabajadores textiles en la región de Tamil Nadu, al sur de India siguen siendo explotados.
Así se señala en el informe Maid in India dado a conocer ayer por el Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations -una organizaciín independiente holandesa sin ánimo de lucro que escruta a las grandes multinacionales- y el India Committee of the Netherlands -una ONG del mismo país impulsora de la campaña Clean Clothes (Ropas Limpias) contra la explotación vinculada al comercio textil.
Apr 26, 2012:
Maid in India (Saubere-Kleidung.de):
Die holländischen NGOs The Center for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) und The India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) haben eine Folgestudie unter dem Titel Maid in India veröffentlicht, die die Arbeitssituation der Textilangestellten in den Indien in den Blick nimmt. Die vorangegangene Studie Captured by Cotton aus dem Jahre 2011 verdeutlichte die katastrophale Arbeitsrechts- und Lebenssituation der TextilarbeiterInnen in der Region Tamil Nadu (Distrikt im Süden Indiens). Auf der Grundlage dieser Ergebnisse kündigten einige Unternehmen, die in den Fabriken dort produzieren oder sich von dort mit Rohmaterial beliefern lassen, an, dass sie Schritte zu Verbesserungen einleiten wollen.
Apr 26, 2012:
Trotz der Versprechen von Seiten der Industrie leiden junge Dalit-Frauen weiterhin unter ausbeuterischen Bedingungen in Indiens Bekleidungsindustrie (FemNet-ev.de):
Die holländischen Organisationen the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) und The India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) haben eine Folgestudie unter dem Titel Maid in India veröffentlicht, die die Arbeitssituation der Textilangestellten in den Indien in den Blick nimmt. Die Lebens- und Arbeitssituation junger, oft unter 18-jährigen Dalit-Frauen, den sogenannten "Unberührbaren", sowie das Sumangali-Schema werden dabei aufführlich dargestellt und die bisherigen Bemühungen der europäischen und UA-amerikanischen Bekleidungshersteller kritisiert.
Apr 26, 2012:
Tres grandes empresas españolas siguen en la 'lista negra' de trabajo esclavo (LacrimaSeca/ElConfidencial.com):
Salarios miserables, jornadas sin fin, niñas explotadas, sindicatos proscritos, ambiente insalubre... El sombrío escenario laboral que engulle cotidianamente a miles de mujeres jóvenes del empobrecido estado indio de Tamil Nadu, empleadas en condiciones que rozan la esclavitud en los talleres que suministran productos textiles a las primeras marcas mundiales, parece condenado a perpetuarse en el tiempo. Y mientras las autoridades del gigante asiático toleran los abusos, 77 grandes empresas occidentales, entre ellas El Corte Inglés, Inditex -propietaria de firmas como Zara y Pull&Bear- y Cortefiel siguen obteniendo jugosos beneficios.
Apr 11, 2012:
Crece presión sobre responsabilidad social de la moda (FashionUnited.es):
Las denuncias por irresponsabilidad social o con el medio ambiente no dan tregua a los grandes grupos textiles, entre ellos el español Inditex, que vienen siendo objeto de sonadas denuncias de ONGs que analizan el comportamiento del sector.
Mientras se espera el nuevo reporte sobre trabajo esclavo en India Still captured by Cotton del Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations una organización holandesa sin ánimo de lucro y el India Committee of the Netherlands, la última de las denuncias viene de Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), a partir de su informe Deadly Denim.
Apr(?) 2012:
Video: Zwangsarbeit in Indien (EvB.ch):
"We request you to bring us the lovely girls you know and make their lives prosperous as a lighthouse". Mit diesen Worten werben indische Fabriken junge Mädchen als Angestellte für ihr sog. "Sumangali-Programm“. Sie bieten ihnen damit vermeintlich die Chance, Geld für eine (offiziell verbotene) Mitgift zu verdienen.
Mar 28, 2012:
Das Schicksal der Lohnsklavinnen - Billigmode aus Indien (ZDF):
Egal ob T-Shirt oder Sommerkleid: Viele dieser Produkte kommen aus Indien, werden dort von Lohnsklavinnen gefertigt. ZDFzoom-Autor Michael Höft begibt sich auf Spurensuche.
Mar 23, 2012:
Trabajo esclavo en la India: tres empresas españolas están incluidas en la 'lista negra' (ElConfidencial.com):
Niñas y adolescentes trabajando sin contrato, privadas de libertad y en condiciones insalubres durante más de 72 horas a la semana por un salario de 0,88 euros al día, del que sólo podrán disponer cuando hayan transcurrido de tres a cinco años y que servirá para pagar su dote matrimonial. Ese es el sombrío escenario laboral de miles de jóvenes del estado de Tamil Nadu, al sur de la India, que son empleadas en condiciones que rozan la esclavitud por empresas textiles de aquel país que luego suministran sus productos a grandes firmas internacionales, entre ellas las españolas Inditex, El Corte Inglés y Cortefiel.
Mar 8, 2012:
Stop Wage Theft Campaign (Clean Clothes Campaign):
Many people can sympathize with the Robin Hood ‘stealing from the rich to give to the poor’ ideology, but in Haryana, India, the opposite is happening. Mazdoor Ekta Manch is seeking your support for their Stop Wage Theft campaign. Please sign their petition.
Mar 5, 2012:
Dalits still working in bonded labour in the cotton industry despite some improvements, new report finds (IDSN):
Follow-up report highlights improvements but warns that root problems remain and bonded labour continues to exist in the cotton industry (Based on Fact Sheet from SOMO & ICN).
Feb 3, 2012:
Fashion industry violates women's rights (Women on Waves):
A new initiative by fashion brand Diesel to improve working conditions and to provide free abortion pills to its female factory workers could have been an appropriate gesture by Diesel. Diesel is one of the fashion brands that uses production factories that refuse to pay a living wage to their workers, violates their human rights and forces them to work in dangerous and unhealthy conditions.
Jan 10, 2012:
Wobbly ground beneath her feet: State of women workers in cotton mills of Tamilnadu (GoI Monitor):
Girls belonging to poor families are being tricked into slavery at various cotton mills of Tamil Nadu on the pretext of welfare.
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Dec 20, 2011:
Response of MNC Retailers to SOMO/ICN/CASS Report on the Sumangali Scheme (NewClothMarketOnline.com):
“We recently read with concern the draft report authored by The India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN). The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the Campaign Against Sumangali Scheme (CASS) with the draft title “ICN & SOMO Report on the Sumangali Scheme”. The report outlines a very troubling picture of abuses such as Sumangali apprenticeship programmes, particularly in spinning mills and other more remote aspects of international and local supply chains in the Tamil Nadu region of India.
The brands and retailers who are the signatories to this statement recognise that we have an important role to play in condemning practices highlighted in the report and supporting efforts to eliminate labour rights abuses.
Aug 8, 2011:
India 'Shines' While It Sinks: Dalits Hit by 'Globalization' (Basantipur Times):
'India shining' truly does encapsulate the experience of some Indians, but this banal slogan is a cruel joke as far as literally hundreds of millions of other Indians are concerned, whose conditions have rapidly worsened in recent years at the same time as ruling elites and the burgeoning Indian middle-classes have thrived and prospered. As numerous studies have shown, the unprecedented prosperity the latter have witnessed has been at the cost of a huge section of the Indian population, whose grueling exploitation has made their prosperity possible. [...] A recently-published study, titled Captured by Cotton: Exploited Dalit Girls Produce Garments in India for European and US Markets, brilliantly brings out how multinational corporations and Indian corporate houses are raking in vast profits by exploiting cheap Indian Dalit women's labour on a vast scale, with these labourers living in slavery-like conditions. A joint publication of the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, the India Committee of the Netherlands, and the Campaign Against Sumangali Scheme, the report highlights the grueling conditions under which Dalit girls are compelled to work in hundreds of spinning mills and garment factories across Tamil Nadu that are oriented to the foreign market and are one of India's major sources of foreign exchange earnings.
Jun 29, 2011:
India: Dalit girls exploited in garment industry (OneWorld South Asia):
The report Captured by Cotton published by Center for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) vividly outlines the plight of Dalit girls working in the textile mills of Tamil Nadu. These girls are lured in with promises of good food, accommodation and salaries, but delivered inhuman working and living conditions.
Jun 24, 2011:
Exploitation in Indian clothing industry: Politicians and the business community see the need to tackle the clothing industry (SOMO):
The report 'Captured by Cotton' by SOMO and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) was recently published, looking at South Indian girls and young women who are making our clothing in wretched conditions. This evoked responses from businesses and politicians, and was given a great deal of media coverage. For example, Ferrier (Member of Parliament, CDA) asked Minister Bleker what he was going to do about it. Bleker promised to address the issue during his trade mission to India, and to initiate discussions with C&A. The Fair Wear Foundation and the Dutch textile sector expressed their intention to tackle, and continue to tackle, this situation. Furthermore, various companies have acknowledged the issue and are working together with interested parties on an improvement plan. SOMO and LIW will be following up on concrete developments in this area.
Jun 10, 2011:
Indianas se submetem à escravidão para pagar dote do casamento (Época):
Jovens enfrentam jornadas de trabalho intermináveis e condições precárias na indústria têxtil para ganhar entre € 400 e € 800 após 3 anos. De 10% a 20% dessas meninas têm entre 12 e 14 anos quando são contratadas pelas fábricas.
Jun 2011:
Captured by Cotton (InfoChange India):
Excerpts from a report published by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporation (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN). The report features case studies of four large manufacturers: Eastman Global Clothing Exports, KPR Mill, Bannari Amman, and SSM India. These enterprises produce for Bestseller (eg Only, Jack &Jones), C&A, GAP, Diesel, Inditex (eg Zara), Marks & Spencer, Primark, Tommy Hilfiger, and many other European and US garment companies. A number of companies have undertaken steps towards the elimination of the Sumangali Scheme, but abusive labour practices remain widespread.
Jun 2011:
Dalit girls exploited in supply chain of high street retailers (Dalit Freedom Network):
A recently published report by two Dutch based organisations has highlighted the exploitation of Dalit girls in the supply chains of major UK high street retailers. The report focuses on the Sumangali Scheme in Tamil Nadu state, which is claimed to be akin to bonded labour, a form of modern slavery still widely practised in India even though it has been outlawed.
Jun(?) 2011:
Slavery or Sumangali? Exploitation of Dalit Girls Exposed (Im4Change):
Women's stepping out of their homes to work is often seen as a symbol of empowerment. But what if girls and young women are first lured to work in factories on the false promise of decent wage, comfortable accommodation and payment of a lump sum amount at the end of 3 years contract, and then made to toil for pittance and their labour rights are violated?
Jun(?) 2011:
Sumangali: Exploiting Indian Female labour (SustainableCottons.com):
Girls and young women are exploited under a scheme called ‘Sumangali’ to produce garments for European and US markets, says a research report titled Captured by Cotton by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN).
May 31, 2011:
Indian girls captured by cotton in Tamil Nadu factories (Radio Netherlands Worldwide):
We like to buy the latest fashions at affordable prices. But ask yourself this: would you still be smiling if the price tag listed the wages of those who manufactured your clothes? A recent report by two Dutch NGOs reveals that major multinationals are going cheap in India at the expense of respecting labour conditions.
May 29, 2011:
Slaving for their dowry (The Hindu):
How the global garment industry is using regressive customs in Tamil Nadu, enabling it to exploit young women workers....
May 29, 2011:
Regressive custom of dowry in Tamil Nadu in service of global garment industry (South Asia Citizens Web):
How the global garment industry is using regressive customs in Tamil Nadu, enabling it to exploit young women workers....
May 27, 2011:
Captured by Cotton (HAQ):
In India, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, girls and young women are recruited and employed on a large scale to work in the garment industry.
May 26, 2011:
Worst Forms of Child Labor Occur in India's Garment Industry, Says Report (Ecouterre):
It is an appalling fact that child labor is still an issue in various countries across the world. Children as young as 10 are subjected to unacceptable work conditions to produce garments for the European and U.S. markets, according to a new report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), a nonprofit based in the Netherlands. A collaboration with the India Committee of the Netherlands, “Captured by Cotton” shines the spotlight on the exploitative Sumangali scheme, a form of bonded labor in India's garment industry, particularly in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
May 25, 2011:
Captured by Cotton (Media Voices For Children):
This report, jointly produced by SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations) and ICN (India Committee of the Netherlands) highlights several labour rights violations faced by girls and young women employed under the Sumangali Scheme in the Tamil Nadu garment industry.
May 23, 2011:
Zwangsarbeit 2.0: "Unberührbare" indische Mädchen schuften auch für Charles Veillon (EvB.ch):
In Tamil Nadu (Indien) werden 120.000 Mädchen, meist Angehörige der unberührbaren Dalit und jünger als 18 Jahre, im zwangsarbeitsähnlichen "Sumangali"-Programm systematisch ausgebeutet. Dies zeigt der Report Captured by Cotton der niederländischen CCC-Partnerorganisationen SOMO und ICN. Auch Charles Veillon und Migros beziehen Ware aus den im Bericht kritisierten Fabriken.
May 23, 2011:
Donne Dalit sfruttate per il mercato europeo (AbitiPuliti.org):
Un nuovo rapporto pubblicato da Somo e ICN mette in luce lo sfruttamento annidato nelle filiere di produzione indiane dove grandi marchi e distributori europei e statunitensi producono abiagliemento grazie all’impiego di ragazze Dalit (senza casta) spesso minori di 18 anni.
May 21, 2011:
Captured by Cotton - A Story of Dalit Girls of Tamil Nadu (GroundReport.com/Ummid.com/Aid Netherlands/IndianMuslimObserver.com):
Jack & Jones, C&A, GAP, Diesel, Marks & Spencer, Primark, Tommy Hilfiger, well these names rings the tune of global brands manufacturing high class cotton merchandise.
Little is known fact about such high profile garment manufactures chain is about the nature of their sourcing activity. These big garment brands have their products made under exploitative and unhealthy conditions by girls in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, India. The girls, mostly younger than 18 and from a Dalit ('outcaste') background are employed under the 'Sumangali Scheme.'
May 21, 2011:
Worst forms of child labour in garment sector, SOMO-ICN report (Fibre2Fashion):
Big garment brands and retailers have their products made under exploitative and unhealthy conditions by girls in Tamil Nadu, South India. The girls, mostly younger than 18 and from a Dalit ('outcaste') background are employed under the Sumangali Scheme.
May 20, 2011:
SOMO - Captured by Cotton (YouTube):
Video interview with Martje Theuws (SOMO): big garment brands and retailers have their products made under exploitative and unhealthy conditions by girls in Tamil Nadu, South India.
May 20, 2011:
Exploited Dalit Girls Produce Garments in India for European and US Markets - Companies Have Taken Steps, But Exploitation Remains Widespread (PR Newswire/DesignLookOut.com/National Academy for Dalit (NAD)/Rights for People/Bahujan News/EthicalQuote.com):
Big garment brands and retailers have their products made under exploitative and unhealthy conditions by girls in Tamil Nadu, South India. The girls, mostly younger than 18 and from a Dalit ('outcaste') background are employed under the Sumangali Scheme. In its worst form, this employment scheme stands for bonded labour, as described in Captured by Cotton, a report published today by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporation (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN). The report features case studies of four large manufacturers. These enterprises produce for Bestseller (e.g. Only, Jack & Jones), C&A, GAP, Diesel, Inditex (e.g. Zara), Marks & Spencer, Primark, Tommy Hilfiger, and many other European and US garment companies. A number of companies have undertaken steps towards the elimination of the Sumangali Scheme, but abusive labour practices remain widespread.
May 20, 2011:
The Sumangali Girls?, of What? Rampant abuse of young Dalit girls to produce Export Garments? (Zimbio):
Big garment brands and retailers have their products made under exploitative and unhealthy conditions by girls in Tamil Nadu, South India. The girls, mostly younger than 18 and from a Dalit (´outcaste´) background are employed under the Sumangali Scheme. In its worst form, this employment scheme stands for bonded labour, as described in Captured by Cotton, a report published today by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporation (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN).
May 20, 2011:
C&A, other brands under fire over Indian factory conditions (DutchNews.nl):
Dozens of western clothing brands, including C&A, are still doing business with Indian textile companies which exploit young girls, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.
May 20, 2011:
Captured by Cotton: Dalit girls produce garments in India for European and US markets (IndiaMike):
Big garment brands and retailers have their products made under exploitative and unhealthy conditions by girls in Tamil Nadu, South India.
May 20, 2011:
International efforts to eliminate forced labour continue (Harmonia):
Today, SOMO and ICN published a report that shows the Sumangali practice – a form of forced labour – is still prevalent in South India. Fair Wear Foundation has been working on this topic with international organisations, including SOMO and ICN and with local organisations in India.
May 20, 2011:
Captured by Cotton: Exploited Dalit girls produce garments in India for European and US markets (International Labor Rights Forum/PratigyaIndia.org):
This report highlights several labour rights violations faced by girls and young women employed under the Sumangali Scheme in the Tamil Nadu garment industry.
May 20, 2011:
International efforts to eliminate forced labour continue (Fair Wear Foundation):
Today, SOMO and ICN published a report that shows the Sumangali practice – a form of forced labour – is still prevalent in South India. Fair Wear Foundation has been working on this topic with international organisations, including SOMO and ICN and with local organisations in India.
May 19, 2011:
Dalit girls working under slave like conditions in India's garment industry (IDSN):
Multinational clothing brands are sourcing from cotton spinning mills in Tamil Nadu that exploit teenage girls, subjecting them to what the ILO terms the ‘worst forms of child labour’.
Feb 23, 2011:
Seed producing units asked not to employ children (The Times of India):
The two-day National Seed Association of India Conference, which began in the city on February 22, had child rights protection forums and civil society organisations demanding freedom for over 5 lakh children working in hybrid seed production.
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2009:
Case study: the international CSR conflict and mediation - Supply-chain responsibility: western customers and the Indian textile industry (Nederlands-Vlaams tijdschrift voor mediation en conflictmanagement):
On 6 December 2007, the Dutch denim brand G-Star publicly announced that it had pulled out of its long-term relationship with the Indian/Italian jeans manufacturer and supplier Fibres & Fabrics International (FFI/JKPL). G-Star’s loss of appetite towards its Indian supplier was the consequence of being trapped for two years between international campaigning by the Dutch campaigning organisations Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and India Committee Netherlands (ICN, hereafter together referred to as: CCC/ICN) and the destructive litigation undertaken by its supplier. Due to the cancellation of further orders by G-Star, the Indian jeans manufacturer, which at that time employed approximately 5,500 people in Bangalore and 100 to 150 people in Italy, risked going out of business in three months’ time. Including family members and other dependents, this meant that over 20,000 people would lose their source of income.
Nov 20, 2009:
Using fashion to fight child labour (Radio Netherlands Worldwide):
Dutch fashion houses and business leaders have come together to launch a shop that only stocks clothes manufactured without the use of child labour in developing countries. The opening coincided on Friday with the 20th anniversary of the international convention on the rights of the child.
Jul 24, 2009:
Indian garment workers face harsh working conditions (SOMO):
India’s garment industry has been rapidly growing the last few years. Exports have been rising due to an increase of orders from global buyers accompanied by a rise of investments in the Indian garment sector. The growth of the garment sector however, did not go hand in hand with an improvement of working conditions for the garment workers. In contrast, the increase in orders from retailers all over the world led to rising daily production targets for garment workers causing increasing and often unpaid overtime work, verbal abuse and harassment by supervisors.
Jul 2009:
Richer Bosses, Poorer Workers: Bangalore's Garment Industry (CIVIDEP/SOMO):
This report focuses on working conditions and corporate social responsibility in the Bangalore garment industry. The first part of the report talks broadly about the garment and textile industry in India. The second part deals specifically with the Bangalore garment industry. Labour conditions in the Bangalore Garment industry are discussed in detail this section also contains profiles of factories which produce for big retail brands like Tesco, Wal-Mart (Asda/ George) and M&S.
Feb 16, 2009:
Worker rights violations in Asia by giant retailers / Unilever's disposable jobs in Pakistan (ICN):
Giant global discount retailers like Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Carrefour, and Walmart try to lure consumers into their shops with low, low prices. A man's suit for £25 at Tesco, a woman's dress for $9 at Walmart, or jeans for EUR8 at Carrefour. How do they do it? ...
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Oct 12, 2008:
Dünya tekellerinin kara listesi - Kaan Kangal (Sendika.org):
2003 ilkbaharinda Hollanda Hindistan Komitesi (India Committee of the Netherlands) Bayer, Monsanto, Unilever ve Syngenta sirketlerinin Hindistan'da çocuk isçilerin sömürülmesinden kar elde ettigini kamuoyuna duyurdular...
Apr 2008:
Success as charges dropped against activists (Oxfam Australia) [CASE CLOSED]:
Over the past months we have asked you to take action by sending a fax to G-STAR on the case of the labour activists who were sued by FFI/JKPL after they spoke out against labour rights abuses in India. International arrest warrants had been put out on 7 Dutch activists, an internet provider and gag orders issued again local NGOs, unions and women organisations.
Mar 12, 2008:
Fashion guide II: greenest fabrics (FairCompanies):
Put a bit of hemp in a shirt and call it eco-fashion, but is it? Beyond the hype of alternative fabrics lies a more complex world of chemistry that may make you think twice before buying bamboo.
Mar 1, 2008:
Combating Child Labour: Worldwide Organisations Come Together to Launch 18 Point Action Plan (ApparelResources.com):
Child labour has increasingly become a global concern with nearly 246 mn children engaged in various kinds of work around the world. Of these, as many as 126 mn are estimated to be labouring under dangerous conditions. Incidentally, Asia and Africa together account for over 90% of the total child employment. In India, as per the 2001 census, there are nearly 1.26 cr children labouring in the 5-14 age group of which 12.6 lakh are said to be working in hazardous conditions. And, although the textile and garment industry is not categorised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as a hazardous industry, there are operations that can be perilous such as flat knitting operations, ironing work at high temperatures and handling sharp equipment and machinery among other things.
Jan 29, 2008:
Clean Clothes Campaign staff cleared of charges (Maquila Solidarity Network) [CASE CLOSED]:
Following a month of intense negotiations mediated by the Dutch government, all court cases placed against staff of the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands have been dropped.
Jan 29, 2008:
Chronologie des FFI Falls (FaireMode.ch) [CASE CLOSED]:
Eine Geschichte von der Kriminalisierung von Menschenrechtsaktivisten, aber auch von der globalen Solidarisierung mit den Betroffenen.
Jan 29, 2008:
Indian court cases against Dutch and Indian organisations withdrawn (Sweatfree.org) [CASE CLOSED]:
Agreement reached between Clean Clothes Campaign / India Committee of the Netherlands and Indian clothing manufacturer.
Jan-Mar 2008:
Stitch in Time ... Annual Health Appraisal of Garment Industry Employees (Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences):
The garment industry in India is among the largest in Asia and, indeed, in the world. The industry has the advantage of a large available workforce, low cost raw material and low wages compared to any part of the world. However the turnover in the industry in terms of the labour force is also huge. Karnataka boasts of a huge garment industry sector, producing finished material both for the home sector and international markets.
Jan 2008:
Action Alert (We Work At Home) [CASE CLOSED]:
Dutch human rights activists may face deportation to India.
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Dec 18, 2007:
Activists Across the Globe Call on G-Star to Give Workers A Fair Deal (Clean Clothes Campaign) [CASE CLOSED]:
On December 17, 2007 human rights, labour rights and consumer organisations across the globe joined hands in an international action day calling on G-Star to guarantee that workers making G-Star jeans don’t suffer from the unethical actions of its supplier.
Dec 17, 2007:
Großer Erfolg: Proteste in ganz Europa vor G-Star Geschäften (Christliche Initiative Romero e.V.) [CASE CLOSED]:
Sich wehren, sich beschweren und sich solidarisch zeigen! Auch in Münster kamen am 17.12.2007 zahlreiche Aktivistinnen zu der von der Christlichen Initiative Romero organisierten Kundgebung vor G-Star.
Dec 17, 2007:
G-Star steht in der Verantwortung (Erklärung von Bern) [CASE CLOSED]:
Mitarbeiter der Clean Clothes Campaign vom indischen Jeansfabrikanten FFI wurden verklagt. Hauptauftraggeber des indischen Jeansfabrikanten FFI war das holländische Unternehmen G-Star.
Dec 15, 2007:
EU lawmaker hits India over garment workers rights (New Europe) [CASE CLOSED]:
A United Kingdom MEP has urged the parliament to push the EU not to allow the extradition of seven human rights campaigners facing international arrest warrants from the Indian government, after they had spotlighted what they said were abuses in that country’s clothing industry.
Dec 14, 2007:
Indische Bekleidungsfabrik versucht Clean Clothes Campaign mundtot zu machen: Maulkorb für Arbeitsrechte (Christliche Initiative Romero e.V.) [CASE CLOSED]:
Die Clean Clothes Campaign/ Kampagne für 'Saubere' Kleidung und das India Committee of the Netherlands unterstützen mit einer öffentlichkeitskampagne die ArbeiterInnen der indischen Fabrik FFI und der Konzerntochter JKPL in Bangalore, um deren Arbeitsbedingungen zu verbessern. Im Juni 2007 verklagte FFI die Clean Clothes Campaign sowie lokale Organisationen. Die indischen Gewerkschaften und lokalen Organisationen wurden durch ein Gerichtsurteil bereits mundtot gemacht: Sie dürfen sich zu dem Fall nicht mehr äußern.
Dec 14, 2007:
Call on G-Star to Ensure a Fair Deal for FFI Workers (SweatFree Communities) [CASE CLOSED]:
On December 6, G-Star, the principal client of FFI/JKPL, finally joined other brands in severing its business relationship with FFI/JKPL. While this is a positive step in the right direction, G-Star must now make good on its promise of ethical treatment of workers by developing a responsible exit strategy that makes the employment of FFI/JKPL employees its top priority.
Dec 11, 2007:
Call on G-Star to Ensure a Fair Deal for FFI Workers (Clean Clothes Campaign) [CASE CLOSED]:
G-Star must now make good on its promise of ethical treatment of workers by developing a responsible exit strategy that makes the employment of FFI/JKPL employees its top priority.
Dec 10, 2007:
Apparel supplier will not drop case against CCC, ICN (BharatTextile.com) [CASE CLOSED]:
The Indian apparel supplier to global brands like Gsar and Mexx, Fibres and Fabrics International Limited (FFI) is in no frame of mind to drop legal cases against a Dutch NGO that accused its subsidiary Jeans Knit of having poor workplace conditions, FFI Director (Manufacturing) Mohammed Ghiase said.
Dec 9, 2007:
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Dec 9, 2007:
Indian court orders 'arrest without bail' of Dutch activists (IndyMedia.org) [CASE CLOSED]:
A court in Bangalore has issued an order for the 'arrest without the possibility of bail' of seven campaigners over their websites postings about labour conditions of an Indian supplier of fashion label G-Star. The activists are from the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN); the director of their Netherlands based ISP, Antenna, is included.
Dec 8, 2007:
FFI decides not to drop cases against CCC, ICN (The Economic Times/Financial Express/Deccan Herald) [CASE CLOSED]:
Fibres and Fabrics International Limited (FFI), the Indian apparel supplier to global brands like Gsar and Mexx, on Saturday said it has decided not to drop legal cases against a Dutch NGO that accused its subsidiary Jeans Knit of having poor workplace conditions.
Dec 8, 2007:
Miedzynarodowy nakaz aresztowania dla obronców praw czlowieka w Indiach (GlobalnePoludnie.pl) [CASE CLOSED]:
3 grudnia Indyjski Sad Rozjemczy wydal miedzynarodowy nakaz aresztowania dla holenderskich dzialaczy na rzecz obrony praw czlowieka - donosza Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) oraz India Committee of the Netherlands - organizacje, których pracowników dotyczy nakaz.
Dec 7, 2007:
The Clean Clothes Responds to G-Star's Withdrawal from FFI/JKPL (Clean Clothes Campaign) [CASE CLOSED]:
Today G-Star announced its withdrawal from supplier FFI/JKPL. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee Netherlands (ICN) are pleased that G-Star has finally taken this important first step toward socially responsible practices. Part and parcel of this decision should be G-Star's effort to maintain jobs for the workers of the FFI factory.
Dec 6, 2007:
FFI may drop defamation case against Dutch NGO (The Economic Times) [CASE CLOSED]:
Fibres and Fabrics International Pvt Ltd (FFI), the Indian apparel supplier to global brands like G-Star and Mexx, may drop a defamation case filed against a Dutch NGO that accused its subsidiary Jeans Knit of having poor workplace conditions.
Dec 6, 2007:
G-Star ends jeans contract with Indian firm (DutchNews.nl) [CASE CLOSED]:
Denim brand G-star has torn up its contract with Indian jeans manufacturer FFI because of a row over working conditions, the Amsterdam-based company said on Thursday.
Dec 5, 2007:
Indian court orders 'arrest without bail' of Dutch activists (UK Indymedia) [CASE CLOSED]:
A court in Bangalore has issued an order for the 'arrest without the possibility of bail' of seven campaigners over their websites postings about labour conditions of an Indian supplier of fashion label G-Star. The activists are from the Clean Clothes Campaign and the India Committee of the Netherlands; the director of their Netherlands based ISP, Antenna, is included.
Dec 4, 2007:
India: Arrest warrants issued for critics of jeans maker (Just-Style.com) [CASE CLOSED]:
International warrants are set to be issued today (4 December) for the arrest of Dutch human rights activists whose staff accused a jeans manufacturer of labour rights violations in its factories.
Dec 4, 2007:
G-Star, stop being a gag-star (Labour Behind The Label) [CASE CLOSED]:
On December 1, the Bangalore magistrate court ordered the arrest of seven Dutch human rights activists from the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN). Please write to G-star today.
Dec 4, 2007:
Llamado a la Acción por Trabajo Decente en el Mundo (Ciberjure.com) [CASE CLOSED]:
La Red Global manifiesta su preocupación por acciones de represalia contra defensores de los derechos laborales en India y Pakistán, y llama a estos gobiernos a recapacitar y brindar garantías para el ejercicio de la libertad sindical y la defensa de los derechos laborales.
Dec 3, 2007:
Indian court orders arrest of Dutch activists (DutchNews.nl) [CASE CLOSED]:
A court in the India has issued arrest warrants for eight Dutch activists who campaign for better rights for clothing industry workers, news agency ANP reported on Sunday.
Dec 3, 2007:
International Arrest Warrants for labour activists NGOs in India (GlobalnePoludnie.pl) [CASE CLOSED]:
An Indian magistrate Court ruled on Saturday that international warrants will be issued for the arrest of Dutch human rights activists, report the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands, two of the organizations whose staff are being charged in connection with their efforts to raise awareness of rights violations at an Indian factory supplying Dutch jeans company G-Star. On the 4th of December, the court will send the case to the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, asking it to execute the arrest warrants and request extradition of the 8 Dutch nationals.
Dec 2007:
Fact sheet - Fibres and Fabrics International (FFI) (Children's Rights International) [CASE CLOSED]:
The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) are conducting a campaign to help workers at the Indian garment manufacturer Fibres and Fabrics International (FFI) in Bangalore to secure safe and fair working conditions. In June 2007 FFI responded by launching a court case against the two organisations, as well as their broadband and Internet service providers, after having used legal action to silence local labour rights organisations in July 2006.
Nov 29, 2007:
India's small workforce: Observations on child labour (New Statesman) [CASE CLOSED]:
Ineke Zeldenrust may not be able to leave the Netherlands if the decision of an Indian court goes against her. She works at the Clean Clothes Campaign, the Dutch NGO that seeks to end workplace abuses in clothing and sportswear factories around the world.
Nov 15, 2007:
India: Mandato di arresto per attivisti della Clean Clothes Campaign (Consapevolmente.org) [CASE CLOSED]:
Amnesty International ha espresso forte preoccupazione per la prassi ormai consolidata dei tribunali indiani di chiamare a giudizio per reati penali, sulla base di accuse inconsistenti, attivisti impegnati nella difesa dei diritti dei lavoratori.
Nov 13, 2007:
The human cost of a cheap shirt (EcoStreet):
This post examines some of the issues concerned with the employment of children in the production of cheap textiles in the third world. Child labour is an emotive subject and a consequence of extreme poverty which creates hunger and homelessness. There are no simple solutions and legislation alone will only drive the practice further undercover. The International Labour Rights Forum (ILRF) have concluded in a recent report that corporations are not making sufficient interventions in eliminating child labour in cotton but that is not the sole problem.
Nov 12, 2007:
Govt is helping FFI cover-up labour right violations - ITUC (Fibre2Fashion.com) [CASE CLOSED]:
The ITUC has criticised attempts by the Indian government and the Bangalooru Court to cover up serious labour rights violations by the Fibre & Fabrics International company (FFI) and its subsidiary Jeans Knits Pvt Ltd in the Indian city. Local labour rights groups, supported by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) initially exposed the violations in 2005.
Nov 12, 2007:
Indiens regering inblandad i rättskandal (LO-TCO Biståndsnämnd) [CASE CLOSED]:
Indisk regering har varit med och täckt för företaget Fibre & Fabrics International company (FFI) och dess underleverantör Jeans Knits Pvt. Ltd i Indien, i ett fall gällande allvarliga brott mot fackliga rättigheter.
Nov 12, 2007:
India: El gobierno apoya a un empleador para encubrir abusos cometidos contra los derechos de los trabajadores (COMFIA) [CASE CLOSED]:
La CSI ha criticado los intentos del gobierno de la India y del tribunal de Bangalore por encubrir graves violaciones de los derechos de los trabajadores cometidas en esa ciudad india.
Nov 9, 2007:
India: Government Supports Employer in Cover-up of Worker Rights Abuses (press release International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)) [CASE CLOSED]:
The ITUC has criticised attempts by the Indian government and the Bangalooru Court to cover up serious labour rights violations by the Fibre & Fabrics International company (FFI) and its subsidiary Jeans Knits Pvt. Ltd in the Indian city. Local labour rights groups, supported by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) initially exposed the violations in 2005. Following this the company, which supplies jeans to Dutch company G-Star and other international brands, took legal action in 2006 in the Bangalooru Court to ban the local groups, CCC and ICN from speaking about or publicising the violations.
Nov 6, 2007:
'Urgent Appeal' (The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders) [CASE CLOSED]:
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in India.
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the opening of judicial proceedings against members of the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), an organisation which struggles for the improvement of working conditions in garment industries and members of the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), an NGO raising awareness on the negative impacts of globalisation policies on human rights in India.
Nov 6, 2007:
India: Opening of judicial proceedings against several members of CCC and of ICN (World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)) [CASE CLOSED]:
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in India.
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the opening of judicial proceedings against members of the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), an organisation which struggles for the improvement of working conditions in garment industries and members of the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), an NGO raising awareness on the negative impacts of globalisation policies on human rights in India.
Nov 2, 2007:
Kun lobbaus johtaa oikeussyytteeseen (KEPA.fi) [CASE CLOSED]:
Vaikuttamistyöllä on riskinsä: Intialainen farkkutehdas haastoi hollantilaiset työläisen asemaa ajavat järjestöt oikeuteen maineensa tahrimisesta.
Nov 2, 2007: 
'Stick with India in Spite of Child Slave Scandals' Buyers Used (International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF)):
Global brands and retailers sourcing production in India were warned today not to cut and run from existing suppliers or from India but to work with producers and the authorities to build a culture of compliance with national and international legal standards. Quitting errant suppliers without attempting to bring them into compliance would rightly invite condemnation.
Oct 31, 2007:
Billiglohnarbeit in Indien: Maulkorb für Menschenrechtler (Taz.de) [CASE CLOSED]:
Holländische Aktivisten der Kampagne für saubere Kleidung prangern die Arbeitszustände in einer indischen Fabrik an. Nun droht ihnen ein Haftbefehl.
Oct 30, 2007:
Govt threatens EU with retaliatory action (Financial Express):
The government [of India] on Tuesday dismissed allegations of use of child labour against local suppliers of clothing retail major GAP as a motivated campaign on part of the rich nations and threatened Europe of possible retaliatory measures.
Oct 28, 2007:
Indian 'slave' children found making low-cost clothes destined for Gap (The Guardian):
Child workers, some as young as 10, have been found working in a textile factory in conditions close to slavery to produce clothes that appear destined for Gap Kids, one of the most successful arms of the high street giant.
Oct 28, 2007:
Child sweatshop shame threatens Gap's ethical image (The Guardian):
An Observer investigation into children making clothes has shocked the retail giant and may cause it to withdraw apparel ordered for Christmas.
Oct 26, 2007:
CSR: Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and India Committee of the Netherlands (NoSweat.org.uk) [CASE CLOSED]:
FFI, which produces jeans mainly for the Dutch brand G-Star, refuses to enter into any form of dialogue with unions and human rights organisations in Bangalore - who were the first to report about the labour law violations (end of 2005, beginning of 2006). Instead, FFI has been systematically trying, via legal action, to prevent these organisations from publicly reporting about what is going on in their factories.
Oct 26, 2007:
CCC & India Committee of the Netherlands deny Kamal Nath's charges (Khabrein.info) [CASE CLOSED]:
During a state visit of the Dutch Queen and several ministers and companies, the Indian Minister of Trade and Industry, Shri Kamal Nath, confronted the delegation with misleading information on the work of the Clean Clothes Campaign and the India Committee of the Netherlands, in relation to the factory FFI in Bangalore.
Oct 17, 2007:
Ongoing Harassment of Garment Workers Extends to their Defenders and Campaigners Abroad (Labour File) [CASE CLOSED]:
Amnesty International, the international NGO working to protect human rights worldwide, issued a public statement expressing its concern in the continuing harassment of women workers and defenders of their rights in the garment exports units in Bangalore, Karnataka. According to the statement issued, the harassment has included the filing of apparently false criminal charges against the activists and workers, aiming to curb their freedom of expression.
Oct 11, 2007:
Attivisti della Campagna Abiti Puliti rischiano l’arresto (CgfmaNet.org) [CASE CLOSED]:
Il loro reato? Aver denunciato le pessime condizioni di lavoro degli operai di un gruppo tessile indiano che fornisce anche gli italiani Armani e Ra-Re.
Tu denunci le mie malefatte? Io ti arresto. E ti inseguo fino in Olanda. Oscuro il tuo sito internet. E se ci riesco, anche il tuo provider. É l’avventura che sta vivendo la Clean Clothes Campaign, la campagna internazionale che da anni, e per prima, ha cominciato ad aprire uno spiraglio di conoscenza sul mondo dei subappalti delle grandi firme del tessile abbigliamento nel Sud del mondo.
Oct 9, 2007:
La Campanya Roba Neta holandesa, injustament acusada de difamació (Setem.cat) [CASE CLOSED]:
Després de denunciar un cas de violació dels drets laborals en una fàbrica de roba índia que produeix per a conegudes marques internacionals, la Campanya Roba Neta d'Holanda i l'organització holandesa India Committee of the Netherlands, van ser acusades per les fàbriques índies FFI i Jeans Knit Pvt Ltd per "crims cibernètics", "actes de naturalesa racista i xenòfoba" i "difamació criminal". Aquest és un fet mai vist fins ara, i un atemptat flagrant contra la llibertat d'expressió i informació.
Oct 8, 2007:
India: vietato parlare di diritti - Mandato d'arresto contro gli attivisti della Clean Clothes Campaign (AltreEconomica.it) [CASE CLOSED]:
Sette attivisti della Clean Clothes Campaign (Ccc) e dell’India Committee of the Netherlands (Icn) rischiano due anni di carcere in India. L'accusa? Cyber crime, diffamazione, atti di razzismo e xenofobia.
Oct 7, 2007:
Vietato parlare del lavoro (Il Manifesto) [CASE CLOSED]:
India Mandato di arresto per 7 attivisti della Clean Clothes Campaign: hanno divulgato in rete le condizioni di lavoro in alcune fabbriche tessili.
Oct 6, 2007:
Il governo italiano intervenga contro l'arresto in India degli attivisti della Clean Clothes Campaign (Sbilanciamoci!) [CASE CLOSED]:
La Campagna Abiti Puliti e i sindacati italiani dei tessili e chiedono al Governo italiano di intervenire a favore degli attivisti della Clean Clothes Campaign che rischiano l’arresto in India per aver difeso i diritti umani degli operai di un’impresa tessile che lavora anche per le grandi firme italiane.
Oct 5, 2007:
Made in India: è vietato diffondere notizie sulle condizioni di lavoro (Panorama.it) [CASE CLOSED]:
Avevano denunciato le pessime condizioni lavorative in alcuni fabbriche tessili indiane dove vengono prodotti capi d’abbigliamento venduti in tutto il mondo. Eppure, invece di una reazione da parte delle autorità locali, gli attivisti della Clean Clothes Campaign e dell’India Committee of the Netherlands si sono visti recapitare un mandato d’arresto e l’invito a comparire davanti a un tribunale civile di Bangalore. Le accuse: cyber crime, diffamazione, atti di razzismo e xenofobia.
Oct 5, 2007:
India, fermare il processo contro la campagna "Abiti puliti" (Korazym.org) [CASE CLOSED]:
Un giudice indiano vuole arrestare gli attivisti della Campagna Abiti Puliti. Il loro reato? Aver denunciato le pessime condizioni di lavoro degli operai di un gruppo tessile indiano che fornisce anche gli italiani Armani e Ra-Re.
Oct 4, 2007:
Le censure del dissenso (Megachip) [CASE CLOSED]:
Repressioni in Birmania, comportamenti antisindacali in India, accordi commerciali tra privati negli Stati Uniti: cosa accomuna queste storie?
Oct 2, 2007:
India: Jeans maker pursues lawsuit against labour rights groups (Just-Style.com) [CASE CLOSED]:
A court in Bangalore has issued a warrant for the arrest of seven Dutch labour rights activists after they accused Indian jeans manufacturer Fibres and Fabrics International (FFI) of labour rights violations in its factories.
Oct 2, 2007:
India: Continued harassment of defenders of women workers’ rights and campaigners abroad (Amnesty International) [CASE CLOSED]:
Amnesty International is concerned by the continuing harassment of defenders of women workers’ rights in the garments export industry in Bangalore city in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, as well as associated campaigning activists based in the Netherlands.
Oct 1, 2007:
Netherlands: Garment factory continues to sue its critics (Fibre2Fashion.com) [CASE CLOSED]:
CCC and ICN campaigners face two years imprisonment if found guilty under Indian penal code of "cyber crime", "acts of racist and xenophobic nature", and "criminal defamation" for speaking out on labour rights violations at an Indian garment producer.
Sep 30, 2007:
FFI (Gap, Armani, Guess): Garment factory continues to sue its critics (MicroRevolt) [CASE CLOSED]:
CCC and ICN campaigners face two years imprisonment if found guilty under Indian penal code of "cyber crime", "acts of racist and xenophobic nature", and "criminal defamation" for speaking out on labour rights violations at an Indian garment producer.
Sep 28,2007:
Update FFI: Garment factory continues to sue its critics (Clean Clothes Campaign) [CASE CLOSED]:
CCC and ICN campaigners face two years imprisonment if found guilty under Indian penal code of "cyber crime", "acts of racist and xenophobic nature", and "criminal defamation" for speaking out on labour rights violations at an Indian garment producer. The organisations and seven of its staff members were first summoned to appear in court on 25 June 2007.
Sep 3, 2007:
Asia-Pacific: Indian garment factories - Campaigners, courts, controversy (Ethical Corporation) [CASE CLOSED]:
As two labour campaign groups prepare to be sued for libel, big brands continue to buy from the jeans supplier taking the activists to court.
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Sep 1, 2007:
Make it clear that labour rights organisations will not be silenced (Clean Clothes Campaign) [CASE CLOSED]:
Legal action is being used by a company producing garments in India to silence organisations in India and the Netherlands who are speaking out about severe labour rights violations in factories producing jeans for companies including G-Star, Armani, RaRe, Guess, Gap and Mexx.
Aug 15, 2007:
Suing stakeholders: solution or setback? (CSR Asia Weekly) [CASE CLOSED]:
Two prominent European non-government organisations (NGOs) are being sued by an Indian garment company for cyber crime. In what appears to be an unprecedented legal move, Fibres & Fabrics International (FFI) and its subsidiary Jeans Knit Pvt. Ltd. (JKPL) in Bangalore have accused Dutch-based Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) of “cyber crime, acts of racist and xenophobic nature and criminal defamation.”
Jul 17, 2007:
Liberta' di parola per i lavoratori della Fibres&Fabrics/JKPL (CNMS) [CASE CLOSED]:
Continua la campagna di pressione internazionale per fare cessare l’ordinanza restrittiva imposta dal Tribuna Civile di Bangalore e voluta alla Fibres & Fabrics International, che continua in maniera ostinata a rifiutare il dialogo con gli stakeholder locali, nonostante le crescente campagna di pressione internazionale e il rischio di perdere la certificazione SA8000.
Jul 4, 2007:
FFI fights move to malign firm (Deccan Herald) [CASE CLOSED]:
Bangalore-based garment exporter Fibres & Fabrics International (FFI) announced, in a media briefing, on Tuesday, that it is fighting against a misinformation campaign initiated by Netherlands-based NGO, Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC).
Jul 2007:
Occupation Related Accidents in Selected Garment Industries in Bangalore City (Indian Journal of Community Medicine):
A review of the textile industry quotes that it is the largest manufacturing sector in India, accounting for around 20% of India’s industrial output and 37% of total exports. Karnataka is major apparel souring destination for the global market, with exports of over Rs. 3000 crore in 2000-01 making it the second largest garments exporter in India. There are 5777 factories in India employing 3,27,397 personnel producing goods both for home market and for export. There are 780 garment-manufacturing units in Bangalore alone. Women form 80% of the workforce in the industry.
Jun 24, 2007:
An Indian Court and Two Dutch ISP (ILTB.net) [CASE CLOSED]:
This news is ironical for a person aware of dutch courts convenient adoption of universal jurisdiction against human rights violators. Two Dutch ISP’s seem to be in disregard of an interim injunction passed by a Bangalore court restraining the operators of websites hosted on their servers from posting alleged defamatory content against the applicant. The factual matrix is best explained by the news report quoted.
Jun 23, 2007:
Dutch NGOs summoned by Bangalore court (New Europe) [CASE CLOSED]:
Two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) based in the Netherlands were asked to appear before a court in Bangalore on June 25. They are accused of “cybercrime, acts of racist and xenophobic nature and criminal defamation,” according to the NGO’s pres release. The two organizations are the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN).
Jun 18, 2007:
Dutch NGOs face defamation suit from Bangalore-based firm (India eNews/Nerve.in) [CASE CLOSED]:
Two Dutch NGOs, claiming to be championing rights of garment factory workers in India, have been summoned by a Bangalore court to appear before it on June 25 in a defamation case filed by a jeans manufacturing firm.
Jun 18, 2007:
India: Clean Clothes Campaign in tribunale per diffamazione (Unimondo.org) [CASE CLOSED]:
La Fibres & Fabrics International ha citato in tribunale la 'Clean Clothes Campaign' e l’India Committee of the Netherlands: le due associazioni sono accusate dalla ditta indiana di "cyber crime, atti di razzismo, xenofobia e diffamazione" e il 25 giugno dovranno comparire presso la corte del Tribunale Civile di Bangalore.
Jun 16, 2007:
Dutch campaigners sued by Indian textile manufacturer (PeoplePlanetProfit.be) [CASE CLOSED]:
The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) will have to appear in court in Bangalore, India, on June 25. The Dutch organizations, campaigning for better labor conditions at the Indian manufacturer Fibres and Fabrics International and its 100 percent subsidiary Jeans Knit Pvt Ltd (FFI/JKPL), are accused of cyber crime, acts of racist and xenophobic nature and criminal defamation.
Jun 15, 2007:
India: Jeans maker sues human rights groups (Just-Style.com) [CASE CLOSED]:
An Indian jeans manufacturer has filed a lawsuit against two human rights groups which published information on working conditions at its factory on their websites.
Jun 15, 2007:
Denunciata per diffamazione la Clean Clothes Campaign (TerreLibre.org) [CASE CLOSED]:
La Fibres & Fabrics International continua la sua azione di intimidazione per cercare di azzerare le critiche e fare tacere le organizzazioni della società civile che hanno portato all'attenzione dell'opinione pubblica internazionale le gravi violazioni in corso nelle sue unità produttive.
Feb 15/16, 2007:
Indian Garment Worker's Suicide Prompts Calls for Urgent Investigation (GATWU/ITGLWF) [CASE CLOSED]:
The death of a young woman worker who reportedly committed suicide in the toilets of one of India's leading clothing producers "because she could no longer endure the pressure she was subjected to has prompted calls for an immediate independent investigation into the events leading to her death."
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Oct 13, 2006:
CCC & ICN vs G-Star (OECD Watch) [CASE CLOSED]:
The complaint stated that G Star’s Indian suppliers, Fibres and Fabrics International (FFI) and Jeans Knit Pvt. Ltd. (JKPL), have violated labour rights, including freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, payment of a living wage, discrimination in employment, working hours, overtime work, occupational health and safety, punishment, abuse, harassment, and lack of legally binding employment relations.
Oct 1, 2006:
Irish MEP set to put EU spotlight on global horror of child labour (Independent.ie):
Irish retailers will be asked to carry 'Child-Labour-Free' labels on clothing and sports goods, under proposals being put to the European Commission this week. Dublin MEP Proinsias De Rossa, with the backing of Irish charity groups, will this week submit a report to the European Commission on child labour exploitation.
Aug 31, 2006:
Gag order placed on Indian labour support organisations (Clean Clothes Campaign) [CASE CLOSED]:
Garment companies in Bangalore, India, FFI/JKPL, seek to prevent exchange of information.
May 13, 2006:
Dutch fashion house eradicates child labour in India (PeoplePlanetProfit.be):
"In about eight years we have been able to get thousands of Indian children out of workplaces and send them to school." This is not exactly the core business of a textile company, but surprisingly it has been achieved by the Dutch fashion house Cora Kemperman. Gloria Kok, one of the two owners: “Our model could easily be implemented by other textile companies, but unfortunately most of them interpret corporate social responsibility as charity."...
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Dec 2005:
"Made by Women: Gender, the Global Garment Industry and the Movement for Women Workers' Rights" (Clean Clothes Campaign):
This 128-page publication published by the CCC International Secretariat includes feature articles on important themes relating to gender and labour rights and 17 profiles of women involved in different ways in the movement for garment workers' rights.
Jan 2005:
Poor Intake of selected Nutrients by Womenworkers in a Garment Factory (Health and Population: Perspectives and Issues):
It is suspected that women--in the garment factory do not consume adequate dietary requirement due to various factors like low socio-economic status, long distance between the work place and home, low salary and other domestic problems including the care of children. A number of studies have reported the health status and safety of the workers but none of- these has analysed the nutritional status of the employees working in a garment industry.
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Nov 28, 2002:
Unions turning to global NGOs (The Hindu):
With unorganised workers reluctant to repose faith in trade unions an era of liberalisation and globalisation, social activists are coordinating with international non-governmental organisations in an attempt at securing higher wages in the exploitative, export-driven garment industry.
Jun 26, 2002:
Fire kills at least 42 workers in shoe factory in India:
Shree Jee International, a footwear manufacturing unit based in Agra, India and exporting to among others the UK and Ireland caught fire between 10-00 am and 10-15 am in the morning of May 24, 2002; resulting in a devastating accident. According to official figures, 42 workers died in the accident and 11 were injured.
May 23, 2002:
Football dreams stitched with children's hands: India, China and Pakistan still harbour child labourers and unfair labour conditions (CleanClothes.ch):
Child labour and highly unfair labour conditions for adult stitchers in the football industry are still common practices, despite the fact that the contracts between FIFA and sporting goods companies promise the opposite. This was revealed by the Global March Against Child Labour in a presentation of three new reports on China, India and Pakistan.
2002:
Co-operation between the Clean Clothes Campaign and Indian Trade Unions and NGOs:
Report about a visit of the Clean Clothes Campaign to India in October-November 2001. The aim of the visit was to find closer co-operation with Indian trade unions and NGOs.
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Jun 1, 2000:
Child and adult labour in India's football industry (Clean Clothes Campaign):
Find here a summary of a report on India's football industry. The full report can be found on the website of the India Committee of the Netherlands: http://www.indianet.nl/iv.html.
The Dark Side of Football - Child and adult labour in India's football industry and the role of FIFA: India Committee of the Netherlands (June 2000).
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Jul 2, 1998:
Der Fall C&A: Schmutzige Westen, dreckige Wäsche (AK - Analyse & Kritik):
Der folgende, aus dem Englischen übersetzte und stark gekürzte Beitrag diente der Vorbereitung des International Clean Clothes Forum, das am 3. Mai diesen Jahres in Brüssel stattfand. Veranstalter war die internationale Clean Clothes Campaign, eine Kampagne von verschiedenen Nicht-Regierungsorganisationen gegen ausbeuterische Arbeitsbedingungen in den Zuliefererklitschen der großen westlichen Textilkonzerne. Neben C&A fokussierte sich die Veranstaltung in Brüssel auf die Firmen Nike, Otto Versand, Adidas, H&M, Levi Strauss und Walt Disney. Zentrum der bisherigen Aktivitäten der Kampagne in Europa sind die Niederlande.