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Labor abuse pervades the fashion industry, but amidst this troubling reality, three brands are actively working to reshape the narrative.

Exploitation of labor remains pervasive in the fashion industry, primarily due to the manual labor involved in the production process and a history of poor working conditions and inadequate wages. Additionally, this exploitation often persists due to the tolerance of many stakeholders within the supply chain, where profit motives drive decision-making.

However, amid these challenges, there are glimmers of hope emerging as some companies take proactive steps to address these issues. These companies are developing strategies and implementing practices aimed at improving the working conditions and well-being of those employed in the fashion industry.

Recent assessments of supply chains have identified positive trends within the industry, with companies such as Lululemon, Adidas, and Puma receiving scores of over 50 out of 100. These scores indicate a commitment to positive change and suggest progress toward more ethical and sustainable practices within the fashion sector.

To learn more on how we can support your organisation in the fight against labor abuse check out our Workplace Conditions Assessment (WCA), a program that provides a powerful, web-based solution for companies and facilities seeking to improve workplace conditions efficiently and in accordance with widely accepted industry standards and best practices.

The first step of effective human rights due diligence begins with supply chain transparency. Without that, identifying forced labour risks to workers is nearly impossible. Leading companies in the benchmark demonstrate better transparency across their supply chain tiers, as well as stronger evidence of robust risk assessments.


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