Consortiumnews.com | By Dennis J Bernstein | July 13, 2016
So-called “free trade” in textiles has led retailers to seek out the cheapest labor and to neglect safety measures, factors in a devastating Bangladesh fire in 2013 that killed more than 1,000 workers.
Christian Science Monitor | By Simone McCarthy | July 05, 2016
As Bangladesh reels from terrorist attacks, some question how it could effect foreign investment in the booming garment industry and impact workers' rights.
7x7 | By V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi | June 23, 2016
Ignorance is not always bliss. More often than not, we don't know where the things we purchase come from. We blindly buy clothes that are affordable, stylish, and reflect the latest breaking trends, without giving much thought to how they came to be.
Ecouterre | By Jasmin Malik Chua | May 26, 2016
Western brands like Gap and H&M “wield the potential to transform working conditions through their supply chains” in the developing world. Yet neither have produced the results to match their claims of social responsibility.
The Guardian | By Gethin Chamberlain | March 13, 2016
As Lidl trumpets its latest clothing bargain, we estimate just how the high street cost is made up – and who is paying a heavy price.
Alternet | By Sarah Lazare | February 24, 2016
We should be wary of the World Bank's private enterprise solution to a humanitarian crisis.
National Catholic Reporter | By Tony Magliano | December 21, 2015
Seeing Christmas toys under the tree is a delightful experience for many children throughout the world, but seldom do we think of where the toys came from, who made them, and under what conditions were they made.
WWD | By Rosemary Feitelberg | December 21, 2015
A note allegedly written by a factory worker in China was hidden in a pair of Primark socks and claimed that the socks were made in substandard working conditions.
MTV | By Katherine Speller | October 21, 2015
It's hard to know for sure where your Halloween costume actually came from. MTV talks to The Institute to learn more.
New York Times | By Jeanette Catsoulis | May 27, 2015
The New York Times reviews the documentary "The True Cost," which features an interview with The Institute's associate director Barbara Briggs.
Write to Disney, Hasbro, Mattel and other multinational companies producing children's toys under harsh sweatshop conditions.
Bangladesh’s shipbreaking workers need our help and support. Please sign this letter, which will be delivered to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman.
Some 1,800 Chinese workers in the Dongguan Zhenyang Wanju factory in Guangdong produce toys for Disney, Mattel, Hasbro and other international brands under harsh conditions, stripped of their rights, their dignity, their voice and basic justice.
Shipbreaking workers in Bangladesh toil 12-hours a day at one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. They are consistently injured and killed on the job because of a lack of safety equipment, job training, and legal rights.
Nike is truly the canary in the coal mine, pointing us to what unfettered “free trade” looks like, and what the world will look like under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
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