Improving working conditions in your clothing supply chain

Equal Pay – An introductory guide

Ensuring that the work done by women and men is valued fairly and ending pay discrimination is essential to achieving gender equality. However, pay inequality continues to persist and gender pay gaps in some instances have stagnated or even increased. As unequal remuneration is a subtle chronic problem, it is difficult to overcome without a clear understanding of the principle of equal remuneration for men and women for work of equal value.  This Guide clarifies the concepts underlying this principle and offers insights on how it can be applied in practice.

Gender aspects in the Latin American garment industry

The vast majority of workers employed in the garment industry are women.  This paper offers some concrete examples of gender issues in the Latin American garment industry. It focuses on the ‘Cut-Make-Trim’ (CMT) phase of the garment industry.

Captured by Cotton

This report highlights several labour rights violations faced by girls and young women employed under the Sumangali Scheme in the Tamil Nadu garment industry.

Still ‘captured by cotton’?

An update on the original ‘Captured by Cotton’ report about the Sumangali forced labour scheme in Tamil Nadu, South India.

Maid in India

In this report findings on the labour conditions in the South Indian garment and textile industry are presented.  Thousands of girls work under recruitment and employment schemes like Sumangali that amount to bonded labour.  The report features case studies of four large Tamil Nadu-based garment manufacturers.

Bonded (child) labour in the Indian garment industry

In the past few years, a number of garment brands as well as European and American politicians have started to take action against bonded (child) labour in South India, known as the Sumangali Scheme.  This report highlights developments and areas which still require further action.