Improving working conditions in your clothing supply chain

A lost generation

Millions of children are linked to international clothing companies’ production.  Although many companies have developed their sustainability efforts with regards to human rights, they lack a children’s rights perspective.

The report 44 children shows that the low wages of textile workers in Bangladesh, alongside poor social security systems and their vulnerable position in society, is threatening  several of the rights of the textile workers’ children.

– See more at Swedwatch.

Fact sheet ‘Socially responsible public procurement of garments and textiles’

Do you buy clothing for a company or government? Are you interested in how the purchasing policies and practices organisations in the public and semi-public sector at the buying end of the supply chain can help to better working conditions for factory workers? Get yourself inspired by SOMO’s fact sheet.

This fact sheet  is all about what you can do improve global sustainability and human rights. It is SOMO’s fourth fact sheet in a series about labour conditions in the textiles and garments industry and focuses on Europe.

Read further for background information about labour standards as well as practical suggestions for purchasing organisations. Suggestions on how to issue human rights and sustainability into the  ‘Socially responsible public procurement’ (SRPP) policies and practices of SRPP are also included. And last but not least – learn more by studying an inspiring overview of interesting practices in SRPP, with examples from the Netherlands, Norway, and the US.


Fact sheet Forced Labour

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.

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.