Improving working conditions in your clothing supply chain

Flawed Fabrics

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.

Business and the fight against child labour

This publication documents efforts by businesses and employers’ organizations in India, Brazil and South Africa to combat child labour.  This research is particularly useful to employers and their organizations, policy makers and others with an interest in strengthening the contribution of businesses to eliminate child labour.

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.