Improving working conditions in your clothing supply chain

1: Forced labour

Nobody should be forced to do a job.  In some parts of the apparel industry, however, people are still forced to work against their will. Sometimes they are coerced – by threats of violence, or because employers will not return travel or identity documents.

In some cases, workers get involved in schemes where they are not paid until the end of a multi-year contract, which puts them in a vulnerable position. Or they are effectively imprisoned in factory dorms. Or both, as in the Sumangali scheme.

In some countries forced prison labour is still legal, and may be hidden behind the ‘front’ of a legitimate factory.

The first step in keeping forced labour out of your supply chain is to know where your products are actually made. Consult our resources to learn more about what you can do to prevent forced labour being used to make your products.