With an absence of free trade unions and independent NGOs to help companies identify human rights risk, companies like Adidas are going directly to workers
Last month was the fifth anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which killed 1,134 workers. While the direct reason for the building’s demise was shoddy construction and poor regulations, it can be said that the weight of the global apparel supply chain also weighed heavily on the doomed structure.
Vast networks of manufacturers and buyers, investors and consumers weave a tangled web around the apparel industry and ensure supply chain management in this sector is among its most challenging areas.
China has of course dominated the market as apparel suppliers for many years. But, higher mainland wages and a more competitive job market have prompted Chinese manufacturers to shift aspects of their manufacturing off-shore, or to shunt them into some of China’s darker corners.
That major brands such as H&M and C&A were apparently unaware that prison labour was making their products is sobering
Recent revelations from Peter Humphrey, a UK citizen just released after two years in the Chinese prison system, have shone a bright light on the extent of slavery and forced labour there. That major brands such as H&M and C&A were apparently unaware that prison labour was making...