Sumary of Not our problem: Global brands defer responsibility for garment workers living below poverty line:
- The world’s biggest fashion companies are yet to agree to renew a long term Bangladesh safety accord eight years after the Rana Plaza disaster.
- Yet for all the good the accord can accomplish, companies including Zara and H&M are holding out because of direct liabilities.
- Only five of the original signatories so far have signed, with the deadline nearing August 31st.
- Wage theft In a report first published by the Guardian, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) worker rights group is taking legal action against global fashion companies including H&M and Levi’s over the ‘wage theft’ of supply chain garment workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
- H&M is cited for alleged labor abuses that took place in 2020 at a supplier factory, where the AFWA claims the brand ‘has total economic control over the workers’ subsistence, skill, and continued employment.’” AFWA’s report claims the majority of garment workers in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, India, Cambodia and Bangladesh had lost money to which they were legally entitled.