Forced Labor Targeted In New Agreement

Apparel is one of the industries marked by forced labor in its supply chain. Some prominent members of the industry recently took steps to protect migrant workers from forced labor in their supply chains as part of an effort to implement ethical standards.

Recently, 123 apparel and footwear companies signed the AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment. The agreementís signatories promised to work with their supply-chain partners to combat conditions that create an environment for forced labor.

The agreement includes stipulations that no worker must pay fees to get a job. Other rules include guarantees that workers must retain control of their travel documents and have full freedom of movement. Also, workers will be informed of the basic terms of their employment before joining the workforce.

Companies signing this agreement include Fair Labor Association members including OuterknownPatagoniaNikeAdidasFruit of the LoomGildanDelta Galil and Under Armour. Other signatories such as Levi Strauss & Co. were already following codes of conduct for responsible supply-chain practices. Also signing the agreement were CarharttEileen FisherLucky BrandNordstromPerry Ellis InternationalVanity Fair and Columbia Sportswear Company.




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