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Conversation With My Daughter About Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

As we take turns pushing her one-year-old brother in his stroller, my daughter asks me why people don't just stay away from bad people, then they won't be trafficked. I tell her that usually the story starts out with hope.

What Is the Value of a Woman?

Sheridan Kesselman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
Sheridan Kesselman

When it comes to wages, while not as horrific as the circumstances described above, American women still lag far behind men in their pay for doing the same jobs.

My Family's Multiethnic Makeup Changed the Way I Shop

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

Living in multiple worlds, none that I entirely fit, isn't a deficit. Instead, I feel it has allowed me to see outside the box. I am no one thing and therefore no one culture or experience defines me.

How Mobile Phones May Prevent the Next Rana Plaza Disaster

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

One moment Reshma Begum was sewing. The next she was falling from her station on the second floor into the basement of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh.

Kim Bhasin

Can You Make Clothes Without Sweatshop Labor? This Dominican Factory Is Trying

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business

Somewhere in the south-central Dominican Republic, on a stretch of land in a town called Villa Altagracia, sits a unique little clothing factory. The ...

The Ugly Reality Behind Beautiful Clothing

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact

This past January saw violent crackdowns on garment worker protests in Cambodia. Police shot into a crowd near Phnom Penh, killing three and injuring ...

DON'T shop like a jerk. Here's How

Carina Kolodny | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact

While "being the change" usually drums up images of voting and volunteerism, one of the biggest ways we can impact the world around us is with our wal...

The True Cost

Andrew Morgan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Andrew Morgan

The eyes of the world are opening, and I believe history is giving us this moment to choose a better path forward.

Emran Hossain

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Still Waiting For Compensation

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- After the Rana Plaza factory collapse killed 1,132 garment workers and injured more than 2,500 in April, the Bangladeshi government and ...

Bangladesh Garment Sales SOAR

Reuters | Ruma Paul | Posted 07.09.2013 | Business

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's exports rose 16.3 percent in June to $2.7 billion on the year, boosted by stronger clothing sales, an export body said ...

H&M, Other Retailers Finalize Bangladesh Factory Inspection Plan

Reuters | Posted 09.07.2013 | Business

* Companies to pool data on factories for first time * Initial inspections due within nine months * Brands agree to help...

U.S. Expected To Suspend Bangladesh Trade Privileges

AP | By MATTHEW PENNINGTON | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Thursday the suspension of U.S. trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labor ri...

Kim Bhasin

The Truth About 'Made In China'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 06.12.2013 | Business

Ben Walters was unimpressed the first time he stepped into a Chinese factory. “It was incredibly primitive,” he said. “Safe but small, and us...

Kim Bhasin

Walmart And Gap Unite On Bangladesh

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 05.30.2013 | Business

Walmart and Gap are working on their own independent safety plan to prompt reform in Bangladesh after both retailers declined to sign the Accord on Fi...

Kim Bhasin

American Apparel CEO Thrashes H&M

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 05.30.2013 | Business

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been on the warpath since the deadly collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh took the lives of more t...

Kim Bhasin

T-Shirt Company Can't Find Investors Because It Makes Clothes In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 05.30.2013 | Small Business

Billy Thompson has tried vehemently to keep the entire supply chain of his T-shirt company located in the United States, but doing so is proving harde...

Bangladesh Ends The Search For Survivors

AP | JULHAS ALAM and FARID HOSSAIN | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business

SAVAR, Bangladesh — Several of the biggest Western retailers embraced a plan that would require them to pay for factory improvements in Banglade...

Retailers' Tough Choices After Bangladesh Factory Collapse

AP | By JONATHAN FAHEY and ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 07.12.2013 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Bangladesh offers the global garment industry something unique: Millions of workers who quickly churn out huge amounts of well-made ...

Joe Fresh's Shockingly Insensitive Bangladesh Condolences

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.10.2013 | Business

What’s wrong with this picture? A new photo running on Canadian retailer Joe Fresh’s website juxtaposes two models dancing in “Pretty Pleats...

A Final Embrace Is a Silent Scream That Demands a Response

K. Emily Bond | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
K. Emily Bond

Upon seeing Taslima Akhter's devastating photograph, however, I learned more about the people behind that label; that 'someone' who might have spent a passing moment caressing the cloth that caressed my son's back.

The True Price of a Pair of Jeans: Documentary Offers a Glimpse at the Grim Reality Behind the Outsourcing of Garment Production

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Julie Flynn Badal

York and Majid's timely film, The Machinists, is a visual document of the exploitation of garment workers in Bangladesh. The film gives voice to three young people working in the factories in Dhaka.

Dave Jamieson

Deadly Flaws In Safety Inspection Programs

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business

Major clothing brands like to say they have a system in place to avoid doing business with overseas suppliers that mistreat their workers: The corpora...

DEATH TOLL TOPS 500

Reuters | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business

* Engineer had said building was unsafe day before accident * Death toll climbs to 501, scores still missing * Canada's ...

A Floor of Decency

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.02.2013 | World
Robert Koehler

The system is broken. It's eating us alive. We do not value human life -- or, for that matter, life itself -- at the core of our social structure. But even the immensely powerful among us affect to value it after the fact, as rescuers pull bodies from the rubble and the survivors wail.

Emran Hossain

Plodding Rescue In Factory Collapse Fuels Rage In Bangladesh

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.29.2013 | World

Shahana Akter somehow survived at least four days beneath the rubble of the eight-story Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, the collapsed factory building where...