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H&M Needs To Deliver On Its Worker Safety Commitments

Judy Gearhart | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Judy Gearhart

H&M has fallen behind schedule on securing life-saving safety upgrades in their Bangladeshi supplier factories. Such delays are risky for a company that saw 21 workers killed in a fire at their supplier, Garib & Garib, in 2010. H&M is the largest buyer in Bangladesh, and with great power comes great responsibility.

(Sustainable) Fashion's Real Problem

Simone Cipriani | Posted 09.23.2015 | Style
Simone Cipriani

While sustainability should be built into supply chains, the fashion industry is today responsible for much of the exploitation of people and the environment: number one in terms of exploitation of people and the second most polluting industry after oil.

Uncovering The True Cost of Fast Fashion With Livia Firth in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I discovered in Cannes the impact that a new business model of fast fashion produces; this 52-seasons a year retail frenzy that affects the poorer parts of our world in such a horrific way.

The Future of Fashion: Earth Day, Fash Rev, True Cost

Miriam Ava | Posted 05.27.2015 | Style
Miriam Ava

It feels like divine momentum that Earth Day and Fash Rev Day are only 24 hrs apart. A multitude of good can spring from even the most dire circumstances -- so how can we best harness the energy of change?

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.

Changing the Label for Good

BRAC | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact

By Tanvir Hossain Adapted from article originally posted on the BRAC Blog The name Rana Plaza has become synonymous with Bangladesh. The e...

Workplace Injury Insurance Must Be Part of the Rana Plaza Legacy

Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

Prevention is key but it is just as important to be prepared in case of future accidents. This can be done through an employment injury insurance (EII) scheme that spreads the risks across all employers at the national level.

A Tale of Two Cities, from Lincoln Center Plaza to Rana Plaza

Edward Hertzman | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
Edward Hertzman

There's the fashion industry, and then there's the apparel and textile industry -- the group of people toiling away in garment districts across the world. What I do is not about creating trends; I am creating clothing for the masses.

In Bangladesh, the Steady Pursuit of Justice and Freedom

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Kerry Kennedy

Last week, at the invitation of my friend Muhammad Yunus, I traveled to Bangladesh, a truly humbling and inspiring experience. I met so many incredible people struggling to improve their country and their lives.

Kim Bhasin

Nobody Knows, Cares Whether Your Clothes Are Made In Deadly Factories | Kim Bhasin | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business

You probably don't know who makes your clothes. The scary thing is, the retailer that sold them to you may not know, either. A yearlong study of fa...

Revisiting Rana Plaza

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Julie Flynn Badal

Tears in the Fabric is a film that is not afraid to look grief squarely in the eye. And that is no small feat in a culture that can so easily go numb to the grim realities behind our consumption.

Fighting Slave Labor in Brazil

Caio Magri | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Caio Magri

Slave labor is the most serious form of exploitation, and it is not only a threat against the fundamental principles and rights at work, but also confronts the most basic human rights.

12 Months Since Rana Plaza: Why Business Needs a Plan B

The B Team | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
The B Team

We recognize that these incidents violate basic human rights, they are avoidable and they must stop.

Kim Bhasin

A Year After Deadly Collapse, Bangladesh's Garment Industry Remains Broken | Kim Bhasin | Posted 04.24.2014 | Business

NEW YORK -- A year after a building collapse killed more than 1,100 people at a factory in Bangladesh, the country's garment workers remain exposed to...

Bangladesh's Miracle Survivor Has A New Job

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business

She was the miracle seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster 17 days after her factory collapsed. One year on...

3 Lessons From the Biggest Industrial Disaster in Bangladesh

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

Disasters -- man-made or natural -- happen frequently. It is important that we figure out effective ways to engage the donor community, beyond just a mass media appeal.

Let's Recognize Bangladesh's Women Garment Workers Positively: As Contributors

Marcia Greenberg | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Marcia Greenberg

For those committed to empowering girls and women, and to achieving gender equality, we must re-double our efforts to right the balance of perceptions: ensuring that images of girls and women reflect their strengths and contributions.

Dave Jamieson

Rana Plaza Survivor Compensated With Paltry $519 So Far | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- When Reba Sikder reported to work on April 24 last year, she found a group of her colleagues milling about and chatting anxiously outsid...

Dave Jamieson

How Clothes Sold By The U.S. Military Have 'Blood All Over Their Labels' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After American clothing brands scuttled a similar effort last year, Democrats and labor groups are trying to pressure the military into ...

The Sochi Games and Human Rights: What Is the Responsibility of Corporate Sponsors?

Christine Bader | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Christine Bader

Of course, the international community -- companies included -- should be fighting for equal rights for all. But before urging companies to turn their attention outwards and lobby host governments, we should seek evidence that they are addressing the risks to human rights in their own operations.

"What Are You Wearing?" When Fashion Matches Ethics

Kate Black | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Kate Black

"I wear ethical fashion because I want every aspect of the way I live to be an expression of my ideals."

Despite Violence, Cambodian Workers Vow To Continue Their Fight

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

Though Cambodia's days of colonialization, war and genocide may be over, the country is still wrestling with political turmoil. At the start of the ne...

The U.S. Government Uses Sweatshops, Too

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business
Michelle Chen

While consumers may have been shocked to learn of The Gap or Benetton's latest designs strewn amid the wreckage of "death trap" factories, they might have missed another bit of debris: the label of the U.S. government.

Dave Jamieson

How A Plan To Help Curb Garment Factory Disasters In Bangladesh Died In The U.S. Senate | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Concerned it may undermine their own response to recent factory disasters and cost them business, U.S. clothing makers pressured the Sen...

Not One American Company Is Supporting The Bangladesh Victims Fund

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 02.23.2014 | Business

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A compensation fund to benefit the victims of an April factory building collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 ...