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Global Supply Chains: Time for a Convention on Decent Work

Judy Gearhart | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Judy Gearhart

Over the next two weeks in Geneva, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will dedicate part of its annual conference to an important discussion ...

The Evolving Perception of Human Trafficking: Technology and Fair Labor

Robert J. Benz | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Robert J. Benz

Human trafficking, modern slavery, commercial exploitation. Whatever you call it, Evolving Perceptions is a series of interviews with individuals working to address the issue.

Remembering Rana Plaza, Advancing Women Workers' Rights in Global Supply Chains

Judy Gearhart | Posted 04.27.2016 | Women
Judy Gearhart

We need clear protections with the force of law, protections against reprisals for those who raise concerns, and support for community-based organizations that stand with and are led by women workers.

The Truth Behind the Navy Blue Blouse

Francine LeFrak | Posted 04.26.2016 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Even a leader in the ethical shopping movement can still be seduced by a bargain. Over the weekend, while confronting the daunting task of Spring Cl...

From Rana Plaza to Soulful Economy: How Consumers Have the Power to Drive Change

Helle Bank Jorgensen | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Helle Bank Jorgensen

Sunday, April 24th marked the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, in which over 1,000 garment factory workers lost their lives and more than 2,500 were gravely injured while producing clothes for big apparel brands.

Remembering Rana Plaza: Is Fashion Revolution Enough?

Amy Rubin | Posted 04.20.2016 | Style
Amy Rubin

Two things are missing from the talk and promotion of sustainable apparel and the Fashion Revolution -- both have to do with history.

Trading Fast Fashion for Fair Fashion! A Fashion Revolution!

Dana Geffner | Posted 04.19.2016 | Business
Dana Geffner

I love clothing. Choosing what to wear is my creative outlet. But I also have dedicated my life to fighting injustices, working on building a more jus...

Ethical Fashion on Rise in Wake of Disaster

Fair Trade USA | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

What if your shirt, your pants, or even your underwear were made in factories that provided workers like Reshma with genuine opportunities?

Using Technology to Create Safe and Ethical Retail Supply Chains

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 01.14.2016 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

For a brief moment in 2013, Western consumers got to see the dark underbelly of the supply chains that make the products they use each day.

While Women's Wallets Are Heard, Apparel Workers Are Restrained by a Web of Violence

Judy Gearhart | Posted 12.17.2015 | Women
Judy Gearhart

During the holiday shopping season, women's opinions matter: we account for 80% of consumer spending in the United States. A new report, Our Voices, O...

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 06.03.2016 | 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 05.26.2016 | 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
BRAC

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...