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China Labor Watchdogs Expose Dark Side of Global Toy Empire

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.17.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Despite the occasional factory fire or sweatshop media exposé, American consumers have largely inured themselves to the status quo of exploiting the Global South as our overseas workshop for cheap clothes, toys and gadgets.

What About Haiti In This Mess?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

A recent Facebook page post shamed me completely. My good friend did not intend to do so. Knowing that I had spent almost two years writing about the ...

Forever 21 Under Investigation "Sweatshop-Like" Factories In L.A.

The Huffington Post | Alice Hines | Posted 10.26.2012 | Business

The leggings you just bought at Forever 21 may have more problems with them than an excess of sequins. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, F...

A Guide to the Denver Presidential Debate

Scott Paul | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Scott Paul

We know half the debate will focus on economic themes. Let's hope Jim Lehrer asks at least one of these vital questions.

Olympics Labor Campaign Aims for Sweat-Free Games

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.21.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

While there was a furor in Washington over Chinese-made Team USA uniforms, the debate over the use of offshored manufacturing labor to make Olympic apparel is just the tip of larger trend of abuse in multinational supply chains.

What's Wrong With Our Country?

Laura Mola | Posted 09.11.2012 | Home
Laura Mola

If Ralph Lauren manufactures in China, so be it, then that's where these uniforms were coming from. End of story. End of pride.

KTC: Ethical Fashion in China (VIDEO) | Posted 04.09.2015 | Arts

There's not one person that hasn't heard a horror story involving workers in China being paid a pittance for hours of intense labor. We're all familiar with these tales, but what about the flip side?

I Shop, Therefore I Am

Emma Orlow | Posted 06.12.2012 | Teen
Emma Orlow

Urban Outfitters is run by a Rick Santorum supporter, under whose leadership the company has produced items that are viewed by many as homophobic and racist. This is the underbelly of fast fashion.

A Call To Protect All Children

Geeta Rao Gupta | Posted 06.05.2012 | Home
Geeta Rao Gupta

All of these children are in need of rescue -- all are children whose potential contributions to their society are being lost. All are a challenge to our consciences and to our capacity to do what we all instinctively want to do when we see a child in danger -- to save that child.

Even With Daisey's Lies Peeled Away, Apple's Rotten Core Exposed

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.26.2012 | Technology
Michelle Chen

If one fundamental truth has emerged from the scandal surrounding Daisey's dramatic fudging, it's that the lived reality of many Chinese workers is undoubtedly bleak -- no embellishment needed.

Labor Campaign Calls on Olympic Brand Companies to Play Fair

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

The long-term effectiveness of this accord remains to be seen; the games are designed to maximize commercial profit and not long enough to bring a sea change in the global manufacturing system.

Note to Gekko: Governance is Good

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 10.03.2011 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Good governance that includes a system of checks and balances in corporations can assure that the rights and responsibilities of all are respected. Faith-based investors can hardly ignore these priorities and opportunities.

Janell Ross

Corporate Silence: Brands Profess Ignorance Of Alleged Worker Abuses at Overseas Factories | Janell Ross | Posted 09.20.2011 | Business

A month after a prominent human rights group accused major American brands of purchasing clothing from a factory in Jordan that systematically abuses ...

Nike Faces New Worker Abuse Claims In Indonesia

Posted 09.12.2011 | Business

SUKABUMI, Indonesia (AP) -- Workers making Converse sneakers in Indonesia say supervisors throw shoes at them, slap them in the face and call them dog...

In Asia, Raising the Wage Floor Toward Global Labor Justice

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

While multinationals have prowled the planet to exploit the cheapest workforces they can find, advocates call for a common living wage standard to ensure workers from Shenzhen to Sri Lanka aren't working themselves deeper into poverty.

A Void: Where's the Triangle Fire Memorial?

Cari Shane | Posted 06.02.2011 | New York
Cari Shane

There is no statue to commemorate the senseless deaths of 120 women and 26 men in New York City's famous and tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Fi...

Sometimes It Takes a Fire to Wake Us Up

Matt Ryan | Posted 05.30.2011 | New York
Matt Ryan

In many parts of the world, it may be 2011, but at Walmart, it's still 1911. The fire that consumed those 146 girls' lives is in this respect still burning -- only now it has become a global fire.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory: Victory Among a Century's Tears

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

With the exception of September 11, 2001, no disaster has ever traumatized New York more than the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of March 25, 1911 -- 100 years ago this weekend.

On Women's Day, GOP Attacks Women

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The GOP is intent on setting women back. If Republican governors across the country succeed in confiscating collective bargaining rights from public sector workers, women will be hurt most.

Gadget Factories Charge Up China's Labor Activism

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

The trajectory of China's breakneck economic growth over the past three decades is a case study in how globalization allows cutting-edge technology to exist alongside primitive labor conditions.

Will ABC News' Made in America Series Avoid Their Boss, Disney?

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Cohen

It's too easy to blame U.S. consumers for buying cheap stuff from China or Bangladesh or Honduras. Will ABC News investigate the products sold by Disney?

Any Job Is a Good Job? Think Again

Dan Viederman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Viederman

We must continue to hold companies accountable for the working conditions of people who sew, build and harvest for them at the bottom of their supply chains.

Surfers Spread the Message of Responsible Shopping this Holiday Season

Heather Box | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Heather Box

Kyle Thiermann, a 20-year-old professional surfer from Santa Cruz California, stood in a clothing factory in Sri Lanka amongst the commotion of the sewing machines.

The Earth-Buster Sale

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Reverend Billy

Consumerism keeps this economy going, which is destroying life. This Christmas is selling everything.

Poison Apple: iPhone Production Line Tied to Toxics in China

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michelle Chen

Anti-sweatshop activists have blasted Apple for ignoring exploitative, perhaps severely poisonous, working conditions at United Win Technology, a facility in Jiangsu Province apparently connected to Apple Computers.