What You Can Do
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End Death Traps for Walmart Workers
Join the call to hold Walmart accountable for the horiffic fire at Tazreen Fashions in Bangladesh.
U.S. Flower Company Steals Wages from Colombian Workers
In September 2012, Falcon Farms, a U.S.-based multinational flower company, illegally suspended 71 workers in Colombia for peacefully protesting the company’s failure to pay wages. These are the exact type of employer abuses the government of Colombia promised to address when it recently signed a free trade agreement with the United States. Take a stand against wage theft: Demand that the union members be reinstated with the back pay they are owed!
Adidas: Pay PT Kizone workers legally mandated severance
In January 2011, the owner of PT Kizone factory fled Indonesia, and 2,800 workers and their families found themselves without the nearly half a year’s wages worth of legally-owed severance pay. adidas is the only major buyer from the factory that has refused to accept responsibility and contribute towards what the workers are owed under Indonesian law. Nearly $1.8 million is still owed to the workers, who are struggling to keep children in school and put food on the table.
Encourage Apparel Companies Producing Clothing in Bangladesh to Join Agreement for Fire and Building Safety
PVH (owner of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger...) has agreed to fire and building safety in its Bangladesh supply chain. Now ask other apparel brands and retailers to join with PVH in protecting workers lives.
Ask ProFlowers to Ensure Workers' Rights are Protected
In Colombia and Ecuador, the main countries supplying the U.S. flower market, over half of female workers have been sexually harassed or assaulted on the job. An estimated 20% of the 60,000 Ecuadorian flower workers are children. Ask ProFlowers, a large cut flower importer, to follow growing industry standards to ensure that their flower arrangements are ethically sourced. ProFlowers should improve supply chain transparency and implement third party independent monitoring of labor standards on its suppliers’ farms.
Walmart: Stand Against Torture and Imprisonment of Labor Leaders
As part of a crackdown on workers' rights, leaders of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity are facing falsified criminal charges. If the charges are not dropped they risk years in prison or even the death penalty. As a major buyer of Bangladeshi garments, Walmart has the power to make a difference.
Shop with a Conscience
One of the most important criteria for meaningful and dignified work is that workers themselves have an effective, collective voice in determining their wages and working conditions. All products in this shopping guide are made by workers organized into democratic unions or worker-owned cooperatives.