Kavitha, a 17-year-old girl who had been working in an Indian textile mill for nearly three years, died from injuries sustained at work. She was just 14 when she agreed to work at the mill, yet her family never received the money their daughter worked so hard to earn. Many women like Kavitha are caught up in a dangerous but prevalent system called the Sumangali Scheme, which targets young women and their families by promising a lump sum payment of about US $500-1,000 for three years of work. The money is intended for use by the family to pay the girl's dowry and enable her to get married.
This is an excerpt from an article by the Maquila Solidarity Network, which originally appeared on the MSN blog.
The RESPECT Project is an initiative of the European Commission, supported by FLA, which encourages buyers and suppliers to engage in more responsible purchasing practices. In support of this project, FLA conducted an online survey among 25 buyers and 30 suppliers from various sectors throughout Asia, Central America, the Middle East and Bulgaria. Several FLA affiliates – including Zephyr Graf-X, adidas Group, Patagonia, Mountain Equipment Co-op, New Wave, The s. Oliver Group, and prAna – participated in the survey.
Of the Buyers:
FLA joins representatives from other nonprofit organizations, trade unions, the apparel industry and others in calling for an end to forced child labor in Uzbekistan. Read more from the Cotton Campaign.
From the National Consumers League:
According to a new survey of 1,019 adult Americans commissioned by the National Consumers League and conducted by ORC International from March 22-25, consumers feel strongly that they do not want their products to be manufactured in unfair, overly harsh or dangerous working conditions, and they’re willing to make some sacrifices for that.
The Fair Labor Association has called for a full investigation into the tragic death of Bangladeshi labor rights activist Aminul Islam. We commend Aminul’s courage and are deeply saddened by his death.
Worker rights’ advocates play a critical role in shining the light on inhumane working conditions in factories around the world. Aminul at the Bangladeshi Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), along with other labor rights advocates, have suffered intimidation, harassment and abuse for their work supporting garment workers. This is unacceptable and must end.
This is a blog post from Human Rights First's Meg Roggensack, which appeared at www.humanrightsfirst.org/2012/04/04/five-key-takeaways-from-the-flas-foxconn-report.
Last week’s Fair Labor Association (FLA) report on Apple’s Chinese supplier Foxconn should be a wakeup call to all companies that use global supply chains. Here are some key takeaways from the report:
Independent Investigation Uncovers Significant Issues; 35,500 Anonymous Surveys Give Voice to Worker Concerns
FLA to Monitor, Publish Progress Reports on Apple and Foxconn Implementation
On March 21, PVH Corp. signed a landmark agreement backed by international trade unions and NGOs – including Maquila Solidarity Network – to improve factory conditions in Bangladesh. Addressing fire hazards and safety risks is extremely important in the garment sector, and this step demonstrates the commitment of PVH to create safe work environments by examining root causes of issues and working with stakeholders to find solutions.