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Recent media coverage of reports on human rights and labour abuses in the seafood and garment sectors, and across the global supply chain.

The reports were released by a global coalition of trade unions, worker rights and human rights organizations that are attending the ILO's 2018 and 2016 International Labour Conferences.

2018 reports coverage:

Reuters: Daily violence, sex abuse in Walmart's Asian suppliers (May 25, 2018)

Arkansas Online: Groups Report Worker Abuses (May 26, 2018)

The News International (Pakistan): Daily violence, sex abuse in Asian supplier factories (May 26, 2018)


2016 reports coverage:

Guardian: Migrant workers in US seafood industry exposed to forced labor conditions (June 8, 2016)

The use of migrant workers in the US seafood supply chain has led to the creation of exploitative conditions that are equivalent to forced labor, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Press Trust of India: Indian workers at Walmart, Gap factories face intensive exploitation, abuse: Report (June 1, 2016)

Workers in countries like India and Bangladesh employed in supplier factories for global retail giants Walmart, Gap and H&M face "intensive labour exploitation and abuse" including non-payment of wages, sexual harassment and unsafe Work environments, according to advocacy groups.

Guardian: Rana Plaza collapse: workplace dangers persist three years later, reports find (May 31, 2016)  

It’s been more than three years since 1,138 workers were killed when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed in Bangladesh, yet little progress has been made to improve labor conditions for garment workers, according to the Asia Floor Wage Alliance.

Quartz: “A web of terror, insecurity, and a high level of vulnerability”: H&M, Gap, and Walmart are accused of widespread worker abuse (May 31, 2016) 

H&M, Gap, and Walmart are three of the largest sellers of cheap clothes in the world. Like many other companies in the global garment industry, they make much of that clothing in Asian countries with low wages and little regulatory oversight, leading to widespread accounts of worker abuses.

New York Times: Top Retailers Fall Short of Commitments to Overseas Workers (May 31, 2016)

After more than 1,100 deaths exposed dangerous labor conditions in Bangladesh in 2013, brands like H&M, Walmart and Gap were among the most powerful companies that pledged to improve the safety of some of the country’s poorest workers.

Sydney Morning Herald: H&M rapidly expands empire, but safety upgrades at factories 'painfully slow’ (May 29, 2016)    

As H&M rapidly expands its retail empire in Australia, the chain is being criticised for widespread labour rights violations and the "painfully slow" progress of safety renovations at factories.

Reuters: Clothing brands must help ensure Asia's garment workers get a living wage (May 25, 2016) 

Global clothing brands must take responsibility for the millions of workers in Asia who are poorly paid by suppliers and ignored by governments, said a campaigner for higher wages in the region, ahead of an International Labour Organization (ILO) conference.

Vice: The Women Who Make H&M's Clothes Are Fired For Getting Pregnant (May 24, 2016)

A new report from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance finds evidence of widespread exploitation in H&M supplier factories in Cambodia and India. We spoke to labor activists to find out about how much life really sucks when you're making a $5.99 tank top.

Sourcing Journal: H&M to Improve Workers’ Conditions in Asia (May 24, 2016)

H&M’s labor efforts are facing a dark moment in Cambodia and India.The fast-fashion retailer announced that it will work with trade unions and other global entities to improve workers’ conditions after a study found major violations among its supplying garment factories in Asia, Reuters reported.

TextilWirtschaft: H&M: Arbeitsbedingungen in der Kritik (May 24, 2016)

Der schwedische Modefilialist Hennes & Mauritz wird für „prekäre Arbeitsbedingungen“ in einigen Zulieferfabriken in Kambodscha und Indien von der Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) unter Beschuss genommen. Diese hat 251 Fabrikarbeiter aus 17 Betrieben befragt und die Ergebnisse in einer Studie zusammengefasst. Vorgestellt werden soll der Bericht in Kürze in Genf, wo vom 30. Mai bis 10. Juni die International Labour Conference stattfindet.

Yarns and Fibers: H&M seek solutions to improve workers’ conditions in India factories (May 23, 2016)

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) Swedish fashion retailer has partnered with the International Labour Organization, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency as well as global and local trade unions, government as well as the UN to seek out solutions to improve workers’ conditions, after the study by the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) found workers stitching clothes for H&M in factories in Delhi and Phnom Penh faced problems such as low wages, fixed-term contracts, forced overtime and loss of job if pregnant.

Phnom Penh Post: H&M's suppliers guilty of labour rights abuses, report alleges (May 23, 2016)

A new report has alleged labour rights abuses at Cambodian supplier factories for apparel giant H&M, as more than 500 garment workers gathered in Phnom Penh yesterday to air some of the same concerns over working conditions during a workers’ forum. 

An independent investigation by Asia Floor Wage Alliance, which interviewed 201 workers at 12 H&M supplier companies in Phnom Penh and the surrounding areas, found that a large number of workers at nine of the factories were improperly employed on fixed-duration contracts, while many were forced to work long overtime hours and threatened with termination if they became pregnant.

Reuters: H&M says working to improve labor conditions in India, Cambodia factories (May 21, 2016)

 Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) said it was collaborating with trade unions, government as well as the U.N. to improve workers' conditions after a study found violations in supplying garment factories in India and Cambodia.

The study by the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) found workers stitching clothes for H&M in factories in Delhi and Phnom Penh faced problems such as low wages, fixed-term contracts, forced overtime and loss of job if pregnant.

 Just Style: H&M criticised for labour abuses in India and Cambodia (May 20, 2016)

Swedish fashion retailer H&M has come under fire once more over workplace violations in its supply chains, in particular across India and Cambodia.

In advance of next month's International Labour Organization (ILO) conference in Geneva, a consortium of human and labour rights groups have published a report that details what they claim are worker abuses at its supplier factories. It finds that "despite H&M's widely-publicised commitments to protections across their supply chain, there are significant gaps in their implementation".

 The Fashion Law: A Look Inside H&M's Precarious Global Supply Chain (May 19, 2016)

On the heels of Swedish fast fashion giant, H&M's annual Recycling Week initiative, the latest in its expansive greenwashing efforts, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance, an alliance led by trade unions in the key garment producing countries in Asia, has teamed with The Center for Alliance of Labor & Human Rights and a number of other organizations, to release a report contributing new research collected through interviews with 251 workers engaged in H&M supply chains. The report, entitled, "Precarious Work in the H&M Global Value Chain,"  is one in of a series of reports, entitled "Workers Voices from the Global Supply Chain: A Report to the ILO 2016," a larger investigation of production on conditions in H&M factories in Cambodia and India.

FIS: Further labour abuse claimed in Asian fishing industry (May 19, 2016)

 Workers from the fishing industry in several Asian countries, a significant number of whom are women migrant workers from marginalized communities, suffer from the non-enforcement of legal rights and violations of international labour standards. Low wages, gender discrimination, workplace violence, wage theft, and child and forced labour are some of the most detected issues, according to a new report.