The Facts Behind Fashion

Check out the facts behind your fashion in this annual review of the urgent appeals for support in 2013. This review summarises cases from the garment industry around the world.

Find out about conditions in the factories where your clothes are made - and about how the Clean Clothes Campaign and its partners are working to stop violations of workers’ rights.

We are proud of the positive impact of our collective actions.

Towards a safe garment industry, with living wages and equal treatment!

Protest in Cambodia.  Credit: Marieke van der Velden/Hollandse Hoogte
Credit: Marieke van der Velden/Hollandse Hoogte

You'll find the overview of 2012 here


Urgent Appeals in 2013

An urgent appeal is a rapid response to a request for support from workers in the garment industry whose rights are being infringed.

Since the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) was launched twenty-five years ago, Clean Clothes activists have supported garment and sportswear workers in almost 450 cases in 40 different countries where their rights were violated.

Find out more on Urgent Appeals


Labour rights violations

The Clean Clothes Campaign believes that all workers have a right to good and safe working conditions, regardless of gender, age, country of origin, legal status, employment status or location, or any other ground.

Fundamental rights include the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, and to earn a living wage that allows workers to live in dignity.

Read more about these labour rights violations and find some examples here



As in previous years, we have taken on approximately 30 cases in 2013.

We've listed them both as a map of the world, and as a list with descriptions.

Cases can be very diverse; some involve just a few key players; others have potential impact on thousands or even millions of workers. Yet also the seemingly 'small' cases can be highly complex, and help assert critical rights of garment workers.

See all cases / See Map


Women workers

The Clean Clothes Campaign strives to ensure that the rights of all workers in the garment and sports shoe industries are respected. However, the fact that the majority of these workers are women means that ultimately our work is largely about the empowerment of women.

The Clean Clothes Campaign aims to help women garment workers raise their voices and achieve positive change in their lives.

see also:
Made by Women
Gender policy statement

Rana Plaza disaster

Spotlight: Rana Plaza

The largest disaster the garment industry has ever witnessed put the industry in the spotlight. Big changes have occured, yet the fight to compensate the victims still continues.

Bangladesh Accord

Spotlight: Bangladesh Accord

International pressure by rights groups, garment workers and consumers forced a historic break-through. There is still a long way ahead, though.

spotlight cambodia

Spotlight: Cambodia

The ongoing repression of garment workers and independent trade unions in Cambodia intensified in 2013 and early 2014. Company managers are unwilling to respect legitimate workers rights, and strikes have met with violent reactions.

Emelia Yanti

Spotlight: Practical solidarity

Activists from Pakistan to Indonesia tell about their struggle, and how international solidarity helps them in their fight for the rights of garment workers worldwide.

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The work of the Clean Clothes Campaign is supported by the European Union under the European Instrument of Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the Clean Clothes Campaign and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.