News from Free2Work and Not for Sale:
We are pleased to announce the release of a report ranking over 300 apparel brands on their efforts to address child and forced labor. Modern-day slavery, which currently affects more than 30 million people, is used throughout the production of many clothing products sold on U.S. shelves. Apparel Industry Trends: From Farm to Factory is the first comprehensive report of its kind.
The report urges the clothing sector forward by offering best practice examples from industry leaders and by pointing out brands that are fueling modern-day slavery through their negligence. Free2Work grades are only an indication of a company’s efforts against slavery–not of broader working conditions. We hope this will help urge the industry forward in creating freedom and dignity, as well as help companies and consumers understand how they are connected to labor abuses within the products they produce and consume.
The report was pre-released in a presentation on Nov. 13 in Ankara, Turkey, at the United Nations General Assembly expert group meeting on “Human Trafficking & Global Supply Chains.” The meeting included corporate, government, labor union, and NGO leaders from around the globe.
In the coming weeks, we will be hosting a webinar for interested parties to learn more about this comprehensive report. Once we have settled upon an exact date and time, we will pass along the information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
We look forward to continuing to work with you to end child and forced labor in our lifetime.… Read the rest