Forida, who earns about 35 cents (AUD) an hour as a garment worker, subsists on watery rice when her family’s money runs out so her son may eat better.
We wear the evidence of extreme inequality – clothing made by workers in Bangladesh for 35 cents an hour. But we know how to reduce inequality – we just have to do it.
Family day care workers provide this essential service from their homes, but being classed as independent contractors means they lack many employment protections.
Family day care workers have much in common with home-based workers in the garment industry. But the latter are classed as employees, resulting in better representation and protected work conditions.
Businesses can play a major role in either facilitating modern slavery or eradicating it.
A farmer harvests cotton in Maharashtra, India.
Adding 20 cents to the price of a T-shirt in Australia would be enough to lift all Indian workers in the garment supply chain out of poverty.
Removing bodies from the Tazreen factory in 2012.
Factories that produce fast fashion garments are still highly dangerous workplaces – and not just because they might collapse.
Four years after the Rana Plaza tragedy and there are still reports of worker exploitation in the garment industry.
While the fashion industry may want to address worker exploitation in their supply chains, it would open them up to tremendous legal liability. This needs to change.
Lamia Begum cries holding on to a barbwire fence in front of Rana Plaza building. The collapse killed 1,131 workers and nearly 2,500 were rescued.
The Rana Plaza anniversary is a reminder of the transparency lacking in the garment supply chain for the clothes we wear.
A woman holds a picture of her relative missing in the Rana Plaza collapse.
The horrific collapse of a factory in Bangladesh that killed hundreds sent American scrambling for ways to ensure this doesn't happen again. A professor explains why boycotts are not the answer.
Voluntary Corporate Social Responsibility - because retailers care.
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After years of campaigning and lobbying, several evidence reviews, a draft government Bill (last September), and pre-legislative scrutiny from a joint select committee of peers and MPs, the UK government…