Following campus activism, Under Armour commits to paying garment factories in full & on time amid COVID-19 outbreak
“Under Armour follows rivals, commits to paying garment makers in full”, 13 May 2020
Workers at an Indonesian factory, PT Kaho Indah Citragarment, claimed that their pay was cut in half after Under Armour cut back its orders, according to the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS). Under Armour and Nike were targeted by campus activists in recent weeks.
After Nike agreed publicly to pay for orders, USAS circulated an online petition and launched a hashtag campaign (#WorkersOverUnderAmour) to pressure Under Armour to follow suit. It’s significant that Under Armour, despite its financial troubles, is [now] paying its factories and not asking suppliers for price cuts on finished goods.
To date, 14 brands and retailers have publicly agreed to pay in full for all orders and on time. But for the factories who are still owed money by major brands (debts owed are as high as $10 million at one factory and over $3 billion in Bangladesh alone), there’s a singular hope for the future: Getting paid for the clothes they’ve already made.