Century Miracle factory in Jordan responds to reports of labour abuses of migrant workers

 

A report by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights alleged that there were cases of human trafficking and other labour abuses at Century Miracle factory in Jordan.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Century Miracle to respond - its response is below, as well as the report by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. 

IGLHR says that "the major label being produced at the Century factories is Ralph Lauren... Other labels buying from Century Group include Kohl’s, JCPenney’s “Arizona” and Eddie Bauer".  We invited Ralph Lauren to respond, and welcome a response at any time.

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3 March 2015

Update on Century Miracle Factory in Jordan - A Hard Life, but Some Improvements for Foreign Guest Workers

Author: Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

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Company response
9 February 2015

Century Miracle response to report by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

Author: Century Miracle

Allow us to go through the issue raised in the said report and to explain in details for the actual practices in factory.  As we really feel that the report did not give an accurate or even just description to reflect the real practices within the factory.  We really doubt that sufficient investigation has been done to draw such conclusions especially that the factory is part of the Better Work Program adopted by the Government of Jordan and the International Labor Organization (ILO) and has been since 2011 going under continuous announced and unannounced audits and none of the allegations raised in the report was found in the factory. The same thing in other reports issued by other international corporations that conducted social compliance audits on the factory like Intertek, Bureau Veritas and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)

Added to that the factory and its work staff are members in the General Trade Unions of Workers in Textile Garments and Clothing Industries Jordan whom also conduct audits and in direct contact with our workforce local and expatriates and never reported such allegations... 

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9 February 2015

Violation of the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement: Human Trafficking Returns to Jordan

Author: Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

"Violation of the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement: Human Trafficking Returns to Jordan", 22 Dec 2014

Some 2,700 foreign guest workers from China, Bangladesh, Burma, Sri Lanka and Vietnam have beenstripped of their passports at the Century Miracle, Century Sweater and Century Wear factories in the Al-Hassan Industrial Park in Irbid, Jordan.  Stripping workers of their passports constitutes the crime of human trafficking.

Foreign workers are forced to toil 15 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. or midnight, putting in a grueling 107 to 110 hours each week.

...On average the guest workers earn just 53 cents an hour.  If a worker is out sick, management cuts their wages for three days.The workers are housed in primitive dorms, sleeping on double-level bunk beds, which are infested with bed bugs...


 

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