full report: "Is Fair Trade a good fit for the garment industry?" [PDF]

Author: Maquila Solidarity Network, Published on: 1 September 2006

[summary of report's conclusions:]...Whether or not fair trade and sweatfree initiatives are successful in creating a niche market for conscientious consumers, or even in broadening the demand for such products to include mainstream consumers, the anti-sweatshop movement will need to continue to focus most of its energies and limited resources on defending workers’ rights in the global supply chains of the major retailers and brands and pressuring and engaging with those companies to tackle systemic issues in the industry as a whole. [refers to Marks & Spencer, Topshop, People Tree, Hug, Gossypium, American Apparel, No Sweat Apparel, Bata International, Blackspot Shoes]

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Related companies: American Apparel Bata Gossypium Hug Marks & Spencer No Sweat Apparel People Tree Topshop (part of Arcadia)