Human Rights Watch calls on German clothing brands to increase supply chain transparency

Author: Human Rights Watch, Published on: 27 March 2015

"Germany: Clothing Brands Should Increase Transparency", 27 Mar 2015

...“German clothing brands should promote respect for worker rights and safety by making their global supply chains transparent,” said Wenzel Michalski, Germany director at Human Rights Watch. “Adidas, a leading German brand, has been publicly disclosing its supplier list since 2007 – demonstrating that transparency is both possible and desirable.”...Unions and labor rights advocates have alleged that a major German clothing brand, KiK, had production in factories in Rana Plaza. KiK stated in a press release on April 2, 2014, that the company had “no direct business relation at the point of the accident” and...said that it had contributed to the compensation fund. Workers have also alleged that KiK had production in the Tazreen, a Bangladesh factory that caught fire in November 2012, killing 117 workers. According to the Clean Clothes Campaign, in December 2012 KiK acknowledged having produced garments in Tazreen, and on April 2013, KiK joined with a number of other brands in pledging to pay funds into a compensation fund for victims of the Tazreen fire...[also refers to Armani, Gap, H&M, Joe Fresh, and Marks and Spencer]

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Related companies: adidas Gap Giorgio Armani H&M Joe Fresh (part of Loblaw Companies) KiK Loblaw Companies Marks & Spencer