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17 Dec 2019

El Salvador: Workers from garment factory producing for Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, Walmart, PVH, Global Brands Group reportedly still owed $1.7 million; companies respond

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On 7th March 2018, the 824 workers at the LD garment factory in El Salvador lost their jobs when the factory suddenly closed without warning, and the employer failed to pay them their legal severance. These workers sewed clothes for Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, Walmart and PVH, owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.  The Maquila solidarity Network is joining with the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) in calling on these companies to take responsibility for the remaining US$1.7 million still owed to workers.

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre contacted the companies mentioned to respond to the allegation.  The responses from PVH, Walmart and Levi Strauss can be found bellow.  Ralph Lauren and Global Brands Group did not respond.  In March 2019, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre sought a response from Global Brands Group for the closure of the factory, the company did not respond.  See the full story here

Company Responses

Walmart View Response
Ralph Lauren

No Response

Levi Strauss View Response
Global Brands Group

No Response

PVH (Phillips-Van Heusen) View Response