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21 Nov 2019

Marc Bain, Quartzy

Inditex disputes investigation into garment production of Zara hoody & allegations of low wages

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"Zara's sustainable sweatshirt raises troubling fashion ethics issues", 21 November 2019

... An investigation by Public Eye... traced the course of... a €26.67 ($29.50) hoodie from Zara’s “Join Life” line, which it markets as sustainable and says is made by suppliers that received top ranks (pdf) in audits. In estimating the costs involved in making the hoodie, Public Eye says the wages workers earned at each step of production aren’t nearly enough to live on... 

Inditex, Zara’s parent company... [said] “Public Eye’s report is based on erroneous premises and inaccurate reporting,”... The spokesperson notes that Inditex’s true sourcing price “is well above the one used in the report” and that “workers at these factories are paid more than the amounts mentioned in Public Eye’s report.”

... [It] asserts that all factories involved in making the hoodies “have been registered with and supervised by Inditex prior to Public Eye contacting us. Moreover, they all have workers’ representatives responsible for the defense of workers’ social and labor rights. This is in line with our traceability and compliance policies, and there are no issues regarding the salaries of the workers in these factories.”...

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