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Outreach to companies asking for disclosure of payment terms & internal policy commitments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Nov 2020)

Actions taken by fashion brands to protect their profits at the expense of worker rights have had profoundly negative impacts on vulnerable garment workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brands have used their disproportionate power over factory suppliers to cancel agreed orders, pay suppliers substantially reduced prices for orders, or to grossly extend payment terms. These decisions have a devastating knock-on impact on the 60 million garment workers in fashion supply chains. Millions of workers have lost their jobs, have had months of unpaid wages, or have been forced to work for a fraction of their usual wage – an amount that has never been enough to cover a basic standard of living.

Labour rights advocates are appealing to brands to contribute to wage funds to make up for the wages that have been lost, estimated as $5.8 billion over just a three-month period from March – May.

In May 2020, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) conducted a survey of 35 fashion brands and retailers (26 responded) regarding their response to the pandemic as it related to garment workers. The questions and full set of survey responses and non-responses can be found here.

In November 2020, BHRRC undertook a follow-up survey with the original 35 companies and an additional 15, seeking responses from 50 companies (34 responded). The questions and full set of survey responses and non-responses can be found below.

The responses to both surveys informed our COVID-19 Apparel Action Tracker.

Company Responses

adidas View Response
PVH (Phillips-Van Heusen) View Response
Cotton On Group View Response
Pentland Brands View Response
Zalando SE View Response
Kering (formerly PPR, Pinault-Printemps-Redoute) View Response
Target View Response
Amazon.com View Response
Aldi Nord View Response
Aldi Süd View Response
Decathlon View Response
Primark (part of Associated British Foods) View Response
Carrefour View Response
Arcadia Group

No Response

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) View Response
Fast Retailing View Response
Marks & Spencer View Response
VF Corp View Response
Bestseller View Response
Boohoo

No Response

New Look

No Response

Kmart Australia (part of Wesfarmers)

No Response

Target Australia (part of Wesfarmers)

No Response

N Brown Group

No Response

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton

No Response

Hermès

No Response

Tapestry (Formerly Coach)

No Response

Children's Place

No Response

Hanesbrands

No Response

Matalan

No Response

Esprit

No Response

Tchibo View Response
Burberry View Response
Inditex View Response
Debenhams

No Response

Levi Strauss View Response
Sainsbury's View Response
John Lewis (part of John Lewis Partnership) View Response
Benetton Group View Response
Lululemon Athletica View Response
G-Star Raw

No Response

Walmart

No Response

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