Romania: Report finds poor wages, forced labour, unpaid overtime & other abuses in garment sector; Incl. co. responses
Clean Clothes Campaign has released a factsheet on Romania's garment industry, based on interviews with 78 female garment workers, between September 2017 and June 2018. All seven factories were producing apparel for Western European markets. The research revealed several labour and human rights abuses within Romania's garment industry, including payments below the minimum wage; unpaid overtime; forced labour; poor working conditions within factories; and maltreatment, pressure and bullying. A case study included in the factsheet highlights abuses, including poor wages and unpaid overtime, at a supplier producing for Benetton Group, Sisley (part of Benetton Group) Naf Naf and Max Mara.
In May 2019, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Benetton Group, Naf Naf and Max Mara to respond to allegations of poor wages and unpaid overtime. Benetton Group said suppliers within the European Union are not subject to its audit program as no significant risks have been identified, however as a preventive measure it is supporting its suppliers in formalizing procedures and sharing best practice. Max Mara said it needed information on the supplier(s) to investigate the allegations. Their responses are included below. We received Naf Naf's response after publication of our 3 July Weekly Update. It said it was investigating and its response is included below.