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22 Nov 2019

Turkey: Investigation tracks production of 'sustainable' Zara hoody, revealing garment worker exploitation & low wages

In November 2019, Public Eye released findings of its investigation tracing the production of a 'Respect' Zara hoody, revealing worker exploitation and low wages in the Turkish factories where it was produced.

Based on field research, analysis of disclosure by Zara and detailed estimates on how the costs of the hoody are distributed throughout the supply chain, the researchers conclude that the price pressure on producers is so high that those who pay the highest price for Inditex’s profit are the people who make the business possible in the first place – the factory workers. Research was carried out in partnership with Schone Kleren Campagne and the Collectif Éthique sur l’étiquette (Dutch and French partner organisations within the Clean Clothes Campaign network) and research group Le Basic.

Inditex - Zara’s parent company - disputes the findings, and says the report is "based on erroneous premises and inaccurate reporting". Further company comments can be found in the article linked below.