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Updating the Resource Centre Digital Platform

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is at a critical point in its development. Our digital platform is home to a wealth of information on business and human rights, but hasn’t had a visual refresh for a number of years.

We will soon be updating the site to improve its usability and better serve the thousands of people that use our site to support their work.

Please take an advance peek at our new look, and let us know what you think!

Thank you,
Alex Guy, Digital Officer

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Outreach to companies on relationships with apparel manufacturers & response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Visit our apparel COVID-19 action tracker

Many fashion brands and retailers responded to the COVID-19 crisis by canceling orders already produced and those in production, delaying payments and requesting discounts. This has forced suppliers in garment producing countries to dismiss millions of garment workers, often without legally-mandated pay and severance, pushing an already precarious group of workers to greater economic vulnerability. Trade unions, civil society organisations and manufacturing associations in garment producing countries have appealed to buyers to not cancel orders in response to the pandemic, fulfil existing contractual obligations and ensure garment workers are adequately protected from infection.

In May 2020, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre asked 35 major apparel brands and retailers - including all brands participating in the ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation) initiative on living wages - to answer a set of questions regarding payment terms before, and in response to, the COVID-19 pandemic in order to foster greater transparency of the apparel industry. We believe that improved industry transparency is an important first step towards supply chain practices that promote stronger human rights outcomes for workers. The full set of questions we asked can be accessed here. The responses informed our COVID-19 tracker of apparel companies, however other publicly available sources of information were sought to cover any gaps or non-responses to our questions. The survey responses and non-responses can be found below.

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Company response
26 May 2020

Target Australia response

Author: Target Australia

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Company response
26 May 2020

Tchibo response

Author: Tchibo

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Company response
26 May 2020

Tesco response

Author: Tesco

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Company response
26 May 2020

VF Corporation

Author: VF Corporation

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Company response
26 May 2020

Walmart response

Author: Walmart

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Company response
26 May 2020

Zalando response

Author: Zalando

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Company non-response
25 May 2020

Arcadia Group did not respond

Company non-response
25 May 2020

Boohoo did not respond

Company non-response
25 May 2020

Cotton On Group did not respond

Company non-response
25 May 2020

Debenhams did not respond