Ukraine, Serbia & Hungary: Report by Clean Clothes Campaign details poverty wages & poor working conditions in garment factories producing for global brands; incl. co responses

The report "Europe's Sweatshops" published by Clean Clothes Campaign documents poverty wages and poor working conditions in the garment and shoe industry throughout Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. The report is presented together with new country research into the situation of workers in Ukraine, Serbia and Hungary. The factories featured in the report produce for many global brands, upon whom Clean Clothes Campaign is calling to start paying a living wage and to work with suppliers to improve working conditions.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the 53 brands named as sourcing from the countries featured in the report to comment, of which 19 responded: Arcadia, Armani, Burberry, Decathlon, Gucci, H&M, Marks&Spencer, Peter Hahn, PVH, s.Oliver, Schoeffel, Tesco, Versace, Esprit, Asos, Adidas, Hugo Boss, Inditex, C&A.

The following companies did not respond to our invitation to comment: Aster Textile, Bäumler, Benetton, Calzedonia, Dolce&Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Falc, Falcotto, Falke, Fori Textile, Geox, Golden Lady Company, Kirsten, Liz Claiborne, LVMH, Mango, Mart Visser, Max Mara Fashion Group, Mexx, Naturino, Next, Oui Gruppe, Peek&Cloppenburg, Pompea, Prada, Saint James, Schiesser, Stella McCartney, Steps, Strenesse, Triumph, Vero Moda, Wagner, Walbusch. 

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Company response
3 January 2018

Response by Gucci

Author: Gucci

Respect and well-being of people is one of the three pillars of the Gucci’s ten-year “Culture of Purpose” sustainability plan, which underpins the company’s approach to creating a more responsible business.

Gucci prioritizes the well-being of its employees and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all those involved in making its products, also through the responsible and innovative management of its supply chain.

The company strives to incorporate ethical values in the conduct of its business, including the health and the safety of its workplaces as well as the rights and equal opportunities of its employees.

A comprehensive approach to ensure the respect of these principles is currently in place and is constantly enhanced by means of an increasing number of audits and the resulting corrective actions.

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19 December 2017

Aster Textile did not respond

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19 December 2017

Bäumler did not respond

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19 December 2017

Benetton did not respond

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19 December 2017

Calzedonia did not respond

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19 December 2017

Dolce&Gabbana did not respond

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19 December 2017

Ermenegildo Zegna did not respond

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19 December 2017

Falc did not respond

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19 December 2017

Falcotto did not respond

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19 December 2017

Falke did not respond