6 April, 2017

Check the Chain

Join the movement calling on consumers, companies and our Government to “check the chain" and end worker exploitation in global supply chains.

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Did you know that exploitation, slavery, and human trafficking are woven into the supply chains of many of the products that we buy? Across the Asia-Pacific, millions of people are working in unsafe conditions, working excessive overtime hours, and being paid poverty-level wages, to make our clothes.

The Check the Chain campaign will help you and your community fight the injustice of worker exploitation in the global fashion industry in four ways:

Learn more about this important issue with the help of our 2017 Ethical Fashion Report, End of Greed resources (book and bible study), and Fashion Victims Factsheets.

Write to Roger David. This Australian brand received an F grade in our 2017 Report, and have consistently refused to be transparent about what they are doing to protect workers from exploitation.

Raise Awareness about the injustice of worker exploitation in your church or community with the help of our True Cost Screening Pack.

Lobby your local Member of Parliament and ask for the introduction of supply chain legislation in Australia. You can do this with the help of our MP briefing sheet and MP meeting guide!

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Whether you take part in a few, or all, of these actions is up to you!

Background

In our increasingly interconnected world, many supply chains of the products we buy and services we consume stretch across international borders. In countries where worker protections are weak or non-existent, the use of slavery, forced labour, and exploitation is rife.

In the global garment industry, exploitation exists at every stage of the supply chain. The world’s garment factory is the Asia-Pacific, with more than 40 million workers employed in manufacturing apparel and textiles across the region. And the wages of most of these workers remain at levels well below what is needed to lift them and their families out of poverty.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that more than half of the world’s forced labourers (11.7 million) and 78 million of its child labourers are in the Asia-Pacific. The US Department of Labour reports forced and/or child labour is used in garment, textile and footwear manufacturing throughout the region, including in China, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Pakistan.

But worker exploitation can be ended! Workers, companies, governments all have a role to play. But so do we.

As consumers, we can choose to preference those companies doing the most to uphold the rights of workers in their supply chains and calling on those who aren’t to do better

As advocates, we can call on our Government to introduce legislation that would require companies to publicly report on the measures taken to address slavery and exploitation throughout their supply chains.

Be vocal. Be part of the Check the Chain movement today!

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