by Apparel Resources News-Desk
10-December-2018 | 2 mins read
KnowTheChain, a benchmark that helps companies calculate their approach to address forced labour, has issued a new report marking out that forced labour risks within the supply chains of 43 international apparel and footwear brands found discouraging performances, with two-thirds of the companies ranked with an overall score below 50 out of 100, and nearly a quarter scoring under 10 out of 100.
This year’s apparel and footwear benchmarks published in the report stated that surprisingly, luxury apparel brands such as LVMH, Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo fetched a rating of under 15 out of 100. While, Adidas, Lululemon and Gap Inc. were the stand out performers securing rankings of 92, 89 and 75 respectively.
Notably, the overall report gave apparel and footwear industry an average rating of 37 out of 100 with leading footwear brands like Skechers and Foot Locker being the main heart-breakers scoring as low as 7 and 12 respectively.
“No one should have to pay for their job. We need to see stronger action from apparel and footwear labels to make sure insecure workers are recruited morally and that their voices and complaints are heard across all their supply chains.” – Kilian Moote, Project Director, KnowTheChain
Reportedly, the apparel and footwear sector significantly relies on migrant labour. For example, in Jordan’s total apparel workforce, migrant workers account for 70 per cent and 44 per cent of the Mauritius apparel workforce.
Additionally, migrant employees are at particular risk of exploitation, as employers often hold their passports to stop them from travelling freely and enable recruitment agencies to charge hefty fees. In Taiwan, recruitment agents were reported to charge such employees up to US $ 7,000, for jobs in fabric mills.
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