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Social Goods | Abuse Reports in India's Factories, Beauty Supply Chains Violate Human Rights

This week, high-street retailers are accused of ignoring abuses at a large Indian supplier, while a new report suggests the beauty industry uses concerning products in its supply chain.
Textile workers in an Indian factory | Source: Shutterstock
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  • Kristina Ezhova

H&M, Benetton and Others Are Accused of Ignoring Abuses at a Large Indian Supplier (Quartz)
"A recent report alleges retailers including H&M and Abercrombie & Fitch have largely reports of violence and other serious abuses against workers at an Indian factory making their clothes. According to the report, managers at a Bangalore factory owned by Shahi Exports brutally repressed attempts by workers to unionise and stifled an increase in the workers' wages."

Your Beauty Products May Involve Human Rights Abuses (Racked)
"What is missing is transparency about the sourcing of natural ingredients. One big ingredient of concern is cocoa: in two of its primary countries of origin, Ghana and Ivory Coast, there is 'a ton of social risk' — most prevalent is child labour. Child labour has also been identified in the farming and production of shea butter, vanilla, copper and silk."

MPs to Examine Environmental Footprint of UK Fashion Industry (The Guardian)
"MPs are to investigate the environmental impact of 'fast fashion' in the UK amid growing concerns that the multi-billion pound industry is wasting valuable resources and contributing to climate change. The inquiry will explore the carbon impact, resource use and water footprint of clothing throughout its lifecycle and supply chain."

Fashion Brands Aren't Being Open & Honest with You (Refinery 29)
"The garment industry, like all truly global industries, is tangled up in complex debates about human rights violations, immigration, and corporate regulation. And companies still profit from exploitative governments."

Women's Clothing Retailers Are Still Ignoring the Reality of Size in the US (Quartzy)
"Only 13 percent of women's jeans in brick and mortar stores are available for women of average size or larger. While every retailer that sells women's denim offers sizes for customers with a waist smaller than the average, only half provide at least one option for women with a larger waist."

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