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Sweatshops: What do they mean for “fashion?. What are sweatshops?. • Sweatshops are processing zones, usually in third world countries, where workers sew garments in stuffy, hot and unsafe conditions. • Workers are usually women and children who are exposed to extreme exploitation .

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what are sweatshops
What are sweatshops?
  • •Sweatshops are processing zones, usually in third world countries, where workers sew garments in stuffy, hot and unsafe conditions.
  • •Workers are usually women and children who are exposed to extreme exploitation.
  • •Human rights are always not recognized and not practiced.
  • •These human rights violations serve as the distinction of sweatshops from factories.

Where are sweatshops?

  • •It is present in almost every poor country, usually in the third world.
  • •The poorer a country is, the more exploitable its people are.
  • •There are also sweatshops in developed countries using illegal immigrants’ labor.
  • What companies are involved?
how can you tell where your shirt was made
How can you tell where your shirt was made?
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/04/25/f-bangladesh-clothing-consumer-awareness.html
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/04/26/f-vp-don-pittis-consumer-bangladesh.html
what are the violations
What are the violations?
  • •Use of child labor
  • •Paying of workers under the minimum wage or non-payment at all
  • •Non-payment for forced overtime work
  • •Unsafe and horrible working conditions
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVuScVCF1Ws
  • •No benefits given
  • •Sexual harassment
  • •Verbal abuse
  • •Illegal firings
  • •No forming of unions
  • •Physical abuse
women and sweatshops
Women and sweatshops
  • •90% of all sweatshop workers are women.
  • •Uneducated women are usually hired as workers for sweatshops.
  • •They are not given maternity leave.
  • •They are forced to yield to abortion and to use birth control.
  • •Some are sexually harassed.
how does this happen
How does this happen?
  • •Some governments are aware, but they fail to stop them or tolerate them because of the economic potential of sweatshops.
  • •Large corporations almost always use contract manufacturing firms to produce their goods.
  • •Corporate greed because of globalization
  • •International trade policies favorable for multi-national companies
  • •Workers being unaware of their rights.
how to fix it
How to fix it?
  • Developing a strategy to improveconditions…
  • agents had different competencies andattitudes to change
  • very little discussion between theprocurement department at the factoryand the HR team.
  • Contracts had been negotiated on pricewith very little regard for the needs of the agency labourers.
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16104664
  • http://www.cbc.ca/player/?/News/World/ID/2382189265/
  • http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=bangladesh+clothing+industry+news+cbc&view=detail&mid=4635A49C05BF1A72ED2D4635A49C05BF1A72ED2D&first=0&FORM=NVPFVR
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jhuGX-lxzU
  • http://www.cbc.ca/player/?/News/Canada/Montreal/ID/2382153617/
articles to read
Articles to read:
  • http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Bangladesh+disaster+responses+highlight+strategies+clothing/8343411/story.html
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/story/2013/04/28/bangladesh-building-collapse.html
additional info
Additional info:
  • http://www.powershow.com/view/17415-NWE1M/Life_in_Sweatshops_powerpoint_ppt_presentation

For specific countries and solutions based through international information:

  • http://www.scribd.com/doc/6945706/Sweatshop