As I look down at the shirt I am wearing, I notice it is cotton. Cotton that was grown in a field before somebody picked it, processed it and delivered it to a factory. At the factory, fabric was made, cut and sewn. The shirt was packaged and delivered to my local store. The only thoughts that crossed my mind as I bought it were, ‘I like how this looks and it fits well.’
The truth is that I do not know the growers, the pickers the sewers or the packers. I do not know their stories, who they were, where they are from or most importantly, if they were doing this work of their own free will.
Not for Sale recently published a report titled, Apparel Industry Trends from Farm to Factory. The report ‘ranks 300 apparel brands on their efforts to address child and forced labor in their supply chains. It provides a picture of the practices of industry leaders, and calls out brands that fuel modern slavery through their negligence.’ Read and download the full report.