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 Reports 

Read all of Labour Behind the Label’s reports on what’s really happening in the global garment industry.

Briefing: Intertek and the failures of social auditing

Briefing: Intertek and the failures of social auditing

Despite industry claims, the multi-billion dollar social auditing industry does not keep workers safe or protect their rights. There are many examples from the last decade that demonstrate how social auditing has failed to protect workers, and instead has been used by corporations to distance themselves from the responsibility of protecting workers’ rights and lives.

Read more about how social auditing fails to deliver accountability for corporate abuse in our latest briefing.

Report: Hanging On By a Thread

Report: Hanging On By a Thread

Pakistan is experiencing mass inflation with rates hitting 36% in April 2023, the highest rate for nearly 5 decades. Workers at the bottom of the supply chains are being hit the hardest with an erosion of purchasing power and an exacerbation of already challenging living conditions.

The report reveals that factories have been exploiting workers by employing them in less formal ways to reduce risks and cut costs. Findings show factories paying over a third of workers surveyed less than the minimum wage, equivalent to £68 a month, while nearly two thirds of workers weren’t being paid the agreed rate for enforced overtime.

Impact Report 2020/21

Impact Report 2020/21

This report looks at the impact that Labour Behind the Label has had during the financial year 2020/21.  A great deal of our work shifted to focus on the appalling negative impacts of Covid-19 – the virus itself as well as the resultant loss of wages, jobs, benefits...

Report: Brands are Pushing Garment Workers to Breaking Point during the Pandemic

Report: Brands are Pushing Garment Workers to Breaking Point during the Pandemic

In this report, published July 2021, Clean Clothes Campaign conducted interviews with 49 garment workers in the supply chains of H&M, Nike and Primark in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Indonesia. The interviews show that the Coronavirus-induced crisis continues to have a devastating impact on the wages, working conditions, and labour rights of garment workers.

Report: Out of the Shadows

Report: Out of the Shadows

This short report is designed as a guide to the Fashion Checker tool (FashionChecker.org) and highlights what is missing in regards to brand commitments and practices in paying a living wage to workers in their supply chains. The report is based on research undertaken in 2019 and early 2020.

Report: Who will bail out the workers who make our clothes?

Report: Who will bail out the workers who make our clothes?

The economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic are colossal in scale and global in scope. The world’s wealthy countries are poised to spend trillions of dollars to shore up the income of their workers and to rescue their corporations. A vital question remains unanswered: who is going to rescue the workers who toil in the global supply chains of many of those corporations?