What You Can Do
Bangladesh: Investigate Aminul's Murder
Aminul Islam was found murdered on April 5th. His body bore signs of brutal torture. All evidence points to the likelihood of action in retaliation for his support of garment workers' right to organize. Join us in demanding a thorough and impartial investigation.
Encourage Apparel Companies Producing Clothing in Bangladesh to Join Agreement for Fire and Building Safety
PVH (owner of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger...) has agreed to fire and building safety in its Bangladesh supply chain. Now ask other apparel brands and retailers to join with PVH in protecting workers lives.
Until Fired Workers Are Reinstated: Boycott Philippine Airlines and Air Philippines
Once workers in Philippine Airlines ground crew protested the planned outsourcing of their work, they faced violent repression by police. 2,600 workers were locked-out and fired from their jobs.
Stop Forced Child Labor in Cotton
The government of Uzbekistan continues to remove millions of children across the country from school and force them to pick cotton during the harvest season. Join us in calling on Aeropostale, Forever 21, Toys R Us, and Urban Outfitters to join with their competitors -- with over 70 of the world's largest apparel brands and retailers -- in developing policies related to Uzbek cotton. Click the company names to take action!
Join the Call for an End to Forced Labor in Vietnam
In detention centers all over Vietnam, some 40,000 men, women, and children are being held against their will. They are forced by the government to work in horrific conditions for little or no pay and are held without a hearing or a trial in a court of law.
Ask ProFlowers to Ensure Workers' Rights are Protected
In Colombia and Ecuador, the main countries supplying the U.S. flower market, over half of female workers have been sexually harassed or assaulted on the job. An estimated 20% of the 60,000 Ecuadorian flower workers are children. Ask ProFlowers, a large cut flower importer, to follow growing industry standards to ensure that their flower arrangements are ethically sourced. ProFlowers should improve supply chain transparency and implement third party independent monitoring of labor standards on its suppliers’ farms.
Host a Screening of "The Dark Side of Chocolate"
Raise awareness about child labor and trafficking in the cocoa industry by hosting a screening of the new documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate in your community.
Walmart: Stand Against Torture and Imprisonment of Labor Leaders
As part of a crackdown on workers' rights, leaders of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity are facing falsified criminal charges. If the charges are not dropped they risk years in prison or even the death penalty. As a major buyer of Bangladeshi garments, Walmart has the power to make a difference.
Host a Speaker
Invite a speaker from the ILRF Speakers Bureau to your community for a conference presentation, keynote talk, or participatory workshop.
Shop with a Conscience
One of the most important criteria for meaningful and dignified work is that workers themselves have an effective, collective voice in determining their wages and working conditions. All products in this shopping guide are made by workers organized into democratic unions or worker-owned cooperatives.