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Sweatshops - what you can do - suggestions by Anita Roddick

Ecologist

6th March, 2006

These websites all provide news, background information, campaigning tools and action alerts for anti-sweatshop activists.

Behind the Label
Multimedia news magazine and online community detailing the hidden stories of the millions of workers around the world who make our clothes, the people who care how their clothes are made and the
multinational corporations behind the labels.
www.behindthelabel.org

Burma Campaign UK
Part of a global movement campaigning for human
rights and democracy in Burma. It publishes a dirty list
of companies operating in the country, many of which
are supported by Burma’s ruthless military junta.
www.burmacampaign.org.uk

Campaign for Labor Rights

Self-styled grassroots mobilising department of the US
anti-sweatshop movement.
www.campaignforlaborrights.org

Clean Clothes Campaign

European network of national groups campaigning for
rights for garment workers worldwide.
www.cleanclothes.org

Ethical Consumer

Manchester-based website and magazine detailing
the social and environmental records of the big corporate brands.
0161 226 2929
www.ethicalconsumer.org

US/Labor Education in the Americas Project

An independent NGO that supports economic justice
and basic worker rights in Latin America. Focuses
especially on the struggles of people working, directly
or indirectly, for US companies like Starbucks, fruit
giant Chiquita and fashion company Phillips-Van
Heusen.
www.usleap.org

Fair Olympics campaign

Campaign calling on the International Olympic
Committee (IOC), the organisation responsible for the
Olympic Games (being held in Athens this summer), and
IOC-endorsed sportswear companies to act against
exploitation in the factories that supply the corporations.
www.fairolympics.org

Haiti Support Group

Launched in June 1992 in the aftermath of the military coup that overthrew the first democratic government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Actively supports trade unions organising in Haiti’s sweatshops.
www.haitisupport.gn.apc.org

Labour Behind the Label

UK network of organisations supporting garment
workers’ efforts to defend their rights and improve their
wages and conditions.
www.labourbehindthelabel.org

Maquila Solidarity Network
Canadian network promoting solidarity with Latin
American and Asian groups organising to improve
conditions and wages in export processing zones.
www.maquilasolidarity.org

Musicians Against Sweatshops

Coalition of musicians and artists. Its members
include Chumbawumba, Asian Dub Foundation and
Billy Bragg. Links to a sweat-free shopping mall.
www.nosweatshop.org

SFU No Sweat Campaign

Student-led coalition working towards a no-sweat
and fair-trade purchasing policy for products bought
and sold on the campus of Simon Fraser University
in British Columbia, Canada. A model for student
campaigners.
www.criticalthoughts.ca/petition

Sweatshop Watch

California-based coalition of individuals and more
than 30 labour, community, civil and immigrant
rights, women’s, religious and student organisations
working to eliminating sweatshop exploitation.
www.sweatshopwatch.org

Thai Labour Campaign

Non-profit NGO committed to promoting workers’ rights in Thailand and increasing awareness of labour issues globally.
www.thailabour.org

United Students Against Sweatshops

Website of the biggest campus movement in the US
since the Vietnam war. Lots of useful guides and
briefings.
www.studentsagainstsweatshops.org

Women Working Worldwide

Small British voluntary organisation working with a
global network of women worker organisations. The
focus, so far, has been on industries that have
relocated to the developing world, particularly the
textile and garment industries.
www.poptel.org.uk/women-ww

HALL OF CORPORATE SHAME
These sites focus on individual companies with
particularly egregious reputations for the way they
treat their workforce.
Coca-Cola www.cokewatch.org
McDonald’s www.mcspotlight.org
Gap www.gapsucks.orgnike
Nike www.saigon.com/~nike
Wal-Mart www.walmartsucks.com

This article first appeared in the Ecologist March 2006

 


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