Fashion brands from Zara to H&M urged to make ‘responsible exit’ from Myanmar

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  • Fashion brands from Zara to H&M urged to make ‘responsible exit’ from Myanmar
  • Workers at factories linked to the supply chains of global firms have faced increased abuse, including wage theft and sexual harassment, according to a new report
  • If brands ‘cannot guarantee the protection of workers’ rights in their supply chains, a responsible exit from the country is the only way forward’, the group behind the study says

 

International fashion brands are failing to protect garment workers in Myanmar’s supply chains, with labour and human rights violations surging across the country since the military coup in February last year, according to a new report.

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, an international NGO that tracks the human rights impacts of companies, on Tuesday released a study that revealed “widespread and systemic abuse in international brands’ supply chains”. This included wage theft, abusive work rates, mandatory unpaid overtime, as well as gender-based violence and sexual harassment.

The non-profit group, along with partners, compiled 104 cases of labour and human rights violations against at least 60,800 workers in Myanmar’s garment sector from February 1 last year to date, based on publicly recorded information.

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