Corporate Social Responsibility

Send Your Label Back

Help No Sweat press the high street giants to clean up their act by cutting the label out or even sending complete garments back to us to deliver "en masse".

We have thousands of postcards to attach your labels to. Download the front design from here or contact us and we can send you bundles of postcards to use.

Send your labels in to us at the address at the bottom of the website!

Tell Edinburgh Wollen Mill: compensate your workers in Bangladesh!

Labour Behind the Label need help getting Edinburgh Woollen Mill to compensate its Bangladeshi workers, burned in a factory fire.

Demand full compensation for Bangladesh survivors and families

Leading brands are dragging their heels over their promise to pay compensation to the victims of the Bangladesh factory collapse. Help force them to pay up!

Protests lead to retailers' commitment on safety in Bangladesh

War on Want report on the success of a campaign to force major clothes retailers to pay for safer factories in Bangladesh.

Labour Behind the Label: Six Items Challenge

Labour Behind the Label have let us know about their "Six Items Challenge" fundraiser. Could you go six weeks wearing only six items of clothing (you are expected to wash them occasionally!)?

Here at No Sweat we're not sure we agree with all the messages that this campaign might send out - austerity is good, for example? - but it sheds light on the exploitative reality behind "fast fashion" - and raising money for Labour Behind the Label can't be bad!

UPDATE: Challenge blog here: http://thesixitemschallenge.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/the-six-and-only/

Ban Killer Jeans - send a protest email to Dolce & Gabbana

No Sweat joined Labour Behind the Label in a "Ban Killer Jeans" protest outside Dolce & Gabbana on London's Bond Street. We are campaigning for D&G to join the brands banning sandblasting in their supply chain. Sandblasting causes respiratory diseases that kill workers. Sign the petition: http://www.labourbehindthelabel.org/support-us/item/947-killerjeansluxur...

Zara sweatshops raided in Brazil

The owners of Spanish fashion chain Zara say they are strengthening the oversight of their production system after workers were found toiling in a Brazilian sweatshop.

UN Human Rights Council endorsed the "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

GENEAVA on 16 June 2011 - For the first time in its history, the United Nations has agreed a framework to address the human rights impacts of business activities around the world. Implementing the United Nations 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework" proposed by UN Special Representative John Ruggie.

A night at the theatre (south London) - Ruffled

A new play about ethics in the fashion industry...

Urgent Action: Support over 300 Cambodian workers fired for striking for living wage

Please visit the CCC website to take action and write to the brands implicated within to demand that the workers are allowed to return to work immediately, with compensation paid for the time they have been without work.

Taking Liberties, the Story behind the UK High Street

"Systematic Exploitation" in Indian Garment Hub
A new report by the UK-based organisations Labour Behind the Label and War on Want details the extremely poor working conditions in Gurgaon, India, one of the main centers of garments production in Asia. Labour Behind the Label is name of the British CCC.

Read on for more and to take action:

Playfair at the Olympics Seminar

07/06/2010 - 5:30pm
07/06/2010 - 7:30pm

Council Chamber, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B3LS

Speakers:

Lilis Mahmudah NEC member, Serikat Pekerja Nasiona Textile and Garment Trade Union, Indonesia

German Retailer Lidl Retracts False Claims of Fair Working Conditions

From Clean Clothes campaign:

Complaint against Consumer Deception Successful

Consumer and worker rights organisations are celebrating a historic victory after the giant German retailer Lidl agreed to withdraw public claims that its goods were being produced under fair and decent working conditions. The agreement was reached following a legal challenge, launched by the Consumer Agency Hamburg, which accused Lidl of engaging in false advertising.

Playfair 2012 launched

As the Olympic torch is handed on from this year's Winter Olympics in Vancouver to London, the Playfair 2012 coalition is launching a campaign for an ethical London Games.

New No Sweat Primark Leaflet

A new(ish) leaflet from No Sweat for use on stalls and fashion shows etc to highlight Primark's sweatshop record.

Tell Tata/Tetley to Stop Starving Indian Tea Workers!

Tata, the transnational Indian conglomerate whose wholly-owned subsidiary Tetley makes the world famous Tetley Teas, has taken 6,500 people hostage through hunger. The hostages are nearly 1,000 tea plantation workers and their families on the Nowera Nuddy Tea Estate in West Bengal, India. The workers, living in poverty and always on the edge of hunger, are locked out and have been denied wages for all but two days' work since early August.

Discussion: finding an anti-sweatshop strategy that works

Jeff Ballinger's discussion article first appeared in the US socialist magazine, Dissent....

That nearly twenty years of anti-sweatshop activism has come to naught is suggested by the cost breakdown of a $38 University of Connecticut hoodie that appeared in the Hartford Courant a couple of years ago: the workers received a mere 18 cents, while the university received $2.24 in licensing fees. (Mexican factory: profit, 70 cents; overhead, $2.12; material, $5.50–distributor [Champion]: overhead $5.10; profit $1.75–Seller [UCONN Co-Op]: overhead, $14.49; profit, $4.50). The workers’ share could hardly have been lower when the movement began.

Fair Trade Conference, Trinity University College, Carmarthen

06/06/2009 - 10:00am
06/06/2009 - 4:00pm

Bang the Drum for Fair Trade!

Saturday 6th June 2009
10:30 - 4pm
£5 (including lunch)

Celebrate the first anniversary of Wales becoming the world's first Fair Trade nation. This year Fair Trade Wales hosts its first conference in West Wales where we will BANG THE DRUM FOR FAIR TRADE!

No Sweat's Fashion Show of Shame

Saturday 4th April 2009 saw the second anniversary of the opening of Primarks flagship store on Oxford St, so No Sweat went down to commemorate the day with a Fashion Show of Shame, highlighting the use of sweatshops in Bangladesh and the exploitation of workers in the UK. Check out the pics...

Can you live (evil)Corporation-free?

Corporation-free.org was setup by Pete Davis - a member of People & Planet - with the primary goal of exposing the dirty deeds of 8 very irresponsible corporations. It also aims to provide ethical alternatives and since its creation it has already gathered over 50 people pledging to seek those alternatives and avoid the targeted multinationals: Coca-Cola, KFC, Tesco, Exxon, RBS/Natwest, e.on, Nestlé and Topshop.

Join Mark Thomas - Stop Tax Evasion and PFI - Invade Jersey!

17/03/2009 - 12:00pm
17/03/2009 - 1:00pm

Along with half of Whitehall, the Ministry of Defense building on Horse Guards Ave, has been sold off and is leased back from a private corporation based in a tax haven. That's right, they pay no tax on what we pay, from our tax.

Join Mark Thomas and demand the MOD invade Jersey to regain the title deeds!

New Clean Clothes Campaign Report released

Giant retailers cashing in on poverty wages
Carrefour, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Walmart profit while supply chain workers face rights violations.

Which company do you hate the most?

Belching out the devil, by Mark Thomas

‘Belching out the devil’ chronicles a series of journeys to various parts of the world to meet those who have experienced ‘the Coke side of life’ that the adverts don’t tell us about. There are Indian farmers with empty wells, Colombian trade unionists with collections of death threats, hassled Mexican shopkeepers who committed the unforgivable sin of stocking rival brand ‘Big Cola’ in their fridges.

War on Want Report on Primark, Tesco & Adsa

War on Want has launched its latest report Fashion Victims II: How UK clothing retailers are keeping workers in poverty, which exposes the appalling conditions faced by workers producing clothes for Primark, Tesco and Asda.

Guardian Covers No Sweat Protest to TUC Over Hosting Primark AGM

From the Guardian, Dec 3, 2008. Original article in response to our letter, plus response from TUC chief Brendan Barber to TUC General Council and affiliates.

Apparently, the TUC is thinking hard about who it books its facilities out to. We would still like to see the AGM blocked and a firm statement from the TUC urging Primark to clean up its act!

TUC in 'sweatshop labour' row over firm hiring congress hall

The TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber, is refusing to back down over a decision to let out its congress hall this Friday to a British company whose suppliers are alleged to use sweatshop labour in Bangladesh to manufacture cheap T shirts.

Thai Labour Court Gives Triumph Factory the Green Light to Violate Human Rights

On Nov 27 a labour court in Bangkok gave Body Fashion Thailand, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Triumph International, the green light in its effort to dismiss union president Jitra Kotshadej.

URGENT ACTION: Make the Co-op more co-operative!

Please find below a new e-action asking the Co-op to support the supermarket watchdog Action Aid and others have been campaigning for. Please do send it yourself and pass on to others who would do the same.

Primark Running Scared from Protesters

A threadbare defence
Primark answered critics over its use of child labour by closing factories in India. But its PR worries aren't over yet
Ewa Jasiewicz

Five months after the Panorama child labour exposé, Primark has been caught with its trousers down – this time over a protest against the clothing company's participation in a major PR event.

Take Action! Primark AGM

05/12/2008 - 10:30am
05/12/2008 - 12:00pm

Friday 5 December from 10.30am
TUC, Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

PRIMARK's AGM is the most important opportunity this year to put pressure on PRIMARK. This annual shareholder meeting is when important decisions get made regarding PRIMARK's policies and procedures.

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