Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sweatshops in Europe - is Moldova included?

In class we discussed about Nike's sweatshops. Read the article published by Business Week and answer the following questions:
- Is Moldova mentioned in the article as one of the European countries practicing sweatshops based production?
- What does the European Textile Assn claim about the U.S. and Europe global apparel consumption?
- What is Fair Labor Assn?
- What does John Greene, the head of codes of conduct for C&A in Brussels, one of Europe's largest clothing retailers, have to say about the issue?
- What is the Clean Clothes Campaign?


  1. I don’t know why but I didn’t find any information about mentioning Moldova, European Textile Assn, Fair Labor Assn as well as John Greene in this article…I hope it is not my fault ;) but, with all this I know what is a Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC). It is one of the widely spread activist movements. CCC is an international campaign focused on improving working conditions in the global garment and sportswear industries. It is activating in 12 European countries and is made up of various organizations, groups and unions. This and other similar campaigns affected such well-known companies like Nike, Adidas, Puma, Asics, Fila, etc. where the workers producing often endure low wages and long hours in dangerous conditions.
    Each garment organization should beware of clashing with such campaigns - no excuses and justifications will help to save one’s authority!

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  3. Sorry, girls
    Try again - I reposted the links!

  4. After reding this article i didn't observed any information about sweatshops in Moldova, and i also think that it isn't spread in our country. As i have read, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) is a non-profit organization designed to complement existing international and national labor laws, it means that the associations' target is to protect the children law.
    The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is the largest alliance of labour unions and non-governmental organizations, that focuses on the improvement of working conditions in the garment and sportswear industries...

  5. Sweatshops are spread all over the world,especially in poor country with bad governmental policies.Unfortunately sweatshops do exist in countries from Eastern Europe and Moldova is one of them,including Romania,Bulgaria and other countries...
    There are a number of organizations that were created as to fight this kind of problems.One of them is Clean Clothes Campaign that is fighting to create better working conditions.It was started in 1990 but it spread through Europe,USA,Canada during the last years.
    Another organization that was created for the specific reason of ending sweatshops is the Fair Labor Association (FLA) that is a non-profit activity founded in 1999.
    According to the European Textile Assn only Europe and USA form 40% of the global apparel consumption and the consumers from both these regions are buying clothes made in sweatshops this explaining how wide-spread are these "workshops".
    John Greene, the head of codes of conduct for C&A in Brussels, one of Europe's largest clothing retailers says that they all are responsible about whats happening but at the same time they should be pragmatic.

    So,in conclusion i would like to say that since the phenomenon of sweatshops is so spread we should all do something as to fight it and why not,in a way we are fighting for our work conditions.