New project to investigate working conditions in Leicester's fashion industry

Posted by er134 at Oct 10, 2014 04:45 PM |
Researchers to look at garment manufacturing supply chains in Leicester with funding from Ethical Trading Initiative

Researchers at the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures are examining working conditions in the UK’s garment supply chain, with a particular focus on Leicester.

The £70k project is in collaboration with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and is being led by Dr Nikolaus Hammer and a team including Professor Peter Nolan, Professor Ian Clark, and Réka Plugor.

The report aims to provide a comprehensive overview of working conditions in the UK apparel sector, focusing on Leicester, and will discuss how it has evolved over time, current labour practices and violations. The research will provide practical recommendations of how compliant manufacturers can compete successfully and sustainably whilst safeguarding workers’ rights.

The research has been commissioned and funded by ETI, a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe. Their vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security and equity.

The project was initiated as a result of growing concerns from ETI members about potential labour rights issues within Leicester’s garment manufacturers and suppliers.

More information can be found via the School of Management's website.

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