Manufactures of Clothing, and the garment industry, generally, has a long history of exploitation and abysmal, even life-threatening, working conditions. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, formed in 2011, is an industry group with plans to rate products using a "Higg Index," which as of May, 2013 was for internal use only.
Following the 2013 collapse of a flimsy garment factory in Bangladesh that killed 800 people, a few clothing manufacturers began disclosing information about where and how their products were made. According to Bruno Pieters, founder of Honest By, “as long as we keep paying companies to be unsustainable and unethical, they will be.”
Notes and references
- "Some Retailers Say More About Their Clothing’s Origins" article by Stephanie Clifford in The New York Times May 8, 2013
- "Consumers with a Conscience: will they pay more?" journal article by Howard Kimeldorf, Rachel Meyer, Monica Prasad and Ian Robinson from Contexts http://ctx.sagepub.com/ http://ctx.sagepub.com/content/5/1/24 DOI: 10.1525/ctx.2006.5.1.24 2006 5: 24 republished on International Labor Rights Forum
- "The Global, Socially Conscious Consumer" Nielson 03.27.2012