WASHINGTON – A new web portal will provide regularly updated details on which apparel retailers are paying suppliers for orders that are in production or already completed – and which are refusing to do so. The Covid-19 Brand Tracker was developed by the US-based Worker Rights Consortium in association with the Penn State’s Center for Global Workers’ Rights (CGWR).
The tracker comes in response to growing dismay within global supply chains that many brands have made questionable use of Force Majeure clauses in contracts to walk away from orders, even when product was ready to ship. Meanwhile, many brands are also exploiting the current situation to demand huge discounts from suppliers.
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