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STOCKHOLM – A new report has documented how hardball brands tactics used by fashion brands have stretched suppliers and garment workers in Bangladesh to breaking point during the global pandemic. The research, supported by the Swedish government, found that well-meaning CSR programmes have been rendered redundant during the pandemic with not one brand making a direct financial contribution to either the suppliers (beyond their contractual obligations) or garment workers. Only one brand – H&M – comes out of the report with any credit, while the authors conclude that “the actions of many brands were extremely detrimental to their suppliers and ultimately for the workers at the bottom of the chain.”

The report was produced by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at the University of California Berkeley, with the support of UNDP Bangladesh and the Government of Sweden.

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