U.S. Government Regularly Buys Clothing From Unsafe Factories Overseas

According to a new piece in the New York Times, the United States government spends $1.5 billion a year on garments created in factories overseas — some of which employ children, some of which keep their workers in deplorable, unsafe conditions, and some of which pay far less than $1/hour. Our politicians can condemn… » 12/23/13 4:10pm 12/23/13 4:10pm

It Just Got a Lot Harder for Designers to Use Underage Models

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that categorizes fashion models under the age of 18 as "child performers." This could have an impact on how designers hire models when fashion week rolls around again in February. » 10/22/13 5:30pm 10/22/13 5:30pm

Hey Ladies: Was Your Sweet, Sweet Chocolate the Product of Child…

Bad news for ladies who love chocolate but also possess a basic code of ethics. Nestlé, after recently undergoing an investigation by the Fair Labor Association (FLA), have been accused of utilizing child labor in their cocoa-supply chain, which is a violation of the company's own supplier code. » 7/02/12 11:10am 7/02/12 11:10am

Susan G. Komen's Ill-Advised Partnership With a Dictator's Daughter

The breast cancer charity that managed to make almost everyone angry by defunding and then reinstating funds to Planned Parenthood earlier this year is involved in another poorly thought out venture — its partner charity in Uzbekistan is run by Gulnara Karimova, the ruthless child labor-exploiting fashion designer/pop… » 4/20/12 11:20am 4/20/12 11:20am

Another Wise Republican Suggests a Return to Child Labor

In Monday's Republican Presidential debate, Newt Gingrich doubled down on his fabulous idea that the best way to wean families off of government assistance is to let poor kids work as janitors. At a recent town hall meeting, a Republican Senator suggested that letting kids handle pesticides and operate farm equipment… » 1/18/12 12:10pm 1/18/12 12:10pm

What Is Victoria's Secret? Actually, It's Child Labor

Bloomberg Markets went to Burkina Faso, where Victoria's Secret usually buys up the entire fair trade and organic-certified cotton crop to make the lingerie it sells in the West. There, the magazine found children of 12 and 13, laboring in the fields on pain of being whipped with switches by their bosses the cotton… » 12/15/11 12:10pm 12/15/11 12:10pm