Hong Kong: Most garment firms show poor transparency on supplier standards
Date: 23 Mar 2009
Although Hong Kong's companies have made some progress, the majority are still failing to give account of labour standards in their supply chain, according to a new report released by Oxfam Hong Kong.
The Transparency Report ll rated 26 Hong Kong garment companies on how they have improved reporting on labour standards since the inaugural report three years ago. It found that seven companies, Esquel, Li & Fung, Glorious Sun, Esprit, Giordano, Chickeeduck and Hembly, have started to report on supply chain issues. However, most companies surveyed scored zero on the scale used.
The Director General of Oxfam Hong Kong John Sayer said: "Consumers have the right to know if their clothes are made ethically - without child labour or compromising the labour rights of the factory workers".
"Public reporting", he added, "is a foundation of corporate social responsibility."
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