Clothing brands indirectly contribute to child labour in Bangladesh

Clothing brands indirectly contribute to child labour in Bangladesh

Many international clothing brands, including H&M, C&A, Esprit and Gap, contribute to the child labour conditions in Bangladesh, where wages in the clothing industry are so low that parents have to put their children to work as well.

3.5 million children work

According to Branded Childhood study, carried out by SOMO (Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen - Center for Research on Multinational Corporations) and Stop Kinderarbeid (Stop Child Labour), more than 3.5 million children aged between 5 and 17 are actually working in Bangladesh.


Child labour in the textile industry itself has been reduced over the past few years, mainly because of the buyers' zero tolerance policies. However, international clothing brands are still indirectly responsible for child labour: an average employee in the Bengali clothing industry only gets paid a third of what is considered to be an acceptable wage, which is why parents are often forced to put their children to work, even though they now work in other industries.


"Companies' responsibility to deal with child labour extends to indirect child labour as well", Stop Kinderarbeid policy officer Gerard Oonk said. "That is why companies have to judge how their business model impacts employees and their children.


That is why Stop Kinderarbeid and SOMO urge companies that work with Bengali textile companies take the necessary measures to make sure these employees are paid acceptable wages. "This will help their children to go back to school and enjoy their childhood."

Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact the editors

Gerelateerde items

Fashion brand Stefanel opens its first Belgian store


Fashion brand Stefanel opened its first Belgian store in Antwerp, located in the Hopland shopping street. The move is yet another step towards the Italian brand's expansion into Northern Europe and the Benelux.

Mango customers can choose music in stores


In collaboration with Shazam, Spanish clothing giant Mango developed a new app, which gives customers an opportunity to decide which music is played in stores.

Strong growth for fashion brand Ted Baker


British fashion brand Ted Baker performed well in its fiscal year 2016, with turnover and profit growth, particularly in North America.

British Brantano files for bankruptcy


British shoe chain Brantano, which only relaunched last year and which was previously part of bankrupted Macintosh Retail Group, has now filed for bankruptcy itself.

G-Star and Alibaba will collaborate


Fashion brand G-Star, from Amsterdam, has become Chinese Alibaba's strategic trade partner, which means its collections will now be available on the eCommerce giant's platforms.

Nike posts strong Asian growth


In the third quarter of its broken fiscal year, American sports brand Nike has performed very well in Asia and posted an overall 5 % growth, even though it failed to live up to analysts’ expectations.

Back to top