Gap, Primark, C&A #PayUp for orders, save lives
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Unless fashion brands like Gap, Primark, Anthropologie, and others #PayUp, millions of mostly women garment makers will go hungry and be forced onto the streets.
COVID-19 has ravaged garment makers around the globe with a majority of fashion brands cancelling orders after a constriction in retail sales during the months of March and April. The result of this has caused millions of garment makers to be left unpaid for work they had already completed. With no access to savings, healthcare, or severance, these makers face critical food and housing insecurity. As one supplier stated, "If coronavirus doesn't kill my workers, then starvation will."
Remake’s #PayUp campaign has seen many victories, including a promise from 19 brands to pay for orders cancelled and paused as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Thus far, the #PayUp campaign has unlocked an estimated $1 billion dollars in Bangladesh and an estimated $15 billion globally, accounting for approximately one-third of the $40 billion worth of wages owed to garment workers at the start of COVID-19. However, there is still more work to be done.
Brands like Gap, Primark, Arcadia, and Urban Outfitters are still refusing to #PayUp. With some brands, we’ve seen shareholder payouts occur while workers go unpaid, and we also know that certain brands are deleting #PayUp comments on their social media accounts as a way to try and shut down the conversation.
To be removed from the #PayUp petition, brands must promise to pay suppliers for all orders that were cancelled or paused as a result of coronavirus. Furthermore, brands must agree to pay for these cancelled and in-production orders in full (without asking suppliers for discounts) and in a timely manner (without extending payment terms unless financing options can be provided).
16 BRANDS THAT NEED TO #PAYUP:
Arcadia (Burton Menswear London, Topshop, etc.)
Edinburgh Woolen Mill (Bonmarché, Peacocks)
Li & Fung/Global Brands Group
The Children's Place
URBN (Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropologie)
19 BRANDS THAT HAVE PROMISED TO #PAYUP:
Gap (Old Navy, Athleta, Banana Republic)
Levi Strauss & Co.
LPP (Reserved, Cropp, House, etc.)
Marks & Spencer
PVH (Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, etc.)
VF Corporation (Timberland, The North Face, Vans, Dickies, etc.)
*We will continue to monitor these brands and their payments to suppliers.*
*You can find more detailed brand response information on Remake's update page.*
WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THIS PETITION AS MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE (Last Updated: July 10, 2020)
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