Come on Gap, Counterfeit?

By Hunter King

Girl makes Old Navy clothingAn investigative reporter working with Aljazeera has exposed
that children are sewing Old Navy clothing in a deathtrap factory in
Bangladesh. Here's the three-minute video clip.

The
full "Made In Bangladesh" video (25 min), premiered Tuesday, August 20,
2013. It will
air again on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 7p and 10p ET. 

"Made In Bangladesh" shows children as
young as twelve inserting waistbands into jeans sporting Old Navy labels at
Samie’s Finishing House in Dhaka. Gap Inc, which owns Old Navy, has responded to the child labor allegations by denying any relationship with Samie’s Finishing
House, asserting a commitment to ensure safe and legal working
conditions, and claiming that the clothing shown must be “either counterfeit or
improperly acquired by the facility.” One must
wonder, however, why a counterfeit clothing operation would have sales-tags
with barcodes that perfectly matched those on garments sold at Old Navy
stores in the US. Gap Inc’s defensive claims, while highly suspect, are not
entirely surprising.

Child labor has been uncovered in Gap's supply chain
before. In 2007, children as young as ten were
found producing clothing for Gap Kids in a factory in India. Gap responded to the
2007 incident by promising to double its efforts to improve its subcontracting
procedures. Given this latest exposé, clearly those efforts are at best
insufficient and at worst, half hearted. Gap’s knee-jerk response of deny,
deny, deny reveals that the company is more concerned with protecting its
brand image than with acknowledging the failures of its monitoring
programs and pursuing meaningful measures to prevent the exploitation of
children in its supply chains.

Hunter King is a Smith College graduate who is
interning with the International Labor Rights Forum this summer and embarking
on a Fulbright fellowship in Sri Lanka in the fall. - See more at: http://laborrightsblog.typepad.com/#sthash.vwucv2Xl.dpuf

Hunter King is a Smith College graduate who is interning with the International Labor Rights Forum this summer and embarking on a Fulbright fellowship in Sri Lanka in the fall.

Hunter King is a Smith College graduate who is
interning with the International Labor Rights Forum this summer and embarking
on a Fulbright fellowship in Sri Lanka in the fall. - See more at: http://laborrightsblog.typepad.com/#sthash.vwucv2Xl.dpuf
Hunter King is a Smith College graduate who is
interning with the International Labor Rights Forum this summer and embarking
on a Fulbright fellowship in Sri Lanka in the fall. - See more at: http://laborrightsblog.typepad.com/#sthash.vwucv2Xl.dpuf

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