Syrian refugees: Abuse & exploitation in Turkish garment factories

Hundreds of thousands Syrian refugees are working in Turkish apparel factories (and numbers continue to rise). Most of them do not have the right to work, and therefore are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.  Women make up the majority of the textile workforce and are therefore particularly at risk as are children who are also being used in large numbers.

In December 2015 the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre developed a questionnaire which it sent to 28 leading brands asking them about the steps they were taking to protect Syrian refugees from abuse and exploitation in their Turkish supply chain.  You can access the responses and non responses provided by brands here and our briefing on the findings along with recommendations for brands here.

Below is a collection of the latest resources on this important issue.

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5 April 2017

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13 March 2017

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