Statements

2013

SAI Responds to fire at Teresa Moda in Prato, Italy (December 2013)

News of yet another factory fire resulting in injury and a loss of 7 lives leaves us once again, deeply saddened and reflects the need to support better working conditions worldwide, not just in high-risk countries.

CGIL Responds to Teresa Moda fire in Prato, Italy (December 2013)

The Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) expresses its pain and solidarity to the families of the victims of the Teresa Moda fire and asks the government and other structures tasked with monitoring violations to start a widespread campaign to punish all illegal workplaces that make a profit from these situations.

SAI Responds to AFL-CIO ‘Responsibility Outsourced’ Report (May 2013)

While certain parts of the report contain constructive criticism that we welcome and will consider, many of the sections contain errors of fact and substantially mischaracterize SAI’s work.

SAI Response: Rana Plaza Building Collapse in Bangladesh (April 2013)

This tragedy underscores broader infrastructure risks faced by workers every day.

2012

Bangladesh and Pakistan: Tragic Fires Underscore Urgent Safety Needs (November 2012)
SAI expresses sympathy for the recent fire at the Tazreen garment factory in Bangladesh and draws attention to dangers for workers in the South Asian garment industry.

Ali Enterprises Fire in Karachi, Pakistan
On September 11, 2012 a deadly fire broke out in the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan, claiming the lives of nearly 300 workers. The enormity of this tragedy contrasts sharply with the improvement in workers' lives that SAI stands for.

Forced & Child Labor in Uzbekistan Cotton Industry (September 2012)
SAI joins the global movement to eliminate forced and child labor in Uzbekistan's cotton fields.

SAI Expresses Concern and Supports Call for Investigation into the Death of Prominent Worker Rights Advocate, Aminul Islam (April 2012)
SAI joins other human rights and labor rights organizations in urging the Bangladeshi government to immediately launch a comprehensive and impartial investigation of the disappearance, torture, and murder of Mr. Islam, and to publicly report the findings.

2011

Apparel Industry Call to Action Against Sandblasting (October 2011)
SAI supports the ITGLWF's campaign, and applauds five Corporate Program members that have signed on to this commitment.

Sumangali Schemes in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu (June 2011)
Approximately 12 years ago, employers within the textile industry began to utilize the Sumangali Scheme as a method to secure a young, reliable, and temporary work force at very low cost.

2010

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining Rights in Costa Rica (November 2010)
Summary of the Guidance for Verifying Compliance and Effectively Implementing SA8000: Element 4, in Costa Rica. This document is intended to help clarify a series of questions regarding the rights encompassed in Conventions 87 and 98 in Costa Rica in order to strengthen the implementation and verification of the SA8000 standard in the country.

  • En español: Derecho a la Libertad Sindical y Negociación Colectiva en Costa Rica
    Resumen de la Guía para Implementar y Verificar el Cumplimiento de SA8000: Requisito 4, en Costa Rica. Este documento intenta aclarar una serie de preguntas respecto a los derechos de sindicación4 y de negociación colectiva en el contexto de Costa Rica para fortalecer la implementación y la verificación de la Norma SA8000 en el país.