Slavery Work Conditions in ARGENTINA – ZARA case
We often talk about unfair work conditions based in China, Taiwan, Brazil, and many others. Zara, the company managed by the group Inditex, has to face the accusation of dealing with suppliers that do not respect safe and fair work conditions. But first things first: in 2011, 52 accusations were made against the group Inditex by the Brazilian government. Zara’s parent company Inditex manages several famous fashion brands (including Bershka, Massimo Dutti). Zara’s major Brazilian supplier employed minors, working 12hours a day in unhealthy and dangerous conditions. After 15 immigrants were rescued, Zara denied the claim but compensated the migrants. Until then, we could all think that one mistake may happen to everyone. But two years later, on the 4th of April 2013, the news was spread in the media: immigrant workers in Argentina, including children, were found producing clothes for the label in dangerous and degrading working conditions. Controversial topic and unethical rights against humanity make this current issue of high interest. This case tends to prove that the brand did not create enough rules and regulations in the contracts with its suppliers.
But it is just a matter of time before these kinds of information are revealed to the public. Plus, such issues already happened to many fashion brands, including H&M, Mango and many others. As customers, should we stop buying clothes from Zara and from the other brands of the group Inditex (Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Oysho, Uterque, Pull&Bear, Stradivarius, Zara Home) ?
But then what does happen when we discover that Primark hires children, H&M suppliers’ have unsafe workshops, or Mango is responsible for the death of several workers?
All brands experience ethical issues, because the main objective of their group is sustainability of their brands. If we stop buying from one big brand for an ethical reason, we will end in stopping buying from every international brand.
So what it the solution: close our eyes as if nothing has ever been wrong, protest, or change our consummation habits?
You can have a look at the protests in front of Zara’s store in Argentina and the concern of the citizens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZoRPvJ54rM