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• Liz Claiborne sells popular clothing and accessories for men and women but their labor practices need improving.
• Liz Claiborne refused to change the name of the Crazy Horse line of products, despite protests from Native Americans who say the name is offensive to them.
• Liz Claiborne was one of 25 companies sued for sourcing from sweatshops in the US territory of Saipan and also sourced from a factory in Jordan that, according to the National Labor Committee, has serious labor violations and forced workers to lie about their working conditions to monitors from the US.
• Tell Liz Claiborne it's time to devote resources to paying garment workers a living wage. Visit Go Green for sustainable alternatives.
-- Profile Updated 07/01/2010
About Liz Claiborne
Liz Claiborne produces clothing, accessories and home furnishings and operates more than 400 specialty stores in more than 330 outlets. Headquartered in New York, the company employs 15,400 people and reported revenues of $4.847 billion in 2005. Its holdings include popular clothing and accesory companies like Kate Spade, Laundry, Juicy Couture and Lucky Brand Jeans.
Dana Buchman Division - New York, NY
- Elisabeth Division - New York, NY
- Ellen Tracy Inc. (Subsidiary) - New York, NY
Ellen Tracy Inc. (Subsidiary) - New York, NY
- LCI Holdings Inc. - North Bergen, NJ
- LCI Laundry Inc. - Los Angeles, CA
- Liz & Company - New York, NY
- Liz Claiborne (Canada) Ltd. - Mississauga, Canada
- Liz Claiborne Collection Division - New York, NY
- Liz Claiborne Cosmetics, Inc. - New York, NY
- Liz Claiborne Outlet Division (Division) - Secaucus, NJ
- Liz Claiborne Retail Division - New York, NY
- Liz Claiborne Shoe Division - New York, NY
- Liz Claiborne Suit Division - New York, NY
- Lizsport Division - New York, NY
- Lizwear Division - New York, NY
- Lucky Brand Jeans (85)
- Monet International Inc. - New York, NY
- Monet Jewelers - New York, NY
- Segrets Olsen - Wakefield, MA
- The Monet Group, Inc. - New York, NY
- Trifari Jewelers - New York, NY
Contact Liz Claiborne
New York, NY 10018 USA
The Ethical Trading Action Group (ETAG), in association with Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) and AccountAbility, released a report entitled "Transparency Report Card 2006," evaluating and comparing 31 apparel retailers and brands in their efforts to address worker rights in their global supply chain. Retailers were rated in areas such as compliance with International Labor Organization standards (ILO), methods of monitoring code compliance, steps taken to communicate thoroughly, effectively, and transparently to the public. Liz Claiborne earned a score of 62 out of 100.
-- Maquila Solidarity Network, 12/01/2006
The National Labor Committee report titled, "US-Jordan Free Trade Agreement Descends into Human Trafficking & Involuntary Servitude," interviews several workers in the Jordan Dragon factory, which sews t-shirts for Liz Claiborne. While this factory’s working conditions are comparatively better than others in Al Tajamouat Industrial City, violations of workers’ rights still included the following:
- Human trafficking and involuntary servitude of guest workers
- Confiscation of workers’ passports
- Routine work shifts of 17.5 to 19.5 hours
- No sick days, paid vacations, or government holidays allowed
- Wages 12 percent below the legal minimum without overtime compensation
- Sporadic pay
- Inadequate and unsanitary working conditions
- Workers subject to pay reductions, humiliation, violence and threats if production goals not met
When U.S. buyers visited the facility, workers were instructed to lie about their working conditions. According to one worker, “No one would ever say the truth. Everyone is afraid.”
-- National Labor Committee, 05/01/2006
Source URL: www.nlcnet.org/article.php?id=10
In April 2003, a federal court on the Pacific island of Saipan approved a $20 million settlement on a class action lawsuit filed against Liz Claiborne and 25 other US retailers. The lawsuit charged that the companies contracted sweatshop labor on Saipan, a U.S. Commonwealth and should be held accountable for worker treatment and conditions in foreign-owned factories operating on U.S. soil. According to the complaint, the more than 13,000 garment workers in Saipan regularly worked 12-hour days, seven days a week, oftentimes "off the clock" without receiving any pay or overtime. The lawsuit also accused Liz Claiborne and the other companies of operating a "racketeering conspiracy" through which workers, who are mostly young women, sign contracts waiving their basic human rights and pay recruitment fees of up to $10,000 to secure sweatshop jobs. By agreeing to the settlement, the companies admitted no wrongdoing.
-- Clean Clothes Campaign, 01/08/2004
Source URL: www.cleanclothes.org/legal/04-01-08.htm
Ethics and Governance
In 2006, CEO Paul R. Charron earned almost $9.8 million in total compensation including stock option grants from Liz Claiborne Inc.. Charron has another $11.22 million in unexercised stock options from previous years.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2006
In December of 2000, representatives from the American Indian community held a protest outside of the Liz Claiborne headquarters in New York City condemning the use of the name Crazy Horse for one of their clothing and accesory lines. Crazy Horse was an Indian chief who is revered among Native Americans for his spiritual leadship as well as being a great warrior. Using his name to market products and mispresenting him is sacreligious according to Native American leaders.
-- SocialFunds.com, 12/12/2000
Source URL: www.socialfunds.com/news/article.cgi/449.html