• Hanesbrand Inc., a spin off of Sara Lee, offers a wide range of undergarments, active and casual wear, and other basic essentials.
• Due to the split from Sara Lee, thousands of individuals in the US and abroad have been fired from their factory jobs working for Hanesbrand.
• Hanesbrand Inc. has been cited for egregious labor violations at their factories in the Dominican Republic and in Bangladesh.
• Hanesbrand Inc. has signed a ten-year deal with Walt Disney Corporations, partnering with a media conglomerate and alleged fellow sweatshop employer.
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-- Profile Updated 04/25/2011
About Hanesbrand Inc.
Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) is a global consumer goods company with more than a century of history and a portfolio of leading apparel essentials including T-shirts, bras, panties, men’s underwear, kids' underwear, socks, hosiery, casualwear and activewear. Hanesbrands Inc. was spun off from Sara Lee Corporation in 2006, raked in sales of $9.27 billion in 2010, and has approximately 45,000 employees in 25 countries.
Six Degrees of Exploitation
One of the world’s best recognized and most successful actors, Kevin Bacon serves as a key paid celebrity endorser for Hanes. We know that Hanes values his services as a spokesperson for the company and wishes to continue this lucrative relationship. As a result, Mr. Bacon is in a powerful position to stop the abuse of workers at Hanes' factory TOS Dominicana. If Mr. Bacon told Hanes that he would not continue to help Hanes sell its t-shirts and underwear unless the abuses at TOS Dominicana are stopped, we know that Hanes would listen. So we are asking for his help on this urgent cause.
Tell Hanes: Clean Up Your Dirty Laundry!
Serious worker rights abuses have been exposed at TOS Dominicana, a major textile factory in the Dominican Republic which produces fabric for Wal-Mart and is owned by Hanesbrands. These violations include forced and undercompensated overtime, verbal harassment, the coercion of workers to sign documents giving up employment rights and benefits, and eggregious violations of worker's rights of freedom of association. Despite these abuses, neither Wal-Mart nor Hanesbrands have done anything meaningful to correct the situation. Tell these companies to clean up their dirty laundry at TOS Dominicana and respect workers' rights!
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Hanes has been officially inducted in the International Labor Rights Forum's 2010 Sweatshop Hall of Fame. This list includes apparel and textile companies that use sweatshops in their global production, tend to evade fair labor standards and are slow to respond to improving working conditions. Most of the companies employ laborers who work in dangerous conditions and for long hours for poverty wages. Many of 2010's inductees also use child labor and suppress worker's rights to organize. Other inductees include L.L. Bean, Gymboree, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ikea, Kohl's, Pier 1 Imports and Walmart.
-- International Labor Rights Forum, 11/17/2009
TOS Dominicana, a textile factory in the Dominican Republic, is owned and controlled by Hanesbrands, Inc. and its largest client is Wal-Mart. Approximately 1,100 workers, whose rights are consistently violated, are employed at the factory. There is overwhelming evidence of violations in the following areas: unlawful mandatory and under-compensated overtime, verbal harassment and abuse, the unlawful coercion of workers to sign new work contracts and complaint waivers reducing rights and benefits, and serious violations of workers’ right to freedom of association. Among numerous violations of workers’ associational rights, the factory carried out a targeted mass dismissal of 30 union members in April 2007, days before the union planned to submit paperwork with the Dominican government to demonstrate that it represented a majority of the factory’s workforce, the legal threshold for the right to bargain collectively.
-- The Worker Rights Consortium, 03/12/2008
Source URL: www.workersrights.org/Freports/TOSDominicana.asp
In June 2007, Hanesbrands Inc. announced that it was closing several plants, affecting nearly 5,000 employees in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The company said the closings are a part of an ongoing restructuring effort to make its business leaner and more profitable. The latest plant closings follow an announcement in May that the company will cut 1,400 jobs and close three sewing and assembly operations in the Dominican Republic. These closings represent nearly half of the approximately $250 million in restructuring charges the company expects to incur in the three years following its spinoff from Sara Lee.
-- Winston-Salem Journal, 01/01/2008
An October 2006 investigation by the National Labor Committee found egregious worker rights violations at a Hanes contract factory, Harvest Rich, in Bangladesh. The group found children being beaten, forced to work long days and often falling down from exhaustion. Other labor abuses found were forced and unpaid overtime and unpaid wages. Hanes claimed they found no evidence of children ever being employed at Harvest Rich but they also admitted that their efforts to monitor factories have failed.
-- National Labor Committee, 10/27/2006
Source URL: www.nlcnet.org/article.php?id=173
Since the spinoff from Sara Lee in September 2006, Hanesbrands has cut more than 2,100 jobs in North Carolina, leaving entire communities devastated and unemployed.
-- Business Journal, 09/13/2006
Ethics and Governance
Hanesbrands Inc. has signed a wide-ranging marketing deal that established a 10-year partnership with The Walt Disney Co., that includes product co-branding, attraction sponsorships and signage at Disney parks and resorts as well as giving its Champion and Hanes brands the exclusive rights to basic-apparel sales at Disney theme parks and resorts. As part of the deal, Hanesbrands has bought the naming rights to the Wide World of Sports baseball stadium for its Champion brand and will be a sponsor of the Rock ’n’ Roller coaster at Disney-MGM Studio.
-- Business Newswire, 10/31/2007