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News and Updates
The Bangladesh Safety Accord. The Consortium notes with sadness the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza factories. The new Safety Accord reflects the Consortium’s Principles of Social Compliance. More>>
Principles of social compliance. The Consortium responds to the garment factory fires in Bangladesh and Pakistan. More>>
Read our newsletter! The third issue is very full! New human trafficking government contracting rules, report on factories in Haiti, the building collapse in Bangladesh, and much more. More>>
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In the News
March 13-- Practice What You Preach: How the US Government Can End Bangladesh's Factory Fires. More>>
July 19--Hey, Ralph Lauren, sweatshops aren't chic: Olympic gear shouldn't come from such factories — ours or theirs. More>>
May 20--Anti-sweatshop law makes statement for San Francisco. More>>
Welcome to the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium and our new website!
The Consortium is a membership organization for public entities that seek to purchase apparel and related products made in decent working conditions. By working together we seek to make sweatfree purchasing easy and effective. More >>
A brand-new factory database: Sweatfree LinkUp!
Check out Sweatfree LinkUp! This is a new database of apparel factories, manufacturers, and vendors in the government procurement supply chain. It is a tool for increased transparency and labor rights accountability in the industry. More>>
A new model for sweatfree purchasing
Is your government entity considering sweatfree purchasing? Use the Consortium's new model policy as a starting point. The premise of the model is that fair and open competition for public contracts and decent working conditions in the procurement supply chain go hand in hand. More>>
Many cities, states and other government entities have worked for many years to ensure they buy products made in decent conditions. We have assembled their resources in the new resource libary. More>>
Check out the online worker complaint form, our labor compliance questionnaire, and additional resources. More>>
We have a moral obligation to ensure [the sweatshop] practice is not rewarded through state contracts and taxpayer dollars…. By using our combined state procurement power, we can impart real change.