The Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium Board of Directors, 2019
In June, the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium held elections to its Board of Directors:
Stacey Foreman, city of Portland, OR and SPC Board president
Robert Ross, labor expert at Clark University and SPC Board vice president
Brian Pittelli, city of Madison, WI and SPC Board treasurer
Ian Robinson, labor expert at University of Michigan and SPC Board secretary
Greg Asay, city of San Francisco, CA
Tim Dombeck, city of Austin, TX
Stephen Wishart, labor expert, AFL-CIO Solidarity Center
Liana Foxvog, labor expert, International Labor Rights Forum
City of Madison Cooperative Contract Addresses Unsafe and Illegal Conditions in Apparel Factories
The City of Madison, Wisconsin, in consultation with the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium, has developed a contract for various kinds of clothing worn by its firefighters, police, metro transit and other employees. The contract is designed so that other state and local government agencies in the United States can purchase uniforms under the same terms and conditions for the life of the contract. This multi-government initiative is part of a larger effort to to eliminate unsafe and illegal working conditions in apparel factories worldwide. More>>
"Uncle Sam's Sweatshops"
A major investigative New York Times report on unsafe, abusive, and illegal conditions in overseas apparel factories that supplies the federal government has sparked proposals to change the government’s buying practices. The New York Times itself proposes: “Federal agencies can start by disclosing the names of all factories they use; Congress could then order an investigation of the labor violations in those facilities. Next, agencies should jointly develop a code of conduct for overseas factories as well as an inspection regimen. Washington might also consider joining the retailers who have agreed to improve building safety in Bangladesh."Read the report and proposals here.
Check out Sweatfree LinkUp!
This is a 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>>
Resources 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.