The Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium works to end public purchasing from sweatshops. Decades of research shows widespread human rights and labor rights violations in the global apparel industry. We strive to align public spending with respect for workers’ rights in global apparel supply chains by convening public procurement officials and labor advocates to create demand for decent working conditions and worker-led monitoring and enforcement mechanisms to sustain them. Learn more.


Join the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium

If your city, state, or other public entity buys apparel, join the Consortium to make sure it is made in decent working conditions. Go here to join.


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

Learn more about Consortium leadership


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>>


Resources for Sweatfree Purchasing

  Is your government entity considering sweatfree purchasing?  Use the Consortium's 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 Sweatfree Purchasing Resource Libary. More>>

Check out the online worker complaint form, our labor compliance questionnaire, and additional resources.  More>>

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>>


 


What do they say about the Consortium?

The government must do better. 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. In these and other ways, the federal government would improve the lives of millions of workers and set an example for the private sector to follow.

-The New York Times Editorial Board, December 29, 2013

The work of the members of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium is an important part of the effort to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not provided to entities that operate sweatshops.  New York is proud to be a part of this effort to promote sweatfree purchasing.

- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York
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.

- Former Governor Edward G. Rendell, Pennsylvania

Go here to read what members say about the Consortium.