Esprit has dedicated itself to developing policies to improve workers’ rights in global supply chains. In 2016, they joined ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation), an initiative between international brands, retailers, and IndustriALL global union to push for national, industry-wide collective agreements to address the issue of living wages in textile and garment supply chains.
But this commitment doesn’t extend to dock workers, seafarers and other transport workers in Esprit’s supply chain.
Esprit garments are manufactured in Madagascan factories. At the Port of Toamasina, dock workers work in unsafe and dangerous working conditions, and without minimum safety equipment, loading Esprit’s garments onto ships bound for Asia, Europe, and Australia.