It seems that every few months, we hear about another disaster or reports of abuses at a supply factory for a fast fashion retailer. In the aftermath of the devastating Rana Plaza collapse in 2013, several retailers linked to the factory pledged to practice more oversight for supply chain management – promises retailers have been making forever. Take Gap, for example, whose sweatshop woes have followed it through the 90s and continue to do so today.
Many of these retailers blame some of the unsafe working conditions and child labor practices on unauthorized subcontractors hired by authorized contractors to complete orders. But this has happened so many times, it’s mind-boggling to think that retailers would even trust their authorized contractors at all. John Oliver at Last Week Tonight is wondering the same thing and has something special planned for the heads of major retailers like Walmart, Gap, H&M, Joe Fresh and The Children’s Place.
His lesson? If they expect customers to wear clothes but can’t confirm whether or not the people who made them are being treated ethically, then the CEOs of each of these companies should be happy enough eating the lunches Oliver ordered them – but Oliver cannot confirm how the food was made…or if anyone spat in them.
Watch Oliver’s amazing takedown in the video above.
[via Last Week Tonight]