Imagine the shock when in 2011 the company learned that some of its suppliers put workers through deplorable conditions–including making them pay thousands of dollars just to work. To secure a job in Taiwan, migrant workers must pay a “broker” to help them find a position. As Patagonia notes, these fees can be upwards of $7,000, and can take migrant workers more than two years to repay.
“We quite frankly discovered modern slavery in our supply chain,”….
Here’s Patagonia’s blog entry: The Unacceptably High Cost of Labor – How a deeper dive into our supply chain led to a new Migrant Worker Standard
What do you think?