Made in the USA Doesn’t Equate to Ethically Made

Sadly, domestic sweatshops exist and typical violations include paying employees substandard wages and working extended hours. Many of these work 10-12 hour days, seven days a week, with no overtime pay. In fact, LA & NYC are the sweatshop capitals of the U.S.A. Click the link below for a list of SWEATFREE communities.

The Department of Labor (DOL) defines a sweatshop as any factory that violates two or more labor laws. Some of those laws pertain to wages and benefits; working hours; and, child labor. The good news is that many municipalities are adopting sweat-free procurement policies and are in favor of transparency over certifications as a means of ensuring ethical practices in the supply chain.