About The Survey
What's the issue?
Almost 3 million refugees have fled to Turkey to escape war and bloodshed in Syrian – this influx creates a genuine challenge for government, businesses and the local population. Refugees want safety and security for themselves and their families and income from employment is critical to this. The garment industry in Turkey has the potential provide some of this decent work, but exploitation of refugees in the supply chains that produce clothes for Europe’s high streets is widespread.
Pitiful wages, child labour and sexual abuse is reported to be the reality for some Syrian refugees working without permits in Turkey, posing a major challenge for the garment brands that source from the country.
What we did
In February 2016 we asked 28 brands to complete a detailed questionnaire on the action they were taking to protect Syrian refugees in their supply chain. The questionnaire was developed in consultation with trade unions, the Fair Labor Association (FLA), the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), and local advocates.
In October 2016 we followed up our initial outreach, asking 38 brands the same set of questions. We received 25 responses in total, and have also provided Nike's response from January as it declined to update its answers.
In November 2017 we approached 37 brands with a set of questions that can be viewed at the link below. Twenty-nine brands responded in full to the questionnaire, two brands sent general statements, and six brands did not respond.
What did we ask the companies?
How did they respond?
Where companies have provided additional updates we have included them clearly indicating that this is an update. Following consultation with brands and NGOs, the resonses to the 2017 survey have been anonymised in the report and are not published on our website.