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Episode 65: September 29, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, attorney Eric Rose of Herzfeld Rubin Meyer and Rose in Yangon Myanmar talks about the challenges the country faces in realizing its full economic potential. Also, Daniel Kostzer of the International Labor Organization gives us some perspective on the minimum wage debate. And, Shivam Punjya of Behno Fashions talks about his unique ethical approach to manufacturing.
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Episode 64: September 1, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Darrell Doren of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) about how they are protecting the rights of Syrian refugee workers through education and information. Plus, Deidre Shaw of the University of Glasgow talks about why consumers aren't willing to actually pay more for ethical clothes, even when they say they are. And, Chid Liberty talks about how his African factory is redefining what it means to be ethical.
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Episode 63: August 15, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Sarah Ditty of Fashion Revolution about the latest version of their Transparency Index. Also, Rekha Ramesh of Daymon Worldwide looks at how Generation Z could impact ethical fashion. Plus, Arvind Singhal of Technopak in India looks at the importance of India handloom industry.
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Episode 62: July 18, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Jane Gordon of Sisters for Change about a new report looking at labor abuses in Bengaluru, India. Also, Dickson Ho of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council looks at why many Chinese manufacturers are looking outside the country to save money. And, filmmaker Shakor Ahmed talks about his new film about Rana Plaza Life nor GErm
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Episode 61: June 27, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, Keith Tyrell of PAN-UK looks at how the uptake of sustainable cotton is not as prevalent as many people think. Also, Dr. Pierfranceso Fois of ETAD in Europe discusses criticism of the Greenpeace MRSL. And, Tony Migliavacca of AsiaInspection looks at how millennials are influencing sustainable and transparent fashion.
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Episode 60: June 8, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, Sarah Labowitz of the Stern Center for Business and Human Rights updates us on the International Labor Conference in Geneva and how stakeholders are considering new approaches to supply chain accountability. Also, Anannya Bhattacharje of the Asia Floor Wage Alliance talks about the group's criticism of H and M, Gap, and Walmart. Plus, Indian worker activist Sudhir Katiyar looks at the dangers facing India's cotton gin workers every day.
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2016 Fashion Revolution Special
For our 2016 Fashion Revolution Day Special, we talk to ethical fashion entrepreneur Safia Minney, founder of People Tree
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Episode 59: May 18, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk to KP Reddy, CEO of SoftWear Automation, about the future of robotic garment manufacturing and how it could help companies cut costs and shipping times. Also, sustainable fashion expert Emma Rigby dishes the dirt on the truth about laundering. And, Bonnie Chiu, founder of Lensational, is working to empower marginalized women through photography.
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Episode 58: April 15, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, Ayesha Barenblat of Remake talks about how they are working to bring the stories of garment workers homes to consumers. Also, Jennifer Boynton of Triple Pundit talks about telling the stories of cotton. Plus, Gladys Lopez Acevido of the World Bank looks at their new report analyzing South Asia's garment industry.
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Episode 57: April 2, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, Cambodia union leader Ath Thorn talks about the country's controversial proposed labor law. Also, Paul Weijers talks about the Sudokkho training program in Bangladesh and how it is helping to elevate people at all levels of society. Plus, author Anne Elizabeth Moore takes us on an animated look at the intersection of clothes, sex, and money in her new illustrated book Threadbare
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Episode 56: March 23, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with journalist Gethin Chamberlain about his recent Guardian article exposing the truth behind Lidl's low-price denim genie. Also, Dr. Bettina Musiolek of the Clean Clothes Campaign talks about the struggles garment workers often face in Eastern Europe. Plus Laila Petrie of the WWF talks about their new Bangladesh water partnership with H&M.
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Episode 55: March 11, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, Nasir Mansoor of the National Trade Union Federation of Pakistan talks about a new police report saying that the Ali Enterprises fire was begun as an act of sabotage and revenge. Also, Sarah Labowitz of the New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights talks about the challenges of obtaining accurate data about Bangladesh factories. Plus, Ear Chariya of the Cambodia Institute for Road Safety talks about legislation aimed at protecting the country's thousands of garment workers as they make their way to and from work.
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Episode 54: March 2, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk to Dr. Mark Anner of Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Jennifer Bair of the University of Colorado about the report refuting claims made about worker protections in another report issued by the New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. Also, U.S. President Barack Obama signs a new measure against forced labor goods, but is it really new? We talk to Neha Misra of the Solidarity Center. Plus, Henrik Selin of the Swedish Institute tells us about ShareWear, which allows people to trade their used clothes through social media.
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Episode 53: February 10, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, Sarah Labowitz of the New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights talks about the fire at Matrix Sweaters in Bangladesh and how it has refueled the debate over who is responsible for safety remediations. Then, Danielle McMullen of the Business and Human Rights Resource Center looks at how refugees from Syria may be falling into a trap of exploitation within Turkey's textile industry. Finally, Giulia Carbone of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) look at whether or not the global garment industry is negatively impacting global biodiversity.
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Episode 52: January 29, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Sharan Burrow of the International Trade Union Confederation about their new report looking at the hidden workforces of many of the world's largest companies. Also, Kirsty Stevenson of IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative talks about their Race to the Top in Vietnam. Finally, a group of former Cambodian garment workers have come together to form the Messenger Band.
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Episode 51: January 5, 2016
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Sharan Burrow of the International Trade Union Confederation about their new report looking at the hidden workforces of many of the world's largest companies. Also, Kirsty Stevenson of IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative talks about their Race to the Top in Vietnam. Finally, a group of former Cambodian garment workers have come together to form the Messenger Band.
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Episode 50: December 1, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Rachmi Hertanti of Indonesia for Global Justice about who will look out for Indonesia's workers once the country joins the TPP. Also, we talk with Khalid Mahmoud of the Labour Education Foundation about how they are educating home-based workers about their rights and how to succeed in the textile business. Plus, Rupa Ganguli of Clothing Connect looks at Europe's growing interest in Guatemala as a sourcing destination.
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Episode 49: November 12, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, Chenda Hun of Cambodia's Arbitration Council talks about their new study looking at how worker strikes are on the rise in Cambodia. Also, the UN's 16 Days campaign aims to eradicate gender-based violence. Jenny Conrad of CARE Cambodia talks about what this means for that country. Plus, Eliza Niemtzow of BSR talks about their new report looking at the effects of climate change on the luxury fashion sector.
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Episode 48: November 3, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, Dr. Carolijn Terwindt of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) talks about her recent trip to Pakistan to meet with victims of the 2012 Ali Enterprises fire and discuss the upcoming trial in the High Court of Dortmond. Also, as interest grows in Jordan as a sourcing destination, who is looking out for the millions of workers who make the industry run? Neha Misra of the Solidarity Center takes a look. Finally, Tuomo Poutiainen of the ILO in Bangladesh talks about how they are helping factories assess their safety costs.
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Episode 47: October 16, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we visit with Michael Kugelman of the Woodrow Wilson Center to re-assess the threat of extremism in Bangladesh in the wake of 2 foreigner killings, allegedly at the hands of ISIS. Also, after months of divisive exchange, Cambodia's garment workers have a new minimum wage, but is it fair? We talk with activist Sokny Say. Plus, Dr. Raymond Robertson talks about the new World Bank report "Interwoven: How the Better Work Program Improves Jobs and Life Quality in the Apparel Sector."
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Episode 46: September 30, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with William Conklin of the Solidarity Center about their survey looking at the cost of living for garment workers in the country and how that information could influence the minimum wage debate. Also, unions in Bangladesh have historically been led by men, but is that tide changing? Bruce Wallace, contributor to PRI radio, tells us more. Finally, Brandee Butler of the C&A Foundation talks about their Fabric of Change competition for ethical fashion innovators.
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Episode 45: September 14, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, Nasir Mansoor of the National Trade Union Federation of Pakistan talks about the 3rd anniversary of the Ali Enterprises tragedy in 2012 and what has, and hasn't, changed since. Also, Srinivas Reddy, Bangladesh country director for the ILO, talks about their new radio show aimed at educating workers on their rights. And, sustainability blogger Assya Barrette avoided shopping for 200 days and tells us about her experience.
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Episode 44: August 25, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, Rajesh Kumar Singh of Reuters talks about why the labor reforms proposed by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be too little too late. Also, do you know how closely your clothes are tied to the rainforest? Brihannala Morgan of the Rainforest Action Network talks about it. Finally, could the end of Fast fashion bring a boom for Ethical Fashion? Starr Vartan of EcoChick.com explains.
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Episode 43: August 17, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Michael Kugelman of the Wilson Center about the threat that ISIS poses to Bangladesh and its garment industry. Also, several countries have set up aid programs to help Bangladesh's garment industry meet international requirements. We speak with Hiroyuki Tomita of JICA about the aid program administered by Japan. Also, Dr. Sabrina Rasheed of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh about a new device that promises to make breastfeeding more accessible to female garment workers in Bangladesh.
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Episode 42: August 6, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Dr. Nathan Allen of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada about how Canadians feel about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in light of such scant information. Also, the Solidarity Center has launched a new survey to assess living costs for workers in Cambodia. Finally, Wallis Evera is making hemp fashionable
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Episode 41: July 26, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, Kevin Slaten of China Labor Watch updates the situation at UNIQLO's Artigas factory in China and looks at why we may not be getting the full story about it. Also, Christina Passariello of The Wall Street Journal looks at what African countries are getting the most sourcing buzz. Finally, Daniel Uretsky of Allied Feather and Down talks about TrackMyDown.com
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Episode 40: July 11, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Elmer "Bong" Labog, head of the Kilusang Mayo Uno union in the Philippines, about why they are against contracts for workers in light of the deadly Kentex fire in May. Also, as the Alliance and the Accord pass the halfway mark of their mandates, we talk with Selim Raihan of the University of Dhaka to see what's in store for the country after these two groups pull out. And, Paul Browning, CEO of Britannia Packaging, talks about how good labeling can make a big difference in shopping for sustainable apparel.
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Episode 39: June 25, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with mPedigree of Ghana in Africa to see how they are using technology to combat counterfeit textiles. Plus, as garment factories get larger and more numerous, their water demands increase. We speak with Rami AbdelRahman of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) about what is being done to help factories make better use of water resources. Also, we talk with filmmakers Hanan Majid and Richard York about their new film "UDITA" looking at female labor activism in Bangladesh.
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Episode 38: June 3, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Jonas Eder-Hansen of the Danish Fashion Institute about how Scandinavia is aiming to become the world's most sustainable textile industry. Plus, Gordon Renouf hopes to use Good On You to put ethical fashion intelligence in the palms of shoppers' hands. And, Pat Kerr went from flight attendant to women's activist in Bangladesh thanks to Sreepur Village.
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Episode 37: May 25, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we look at an under reported labor rights case in Myanmar that could set a long-term precedence for many years to come. Plus, radio host Rose Aguilar looks at how the TPP is more dangerous to the global economy than we are being led to believe. Also, Heriot Watt University in Scotland is now offering a Master's Degree in Fashion Ethics.
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Episode 36: May 18, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, Roger Soluta, General Secretary of the Kilusang Mayo Uno, looks at how resource deficiencies and corruption may have contributed to the deadly fire at the Kentex sandal factory. Also, Dr. Julia Ahmed looks at what may have led to a young female factory worker enduring a miscarriage at a prominent Bangladesh shoe factory known for good compliance. And, filmmaker Andrew Morgan previews his latest work, the "True Cost Movie."
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Episode 35: May 8, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with three ethical fashion entrepreneurs bringing their ideas to life. Kaite Rose with The Fabric Social in Australia is using the web to help women in one of India's most impoverished regions weave a better life for themselves. Marci Zaroff is co-founder of Meta Wear Organic, whose factory is setting the standard for eco-friendly production. Shannon Whitehead's Factory 45 gives ethical fashion entrepreneurs the business boost they need to get their enterprises off the ground.
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Episode 34: May 1, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we honor May Day by looking at the lives of workers and ways that ordinary citizens can become activated. Better Work Vietnam has released a study saying that happy, content workers are more productive. We talk to Dr. Arianna Rossi for more information. Also, Fairtrade International says it is developing a textile standard for the entire supply chain from farm to fashion. We'll talk with Elisabeth Bystrom, one of the leaders of the effort, to see how this standard will stand out from the rest. Also, Chamtouli Huq of Law at the Margins looks at how consumers can push their elected leaders to push for better working conditions both at home and around the world.
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FASHION REVOLUTION DAY SPECIALS!

Fashion Revolution Day SPECIAL!: Interview with Vidiya Khan
In this Fashion Revolution Day special, we speak to Vidiya Khan, daughter of the founder of Bangladesh's first garment factory, about how far the industry has come in her lifetime, her reaction to Rana Plaza, and how the country can succeed in the future.

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Happy Fashion Revolution Day! In this episode of Behind The Thread, we speak with Farah Kabir with ActionAid in Bangladesh to get an update on how the survivors of the Rana Plaza collapse are fairing 2 years after the disaster. Plus, Rizwanul Islam of the ILO looks at whether or not we can change course on the 'Race to the Bottom'.

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Episode 32: April 20, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Ananta Yusuf of The Daily Star in Bangladesh about the 3-year investigation into the 2012 death of noted labor activist Aminul Islam, why it has taken so long, and how his family is taking the search for justice into their own hands. Plus, Indian human rights activist takes us behind the scenes into the ages-old Sumangali scheme and looks at whether or not its time has come and gone.
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Episode 31: April 10, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we speak to Ahsan Mansur of the Bangladesh Policy Research Institute about the looming crisis Bangladesh will face between its crucial water supply and its crucial garment industry. Also, Sean McHugh of the Canadian Fair trade Network tells us about a new campaign that uses clothing tags to tell the REAL story of your clothes. And Orsola De Castro, founder of Fashion Reolvution Day, gives us a preview of this year's event and talks about how anyone can participate.
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Episode 30: March 31, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk to Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch about their new report looking at the failure of the stakeholder community in Cambodia to effectively implement workers' rights policies. Also, Verisk Maplecroft has developed a unique system to rank and grade the risk of sourcing from various countries around the world. Plus, angora fur may be soft and fashionable, but it is also too often obtained by gruesome means. We visit with PETA about their hidden camera investigation into the issue.
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Episode 29: March 10, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we look at a new report that alleges widespread labor and wage abuses in the British city of Leicester. Plus, Dhaka human rights lawyer Chaumtoli Huq is using digital video to inform both workers at home and stakeholders around the world about workers' rights. Also, Paula Stromberg and the Workers Information Center are putting garment workers both in front of and behind the camera.
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Episode 28: March 3, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we examine whether or not trust in a garment factory can be restored after it was broken. Jeff Hermanson of Workers United talks to us about the case of the Azim Group in Bangladesh and how they have regained customers following worker abuse allegations in 2014. Plus, freelance reporter Pete Ford says that Cambodia's garment industry is on a roller coaster. Also, Applied DNA Sciences has a textile traceability solution that's based on...DNA.
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SPECIAL EPISODE: Talking with Rosey Hurst of Impactt Limited
In this special episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Rosey Hurst, founder of Impactt Limited, about the current political unrest in Bangladesh, how workers there have advanced their lives over the past few years, and what the country needs to do to stay competitive.
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Episode 27: February 21, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Naeem Sahoutara of Pakistan's Express Tribune newspaper about the latest arson allegations in the Ali Enterprises fire case. Plus, Nasir Mansoor with the National Trade Union Federation of Pakistan says that factories should be prepared for any disaster regardless of what causes it. Also, is the threat of extremist violence stunting the growth of Pakistan's textile industry? We talk with one entrepreneur who says yes. Finally, what happens after AGOA pulls out? Freelance journalist Sam Cowie gives us an inside look.
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Episode 26: February 17, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Myanmar-based journalist Simon Lewis about the current sourcing situation on the ground in Myanmar and how the new Code of Conduct is being received. Plus, the World Bank says it will not investigate alleged ties between its loans and forced labor in Uzbekistan. We talk with Matthew Fisher Daly of the Cotton Campaign. Also, Green Grade is developing a software suite that could change the world of ethical workplace education in the garment industry.
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Episode 25: February 6, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk with Jonas Brenna, producer of the 'Sweatshop' reality TV show by Aftenposten newspaper. Also, 15 years into the 21st century, has the world made any progress toward eradicating child labor? Dr. Aidan McQuade, the head of Anti-Slavery International, looks at that issue. Plus, Tan Hui Yee of the Straits Times tells us how workers from Myanmar are being drawn into exploitative jobs across the border in Thailand.
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Episode 24-January 27, 2015
In this episode of Behind The Thread, we talk to Alexandra Chan of Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior SACOM about their new report alleging that UNIQLO has been sourcing from unethical factories. Also, there were lots of reactions to the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, but did that include the stock market? Michigan State University professor Dr. Brian Jacobs takes a look. Also, Indian writer Pushpa Achanta talks about how women workers are getting a boost in her home country.
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Episode 23-January 8, 2015
HAPPY NEW YEAR! In Episode 23 of Behind The Thread, Sourcing Guru and Ethical Supply Chain Consultant Michael Lavergne talks about what 2015 may hold for the sourcing and ethical fashion worlds. Also, can the stories behind ethical apparel products give small companies an edge over larger fast fashion behemouths? Soraya Darabi of Zady talks about it. And, Elvis and Kresse is making fashion masterpieces...from firehose.
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Episode 22-December 19, 2014
In Episode 22 of Behind The Thread, our final of 2014, we look at what it takes for women to stay healthy and well in the garment factory workplace. We talk with Bangladeshi researcher Julia Ahmed about what factory owners and workers need to know about women's reproductive health. Also, Jessica Wright of the Common Thread Collective talks about how her program is helping pull women out of poverty in Africa. Finally, Tom Breuer with CASA-1000 talks about how the solution to Pakistan's energy crisis may lie in neighborly collaboration.
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Episode 21-December 12, 2014
In Episode 21 of Behind The Thread, we devote the entire show to becoming a High Information Consumer. Kees Gootjes of the Fair Wear Foundation talks about how the Wage Ladder is helping lift minimum wages to living wages. Tania Reinert of A Boy Named Sue looks at how fast fashion fits into the greater sustainability dialogue. And we talk to the owner of Petite Mort Fur, who is making ethical fur garments....from roadkill.
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Holiday Special-December 9, 2014
In this special presentation of Behind The Thread, we talk to Rob Jenkinson, founder of Sreepur Cards, which is a holiday card charity benefiting needy rural women and their families in Bangladesh
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Episode 20-December 5, 2014
In Episode 20 of Behind The Thread, we talk with Dr. Helen Gunthorpe about hew non-profit in Myanmar that is giving a leg up to the country's thousands of young female garment workers. Also, Transparency International says it is putting together a new tripartite transparency initiative in Bangladesh, but is it just more white noise? Peter Knight of the Context Group talks about whether or not consumers are to blame for "chasing the cheapest".
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Episode 19-November 30, 2014
In Episode 19 of Behind The Thread, we go inside the 7-year energy crisis that has beleaguered Pakistan's vital textile industry and see what is being done to resolve it. Then, Filippo Sebastio of the International Growth Center looks at what it takes to empower women to move up the career ladder in the garment industry. Also, we talk with Sharif As-Saber at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia about their recent forum about the garment industry.
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Episode 18-November 20, 2014
In Episode 18 of Behind The Thread, we look at wages around the world. Sokny Say of the Free Trade Union of the Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia reacts to Cambodia's new minimum wage. Ruben Rozalez with the U.S. Department of Labor talks about an epidemic of wage theft in Southern California's garment industry. And quilter and activist Robin Berson talks about how she is bringing the stories of garment factory tragedy victims to life.
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Episode 17-November 13, 2014
In Episode 17 of Behind The Thread, we look at if prolonged shift work takes a negative toll on the health of workers. Professor Simon Folkard joins us to talk about a new study he co-authored looking at this. Then, we speak to the founders of the JUST project and talk about how they are closing the gap between ethical suppliers and consumers. Also, fashion blogger Yuri Val Verde shares her 3-steps to become an ethical consumer at the store.
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Episode 16-November 7, 2014
In Episode 16 of Behind The Thread, we take another look at the link between East and West and examine if each side of the planet is looking at the other through the correct lens. We speak with Paulene Overeem with the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations in The Netherlands about their new report "Flawed Fabirc." Also, in our first "thoughts worth sharing" block, we talk with Nasrat Chowdhury, a Bangladesh garment entrepreneur and workshop founder who wants to sell his products directly to consumers without a retailer in between. Also, Dr. Reet Aus looks at how Upcycling can push us toward a better future in the garment industry.
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Episode 15-October 28, 2014
In Episode 15 of Behind The Thread, we look at Controversy and Corruption in Cambodia. We talk to Reporter Daniel DeCarteret at the Phnom Penh Post, who recently published an article alleging that the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) has been making under the table payments to the government. Plus, Attorney Chuck Greenfield of the International Senior Lawyers Project was just one of 5 international observers present at the trial of 23 people arrested during deadly protests in Cambodia during January of 2014. We talk with him about what he saw and heard. Also, watchdog group Swedwatch recently looked at child care among Bangladesh's textile workers. Henrik Frojmark talks about their findings.
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Episode 14-October 19, 2014
In Episode 14 of Behind The Thread, we look at the often treacherous daily routines of garment workers in Cambodia. Ian Ramage of Angkor Research talks about a new study that looks at the connection between properly nourished workers and health and factory productivity. Plus, Julia Wallace of the Cambodia Daily talks about the dangerous commute that many Cambodians undertake each day. Also, author Elizabeth Cline talks about if "sweatshop" is a bad word. .
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Episode 13-October 3, 2014
In Episode 13 of Behind The Thread, we talk with photographer and activist Taslima Akhter, who is documenting the daily lives of garment workers and those affected by the Rana Plaza collapse. Plus, Professor Rachel Heath looks at whether or not living near a garment factory makes life better for workers. And, factory head Manish Mandhana looks at whether or not Europe is a better export destination for India than the United States or other countries. .
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Focus on Africa Special-September 23, 2014
In this Behind The Thread special, we talk with Simone Cipriani, founder and head of the Ethical Fashion Initiative about the potential of Africa as a hub of global fashion. The Ethical Fashion Initiative is part of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and World Trade Organization. The Ethical Fashion Initiative works to promote a fairer fashion industry, by linking top fashion brands to marginalized artisans in Africa and Haiti and promoting the new generation of African Fashion Talent. .
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Episode 12-September 18, 2014
In Episode 12 of Behind The Thread, we traverse the entire supply chain and look at issues at every link. We talk with the Cotton Campaign about state-sponsored forced labor in Uzbekistan's cotton harvest. Plus, the BGMEA says that over 200 factories have been shut since Rana Plaza, Shahidullah Azim looks at how that is affecting the economy? Plus garment making runs in Mike Reynoso's blood, so he is trying to revive the Los Angeles garment sector one order at a time. .
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Episode 11-September 4, 2014
In Episode 11 of Behind The Thread, we focus on Latin America. Nicole Phillips of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti talks about a brewing controversy at the Codevi factory after several workers were fired following a protest over a wage reduction. Plus Thomas Jacobs, founder of Project Pieta, talks about how his program is helping to rehabilitate prisoners in Peru. Author Tansy Hoskins talks about her new book "Stitched Up-The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion" .
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Episode 10-August 29, 2014
In Episode 10 of Behind The Thread, we look at what it takes to keep workers in the garment industry well. Sokny Say of the Free Trade Union Of Workers Of The Kingdom Of Cambodia talks about what is behind the recent epidemic of Cambodian factory faintings this year. Plus former factory manager and Gender Studies student Prodip Mahbub discusses the unique considerations for keeping women healthy in the garment workplace. And author Kelsey Timmerman talks about his book "Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes." .
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Episode 9-August 21, 2014
In Episode 9 of Behind The Thread, we take a look at accountability and what it means along the garment supply chain. We talk to Jason Judd of Better Factories Cambodia about their Transparency Database. Also, we speak to one of the founders of Oporajeo, which is a factory in Bangladesh aiming to give Rana Plaza victims new opportunities for employment. Also, we speak with Dr. Sanchita Saxena about hew new book "Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries." .
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Episode 8-July 28, 2014
In Episode 8 of Behind The Thead, we talk with filmmaker Zara Hayes about her new feature on BBC-2 "Clothes to Die For" which tells the untold story about the Rana Plaza collapse. Also, could technology spur a manufacturing renaissance in the USA? We talk with Seth Friedermann of Manufacture New York. Plus, we speak with Rob Drake-Knight with Rapanui clothing about their wind-powered factory. .
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Clothes To Die For
Alliance Annual Report
Accord Annual Report


Episode 7-July 20, 2014
In Episode 7 of Behind The Thread, we talk with Rob Wayss of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh about the group's progress over the past year and examine recent criticism that the group's inspection process is flawed. Plus, many companies have adapted more sustainable practices at the insistence of their customers, but is that reflected in their marketing messages? We talk with author Thomas Kolster. Also, the International Anti-Counterfeitting Coalition is working to raise awareness about counterfeit goods around the world. We speak with Kristina Montenero about their efforts, including a new museum exhibit.
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Episode 6-July 10, 2014
In Episode 6 of Behind The Thread, we look at how the interests of East and West have come together since the tragedy at Rana Plaza and if they can peacefully co-exist. We speak with Theresa Haas of the Workers Rights Consortium about the recent uptick in tensions between the U.S. and Bangladesh. Plus are the Alliance and the Accord crowding out each other in Bangladesh, and is it affecting production? We'll talk with Mohammad Hasan of the Babylon Group. And learn about a new radio game show in Cambodia that's helping educate workers about their rights.
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Episode 5-July 3, 2014
In Episode 5 of Behind The Thread, we look at the "Labelgate" scandal that struck Primark and dissect how these kinds of incidents can spiral out of control, even if they prove to be hoaxes. Plus, the Canadian government rejects a proposal to make their sourcing practices more transparent, we'll analyze this with the Canadian Fair Trade Network. And social media use is growing among garment workers in Asia. Camille Bethoux of the Cambodian Center for Independent Media talks about this trend
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Episode 4-June 24, 2014
In Episode 4 of Behind The Thread, we look at sourcing in America. We talk to Andrew Henderson and Christian Mouritzen of the American Brand Project to see if the resurgence in American manufacturing is genuine or just a flash in the pan. Plus, Chicago fashion designer Jamie Hayes talks about a new ethical sourcing policy currently being considered by Chicago's city council. Also, we speak to the founder of Basha Enterprises about how her factory is turning around the lives of troubled Bangladeshi women
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Episode 3-June 4, 2014
In Episode 3 of Behind The Thread, we talk with Colin Meyn, Editor of The Cambodia Daily, about reactions to the trial of 23 activists detained during a deadly protest crackdown in January. Plus, Gap gets pranked by 18MillionRising, we talk to the group to see how they pulled it off. And are we experiencing sustainability overload when we shop? We talk with Lewis Perkins of Cradle 2 Cradle.
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We talk with Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch about a new report that says why the trial of two men detained at Steung Meanchey is deeply flawed.
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Episode 2-May 22, 2014
On this episode of Behind The Thread, we'll talk with noted Canadian filmmaker Fuad Chowdhury about the trip he made to Bangladesh with MP Matthew Kellway and what he saw on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse. Plus one group in Cambodia is using technology to give garment workers a greater voice. Also, sustainability your way! We'll talk to an online fashion entrepreneur who has customized the sustainable shopping experience.
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Cambodian Center for Independent Media
VOD Hot News
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Episode 1-May 8, 2014
In our first episode of Behind The Thread, we talk to Rezwan Salim, owner of Softex Cotton, who is filing a lawsuit against the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh for allegedly shutting down his factory illegally. Plus, many garment factory owners say that their profits are being eaten away too quickly by rising wages and compliance costs and a refusal by brands to pay more for their orders. We talk with an executive of the Babylon Group, one of the largest garment factories in Bangaldesh. Also, meet Kate Seamark, a mother of six who is finding the time to push for better working conditions in garment factories around the world.
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