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October 24, 2006  |  Share

Tell them not to cut and run and to send these children to school.

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Click the links below to send an email to the company.

Model Letter

We encourage you to either write your own letter or to personalize the model letter below. 

I am deeply disturbed that children are being exploited to sew your company's clothing at the Harvest Rich factory in Bangladesh.  I hope you agree that children belong in school and not locked in sweatshops where they are beaten, forced to work grueling hours and paid just pennies.  I expect your company to immediately provide stipends sufficient to replace the highest wages these children earned—so that they and their families do not suffer further—while also covering their basic school costs, including uniforms, shoes, text books and educational supplies, so that these children can return to school where they belong.

Cutting and running, and pulling production from the factory is not the answer.  In fact, it is the worst thing you could do, since it would only further punish the workers, who have already suffered enough.  Rather, your company should stay at the factory and work together with your contractor to guarantee that the legal rights of the workers are finally respected.

The Bangladeshi workers' demands are so extremely modest.  The workers say that if they could earn just 36 cents an hour, they and their families could climb out of misery and into poverty where they could exist with a modicum of dignity.  Surely your company could afford this.  Will Hanes pay at least 36 cents an hour to workers in Bangladesh who are sewing your garments?  If not—why?

Finally, I urge your company to release the names and addresses of the factories you use around the world to make the goods you expect us to purchase.  This single act of transparency and good faith will go a long way to restore consumer confidence that you are not trying to hide child labor and abusive sweatshop conditions at other factories. 

Some companies send out generalized form letters in response to their customers' concerns.  Please, I ask you not to do this.  I find that practice offensive.  The exploitation of children and the gross violation of fundamental human, women's and workers' rights standards are serious matters and demand an equally serious and concrete response from you. 

Thank you,

 J.C. Penney


 Fax a Letter


Click here to download a model letter to Hanes in a Word Document.

Mr. Lee Chaden, Executive Chairman Hanesbrands, Inc.
1000 East Hanes Mill Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Fax: 336-519-4667                                            


Click here to download a model letter to Wal-Mart in a Word Document

Mr. Lee Scott, CEO
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
702 SW 8th Street
Bentonville, AK 72716
Fax: 479-277-1830


Click here to download a model letter to Puma in a Word Document

Jay Piccola, President and General Manager,
PUMA North America
5 Lyberty Way
Westford, MA 01886
Fax: 978-698-1174

J.C. Penney

Click here to download a model letter to J.C. Penney in a Word Document

Mr. Myron Ullman, Chairman and CEO
J C Penney Corporation, Inc.
6501 Legacy Drive
Plano, TX 75024-3698
Fax: 972-431-1944

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