are illegal workplaces, often a factory or production facility, where employers
exploit their employees. The kinds of employee abuse may include very low
wages, unsafe working conditions, humiliating or degrading treatment,
excessively long hours of work, and other types of exploitation. Sweatshops are
pervasive in the global economy. They exist in most, if not all, countries
including the United States.
They produce products used and sold by most multinational
firms. In today's world, we can assume a multinational firm uses
sweatshops unless it has been certified to be sweat free by an
independent third party.
UCC General Synod Resolutions and Pronouncements
A Faithful Response: calling for a more just, humane direction for economic globalization
settings of the UCC “in their roles as consumers to give priority in decision-making
choices to justice concerns, for example, in not purchasing clothes and other
consumer goods produced by sweatshop labor.”
Other General Synod resolutions dealing with sweatshops
and fair-trade, sweat-free purchasing.
More information and ways to engage
Ms. Edith Rasell, Ph.D.
Minister for Economic Justice
Program Team Based in Cleveland, Ohio
Justice And Witness Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.