Sweatshops 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 urges all 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.  

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Contact Info

Edith Rasell, Ph.D.
Minister for Economic Justice
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115