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The goals of the anti-sweatshop movement are “to provide an external counterweight to assist workers in poor countries in dealing with multinational corporations.”[iv] The individuals who make up the movement have different motivations, of course, and different groups are more or less focused on certain goals, such as the creation of international standards, requirements for external monitoring and consequences for not meeting standards, international agreements on union rights, the establishment of international machinery to ensure compliance and the development and support of unions.[v] Though the movement mainly focuses on work conditions in the apparel industry, some participants in the movement are pushing to expand the movement to include computer and electronics assembly, toy factories and other industries. [vi] 

It can generally be agreed that one of the primary goals of the anti-sweatshop movement is to require corporations to take responsibility for the working conditions under which their products are made. They must have a code of conduct that guarantees at least a minimum wage (a living wage is preferable), prevents compulsory or unpaid overtime and gives workers the right to organize. This code of conduct must be shared with all subcontractors and employees. They must be translated into the local language, posted in the work areas and steps must be taken to ensure that workers understand their meaning. The names and locations of subcontracting facilities should be made public as should the results of monitoring. Monitoring should be done by an external organization and should be unannounced. If there are too many factories to inspect each one, a sample should be selected at random for monitoring.[vii]


[ii] {Cravey, 2004 }

[iii] {Cravey, 2004 }

[iv] {Mandle, 2000}

[v] {Mandle, 2000}

[vi] {Bullert, 2000}

[vii] {Rivoli, 2003}

[viii] {Russel, 2004}

[ix] {Wichterich, 2000}

[x] {Rivoli, 2003}

[xi] {Rivoli, 2003}