Whether it’s wages, workload or working hours, some countries are worse than others when it comes to workers’ rights.

And according to the 2017 International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)) Global Rights Index, quite a few of those countries are key to sourcing.

In assessing workers’ rights violations around the world, like trade union rights in particular, the index found the 10 worst countries in the world for workers are: Qatar, the UAE, Egypt, the Philippines, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Guatemala, Turkey and Bangladesh. And while Myanmar didn’t make the top 10 on the naughty list, its ranking went from bad to worst.

That’s at least five countries that are vital to sourcing and manufacturing apparel.

Throughout 2016 and so far this year, workers were killed for their trade union activity in Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Italy, among others.

Read more at Sourcing Journal.

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