SUMANGALI SCHEME IN INDIA
Inditex is undertaking exhaustive actions to fight against this illegal practice.
Sumangali Scheme is a form of illegal labour practice that still persists in parts of Tamil Nadu, southern India. Young girls are sent by their families to work in factories, including cotton spinning mills, under the promise of the payment of a wages after three of five years that is used as marriage dowry by the families.
But they often endure poor working conditions, low pay and never see their wages at the end of it.
Rooting out the practice of Sumangali Scheme requires long-term action on multiple fronts
We undertake exhaustive traceability and transparency controls to check that our suppliers in India are not using exploitative practices, nor secretly outsourcing to, or using raw materials from, exploitative factories.
Our measures include cataloguing and monitoring all the spinning mills used by our suppliers and encouraging regular, verifiable salary payments into workers’ bank accounts.
But, crucially, we have also teamed up with a range of local, national and international organisations to champion initiatives, from grassroots outreach projects among villages to lobbying key decision-makers in government.