The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights has suspended operations.
After some 30 years, the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (formerly National Labor Committee) is closing its doors.
Our small organization has played a key role in exposing working conditions and human rights violations suffered by workers producing for U.S. and European multinational companies. We have accompanied and provided international visibility for workers in Central America, Bangladesh, Jordan, China and other developing countries as they organized and stood up for their rights.
Now there are others doing this work. It is time for Charlie to retire. After a lot of thought and careful assessment, our conclusion is that given the current political context it is time for us to let the Institute go.
We have had the honor of collaborating with unionists, people of faith, journalists, scholars, educators, students and everyday people from every corner of the U.S. and from all over the world. We are so proud of the work these activists have done and so grateful to the incredible support—in the form of time, creativity and money—that the Institute’s work has received.
We closed our doors over the summer. The last contributions that have come in have been used to help our staff and collaborators transition and to pay final bills.
We are sad to be leaving this work. But so thankful to have been part of it.
Please keep supporting workers who are fighting for their rights! Keep insisting that our companies assure the fundamental rights of workers who make our products.
Thank you so much for all you have done.
Charles Kernaghan, Barbara Briggs