Protesting Inditex

Inditex is the largest fashion retailer in the world, best known for its clothing brand Zara. Founded in 1975 by Ortega Amancio, Inditex has epitomized the age of cheap, disposable fashion - made in contract sweatshops and sold for throwaway prices in the West. In 2011, a government raid in Sao Paulo, Brazil, revealed that company contractors were using Bolivian immigrants working for 7-12 U.S. cents a piece. In 2017, workers at the Bravo Tekstil factory in Istanbul, Turkey, went into Zara stores to add tags to garments that read: “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.”


apparel, footwear, sportswear, accessories


Violation data on Inditex is still being gathered at this time.

Information in this section is drawn from the Violation Tracker database produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First in Washington DC. It is the most comprehensive source of data on business violations of laws and regulations in the United States. For specific examples of misconduct, please click on the links.


Article Archive

Union busting in Myanmar under guise of Covid-19

Published by
Clean Clothes Campaign

Myanmar’s young and vulnerable trade union movement is being threatened under the guise of Covid-19, as selective dismissals of union leaders and members seek to undermine the workers’ rights movement.

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Videos & Podcasts
Inditex and IndustriALL to cooperate on garment industry recovery plan
Money Talks: Unpaid Zara workers protest by sewing notes in clothes produced
The true cost of fast fashion | The Economist
The Richest Criminal In The World
Zara Workers Join in the 'Fight for 15' Day of Action
NYC Shoppers Ask ZARA: Why haven't you joined the boycott of slave cotton?


Other Key Sources
Mirador profile of Inditex


Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Myanmar’s Defiant Garment Workers Demand That Fashion Pay Attention

Elizabeth Paton | The New York Times | April 6, 2021

Ma Moe Sandar Myint is the leader of one of Myanmar’s largest garment worker unions. Until recently, the 37-year-old mother of three and former sewing machine operator would spend her days representing workers with labor complaints and helping members of the Federation of Garment Workers Myanmar unionize their factories.

Romanian garment workers win wage battle.

Michelle Russell | October 26, 2020

The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has welcomed a decision by three fashion companies to ensure a group of workers in Romania were paid full back wages after a campaign went viral.

Major Investigations
& Lawsuits
Investigations into Inditex supply chains raises worker concerns.

Chris Remington | Eco Textile News | November 20, 2019

An investigation launched by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has followed the supply chain of fashion giant Inditex and its flagship brand Zara, in a case which typifies the dire state of affairs for workers across much of the global fashion industry.

Zara parent company accused of using Bolivian slave labour in Brazil

Tom Hennigen | Irish Times | August 19, 2011

THE PARENT company of Spanish clothing retailer Zara is under investigation in Brazil after a local supplier was accused by the country’s labour ministry of using slave labour.

Employment Practices
Spanish unions cry foul as Inditex shuts stores

Victoria Waldersee, Clara-Laeila Laudette | Reuters | March 1, 2021

Inditex (ITX.MC) staff in Spain say they are being forced out as the owner of fast-fashion brand Zara rolls out its plan to shut up to 1,200 stores worldwide, despite a company agreement with Spanish unions to project jobs.

Bravo workers forced to take partial payments from Zara, Mango, Next

Mirjam | Clean Clothes Campaign | September 4, 2018

Clean Clothes Campaign sends our solidarity to the Bravo workers, who have showed remarkable bravery and demonstrated an unwaivering commitment to the principles of fairness and justice.


Corporate Headquarters
Plaza Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 1, 28020 Madrid, Spain
Most Recent Gross Revenue
$7.3 billion (2019) | source
Most Recent Net Revenue
$1.60 billion (2019) | source
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Tax Havens
& Evasion
Inditex €585m (U.S.$626M) tax sidestep could have big ripple effects

Neil Hodge | Compliance Week | January 17, 2018

Following in the footsteps of Apple, Amazon, Starbucks, and McDonalds, the world’s biggest clothing retailer Inditex has come under fire from Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for using “aggressive” techniques to sidestep at least €585m (U.S.$626M) in taxes between 2011 and 2014.

Inditex accused of dodging 585 million euros in taxes

Vivian Hendriksz | Fashion United | December 8, 2016

Inditex may be the world's leading fashion retailer, but that certainly does not mean the Spanish conglomerate is immune to allegations concerning its working practices and its business operations.


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