The Alta Gracia Research Project is a multi-year effort to document the development and eventual success or failure of Alta Gracia, the only apparel factory in the developing world to:
- pay workers a “living wage” (over 300% more than the legal minimum wage);
- recognize a legitimate union and negotiate a collective bargaining agreement;
- maintain high safety and health standards;
- all verified by an independent labor rights organization.
The latest Research Report, Alta Gracia: Four Years and Counting was released in August, 2014 and is available for download, along with a narrated power-point slideshow that is designed for use in classes or organization meetings. This new Report analyzes the factory’s growing success; documents its impact on the lives of workers, their families and the local community; and contrasts this model with failures in the apparel industry’s current system of factory labor codes and monitoring.
Earlier Reports are also available, beginning with Alta Gracia: Branding Decent Work Conditions (2010) which examines the factory’s start-up phase and summarizes the debate over “sweatshop” reforms; and Alta Gracia: Work with a Salario Digno (2011), a progress report that reviews the factory’s first year and a half of operation and presents ten cases of how a “living wage” changes workers’ lives. Related studies, papers and articles are also listed below for further information.
Questions may be directed to the Project’s principal research authors:
John M. Kline
|Professor, International Business Diplomacy Walsh School of Foreign Service Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057 firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 687-5854||
Associate Professor McDonough School of Business Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057 email@example.com (202) 687-2682
A Research Progress Report was released on December 5, 2011 that examines the first 18 months of operations at the Alta Gracia apparel factory in the Dominican Republic.
For a copy of the 2011 Research Progress Report: "Alta Gracia: Work with a Salario Digno"
An initial Research Report issued in August 2010, traced the factory’s origins in the anti-sweatshop movement and its initial start-up period. "Alta Gracia: Branding Decent Working Conditions"
Many universities have labor codes of conduct covering the production of licensed apparel carrying their college logo. This “Issue Primer” draws on a study of nearly 70 different university codes and assesses the major alternative approaches to code reform.