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Textiles in Thailand - A Map of Questions

Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America


JC Penny


Shoe Carnival

Rack Room Shoes


Basic Demographics

Population - 65,856,000

Source: Encyclopedia Britannica World Data

Religion - 83 % Buddhist

Trade Policies

There is a Trans-Pacific Partnership

I'm not sure how this will change the textile industry...

Primary agreement is the US-Thailand FTA

Signed by George W. Bush in 2003. The agreement is made up of a coalition of US companies, such as AIG, Starbucks, UPS, Cargill, Ford, and numerous others

Affordable Footwear Act of 2011

Evidently this act reduces taxes and tariffs on imported shoes. The question is, where does the extra money go? To the factory workers? to the American consumer? Or to the global corporations that sell the products?

According to the LOC, this bill is still in limbo

What textiles are imported/exported?

Natural Resources & Infrastructure

2530 miles of railroads

Role in World Economy

Major Companies & Products

Mikasa (soccer balls)

A report by the Clean Clothes Campaign suggests that unions in Thailand are helping improve conditions for workers. Their examples are in the Mikasa factory, where soccer balls are made.

Nike (footwear)

According to this 2004 report by the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, this is the profile of labor costs for footwear in Thailand:26.5 million pair of shoes shipped to US (1.28 % of overall market)Cost of labor:

What are the conditions for factory workers?

Many Burmese women migrate to Thailand to work in textiles.

Because so many families migrate from Burma to Thailand, they are not legal workers, and thus have no recourse when they face long hours, no breaks, or brutality from the police in Thailand.

Workers in Natural Fruit, a food processing company are subjected to human rights violations.

A corporate watchdog from Finland reports human rights violations of Burmese workers in pineapple factories.

Key Industries




Textile Associations

Retail Industry Leaders Association

Professional Meetings about Textiles

2013 RILA meeting


These are shoes