Last night, I was explaining why despite some issues regarding the former owner of American Apparel I find the company’s products to be more ethically produced than the products of companies like Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, Anvil and Gildan.
In my explanation, I referred to the continued “transparent structure” of American Apparel’s worker compensation and rights despite its sale to a larger corporation. I prepared to link to http://americanapparel.net/mission/workers.html, the web page on which American Apparel transparently describes its wage and benefit package for workers. Or perhaps I should say “transparently described,” past tense. The web page is gone, with nothing replacing it. In fact, the entire array of mission statements, interviews of workers, and related documents under the website’s “mission” folder is gone. Just gone.
Does anyone know what’s going on here?