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The Sae-A Trading Company, Ltd., usually called Sae-A Trading or simply Sae-A, is a global clothing manufacturer in South Korea.

Sae-A's headquarters is located in Gangnam-gu of South Korea, and the factories producing its products are in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Haiti. According to its data, sales result for year 2015 increased from $740 million in 2007 to $1.6 billion. which are from mass market retailers and specialty clothing brands in the United States and some in Europe and Asia. With more than 40,000 team members working in 10 countries, upholding these principles requires unwavering commitment to good business practices and respects the complexities of global trade. The company is especially well-known for its Product Development and Design (PDD) department which consists mainly with Fabric R&D, Wash Innovation and Design functions. The chairman of this company is Woong-Ki Kim.

Sae-A was founded in 1986.

Frédéric Thomas, writing in Le Monde Diplomatique, claims that the number two employer in the garment industry in Haiti currently employs 8,000 people. He further describes the hierarchy in late 2016 as being composed of Korean upper management, central American or Dominican Republic middle management, and Haitians providing the unskilled labor.[3] In May 2016, President Jocelerme Privert expressed concern over violence directed at S&H Global executives.

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ABC News Report

Caracol was of course a pet project of sorts of the CF, held as a rebuilding effort but one of the primary investors in it is SAE-A from Korea with a checkered past in both Haiti and Guatemala:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/haiti-factory-big-money-state-department-clintons-meet/story?id=42729714 [Archived Version]

"[The invitation to SEA-A to anchor the industrial park occurred despite past allegations of worker abuse the company faced in Guatemala. As the labor group Worker Rights Consortium reported in 2012, Sae-A’s Guatemala managers were accused of stifling union workers and mistreating female employees. The New York Times reported in 2012 that, before sealing the deal in Haiti, the AFL-CIO sent a detailed memo to American and international officials describing “acts of violence and intimidation” and declaring the company “one of the major labor violators.” A SAE-A spokesman told ABC News that “corrective action was taken, including dismissal of two of our local managers and improvement of grievance procedures.”

Now assertions against the company are emerging in Haiti, according to workers and labor advocates interviewed by ABC News. In April, a group called Better Work Haiti published a report finding the factory was noncompliant in the areas of sexual harassment, bullying and humiliation of employees. Yannick Etienne, a labor organizer, told ABC News she received reports from SAE-A workers that they had to provide sexual favors to supervisors in order to obtain jobs in the factory.

“We’ve heard that there are people who are victim of this sexual harassment situation in the park,” she said.

SAE-A spokesman Lon Garwood told ABC News that the “health, safety and well-being of workers is our priority.”

“If something arises,” he said, “we act swiftly to adjust and address it.”

During a tour of the factory for ABC News, an SEA-A manager said those issues were minor and in the past — mainly the result of misunderstandings, not ill will. Today, signs posted around the factory floor show cartoon images with a red slash through them of managers bullying employees.

But factory officials were reluctant to let ABC News reporters talk directly to workers during a recent visit. When ABC News asked to speak with workers, one company official spoke in Korean to another, saying, “I don’t think you should allow that.” Eventually, three workers were taken from another part of the factory to be interviewed.

Haitians are just eager for the work, said one of the workers, Mileon Fontila, as her managers looked on. “They’re just trying to get more people jobs,” she said.

An Investment in Clinton Aide’s New Firm

Two years after the factory was operational, Mills had left the State Department. She turned up, according to an online press release, at a Sae-A company event in Costa Rica. She appeared there, the release said, on behalf of her privately owned international development firm, Black Ivy Group. “Ms. Mills was invited and came to the event as a guest, as did many others,” Garwood said, in response to questions from ABC News.

The chairman of SAE-A, Woong-ki Kim, was identified on the Black Ivy website as one of the initial investors in the firm. That page has since been taken down. “The chairman’s investment in Black Ivy was a personal investment that was not made until late in 2014,” Garwood said. “As a policy, the chairman does not discuss his personal investments.”

Black Ivy Group is described on its website as a firm that “builds and grows commercial enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa” and focuses on “building and leveraging a vast network of global and local relationships spanning the public, private and government sectors.” Mills’ partner in the venture, Jean-Louis Warnholz, worked on the Caracol project in Haiti while serving as a senior State Department adviser to Hillary Clinton.

Messages left with Black Ivy and with Mills’ attorney were not returned.


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