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19 February 2019

UK: Equal pay claim brought by employees against supermarket Morrissons for allegedly discriminating against women

Author: Independent

"Morrisons faces Valentine's Day equal pay claim. A case of 'love me love equality'?" 16 Feb 2019...

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21 January 2019

Cambodia: Report on brick industry reveals use of garment fabrics to fuel kilns; some companies commit to investigate and take action

The Blood Bricks project looks into  modern slavery and debt bondage in the brick-making industry in Cambodia. In 2018, the labour ministry of Cambodia committed to investigate labour-related issues in the brick-making industry as a response to the...

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20 January 2019

Response by George at Asda

Author: George at Asda

George at Asda care about the  dignity of workers in global supply chains and require high standards from suppliers on both social and environmental issues. Although the allegations in the report do not address measures within our supply chain directly...

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22 June 2018

UK: Environmental Audit Committee investigates sustainability of fashion industry

In June 2018, the UK's Environmental Audit Committee launched an investigation into the social and environmental impact of disposable ‘fast fashion’ and the wider clothing industry. The inquiry examines the carbon, resource use and water footprint of...

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21 June 2018

Oxfam assessment of UK supermarket's food supply chains

Author: Oxfam GB

... In the UK, the grocery sector is one of the most diverse and sophisticated in the world, worth nearly £185bn per year... Supermarkets have delivered low prices, unparalleled year-round choice and ‘just in time’ convenience to many consumers in ...

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26 April 2018

Paper finds severe labour exploitation in Spanish & Italian agricultural supply chains; reflects on potential action co's can take

Author: Cecilia Barral Diego & Lisa Szeponik, Loening - Human Rights & Responsible Business

Germany is the main market destination for Spanish and Italian exportations in the processed food market, with a particular focus on the fruit and vegetable sector. In crop year 2016/2017, Germany bought from Spain almost 2.0 billion kilograms of...

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29 March 2018

Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin: The legal significance of #MeToo

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7 February 2018

UK: Tesco faces record £4 bln equal pay claim, says law firm pursuing case

Author: Reuters

Supermarket group Tesco is facing a potential bill of up to 4 billion pounds ($5.6 billion) in a record equal pay claim involving mainly women workers at its British stores, according to the law firm pursuing the case....

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27 January 2018

UK: Class action lawsuits against supermarkets Sainsbury's & Asda demand equal pay

Author: Louise Tickle, The Guardian (UK)

Nearly a thousand employees have now joined the action [originally lodged in 2015 by three female workers based at a Sainsbury’s in Shrewsbury and one in Fareham, Hampshire]... 17,000 Asda workers [...] are [also] claiming equal pay for jobs of equal...

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17 January 2018

Supermarkets refuse to share plastic footprint, says Guardian amid growing health concerns over plastic found in tap water

Author: Sandra Laville and Matthew Taylor, The Guardian (UK)

As concern over the scale of unnecessary plastic waste grows, the Guardian asked Britain’s eight leading supermarkets to explain how much plastic packaging they sell to consumers and whether they would commit to a plastic-free aisle in their stores....

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