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26 August 2003

Associated British Foods: Ethical Procurement

Author: Associated British Foods

ABF seeks to develop relationships with supplier companies consistent with the basic principles as set out above, and specifically with respect to human rights and conditions of employment. Where supplier audits show shortcomings in any of these areas...

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1 May 2004

How do You Like Your Tea? Globalization and Labor Stir It Up on the Plantations of Bengal

Author: Anannya Bhattacharjee, Labor Notes

As a result, tea garden workers are more organized and have the right to collective bargaining. The industry has been dominated by a few monopolizing multinational companies - such as Unilever (Brooke Bond/Lipton), Cadbury Schweppes, Tatas and...

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20 May 2005

Global brands learn to mind gap in public mood on ethical trade

Author: Rachel Stevenson, Independent

Gap is now a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), a body made up of companies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and trade unions. Nike...is in discussions to join...But while most of the UK high street has agreed to the ETI's ethical...

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1 March 2006

Sustainabilitea: The Dutch Tea Market and Corporate Social Responsibility

Author: SOMO, ProFound & India Committee of the Netherlands

...there is an urgent need for improvement of labour, social, ecological and economic conditions throughout the tea sector in the global south...Current responsible business initiatives of mayor players on the Dutch tea market are analysed [in this...

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4 October 2006

Not everyone's cup of tea

Author: Robyn Stubbs, Vancouver 24 Hours

…thanks to a growing initiative to ensure tea pickers are treated fairly by their employers, you can feel good about wrapping your fingers around a steaming cuppa. "Consumers want to make sure the products they're buying are being produced in an...

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8 December 2006

The real price of cheap clothes: Bangladeshi sweatshop labourers paid just 3p an hour

Author: Martin Hickman, Independent

Bangladeshis making cheap clothes for Asda [part of Wal-Mart], Tesco and Primark [part of Associated British Food] are paid as little as 3p an hour, according to a [War on Want, UK charity] report [Fashion Victims]...Basic pay in [garment] factories.....

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8 December 2006

UK firms 'exploiting Bangladesh'

Author: BBC

...The mainly female [textile] workers [in Bangladesh] regularly spend 80 hours per week in "potential death trap" factories [making cheap clothes for UK companies Tesco, Asda and Primark], according to anti-poverty group War On Want. [The companies]....

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8 December 2006

War on Want report on 6 textile factories in Bangladesh supplying Asda, Tesco, Wal-Mart alleges women earning poverty wages, working in unsafe conditions

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8 December 2006

[PDF] full report: "Fashion Victims"

Author: War on Want

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28 March 2007

UN report shows need for business curbs

Author: War On Want

War on Want today called on the British government to take action to regulate corporate human rights abuses on the eve of a new United Nations report into business and human rights. Special representative Professor John Ruggie will today present the...

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