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Big names fall short in labor quiz [Hong Kong, China]
Author: Timothy Chui, Standard [Hong Kong, China], Published on: 30 November 2006
Most major garment companies in Hong Kong refuse to disclose what labor standards they are adopting, including those concerning the hiring of child labor, according to the findings of Oxfam...Its survey on labor transparency covered 16 major Hong Kong clothing firms which operate in 34 countries, including such household names as Giordano, Esprit, G2000 and Goldlion...Oxfam director-general John Sayer expressed disappointment, [said]..."By not being transparent, companies risk their reputations and branding."...Among the companies which scored zero were Goldlion, Bossini, G2000 and Chickeeduck, while Esprit...had the highest score of 10...The study rated companies on the transparency of their supply chain and the availability of such information for consumers and investors...Points were awarded for how close the reporting efforts of the company were to international labor standards, including elimination of compulsory labor, freedom of association and collective bargaining, elimination of discrimination and the abolition of employment of children under 15.