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15 April 2013

Wal-Mart, Sears Refuse Compensation for Factory Victims [Bangladesh]

Author: Renee Dudley, Bloomberg

Wal-Mart…and Sears…have…declined to join…other companies in…compensating victims of a fire…at a Bangladesh garment factory…[and] also didn’t respond to an invitation to attend a meeting…to discuss compensation payments…Sears…has no plans “to attend...

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19 March 2013

Promoting labour rights in Bangladesh [Bangladesh]

Author: Jyrki Raina, IndstriALL Global Union

IndustriALL supports the goal of finding a sustainable growth path for the Bangladeshi garment industry..demanding a considerable raise of the minimum wage towards a living wage, followed by annual revisions…Improving fire safety requires urgent...

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17 December 2012

Subject: Corporate social responsibility (CSR): clear interpretation of the concept of ‘reasonable care’

Author: European Parliament

As the European Commission pointed out in its last communication on CSR in October 2011, ‘Better implementation of the UN Guiding Principles will contribute to EU objectives regarding specific human rights issues and core labour standards’. These...

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5 December 2012

Wal-Mart Nixed Paying Bangladesh Suppliers to Fight Fire

Author: Renee Dudley & Arun Devnath, Bloomberg

At a meeting convened in 2011 to boost safety at Bangladesh garment factories, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. made a call: paying suppliers more to help them upgrade their manufacturing facilities was too costly. The...meeting...was attended by more than a...

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11 October 2012

Employment or Exploitation: Are suppliers to retailers like Walmart, Carrefour sweatshops? [India]

Author: Sriram Srinivasan, Economic times [India]

…The coming together of Indian textile mills and western brands is the latest attempt to salvage the situation, even as lawmakers in India and Europe seem to have taken cognisance of the issue…The meeting, attended by the two retail biggies as well as...

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10 May 2012

[PDF] Child Labour Platform - Report 2010-11 - Business practices and lessons learned on addressing child labour

Author: Child Labour Platform. Steering committee consists of C&A, Toms Group, trade union federation FNV, pension fund APG, Global Compact Network Netherlands, IDH and with observer and advisory participation of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment

About 30 companies from the cocoa, cotton/garments, mining and tourism sectors participated in the working group of the Child Labour Platform. Among these companies were frontrunners with extensive experience in combating child labour as well as...

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16 November 2011

GAP, Walmart, C&A, H&M warn their Indian suppliers against textile mills that involve child & bonded-labour

Author: Economic Times [India]

An employment system for girls in Tamil Nadu is threatening to waylay the country's $11-billion garment export industry, with several international retailers distancing themselves from supply chains that involve the allegedly exploitative scheme...[M...

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28 September 2011

Clean Clothes Campaign calls on fashion companies to ban sandblasting

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 13 February 2011 Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) launched Stop the Killer Jeans! campaign, calling on leading fashion manufacturers and retailers to ban sandblasting - a technique for producing denim garments with an artificially worn look. CCC...

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24 May 2011

Industry call to action: Call for a global ban on apparel sandblasting

Author: International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation

In July 2010, after the impact of sandblasting on workers’ health had come under scrutiny in Turkey, the ITGLWF called for a ban on this process. The ban is an important step toward ensuring that no worker – in any garment factory – faces the threat...

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9 May 2011

Company Response to Forced Child Labor in Uzbek Cotton

Author: International Labour Rights Forum

Companies across the US and Europe have taken a stand against forced child labor in the production of Uzbek cotton. In addition, some companies are working hard to develop clear traceability for cotton and other components of clothing....[C]ompanies...

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