China Labor Watch says KKR profits from poor working conditions at suppliers to its Dollar General subsidiary

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22 December 2009

Dollar General fights China sweatshop charges

Author: Geert De Lombaerde, Nashville Post [USA]

A labor rights watchdog is accusing Dollar General and its majority owner, private-equity titan Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, of tolerating sweatshop conditions at several of its suppliers’ manufacturing sites in China. Dollar General, however, calls a new report by China Labor Watch “inaccurate, unbalanced and incomplete,” saying it has never contracted with two of the four factories mentioned by the group and hasn’t bought goods made at the other two for more than a year... Tawn Earnest, Dollar General’s senior director of corporate communications, disputed the report’s assertions and said Dollar General has for years taken steps to ensure adequate working conditions at its supplier sites.

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22 December 2009

Investment Giant KKR Profits from Dollar General's Poor Labor Record, Report Shows

Author: China Labor Watch

China Labor Watch’s newest report describes conditions for workers who make Dollar General’s merchandise in four supplier factories producing appliances, plastic cookware, household goods and electronic fireplaces. Hours range from 2-4 hours of overtime daily, full weekend overtime, and some factories have illegal contracts and no insurance or even basic safety equipment... Kenneth Melman, KKR's Managing Director and head of Global Public Affairs and Peter McKillop, Director of Global Communications state that KKR cannot currently invest in labor conditions. [also refers to suppliers Rongxin Appliance [part of Ching Hai], Shijie Plastic [World Houseware], Suncheong Plastic, Source Pro]

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