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China: National Labor Committee alleges unsafe conditions at suppliers making books for Disney - Disney vows to investigate

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24 August 2005

Response by Walt Disney: National Labor Committee (USA) alleges factories making books for Disney operate under unsafe conditions.

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Author: Reuters

El Comité Nacional del Trabajo de Estados Unidos dijo que en estas fábricas los empleados eran forzados a trabajar entre 10 y 13 horas diarias y les pagaban por debajo del salario mínimo legal. Disney dijo en una declaración que se había puesto en contacto con Verite, una compañía sin ánimo de lucro dedicada a la auditoría y capacitación, para llevar adelante una investigación sobre las denuncias.

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18 August 2005

Disney sweatshops alleged - Anti-sweatshop advocacy group charges that workers make books under oppressive conditions [China]

Author: Wendy Leung, Daily Standard [Hong Kong]

The National Labor Committee...made new charges Thursday against The Walt Disney Company, releasing a videotape alleging that two Chinese factories making books for Disney operate under unsafe conditions...Charles Kernaghan, director of the NLC...called for Disney to release the names of all of its factories in China and to make their monitoring system more open to review...[In] a written statement, Disney said, "We have a strong International Labor Standards Code of Conduct for Manufacturers and conduct regular social compliance audits of the independently run factories that produce Disney branded merchandise." The statement went on to say, "The Walt Disney Company has contacted Verité, a non-profit social auditing and training firm, to conduct an investigation of the claims regarding the Hung Hing and Nord Race factories."

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Article
18 August 2005

[DOC] The Walt Disney Company’s response to the NLC accusations

Author: Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company...[has] a strong International Labor Standards (ILS) Code of Conduct for Manufacturers and [conducts] regular social compliance audits of the independently run factories that produce Disney branded merchandise. The Walt Disney Company has contacted Verité, a non-profit social auditing and training firm, to conduct an investigation of the claims regarding the Hung Hing and Nord Race factories...[Past audits of these factories] reflect instances of noncompliance followed by remediation. However, these audits at no time revealed the severity of the violations reported by the NLC today...Disney will also work with local civil society organizations in China with which we maintain an existing relationship to determine whether a role in the investigation or any subsequent remediation efforts would be appropriate.

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18 August 2005

[PDF] full reports: "Disney’s Children’s Books Made with Blood, Sweat and Tears of Young Workers in China"

Author: National Labor Committee

[Links through to 4 reports: "Survey of Conditions in Five Disney Factories"; "Made with Blood, Sweat, and Tears (Hung Hing Factory)"; "Summary Report: Disney Books in China (Nord Race Factory)"; "Brief Survey of Disney Store Goods in New York City"]

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