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Codes of conduct: New report examines their effectiveness & points to need for greater U.S. government support

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1 January 2004

[PDF] full report: "Promoting International Worker Rights through Private Voluntary Initiatives: Public Relations or Public Policy?" - A Report to the U.S. Dept. of State

Author: Elliot J. Schrage, commissioned by University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR)

[refers to soccer ball companies Adidas, Brine, Franklin, Mitre, Mizuno, Moltex Sporting Goods, Nike, Reebok, Saga Sports, Umbro; coffee industry companies Kraft (part of Altria), Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Sara Lee, Starbucks; toy-related companies Hasbro, McDonald's, Mattel, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Walt Disney; chocolate/cocoa industry companies Archer Daniels Midland, Barry Callebaut, Blommer, Cadbury Schweppes, Cargill, Confections USA, Guittard, Hershey, Mars, Nestlé, World's Finest Chocolate]

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6 January 2004

UICHR Report Explores ‘Code Of Conduct’ Effectiveness

Author: Elliot J. Schrage, commissioned by University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR)

The report...identifies how the effectiveness of such codes could be significantly enhanced by greater coordination with and support from the U.S. government...The report uses four case studies... – soccer ball production in Pakistan, coffee production in Central America, toy production in China and cocoa production in Côte d’Ivoire.

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