"Getting Smarter: Ethical Trading in the Downturn": Report by Impactt
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Economic hard times present difficulties to all of us, from the CEOs of corporations to buyers, suppliers and the workers along the supply chain. It is more important than ever to ensure that work on labour standards earns its place at the table, by demonstrating that products and services delivered by workers who have decent jobs provide better quality and value to businesses and consumers than those made by workers whose rights are infringed...
Author: Rosey Hurst, Dr Martin Buttle, Michelle Lehrer, Jonathan Sandars, Impactt
The results of Impactt’s assessments of 98 production sites during the year to August 2008 show that the risk posed by labour standards issues remains very real...Almost half of the sites we visited around the world were failing to pay the locally applicable minimum wage...Legal minimum wages were unable to keep up with the cost of living in many countries...We found extreme working hours...at 30% of the sites assessed. We also report an increase in the incidence of child labour...and a decrease in the prevalence of effective trade union representation...[refers to Marks & Spencer, Primark (part of Associated British Foods), Kingfisher, New Look, B&Q (part of Kingfisher), C&A, Hallmark Cards]