India: CSR Asia commentary on defamation lawsuit brought by Fibres & Fabrics & its subsidiary Jeans Knit against two European NGOs (scroll to pg. 9)

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15 August 2007

[PDF] Suing stakeholders: solution or setback? [scroll to pg. 9]

Author: Stephen Frost, CSR Asia

In what appears to be an unprecedented legal move, Fibres & Fabrics International (FFI) and its subsidiary Jeans Knit Pvt. Ltd. (JKPL) in Bangalore have accused Dutch-based Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) of “cyber crime, acts of racist and xenophobic nature and criminal defamation.”...Engaging with stakeholders is not war...Taking legal action is guaranteed to escalate what is in effect a routine act in the apparel sector these days: criticising factories is commonplace and is not going to disappear. Managing stakeholder expectations, building relations and acting fairly is possible.

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16 July 2007

Support freedom of speech and freedom of association

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

Legal action is being used by a company producing garments in India [Fibres and Fabrics International and its subsidiary Jeans Knit Pvt Ltd (FFI/JKPL)] to silence organisations in India and the Netherlands [Clean Clothes Campaign, India Committee of the Netherlands] who are speaking out about severe labour rights violations in factories producing jeans for companies including G-Star, Armani, RaRe, Guess, Gap and Mexx... Support the labour rights organisations in Bangalore and abroad that are under attack by placing the urgent appeal on this case on your website, including the original report detailing the labour rights violations at FFI/JKPL facilities.

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