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7 February 2013

H.P. Directs Its Suppliers in China to Limit Student Labor

Author: Keith Bradsher & David Barboza, New York Times

Hewlett-Packard...is imposing new limits on the employment of students and temporary agency workers...Many factories in China have long relied on...students...Students complain of being ordered by school administrators to put in very long hours...at...

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4 February 2013

Foxconn plans Chinese union vote [China]

Author: Kathrin Hille & Rahul Jacob, Financial Times

Foxconn [part of Hon Hai]…is preparing genuinely representative labour union elections…in China…the first such exercise at a large company in China, where labour unions have traditionally been controlled by management and local government…The…company...

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28 January 2013

Online discussion on how companies can address potential human rights violations (31 Jan)

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28 January 2013

[PDF] Apple Supplier Responsibility - 2013 Progress Report

Author: Apple

Our Supplier Responsibility Progress Report provides the results of our 2012 audits, including the work we’re doing to correct issues and improve our suppliers’ performance.

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26 January 2013

Apple says it found 11 facilities across its supply chain using child labour last year

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23 January 2013

[PDF] Respecting Human Rights Through Global Supply Chains

Author: Shift

From 18-19 October 2012, Shift held the second in a series of workshops with business leaders...The workshops form part of Shift’s Business Learning Program, aimed at supporting the implementation by companies of the UN Guiding Principles on Business...

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23 January 2013

[PDF] Summary of discussions of the Forum on Business and Human Rights, prepared by the Chairperson, John Ruggie

Author: Prepared by the Chairperson, John Ruggie

The present document provides a summary of the discussions of the first annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, held on 4 and 5 December 2012. Due to the word limit of the document and the scale of the event (21 substantive sessions), this summary...

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2 January 2013

Reflections on the state of business and human rights

Author: Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights Watch, on World Economic Forum Blog

A decade ago, few companies recognized their human rights responsibilities, but today no sophisticated company denies them. In the last year, [these responsibilities]…were recognized by the United Nations when it approved the UN Guiding Principles on...

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26 December 2012

Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China

Author: Keith Bradsher & Charles Duhigg, New York Times

[I]n March…a critical meeting had occurred between Foxconn’s top executives and a high-ranking Apple official. The companies had committed themselves to a series of wide-ranging reforms. Foxconn, China’s largest private employer, pledged to sharply...

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12 December 2012

"Room for Debate: The Human Cost of Cheap Clothing"

Author: New York Times

The New York Times invited eight experts...to comment on "The Human Cost of Cheap Clothing" and issues of workplace safety in global supply chains...[following]...factory fires in Pakistan and Bangladesh [that] killed more than 400 people. ...

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