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3 March 2011

Apparel Industry Leaders Launch Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Author: Sustainable Apparel Coalition

A group of leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, manufacturers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic experts, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today launched the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The Coalition will work...

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15 December 2010

Clothing brands criticised over Bangladesh fire

Author: Jonathan Birchall, Financial Times

A group of labour rights organisations has accused leading US and European clothing retailers and brands of failing to push for improved safety conditions in factories in Bangladesh, following the latest in a series of fatal fires at factories in the...

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14 December 2010

Bangladesh factory blaze kills 25, injures 100

Author: Munir Uz Zaman, Agence France Presse

A raging fire on Tuesday tore through a huge Bangladeshi garment factory that makes clothes for Western shops including Gap, killing at least 25 workers and injuring 100 more. Many of the dead were killed after they jumped from the building in a...

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19 November 2010

Wages, conditions improve as workers in China form unions

Author: Kathy Chu and Michelle Yun, USA Today

…Lan Yimin represents the new generation of Chinese factory workers…While she's following in her parents' footsteps on the assembly line, unlike them, she's less willing to…toil away for meager pay and benefits. She has more job options and better...

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1 November 2010

As You Sow report rates US apparel companies' global supply chain compliance programmes - Levi Strauss, Wal-Mart rank top

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1 November 2010

[PDF] Toward a Safe, Just Workplace: Apparel Supply Chain Compliance Programs

Author: As You Sow

The report provides detailed, analogous data on supplier standards compliance and initiatives in ten key areas: code of conduct, auditing, remediation, scorecard, preferred suppliers, continuous improvement, purchasing, collaboration, management...

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17 October 2010

Alianza Fashion: A Test Case for the Guatemalan Government & the Office of the United States Trade Representative

Author: National Labor Committee [US]

Alianza Fashion in Guatemala, with 1,350 workers, sews garments for Briggs New York [for Kellwood], Sag Harbor [for Kellwood], Fashion Bug [for Charming Shoppes], Alfani and JM Collection [for Macy’s]. Forced overtime...[is] the norm...Workers are...

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11 April 2010

Action for safe factories in Bangladesh on 5th anniversary of Spectrum disaster

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

April 11 marks the fifth anniversary of the collapse of the Spectrum/Shahriyar Sweater factory in Bangladesh, which killed 64 workers and injured 80...To mark the anniversary of the Spectrum collapse, the CCC, the Maquila Solidarity Network (Canada),...

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7 April 2010

Corporate Social Responsibility: Wisdom or Window Dressing?

Author: William Fisher, Truthout

Truthout contributor William Fisher talked with Chip Pitts, one of the world's leading authorities on [Corporate Social Responsibility]. In this interview, Professor Pitts answers key questions…Professor Pitts currently serves as…adviser to the UN...

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16 March 2010

The 2010 DiversityInc Top 50 List [USA]

Author: DiversityInc

[Companies, in order of ranking, highest first: Sodexo, Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Marriott International, IBM Corp., Bank of America, Abbott, Verizon Communications, American Express...

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