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26 May 2020

Cambodia: Fired garment workers keep watch 24/7 outside their former factories' compound; while owners fail to honour payment

Author: Hun Sirivadh, VOD

"Awaiting Payouts, Fired Garment Workers Keep Watch Outside Factory", 23 May 2020...

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22 April 2020

Fashion Transparency Index 2020 ranks fashion brands & retailers on social & environmental issues; Finds majority of brands lack transparency

Author: Fashion Transparency Index

"The Fashion Transparency Index 2020", April 2020...

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10 February 2020

Cambodia: 1,000 garment workers strike over unpaid wages & benefits at factories producing for intl. brands; Includes company responses

In January 2020, nearly 1,000 garment workers in Kandal province, Cambodia, went on strike over unpaid wages and benefits at sister factories Dignity Knitter Ltd. and Eco Base. According to local reports, workers are owed wages since mid-December and...

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Company response
4 February 2020

John Lewis' response

Author: John Lewis

"We were very concerned to hear that workers in Eco Base factory are owed wages. This is completely unacceptable. We are a member of the Better Work programme and have been in contact with 'Better Work' representatives in Cambodia who have confirmed...

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17 May 2018

Chile: UK supermarkets linked to avocados sourced from regions where water rights abuses occur; incl. co comments

Author: Alice Facchini and Sandra Laville, The Guardian

Major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl source avocados from Chile’s largest avocado-producing province, Petorca, where water rights have been violated......

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7 February 2018

UK: Gig economy workers again call on govt. to change laws denying them basic rights following death of a self-employed courier

Author: Robert Booth, The Guardian

Gig economy workers have expressed anger that long-awaited changes to working practices in Britain have stopped short of bringing in new laws to prevent bogus self-employment, which denies basic rights to around 1.1 million couriers, minicab drivers...

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29 January 2018

New report by Oxfam finds economic inequality & poor working conditions among female workers

Author: Oxfam

“Reward work, not wealth”...

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6 September 2017

UK: John Lewis & Habitat withdraw granite worktops over slavery concerns in India

Author: Kate Hodal & Peter Bengtsen, Guardian (UK)

"John Lewis and Habitat withdraw granite worktops over slavery concerns," 3 September 2017...

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22 June 2017

New laws & public opinion can help fight modern slavery, but companies should be more proactive in self-reporting

Author: Lindsay Fortado, Financial Times (UK)

Forced labour was once a niche human rights matter for large companies but it has moved to the forefront of corporate concerns with the introduction of the UK's Modern Slavery Act. ... While the law is often criticised for lacking teeth... it has...

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12 June 2017

Briefing: Modern slavery reporting: Weak and notable practice

Author: CORE, Anti-Slavery International, Unicef UK, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

This particular briefing draws on CORE’s and BHRRC’s analysis of 83 slavery and human trafficking statements in February 2016, BHRRC’s October 2016 review of FTSE 100 company reports; and Ergon Associates’ research on company statements up to May 20...

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