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Launch of CSC9000t Code of Conduct [part of "Briefing on the Chinese Garment Industry"]

Author: Ruth Domoney, Labor Behind the Label, Published on: 2 February 2007

CSC9000t (the China Social Compliance 9000 for the textile and apparel industry) is a code of conduct for textile and clothing enterprises. It was launched in 2005 by the China National Textile and Apparel Council, (CNTAC)...As of August 2005 roughly 170 Chinese firms had signed up to participate, and two major foreign investors, the Hudson Bay Company (Canadian) and Linmark (Hong Kong) had agreed to work with their suppliers to implement the code...there are several problems [with the code]...[It] is based mainly on Chinese labour law, plus some international conventions...it does not allow for freedom of association...The ITGLWF has characterised it as a watered down version of SA8000h, due to the absence of FoA provision, living wage allowances and freedom from discrimination on political affiliation or sexual orientation...There have been significant problems with previous auditing systems...the code...is administered without any external, independent verification mechanism.

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Related companies: Hudson's Bay