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18 October 2013

ILO and Bangladesh Govt. launch major 3.5-year initiative to improve working conditions and safety in garment factories

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16 May 2013
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Author: Peuples solidaires & Collectif Ethique sur l’étiquette (France)

Les marques leaders de l’habillement dans le monde s’engagent à mettre en œuvre l’Accord sur les incendies et la sécurité des bâtiments au Bangladesh avant la date butoir fixée à minuit le 15 mai. L’Accord s’applique désormais à plus de 1000 usines d...

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15 May 2013

Walmart refuses to join worker safety deal [Bangladesh]

Author: Simon Neville, Guardian [UK]

Walmart has confirmed it will not sign up to a legally binding agreement on worker safety and building regulations in Bangladesh…[T]he…retail giant has created its own agreement, which it claims goes beyond the current accord…The company…said the deal...

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14 May 2013

Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety released [Bangladesh]

Author: IndustriALL Global Union

Ahead of the midnight deadline, at least 24 garment and retail brands sourcing from Bangladesh have agreed to sign on to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. IndustriALL, UNI Global Union and their NGO partners are expecting further...

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30 April 2013

[PDF] The Catastrophe of Bangladesh - An emblematic case of global capitalism

Author: Alejandro Teitelbaum, Jus Semper Global Alliance

In this brief…[Alejandro Teitelbaum, former Permanent Representative to the UN for the American Association of Jurists]…analyses the catastrophe that occurred in Bangladesh in a building where more than 3000 people worked and where almost a third died...

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11 December 2012

[PDF] Issue 3: Quarterly Bulletin on Business & Children - Dec 2012

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The purpose of this e-bulletin is to help keep everyone working in this field informed about recent key developments and forthcoming initiatives. [includes contributions by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; UNICEF; UN Global Compact; Save the...

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Company response
3 August 2012

Mothercare response

Author: Mothercare

Mothercare has a strong track record, over many years, of acting responsibly to tackle ethical trading issues and achieve better outcomes for workers…also an active member of the local Tirupur Stakeholders’ Forum (TSF), which was set up directly to...

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1 July 2012

[PDF] Bonded (child) labour in the South Indian Garment Industry: An Update of Debate and Action on the ‘Sumangali Scheme’

Author: SOMO / India Committee of the Netherlands

…[T]he Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN)… published two major reports [‘Captured by Cotton’, 2011 and ‘Maid in India’, 2012] documenting the exploitation of Dalit girls in the...

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26 April 2012

"Young Dalit women exploited in Indian garment industry"

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26 April 2012

[PDF] full report: "Maid in India"

Author: India Committee of the Netherlands, SOMO

From October 2010, ETI started pushing collaboration among its members regarding Sumangali and Camp Coolie schemes. This resulted in thethe Sumangali Bonded Labour Group (SBL Group) which currently consists of 20 brands and retailers: Arcadia, ASDA,...

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