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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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2 April 2012

GLOBAL: Brands receive top marks in child labour risk report

Author: Petah Marian, Just-Style

PVH, Adidas, Gildan Activewear, Next, Gap and H&M have received top marks in a report ranking companies on how they manage and disclose risks of child labour use and children's rights violations in their operations and supply chains. Some 14 out...

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25 August 2011

Hundreds sick in mass fainting at Cambodian factory

Author: Prak Chan Thul, Reuters

Nearly 300 Cambodian workers fell sick this week at a garment factory producing goods for…Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), police said…A total 284 workers collapsed on Tuesday and Thursday at M&V International Manufacturing Ltd, a supplier for H...

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12 July 2011

Social audits flawed as a way of driving sustainable change

Author: Rachel Wilshaw, Guardian [UK]

On the plus side, ethical...audits have helped companies map their supply chains, signalled zero tolerance of child and forced labour, and delivered improvements in health and safety. But they are seriously flawed as a tool for assuring labour...

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5 May 2011

Captured by Cotton : Exploited Dalit girls produce garments in India for European and US markets [India]

Author: SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations) and ICN (India Committee of the Netherlands)

Big garment brands and retailers have their products made under exploitative and unhealthy conditions by girls in Tamil Nadu, South India. The girls, mostly younger than 18 and from a Dalit background are employed under the Sumangali Scheme. In its...

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1 May 2011

[PDF] ‘Raising the Bar’ – next steps on the journey towards sustainability in the sports apparel industry

Author: Two Tomorrows

adidas commissioned Two Tomorrows to facilitate a workshop...The event focused on adidas’s supply chain management in the context of major sporting events (including, but not limited to the London Olympics 2012)...Key points [include]...four key...

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25 January 2011

[PDF] Migrant Labour in the Apparel Sector in Mauritius: Responsible Recruitment, Responsible Employment

Author: Institute for Human Rights and Business

The Institute for Human Rights and Business is hosting a series of Business and Migration roundtables for Collective Action between 2010-2012 for apparel companies, governments and civil society addressing issues of worker protection and human rights...

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1 January 2011

[PDF] Multi-Stakeholder Roundtable - Bangladeshi Migrant Workers in the Apparal Sector: Responsible Recruitment, Responsible Return

Author: Institute for Human Rights and Business

On 28‐29 June 2011, the Institute for Human Rights and Business…and the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, Dhaka University…convened a roundtable…to explore the responsibilities of companies and governments in raising standards of migrant...

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12 December 2010

Britain's high street chains are named by sweatshop probe

Author: Gethin Chamberlain, Observer [UK]

Some of the biggest names on the British high street use Indian sweatshops which pay poverty wages and break labour laws to keep costs to a bare minimum, according to a new report. Marks & Spencer, Next, Monsoon, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins and...

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