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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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8 August 2010

Gap, Next and M&S in new sweatshop scandal [India]

Author: Gethin Chamberlain, Observer [UK]

Some of the biggest names on the British high street are at the centre of a major sweatshop scandal. An Observer investigation has found staff at their Indian suppliers working up to 16 hours a day. Marks & Spencer, Gap and Next have all launched...

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2 August 2010

Better Jobs in Better Supply Chains

Author: Oxfam Hong Kong

Oxfam believes business plays a key role in poverty reduction by creating jobs that enable people to work their way out of poverty. There is a growing body of evidence that better labor standards also benefit business by boosting sales, staff...

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31 January 2010

Ugly low-pay truth of high street fashion

Author: Nicola Smith, Sunday Times [UK]

Factory workers in Sri Lanka are struggling to survive on basic wages… to produce clothes for leading British retailers... Even in the better factories supplying companies such as Marks & Spencer and Next, thousands of women work six days a week...

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