Oxfam publishes new report: "Better Jobs in Better Supply Chains" - includes case studies on business initiatives

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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 recruitment and retention, and supply chain productivity. Sustainable, green and ethical are moving from the margins to the mainstream. Is your business prepared? 'Better Jobs in Better Supply Chains' sets out two key labor issues based on Oxfam’s current analysis and two business behaviors that hinder rather than help. In each case the issue is explored and the benefits of addressing them are identified...Case studies are included on initiatives by Adidas, Next, Marks & Spencer, ASDA George [part of Wal-Mart], Danone, McDonalds and many other companies. There is a tool to help you benchmark your company, a section on emerging issues and a list of resources.

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2 February 2010

[PDF] Better jobs in better supply chains

Author: Oxfam International

Business plays a key role in poverty reduction by creating jobs that give people in developing countries the opportunity to work themselves out of poverty. Oxfam believes that better labour standards also benefit business by boosting sales, staff recruitment and retention, and supply chain productivity...This paper is intended for senior managers in all companies that source goods from developing countries. Examples are drawn mainly from the garment and agriculture industries but the learning is transferable to other industries, including electronics, construction, and services.

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