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[PDF] Getting Smarter: Ethical Trading in the Downturn

Author: Rosey Hurst, Dr Martin Buttle, Michelle Lehrer, Jonathan Sandars, Impactt, Published on: 1 April 2009

The results of Impactt’s assessments of 98 production sites during the year to August 2008 show that the risk posed by labour standards issues remains very real...Almost half of the sites we visited around the world were failing to pay the locally applicable minimum wage...Legal minimum wages were unable to keep up with the cost of living in many countries...We found extreme working hours...at 30% of the sites assessed. We also report an increase in the incidence of child labour...and a decrease in the prevalence of effective trade union representation...[refers to Marks & Spencer, Primark (part of Associated British Foods), Kingfisher, New Look, B&Q (part of Kingfisher), C&A, Hallmark Cards]

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Related companies: B&Q (part of Kingfisher) C&A Hallmark Cards Kingfisher Marks & Spencer New Look Primark (part of Associated British Foods)