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13 May 2013

H&M and Inditex agree to Bangladesh building and fire safety plan

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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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15 April 2013

Wal-Mart, Sears Refuse Compensation for Factory Victims [Bangladesh]

Author: Renee Dudley, Bloomberg

Wal-Mart…and Sears…have…declined to join…other companies in…compensating victims of a fire…at a Bangladesh garment factory…[and] also didn’t respond to an invitation to attend a meeting…to discuss compensation payments…Sears…has no plans “to attend...

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12 April 2013

Export Digest: Better Work Practices in Lesotho Garment Factories

Author: Cos Mamhunze, on Southern Africa Trade Hub, US Agency for International Development

...Lesotho's apparel sector...is key to the national economy...Better Work Lesotho...is working with garment and footwear factories...to improve their compliance with labour standards and promote their competitiveness...[It] is funded by the United...

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5 March 2013

Leading apparel brands urge Peru to repeal harmful law

Author: IndustriALL Global Union

In a letter to President Ollanta Humala Tasso…brands have expressed concern that Decree 22342 governing ‘non-traditional exports’ acts to encourage and condone violations of labour rights and…poses an obstacle to the proper application of their codes...

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23 January 2013

[PDF] Respecting Human Rights Through Global Supply Chains

Author: Shift

From 18-19 October 2012, Shift held the second in a series of workshops with business leaders...The workshops form part of Shift’s Business Learning Program, aimed at supporting the implementation by companies of the UN Guiding Principles on Business...

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17 December 2012

[DOC] Unilever appoints Global Vice President for Social Impact

Author: Unilever

Marcela Manubens will be joining Unilever as Global Vice President Social Impact. She will be tasked with the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and will also lead the development of the livelihoods pillar of the...

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5 December 2012

Wal-Mart Nixed Paying Bangladesh Suppliers to Fight Fire

Author: Renee Dudley & Arun Devnath, Bloomberg

At a meeting convened in 2011 to boost safety at Bangladesh garment factories, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. made a call: paying suppliers more to help them upgrade their manufacturing facilities was too costly. The...meeting...was attended by more than a...

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1 November 2012

Over 100 Powerhouse Apparel Brands and Companies Have Signed the Cotton Pledge [Uzbekistan]

Author: Responsible Sourcing Network

Responsible Sourcing Network...surpassed 100 signatories to the RSN Cotton Pledge...The growing number of...brands and retailers publicly committing to avoid Uzbek cotton communicates to the Government of Uzbekistan that the apparel industry does not...

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26 October 2012

Statement Regarding Gap’s Refusal to Agree to a Fire Safety Program in Bangladesh

Author: IndustriALL Global Union Federation, Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Nework, Workers Rights Consortium

Gap Inc. has refused to participate in a comprehensive fire safety program, to which two other major apparel brands [PVH, Tchibo] have already committed, to address the deadly working conditions at its supplier factories in Bangladesh. [Business &...

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