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15 December 2010

Clothing brands criticised over Bangladesh fire

Author: Jonathan Birchall, Financial Times

A group of labour rights organisations has accused leading US and European clothing retailers and brands of failing to push for improved safety conditions in factories in Bangladesh, following the latest in a series of fatal fires at factories in the...

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3 March 2011

Apparel Industry Leaders Launch Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Author: Sustainable Apparel Coalition

A group of leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, manufacturers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic experts, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today launched the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The Coalition will work...

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9 May 2011

Company Response to Forced Child Labor in Uzbek Cotton

Author: International Labour Rights Forum

Companies across the US and Europe have taken a stand against forced child labor in the production of Uzbek cotton. In addition, some companies are working hard to develop clear traceability for cotton and other components of clothing....[C]ompanies...

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7 July 2011

Retailers such as Nike and Macy's boycott cotton from Uzbekistan to protest child labor

Author: Kathryn Kattalia, NY Daily News

Superstores Walmart and Macy's have joined up with such big names as Liz Claiborne, Nike, Eileen Fisher and Nautica [part of VF Corp.] to sign a pledge boycotting the use of cotton from Uzbekistan, WWD reported. They are among the first companies to...

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12 September 2011

Unprecedented Number of U.S. and European Apparel Companies and Major Industry Association Sign Pledge to Call for Elimination of Forced Child Labor in Uzbekistan

Author: Responsible Sourcing Network

More than 60 of the world’s best known apparel companies and brands as well as the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), which represents more than 800 brands, have signed a pledge to not knowingly source Uzbek cotton harvested using...

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28 September 2011

Clean Clothes Campaign calls on fashion companies to ban sandblasting

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 13 February 2011 Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) launched Stop the Killer Jeans! campaign, calling on leading fashion manufacturers and retailers to ban sandblasting - a technique for producing denim garments with an artificially worn look. CCC...

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1 December 2011

[PDF] Corporate Equality Index 2012; Rating American Workplaces on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality

Author: Human Rights Campaign Foundation

...[T]he Corporate Equality Index [CEI] represents [how] corporate America...prioritize[s] the protection, recruitment and retention of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender] employees...[S]uccessful U.S. businesses have proven...that LGBT...

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1 January 2012

2012 World's Most Ethical Companies

Author: Ethisphere

The World's Most Ethical (WME) Companies designation recognizes companies that truly go beyond making statements about doing business "ethically" and translate those words into action. WME honorees not only promote ethical business standards and...

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1 January 2012

[PDF] Background Paper for the World Development Report 2012: Private Sector Voluntary Initiatives on Labor Standards

Author: Kirsten Newitt, Senior Consultant, Ergon Associates

This paper will consider the role and functioning of private sector initiatives that are voluntarily adopted by companies in order to uphold, monitor and improve labour standards and working conditions in global supply chains, through activities such...

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18 January 2012

The Top 10 Trends in CSR for 2012

Author: Tim Mohin, of Advanced Micro Devices in Forbes

[T]he biggest developments to watch for this year in the ever growing and changing world of corporate social responsibility [include]...the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act [which] breaks new ground…by requiring many types of businesses to track four...

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