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25 May 2012

A Company’s Stand for Gay Marriage, and Its Cost [USA]

Author: James Stewart, New York Times

In the months leading up to North Carolina’s vote...to ban gay marriage...not one Fortune 500 company based in North Carolina, including Bank of America, Duke Energy, VF Corporation and Lowe’s, opposed it...But one company did: Replacements Limited.....

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5 July 2012

How Timberland is building a better life for factory workers' children

Author: Leon Kaye founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com, in Guardian [UK]

Going beyond improvements in the quality of life of factory workers, Timberland now demonstrates what companies can do to provide a better quality of life for children whose parents manufacture its products. From child care to clean water projects,...

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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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10 April 2013

SkiCo joins Starbucks, Nike, others in push for climate laws [USA]

Author: Aspen Business Journal [USA]

As President Barack Obama unveils his budget for the coming year, 33 major U.S. companies, including the Aspen Skiing Company, signed a “climate declaration,” urging federal policymakers to take action on climate change. SkiCo joins some of the...

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30 April 2013

Allegations regarding labour rights abuses at E-Garment factory in Cambodia

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In February 2013, Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) released a brief alleging recurring labour rights abuses at the E-Garment factory in Kandal Province, Cambodia. E-Garment is owned by Hong Kong-based Yee Tung Garment Company and supplies to various...

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1 May 2013

Respect for children’s rights brings business benefits

Author: David Carlsson, Enact

Accusations of taking advantage of child labour pose very serious reputational risks for companies...This has, however, also resulted in a generally narrow understanding of the relationship between companies and children’s rights...[T]he Children’s...

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1 May 2013

Response by VF Corp: NGOs allege violence & illegal dismissal of unionised workers at E-Garment factory, owned by Yee Tung and supplying major intl. brands.

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27 June 2013

U.S. Retailers Near Pact on Bangladesh Factory Safety [Bangladesh]

Author: Suzanne Kapner, Wall Street Journal

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Gap Inc. and other large U.S. retailers are nearing an agreement to establish a $50 million, five-year fund to improve safety conditions in Bangladesh garment factories..The $50 million fund, a critical component of the deal, is...

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23 July 2013

Letter to House and Senate Members

Author: Signed by: Daniel Duty, Vice President, Global Affairs, Target; Jay Jorgensen, Senior Vice President, Global Chief Compliance Officer, Wal-Mart Stores; Thomas A. Nelson, Vice President, Global Product Procurement, VF Corporation; Bobbi Silten, Senior Vice President, Global Responsibility, Gap Inc & President, Gap Foundation

Under the guidance of former U.S. Senators George J. Mitchell and Olympia Snowe, and with the help of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a group of North American retailers, industry associations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have come...

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1 August 2013

[PDF] From Audit to Innovation: Advancing Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

Author: Shift

Leading brands and retailers have, for several decades, recognized the need to address adverse social and labor conditions within their supply chains. The global convergence around the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights has reaffirmed...

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