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7 May 2013

The Bangladesh factory collapse: why CSR is more important than ever

Author: Christine Bader for Guardian Sustainable Business Blog

As the death toll from the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh tops 700...it is time to ask whether corporate social responsibility (CSR) has achieved anything at all...CSR is about a company owning its impacts on individuals and communities.....

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5 May 2013

Bangladesh, ILO Agree Labor Reform After Factory Collapse

Author: Arun Devnath & Pratish Narayanan, Bloomberg

Bangladesh’s government, workers, employers and the International Labour Organization agreed to a plan to improve employee rights and safety after more than 600 people were killed in a factory building collapse...The ILO proposals, which include...

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30 April 2013

Shoppers Face Hurdles in Finding Ethical Clothing [Bangladesh]

Author: Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press

…Last week's building collapse in Bangladesh that killed hundreds of clothing factory workers put a spotlight on the sobering fact that people in poor countries often risk their lives working in unsafe factories to make the cheap T-shirts and...

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26 March 2013

Lone Ranger Drowning Death: Producer Fined for Workplace Safety Violations [USA]

Author: Natalie Finn, E Online

A death on the set of The Lone Ranger last year has led to a citation for workplace-safety violations for the Disney film's production company. Silver Bullet Productions must pay $61,445 in fines after the California Division of Occupational Safety...

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5 February 2013

Bangladesh factory fires: the hidden dangers of subcontracting [Bangladesh]

Author: Sean Ansett & Jeffrey Hantover, Ethical Corporation

…Most recently the 112 fatalities at Tazreen Fashions have put the spotlight on the problem of unauthorised and unmonitored subcontracting in the global supply chain. Wal-Mart, Sears, Disney and Li & Fung claim they had no knowledge that their...

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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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1 January 2013

Report finds information & communication industry makes progress eliminating conflict minerals from supply chain while other industries remain behind

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1 January 2013

[PDF] What's Needed: An Overview of Multi-Stakeholder and Industry Activities to Achieve Conflict-Free Minerals

Author: Responsible Sourcing Network

[Refers to Advanced Micro Devices (ADM), AIM Metals & Alloys, Alpha, American Mitsuba, AngloGold Ashanti, Apple, Asahi Pretec, AT&T, AVX, Banro, Best Buy, Boeing, BorgWarner, Cartier (part of Richemont), Chrysler, Cisco, Dell, Deloitte, Delphi...

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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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14 August 2012

Disney sued for discrimination by former employee over Muslim hijab [USA]

Author: Amanda Holpuch, Guardian [UK]

A Muslim woman filed a federal suit against the Walt Disney Company...on the grounds of religious discrimination and harassment. Imane Boudlal, a naturalized US citizen born in Morocco, says that while working at Disney's California theme park she...

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