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Bangladesh Accord: Brief Progress Report and Proposals for Enhancement

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April 24, 2017

Founded in 2013, three weeks after the deadliest disaster in the history of the global apparel industry, the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety has made factories safer for more than two-and-a-half million garment workers. The improvements in structural, fire, and electrical safety accomplished under the Accord have helped avert further factory fires and building collapses in an industry long plagued by grossly unsafe working conditions.

Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment Industry

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April 20, 2017

The garment and footwear industry stretches around the world. Clothes and shoes sold in stores in the US, Canada, Europe, and other parts of the world typically travel across the globe. They are cut and stitched in factories in Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, or other regions. Factory workers in Bangladesh or Romania could have made clothes only weeks ago that consumers elsewhere are eagerly picking up. When global supply chains are opaque, consumers often lack meaningful information about where their apparel was made.

Bangladeshi Union Leaders Detained in Crackdown on Labor Movement, Bail Denied

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January 24, 2017

Last month, during the peak of the holiday shopping season, tens of thousands of garment workers in Ashulia, Bangladesh, who produced clothing for export, held nonviolent protests calling for a new minimum wage in the range of 15,000 to 16,000 taka (US$191-203) per month. The current 5,300 taka (US$67) monthly wage is insufficient to provide for nutritious food for a family, let alone to cover other basic household expenses.

Open letter to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha regarding conviction of Andy Hall

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December 10, 2016

Dear Prime Minister Prayut:

On this International Human Rights Day, we, the undersigned, write to you concerning the conviction of Andy Hall for criminal defamation and violations of the Computer Crime Act. Hall’s conviction was in relation to research he undertook by interviewing migrant workers and sending raw interview data to Finnwatch, which then analyzed the information and published it in the Finnwatch report Cheap Has a High Price. Finnwatch wrote and published the report online in January 2013 in Helsinki, Finland.

Dangerous Delays on Worker Safety

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November 21, 2016

Three and a half years after the catastrophic Rana Plaza building collapse, major apparel brands and retailers that are part of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety – including Gap Inc., Target, VF Corporation, Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), and Walmart1 – are failing to fulfill their commitments to make their supplier factories safe, leaving hundreds of thousands workers at risk.

Harnessing Digital Platforms to Mobilize Workers in China

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October 18, 2016

Community-based, non-proft workers’ rights centers in China have proliferated since the mid-1990s with the common goal of assisting internal migrant workers in resolving labor rights disputes. Founded by migrant workers and concerned professionals, these organizations primarily provide pro bono legal aid and trainings to individuals and groups of migrant workers in their local communities.

RSPO complaint against Indofood for labor violations

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October 11, 2016

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), Rainforest Action Network (RAN), and Indonesian labor rights advocacy organization OPPUK lodged a formal complaint against palm oil giant Indofood with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry’s largest certification scheme. Indofood is the largest private palm oil plantation company in Indonesia, and has yet to adopt a commitment to using only responsibly produced palm oil. The company is a major joint venture partner of global snack food brand PepsiCo.

Printable Halloween Cocoa Cards - 2016

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October 7, 2016

Over 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, where cocoa farming families, with an average of 6 people, live on roughly $2 per day. As a result, over 2 million children are relied on to harvest the cocoa crop each year. 

This Halloween, distribute better chocolate to trick-or-treaters, and spread awareness about the issue with these Halloween cards we developed with our ally Green America.

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