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A Real Seed Project

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

There are some interesting new postings on the FLA web site related to the FLA’s Syngenta project. As FLA groupies know, that project relates to the FLA’s unique application of its methodologies used in the apparel industry to agriculture. Several years ago the FLA was asked to address the problem of the use of child labor in the Indian seed supply chain. The FLA commissioned two independent studies to assess the risks and then, based on the result of these studies , developed a new approach to internal and external monitoring of labor standards.

Where is Corporate Social Responsibility Heading?

Monday, August 2, 2010

This post was originally a contribution to the Institute for Human Rights and Business of which I am a member of it’s international advisory board. For more info on IHRB’s work please visit www.institutehrb.org.

The global economic crisis has shaken the manufacturing industry to its core over the last couple of years, and the impact on workers has been palpable around the world.

Discussing CSR in the Alps

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is taking many different forms these days. (You can look here for a quick discussion.) Electronics industry firms, and Information and Communications Technology firms in particular, founded the EICC (Electronic Industry Code of Conduct) and recently invited NGOs from US and Europe to a Stakeholder Engagement Meeting in Geneva, together with Global e-Sustainability Initiative.

Taking a Second Look at a Monitoring Evaluation

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Cesar Rodríguez-Garavito’s article in Politics and Society, “Global Governance and Labor Rights: Codes of Conduct and Anti-Sweatshop Struggles in Global Apparel Factories in Mexico and Guatemala” from Politics and Society offers an examination and evaluation of labor codes of conduct and monitoring systems in the broader context of global governance. He compares four monitoring systems in his paper, one of which is the FLA, which merits some response.

Visiting the D’Clase factory in the Dominican Republic

Monday, June 18, 2007

The recent FLA Board of Directors meeting in the Dominican Republic (DR) offered a rich variety of experiences for the many attendees and visitors. The events included not only the meeting itself, but also a fascinating visit to a local factory and a stimulating stakeholders meeting at which key issues relating to the local economy and industry were discussed.

 

Ethical Fashion: Considering the Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability Implications of Design from Fiber to Consumer

Monday, August 2, 2010

Authored by Marsha Dickson, PhD

How many young fashion designers graduate and take their first jobs having had the opportunity to visit an apparel factory? As a professor of fashion and apparel studies involved with several different design programs over the last two decades, my educated guess is that “virtually none” have had this experience. This number is even smaller when asked if the apparel factory is in one of the developing countries where over 95% of clothing sold in the United States is manufactured.

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