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Corporate America's hidden risks: Major headaches threaten companies that ignore their 'moral liability.'

FORTUNE Magazine
06/28/2006




By Marc Gunther

NEW YORK (FORTUNE) -- Most FORTUNE 500 companies employ brigades of lawyers to limit their legal liability. But how many worry about their "moral liability"? Probably not enough, if only because the lines are blurring between the two.

Wal-Mart Convenes Group of Experts to Discuss Sustainable Business Solutions for the Textile Supply Chain

PR Newswire
06/27/2006

BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 27, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- As part of its continuing efforts to identify sustainable solutions and practices in every area of its business, Wal-Mart is hosting a two-day meeting today and tomorrow on issues and opportunities related to the sustainable production and use of textiles.

Bangladesh garment workers to stage fresh protests for wage hikes

Agence France Presse
06/19/2006

Bangladesh garment workers will stage a series of mass protests this week to demand a 30 percent salary hike amid continuing unrest, officials said Monday.

The planned demonstrations follow rioting last month in which 16 factories were torched and hundreds ransacked by employees. At least two people were killed and scores injured after security officers shot at workers.

CAFTA threatens small farmers

Miami Herald
06/18/2006

Guatemala's Government says CAFTA is the only Way to Gain Access to Bigger Markets; Critics Say It Threatens both Livelihoods and Traditional Ways of Life

By Jane Bussey

Jun. 18--GUATEMALA CITY -- Three times a week, Julian Mux walks two hours from his small parcel of land in the Guatemalan highlands to the nearest road, carrying just-harvested miniature zucchini that will end up in U.S. supermarkets.

Haiti Seeks US Tariff Relief for Garment Industry

LA Times
06/17/2006

The HOPE Act would create tens of thousands of jobs, proponents say.

By Carol J. Williams

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Vladimir Fabre had what passes here for a

decent-paying job: work as a fabric roller at a factory making T-shirts

for U.S. discount stores.

But three years ago, Fabre, his mother and four of his siblings lost

their employment, thanks to rising political violence here and fierce

competition from Asia. The Fabres now eke out an existence by boiling a

Jeans Take the Global Production Path

Women's Wear Daily
06/16/2006

By Evan Clark

WASHINGTON -THE MANUFACTURING OF BLUE jeans, a quintessential partof the American clothing culture since the Fifties, has gone global along with the rest of apparel production.

Domestic producers in the last decade or so have focused on the high end, as production of basic, volume-oriented styles migrated primarily south of the border to Mexico and Latin America.

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