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China Suppliers to Move to Wal-Mart Town

Associated Press

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Chinese companies may be the next source of job creation in Wal-Mart's hometown, following in the footsteps of U.S. companies that have flocked to northwest Arkansas to work more closely with the world's largest retailer.

A leading executive search firm, Cameron Smith Associates, and another area company that works with foreign producers will host a conference in China next month to show manufacturers there how they can boost business by opening local offices to manage their accounts with Wal-Mart Stores Inc...


Congresistas estadounidenses dudan si flores colombianas merecen preferencias arancelarias

El Tiempo Colombia

Se fundamentan en versiones de sindicalistas en Colombia en el sentido de que el cierre del mayor cultivo de flores de Dole cerca de Bogotá fue porque sus trabajadores estaban sindicalizados.

Las dudas han sido expresdas por tres congresistas demócratas, Jan Schakowsky, Barbara Lee y Linda Sánchez, de visita en Colombia la semana pasada.



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OTTAWA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 2, 2005) - The latest controversy swirling around Wal-Mart and the non-ethical labour practices of many other companies shows that Canadians need better information about the products they buy. Consumers have a right to know the conditions in which products are made so they can make informed and ethical choices.

Not Enough Fish in the Sea

Los Angeles Times

As ocean seafood populations plummet, catching is mostly unhindered -- only Alaska is willing to self-police. Big business is starting to lend a hand.

Fish counters in green rain slickers patrol a narrow channel of glacier-fed river, keeping close tabs on the thousands of salmon that migrate upstream to spawn.

Protesters target local Wal-Mart

Lansing State Journal

By T.M. Shultz

MERIDIAN TWP. - Clementine Mthethwa of Swaziland shivered in the bitter cold Thursday afternoon on the sidewalk outside the Wal-Mart store in Okemos.

The 40-year-old factory worker from southern Africa makes sport shirts that are bought by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and sold in its stores. She said she makes a penny for every five shirts she puts together. That earns her about $35 a month in U.S. currency.

"They should give people better wages," Mthethwa said.

Toxic apparel discovered at Wal-Mart, other retailers

China Daily

Investigators are looking into how clothing containing cancer-causing agents found its way onto shelves at Wal-Mart, Carrefour and several local leading chain stores, according to a report posted yesterday on the website of the Beijing Administration For Industry and Commerce (BAIC).

Certain apparel made by 28 clothing brands sold in these stores failed quality inspections earlier this month because they contained unsafe materials, the administration found.


Inquirer (Philippines)

WHO CAN forget the manner in which the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) lavished praise on Ferdinand Marcos for proclaiming martial law? Back then, it breathlessly sang the praises of dictatorship: "[AmCham] wishes you every success in your endeavors to restore peace and order, business confidence economic growth and the well-being of the Filipino people and nation. We assure you of

our confidence and cooperation in achieving these objectives. We are communicating these feelings to our associates and affiliates in the United States."