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'Fair Labor' Certification Program to Spotlight Socially Responsible Business Practices

Progressive Grocer

EMERYVILLE, Calif. - A coalition of organizations and industry players have launched a new certification program recognizing socially responsible business practices by agricultural businesses.

The group includes Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a sustainability standards developer and certifier in sectors such as food, forestry, fisheries, and cut flowers; Numi Organic Tea, the International Labor Rights Fund, and NSF International, an independent nonprofit developer of standards and certifications for food, water, and consumer goods... 

Oscuridad en la Mina (Darkness in the Mine)

Semana (Colombia)

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Después de Chiquita, la empresa de carbón Drummond enfrenta en Estados Unidos cargos por nexos con el paramilitarismo. ¿Cuál es la verdad?

"La gente empezó a decirnos que había carros de la Drummond andando con gente armada. Un día les dije a los soldados: 'vamos a hacerle una emboscada a esta gente', y nos paramos a lado y lado del camino. Venía un carro y le salimos. Se bajó un señor y me dijo: 'yo soy el coronel Rodríguez, de seguridad de la empresa'. Entonces le dije: 'mi coronel, ¿cómo está?

How fair is your eco gear?

NOW Toronto


Someone must have slipped some thing in my water, because a giant two-dimensional sex kitten seems to be beckoning me to try on a bamboo bra. A few feet later, a billboard promises 10 per cent off anything in the store if I simply slip on a pair of organic jeans. But this is no hippy mirage. It's the mall at 6 pm on a Monday.

Welcome to the mainstreaming of eco chic.

Labor Compliance Issue Comes to the Forefront

Women's Wear Daily

Excerpt from article:

The way the apparel industry addresses labor rights abroad has evolved
over the past decade, but as the abuses in Jordanian factories that came
to light last year attest, much work remains to be done.

On the forefront of the labor issue is Marcela Manubens, vice president
of global human rights and social responsibility at Phillips-Van Heusen
Corp., considered a leader in the area.

"Compliance is, in fact, an important element of our sourcing
strategy," Manubens said... 


Sandy Supercenter Wal-Mart Protest Takes Global Slant

Salt Lake Tribune

SANDY - They waved signs, shouted slogans and even staged a mock chain gang led by caricatures of Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott and China's President Hu Jintao to dissuade shoppers from visiting the new Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Yet despite their best efforts and the intermittent honking of horns by passers-by sounding their support, the nearly two dozen picketers representing Utah Jobs with Justice and the National Organization for Women failed to thin the number of shoppers looking for bargains.
Still, the protesters were as undaunted...