Fighting FTAs

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February 7, 2008, GRAIN and BIOTHAI are today launching a collaborative publication, "Fighting FTAs: The growing resistance to bilateral free trade and investment agreements". While global trade talks at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) stagnate, governments and corporations are busy spinning a complex web of bilateral free trade and investment agreements (FTAs). "Fighting FTAs" looks at what this FTA frenzy is really about, how social movements are fighting back and strategic learnings emerging from these struggles.

Flyer for Florists and Retailers

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February 2, 2008

ILRF encourages florists and other selling flowers to look for the certification labels of Veriflora and TransFair USA as one way to better the conditions for cut flower workers.

This document is a basic informational guide with information about Veriflora and TransFair USA and also indicates which retailers have the certified flowers available.

Development, Trade and Labor Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

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January 10, 2008

Is investment in the garment industry in Africa a helpful development tool? The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has, since 2000, provided free access to the U.S. market for specified goods produced or processed in the poorest African countries. Most AGOA benefits are taken by oil producing countries. The largest investments in manufacturing are in the garment industry. However, throughout the world, garment industries have been the most footloose, moving from country to country following government incentives and low wages.

Tackling the Contradictions in the Global Fashion Industry

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January 1, 2008

ITGLWF/InditITGLWF/Inditex Professor of Ethical Fashion Doug Miller's lecture from last year's Maquila Solidarity Network's ethical fashion week is now available for download in PDF format. Entitled "Beauty & the Beast," the lecture looks at the back-story of environmental and human rights issues (the Beast) behind the fashion industry (Beauty).