Labor Monitoring In Cambodia's Garment Industry: Lession for Africa

Publication Date: 

May 1, 2007

Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative has published a paper on the advances and setbacks in labor monitoring in Cambodia. It is based on research undertaken in the field, and identifies lessons that can be applied to the garment industry in Africa and other regions.

In a broader context, the paper draws attention to development paradigms that can undermine workers' rights, and the recent attempts to use improved labor standards as a competitive advantage in international trade. The paper highlights the need for greater international collaboration in this area.

A VALENTINE'S DAY REPORT: Worker Justice and Basic Rights on Flower Plantations in Colombia and Ecuador

Publication Date: 

February 13, 2007

Colombia and Ecuador Dominate U.S. Flower Market

  • Colombia is the largest flower exporter to the U.S., followed by Ecuador. Approximately

    60% of all flowers sold in the U.S. come from Colombia. A third of Ecuador’s yearly production is exported to the U.S. for Valentine’s Day.

Poverty Wages, Long Hours, Unhealthy Conditions, Sexual Harassment Afflict Workers

  • Workers earn poverty-level wages, making less than half of what is needed to meet basic needs