Roadmap for Ethical Product Certification and Standard Setting Initiatives

Publication Date: 

May 1, 2009

Any certification program for ethical products must truly tackle the root causes of factory and farm sweatshop conditions in global supply chains. These programs should address the power imbalance inherent in current sourcing relationships that lead to rock-bottom product prices, contractor non-compliance, and poverty wages for workers. Credible certification systems should incorporate as basic and starting principles: a living wage for workers, independent worker organization, and fair pricing for contractors.

Legal Complaint Against Dole

Publication Date: 

April 28, 2009

This legal complaint was filed by the Conrad & Scherer law firm on April 28, 2009 in California state court in Los Angeles against Dole. The suit alleges that the company made illegal payments to right-wing paramilitary groups to intimidate workers from joining unions. The plaintiffs are 51 men allegedly murder by the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) for union organizing or attempting to prevent Dole from taking their land.

2009 ILRF Testimony to the USTR Regarding Philippines GSP Complaint

Publication Date: 

April 24, 2009

This is testimony to the United States Trade Representative delivered by ILRF on April 24, 2009 explains recent developments regarding labor rights violations in the Philippines. The testimony is related to the Generalized System of Preferences petition ILRF filed against the Philippines in 2007 based on the widespread attacks on workers' right to organize.

Memo to Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders regarding "yes" vote on Sustainability Report Resolution

Publication Date: 

April 13, 2009

ILRF is urging shareholders of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Corporation to support a resolution requesting company management to produce a report on its portfolio companies’ practices in the areas of labor and human rights and other issues related to the environmental and social impact of their business activities. This memo was sent on April 13, 2009 to the leading shareholder advisory services by ILRF and International Rivers, a nongovernmental organization concerned with the impact of dams on communities and the environment, urging a “yes” vote on this proposal.

Trafficking in Tobacco Farm Culture: Tobacco Companies’ Use of Video Imagery to Undermine Health Policy

Publication Date: 

April 1, 2009

Cigarette companies and their lobbying organization used tobacco industry–produced films and videos about tobacco farming to support their political, public relations, and public policy goals. Critical discourse analysis shows how tobacco companies utilized film and video imagery, and narratives of tobacco farmers and tobacco economies, for lobbying politicians and influencing consumers, industry-allied groups, and retail shop owners to oppose tobacco control measures and counter publicity on the health hazards, social problems, and environmental effects of tobacco growing.

Gendered Injustice: The Struggle of Women Flower Workers in Colombia

Publication Date: 

April 1, 2009

This report provides an introduction to the Colombian flower industry, its exploitation of women, and the struggle of Colombian flower workers for justice, as well as what allies in the United States can do to support these workers. Its analysis is based on contributions, reports and testimonies from flower workers, trade unionists and activists, mainly in Colombia, and on a combination of independent research, public materials and company documents.

A Lipton Worker Speaks out About Disposable Jobs!

Publication Date: 

March 3, 2009

This video provides real testimony from one of Lipton's 730 temporary workers in Khanewal, Pakistan. These workers are outsourced by an agency, denied all benefits entitled to the 22 regular workers and cannot join the workers' union. Workers want Unilever (Lipton's owner) to recognize them as real employees so that they can bargain for decent work!