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Fashion in Top 5 Industries Linked to Modern Slavery

Fashion in Top 5 Industries Linked to Modern Slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Each year Australia imports a whopping $US4 billion worth of clothes and accessories that may be tainted by slave labor. The Global Slavery Index 2018, published by the Walk Free Foundation last week, ranks the garment industry as the second largest category of imports that are at-risk of being produced by victims of modern slavery. The number one spot went to electronics. Overall, Australia imports $12 billion worth of goods at risk of slavery in their supply chains.

EcoVadis's insight:

In developed nations where forced labor may seem unthinkable to the average citizen, consumers are still supporting slavery in a crucial way — through imports of clothing, tech and other commodities.

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Bangladeshi slum kids work over 60 hours a week to make clothes: research

One third of children living in the slums of Bangladesh's capital spend more than 60 hours a week making clothes for the garment sector, well beyond the legal working limit, a London-based thinktank said on Wednesday.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said 32 percent of children aged between 10 and 14 living in Dhaka's slum settlements were out of school and engaged in full-time work in clothing factories - according to a survey of 2,700 children.

EcoVadis's insight:

New research survey raises issue on child labour in Bangladesh; are you creating incentives to comply with child labour laws?

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OECD Guidelines for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector

OECD Guidelines for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The OECD has developed a Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector. This Guidance, developed through an intense multi-stakeholder process, supports a common understanding of due diligence and responsible supply chain management in the sector. 
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This guidance aims to help enterprises implement the due diligence recommendations contained in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

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The Strategic Sourceror: Levi's built worker well-being and sustainability into supply chain

The Strategic Sourceror: Levi's built worker well-being and sustainability into supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Levi Straus and Co. has used the trend toward sustainability and listening to the voice of its workers to improve supply chain management, according to GreenBiz.com. Levi's new approach involves improving worker well-being by ensuring they have opportunities for economic empowerment, good health, family security, equality, access to education and a safe working environment.

EcoVadis's insight:

News about Levi Strauss & Co.'s recent move towards supplier capacity building and engagement.

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Tim Kitchin's curator insight, April 26, 2013 1:23 PM

Good to see economic empowerment figuring in here as we strive for greener GROWTH !

EcoVadis's comment, April 29, 2013 12:49 AM
Thanks for your comment. Indeed, "greener" growth also implies better social and economic conditions in global supply chains, not only environmental impacts as such. Let's hope for better economic and fair retribution for workers as well!

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