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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.

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

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Fashion brands sign up to Bangladesh safety act | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management

Fashion brands sign up to Bangladesh safety act | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Retailers and clothing manufacturers have agreed to sign up to the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Act, which it is hoped will improve conditions for workers in the country's garment and textile factories.
EcoVadis's insight:

Will such public private collaborations such as the  Bangladesh Fire and Safety Act, a legally-binding agreement, eventually be a first step towards better and safer working conditions in global supply chains?

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EcoVadis's comment, May 31, 2013 12:27 AM
Too bad Walmart chose to act on its own on this. Isn't collaboration a win win situation to solve such complex issues?
Amelia's comment, May 31, 2013 6:48 AM
Yes, it is bad, some of fashion retailers also chose not to sign. I think they believe that their own way will be much more effective than signing that pact..
EcoVadis's comment, June 1, 2013 8:33 PM
Indeed.... Meanwhile, we know that collaboration decreases costs (e.g. shared audit) and can be very effective (e.g. Joint Audit Cooperation in the telco industry, or EcoVadis-led Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative)...
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Bangladesh Fire Exposes Safety Gap in Supply Chain

Bangladesh Fire Exposes Safety Gap in Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A blaze that killed 112 workers in Bangladesh last month exposed a disconnect among retailers like Sears and Walmart, the monitoring system to protect workers and the factories filling the orders.
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Beyond the abominable tragedy, this article from the New York times also highlights key issues such as the opacity in sub-contracting networks, the lack of corrective actions and follow-ups once non-conformities are uncovered during audits, and of course the tragic lack of investment in what does not directly impact the bottom line...

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Tesco stops sourcing at unsafe Bangladesh factory

Tesco stops sourcing at unsafe Bangladesh factory | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
UK retail giant Tesco has stopped taking clothing from one of its supplier factories in Bangladesh after a structural survey of the site revealed serious safety issues.
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An expected response from Tesco: withdrawal.  This is of course more cost effective than capacity building or supplier training , but what about the social consequences for already impoverished economies?

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Wal-Mart's sourcing guidelines get tepid reception

Wal-Mart's sourcing guidelines get tepid reception | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Updated sourcing guidelines released this week by Wal-Mart have received a tepid reception at best, with industry watchers warning they are sceptical as to whether the new rules will be fully enforced.
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Despite doubts raised over Walmart's actual enforcement of sustainable procurement strategy, it recently stated a zero tolerance policy for any unauthorised subcontracting of its merchandise starting from 1 March 2013.  After the Tazreen incident, will Walmart indeed implement stricter rules and how is it possible for a company of Walmart size and scope of operations?  Here is an other related article from the Huffington Post.

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