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Wal-Mart's Reforms Bring its Critics to the Bargaining Table

Wal-Mart's Reforms Bring its Critics to the Bargaining Table

The public relations war waged by groups like Wal-Mart Watch and Wake Up Wal-Mart on the country's largest employer—and for a long time, biggest corporate villain—appears to be entering détente. Nearly half of the staffers at the two organizations have been let go, and Wal-Mart has in turn, scaled back its public relations efforts—which were ramped up several years ago to engender good will in the face of heavy criticism.

May 8, 2008

What Do They Mean By "Monitoring?"

What Do They Mean By "Monitoring?"

Saying that you monitor your supply chain to ensure that labor and environmental standards are followed looks great on a CSR report, but it's how a company goes about this monitoring that really tells the story.

May 1, 2008

Banana Republic's UK Opening Marred by Sweatshop Allegations

Banana Republic's UK Opening Marred by Sweatshop Allegations

As Banana Republic prepared to open its first stores in the UK last week, new allegations broke concerning the company's use of sweatshop labor. Workers there are said to be subjected to 70 hour weeks at as little as 26 cents per hour, with their overtime wages are routinely withheld.

March 25, 2008

Have Your Blue Jeans Been to More Countries Than You?

Have Your Blue Jeans Been to More Countries Than You?

Americans spend around $16 billion dollars a year on blue jeans, most of which are now made overseas. But if you're curious about where your jeans really come from, the words "made in Bangladesh" are probably telling you only the end of a story that spans thousands of miles, touching the lives of people in as many as five or six different countries.

February 11, 2008

The Supply Chain Alibi

The Supply Chain Alibi

No company wants to be known for employing children in sweatshops or coating their products in lead paint, but intricate supply chains filled with contractors and subcontractors have helped to insulate global corporations from the responsibility of ensuring that their products are safe and ethical.

February 8, 2008

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