Representatives of labour rights and women’s organizations from different regions in Mexico came together for a workshop of the Espacio network. This is the third workshop of the new network, which provides a space for the participating groups to do critical analysis and develop alternative strategies to tackle the impacts of global trade liberalization on the Mexican garment industry.
In response to a decision by the UK Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to suspend Levi Strauss's membership for refusing to commit to the ETI Living Wage standard, Canada's Ethical Trading Action Group (ETAG) has reduced Levi's score in its 2006 Transparency Report Card from 1st to 5th place.
On January 7, 2007, Calgary became Canada’s third major city to adopt a No Sweat purchasing policy, joining Vancouver and Toronto. The product of a lengthy effort by determined local No Sweat campaign activists, the new Sustainable Environmental and Ethical Procurement Policy now governs the City’s bulk purchases of apparel, food and chemicals.
Manitoba has become the first province in Canada to adopt No Sweat purchasing. The policy came into effect on January 1 and applies to apparel purchased in bulk by the Government of Manitoba – valued at $1.3 to $1.6 million dollars annually.
At MSN's request, seven major US apparel companies have added their names to a joint letter to the Philippine government, raising concerns about the alleged violent attacks on workers and human rights promoters in the Cavite Export Processing Zone. Read the letter here.
In a letter to the president of Philippine, KAIROS has expressed deep concern about the repression and violence against labour rights advocates and human rights defenders.
(October 2006) As apparel brands and retailers restructure their global supply chains after the demise of the import quota system that was established under a trade agreement called the Multi-Fibre Arrangement (MFA), MSN is receiving almost daily reports from countries around the world of factory closures and massive worker layoffs. It's time to assess what companies are doing in practice, as well as what they should be doing, to live up to their responsibilities to affected workers and communities.
(April 2006) Toronto's "Responsible Garment Manufacturers (No Sweatshops) Policy" was approved by City Council. The policy requires manufacturers of city apparel and their subcontractors to pay fair wages, respect freedom of association, women's rights and worker health and safety, and forbids the use of child labour, forced labour, excessive hours of work, and discrimination.
After three years of campaigning led by Toronto catholic school students, the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) passed a "Sweatshop-Free Uniform Policy" February 8th which sets minimum standards for suppliers of apparel to area schools.
In 2005, senior government procurement officials from across Canada convened a “No Sweat Task Force” to consider ethical procurement. Although the Task Force was able to produce neither recommendations nor a jointly-drafted No Sweat procurement policy, it did produce an unreleased Discussion Paper. MSN obtained a copy through a recent Access to Information request.