On the importance of birth certificates in Bangladesh

Birth certificates in Bangladesh. A crucial issue, not often discussed. In the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse, media, research, company and campaign attention in/on Bangladesh has typically focused on such issues as disaster relief and compensation, building and worker safety, wages and trade unionism, etc.—all issues we know are important to labour rights (and…

WATCH // Modern Slavery: Are we complicit?

  Earlier this month I was invited to participate in a panel on modern slavery at the University of Edinburgh, organised by the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability. The panel addressed a lot of issues, including the (potential) impact of consumer boycotts and buycotts. I called on consumers to remember they are more than consumers,…

WATCH // Udita (Arise): a film on garment making in Bangladesh

    On April 24th 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Bangladesh. Over 1,130 workers were killed and thousands more were left injured. These workers were producing garments for consumers in Europe and North America. We have now marked the two year anniversary of the collapse, yet the ILO trust fund established to support victims and their…

LEARN // UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework + implementation guide

Need guidance to support human rights in your workplace? Check out the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework and implementation guide—a free downloadable resource, licensed through the Creative Commons. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights came into play in 2011, but the Reporting Framework hopes to steps things up. According to John Ruggie: “This…

LEARN // The WellMade Project

  A three year project that began in 2013, WellMade provides free online resources designed to help brands better support labour rights in their supply chains. The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is lead partner on the initiative, working collaboratively with other partners and associates. There are currently four specific case studies to assist brands: (1)…

ATTEND // Beauty by Design: Fashioning the Renaissance

This past weekend, I headed to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh to check out the exhibit Beauty by Design: Fashioning the Renaissance. I’m so glad I did. The show challenges current assumptions of beauty by exploring how perceptions of body image have changed over time: “The theme of body image is central: the…