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[Lesson 3] Global Governance and the Corporation

Introduction Globalization has created a new world order; one where traditional notions of state-led governance have been replaced with corporate mandates. There is a grave need for international corporate governance. In an attempt to curb the corporations’ seemingly unyielding power, the United Nations created the Global Compact (UNGP). The UNGP promotes international corporate governance, but…

[Lesson 2] Connect // Key Players

Introduction Identifying the social, cultural, environmental and economic impacts of the fashion, textile and apparel industries requires interdisciplinary research.  There are countless touch points along these supply chains, as well as within each lifecycle stage of the products they produce. While the impacts of these industries may be positive and/or negative, it is important to…

Cambodian Court Cracksdown on Garment Worker Protest

This guest post was written by Dr. Robert Hanlon, a post-doctorial Research Associate at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia.  He is a former editor at the Asian Human Rights Commission and focuses on corporate social responsibility, corruption and human rights in Asia.    Earlier this month, tens of thousands of garment workers…

Time to Connect the Dots!

Bangladesh has been rocked by protests that resulted in injured and killed workers and security personnel, labour leaders have gone into hiding fearing the worst, some arrests have taken place — all of this over unsatisfactory wage hikes to 3,000 Taka/month (~US$43) but, don’t worry Canadian consumers, your clothing costs will not increase! I have to say,…

Bangladesh// The Details

Two weeks ago, SA founder, Mary Hanlon alerted us to a little reported story on massive worker strikes in Bangladesh.  Following that, we decided to create Social Alterations // Visual Lab and introduced The Bangladesh Project.  We noticed a lack of context in the reports circulating, so we decided to just go ahead and give our…

SA Visual Lab// The Bangladesh Project

  Last week, Mary wrote about the large scale garment worker protests in Bangladesh. If you don’t know about this issue, I urge you to read more on Mary’s post as well as other sources such as The Guardian, Reuters, and The Daily Star. To view a powerful photo gallery click here.  In February 2010, the…

“Step into her shoes” for some Human Rights training with Fashioning an Ethical Industry

Back in January, we posted on Clearing the Hurdles, a report by The Playfair campaign, which is made up of  the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and the International Textile, Garment and Leather Worker’s Federation (ITGLWF), in partnership with Maquila Solidarity Network, and other organizations worldwide. This May, Fashioning an Ethical…