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Working conditions in the fashion industry: news and resources round up

Working conditions in the fashion industry: news and resources round up | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
The collapse of a factory in Bangladesh has put sustainability in the fashion industry back on the agenda. Here are the best news stories and teaching resources to deal with the issues in class
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The Guardian newspaper selects stories, multimedia, teaching resources and websites to help you study the working conditions of garment workers and the sustainability of the fashion industry in the citizenship and geography classroom, and beyond.

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Western Firms Feel Pressure as Toll Rises in Bangladesh - New York Times

Western Firms Feel Pressure as Toll Rises in Bangladesh - New York Times | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
New York Times Western Firms Feel Pressure as Toll Rises in Bangladesh New York Times “Based on that, they ran the factories yesterday,” said Mohammad Atiqul Islam, the president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, in...
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Pressure continues to build on Western companies to take steps to ensure the safety of Bangladeshi factories that make their goods. Activists combing through the rubble of a factory collapse have discovered labels and documents linking the factories to major European and American brands.

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After the Savar tragedy, time for an international minimum wage

After the Savar tragedy, time for an international minimum wage | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
Muhammad Yunus: Bangladesh's garment industry must be reformed, not destroyed. Let's see foreign buyers unite to lift workers out of 'slave labour'

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Deadly Collapse in Cambodia Renews Safety Concerns - New York Times

Deadly Collapse in Cambodia Renews Safety Concerns - New York Times | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
New York Times Deadly Collapse in Cambodia Renews Safety Concerns New York Times Multinational clothing retailers have been considering Cambodia as one of several countries that could be alternatives to Bangladesh for manufacturing after the...
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After recent events in Bangladesh, this latest disaster in a Cambodian shoe factory has prompted an international outcry for retailers to assume more responsibility for the safety of workers at their suppliers.       

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INDIGENOUS Models Responsible Fashion Supply - CSRwire.com (press release)

INDIGENOUS Models Responsible Fashion Supply - CSRwire.com (press release) | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
INDIGENOUS Models Responsible Fashion Supply
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For almost two decades, INDIGENOUS has led the way in fair trade and organic fashion.
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For almost two decades, INDIGENOUS has led the way in fair trade and organic fashion. Its premium value fashion is featured in over 500 boutiques, and many catalogs. Over 1,500 artisan knitters in some of South America’s poorest regions participate in the INDIGENOUS supply chain

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Pressed by Consumers, Retailers Are Revealing More

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With fair-trade coffee and organic fruit now prolific, consumers concerned with working conditions and environmental issues are demanding more disclosure about what they wear.
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Finding Fair Trade

Finding Fair Trade | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
Want to buy Fair Trade but don’t know where to go? Stephanie Azzopardi says that ethical shopping is easier than you think.
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The Most Hated Bangladeshi, Toppled From a Shady Empire - New York Times

The Most Hated Bangladeshi, Toppled From a Shady Empire - New York Times | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
New York Times The Most Hated Bangladeshi, Toppled From a Shady Empire New York Times SAVAR, Bangladesh — Barely 20 miles from the national capital, this gritty suburb is now a dusty, chaotic industrial center littered with factories that produce...
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Sohel Rana, owner of the collapsed Rana Plaza,  has been vilified but he is partly a creation of the garment era in Bangladesh, during which global businesses have arrived in search of cheap labor to keep profits high and costs low.

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Punishing Bangladesh over factory disaster will only add to workers' woes - Toronto Star

Punishing Bangladesh over factory disaster will only add to workers' woes - Toronto Star | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
The Hindu
Punishing Bangladesh over factory disaster will only add to workers' woes
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Instead, what happens if we do buy Bangladeshi apparel? The cases of other Asian countries are instructive.
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If we stop buying Bangladeshi apparel, the workers, mostly women,will lose their jobs. These may be low-paying jobs by western standards but they are the highest-paying jobs that these women can find, which is why they are working there. This earning power often raises the status of women within their own households.

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Global profits built on Bangladesh deathtraps - Global Times

Global profits built on Bangladesh deathtraps - Global Times | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
Global Times Global profits built on Bangladesh deathtraps Global Times Currently, when industrial giants take part in transnational production activities, they always resort to the old trade order, letting consumers in developed countries enjoy...
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Are Your Clothes Fair Trade? - Care2.com (blog)

Are Your Clothes Fair Trade? - Care2.com (blog) | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
Are Your Clothes Fair Trade? Care2.com (blog) Some companies such as Prana have begun to offer clothing labeled as Fair Trade and a number of online apparel sites (Everlane says that it aims for “radical transparency”) make a point to highlight...
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Should clothing have a fair trade label as foods and other products do? Even if  it costs more, would you purchase it?

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Unrest erupts in Bangladesh's troubled garment hub - Channel News Asia

Unrest erupts in Bangladesh's troubled garment hub - Channel News Asia | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
Channel News Asia Unrest erupts in Bangladesh's troubled garment hub Channel News Asia Bangladeshi police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of garment workers Monday as they demanded a wage hike at a protest in a manufacturing hub...
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ETHICS: Do Americans really care how their clothes are made? - Religion News Service

ETHICS: Do Americans really care how their clothes are made? - Religion News Service | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
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Inside a Bangladesh garment factory that plays by the rules - CNN

Inside a Bangladesh garment factory that plays by the rules - CNN | Fair wear - clothing manufacture | Scoop.it
Bangkok Post
Inside a Bangladesh garment factory that plays by the rules
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The garment industry has been a boon for this South Asian nation of 160 million. It pumps $20 billion a year into the economy.
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