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Movement Toward Sustainable Cotton Spearheaded by Global Brands and NGOs


German retailer Otto launched a campaign highlighting cotton sustainability last month. The campaign focuses on sustainable cotton production in Africa, emphasizing Otto’s 10-year working relationship with Cotton Made in Africa.

Danger of the Unknown: Asian Supply Chains at High Risk for Corruption and Slavery


As the world economy expands and companies experience globalization, supply chains have become increasingly complex. For example, the Adidas Group, one of few companies that fully disclose their supply chain information, works with over 1,000 independent factories in over 61 countries.

Europe Assesses Chemicals Legislation; REACH Moves Away from Animal Testing


The European Commission is currently implementing a fitness check as part of its broader goal for better regulation – “designing policies and laws so that they achieve their objectives in the most efficient and effective way possible.” Better regulation ensures that EU

Sustainable Raw Materials: Is Rubber Finally Catching Up?


As rubber demand and production continue to increase, large consumers, producers, and the international community have become increasingly aware of the negative environmental and social impacts of rubber production.

Cultivating Livelihoods in Indonesia

East West Seed joins the Business Call to Action with a pledge to integrate thousands of smallholder farmers into its value chain
Press Release

New York, July 29,2016 /3BL Media/ – East West Seed Indonesia (EWINDO), the country’s first integrated seed breeding and distribution company, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to integrate 17,775 seeds growers into its value chain and transfer technical knowledge to 125,000 smallholder vegetable farmers by 2020.

The BCtA is a global initiative that aims to support private sector efforts to fight poverty through its core business. It is supported by several international organizations and hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Putting an End to Modern Day Slavery


The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) estimates that in 2016, more than 45 million slaves are working in 167 countries. This estimate exceeds the International Labor Organization's estimate of 21 million people. The point is, modern day slavery is clearly an issue that is not going away.

The Power of Job Creation


by EcoPlanet Bamboo

Poverty and the unsustainable use of land often go hand in hand for forest dependent communities across the developing world, leading to severe forest degradation and eventually forest clearance. In such areas, the development of stable livelihoods is arguably one of the most important aspects in the transition of a population from one depending on small scale shifting agriculture, to a cash economy that can co-exist within areas set aside for conservation purposes.

Are US Companies Starting to Feel the Repercussions of New Anti-Slavery Regulations?


For decades, the US border customs agents have overlooked section 307 of the 1930 Tariff Act, which prohibited goods from entering the US made with the use of forced labor. Earlier in 2016, President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. Before the Trade Facilitation Act, US border customs agents had overlooked section 307, as long as domestic production could not meet the demand for the imported products to the US.

Thailand Is Relieved Of Its Human Trafficking Blacklist Status


On Thursday, the US State Department removed Thailand from the human trafficking blacklist. Though Thailand has been a spotlight country when dealing with forced labor, the State Department made their decision based on the criteria outlined in the Human Trafficking Persons Report.

Shouldn't We Treat Farmers More Like Ministers?

Reprinted from Yardfarmers. John Lanier is Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation

The life of a religious minister is a curious one, seemingly unique in human society. Whether a rabbi, priest, roshi, bishop, elder, imam, reverend, or any other title, these women and men around the world form an integral part of cultures and communities. But why? Their daily tasks and contributions to society are fundamentally different from bankers, baristas, factory workers and cabbies. Yet they fit in so seamlessly, often holding positions of reverence.


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