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Social Accountability International's Newsletter - April 2013

The latest news and events on CSR, human rights and supply chain management from Social Accountability International (SAI)
Summary: 

SAI's newsletter is a monthly online publication, covering the latest news from SAI including CSR and supply chain management insight from the field, SAI program updates from around the world, Social Fingerprint®, SA8000 certification statistics, upcoming events and training seminars on SA8000 & the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights, job opportunities, and more. The newsletter aims to provide readers with a glimpse into the impact of our mission, and its multi-stakeholder approach to achieving decent workplaces around the world.

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SAI's newsletter is a monthly online publication, covering the latest news from SAI including CSR and supply chain management insight from the field, SAI program updates from around the world, Social Fingerprint®, SA8000 certification statistics, upcoming events and training seminars on SA8000 & the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights, job opportunities, and more. The newsletter aims to provide readers with a glimpse into the impact of our mission, and its multi-stakeholder approach to achieving decent workplaces around the world.

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Social Accountability International's Newsletter - March 2013

The latest news and events on CSR, human rights and supply chain management from Social Accountability International (SAI)
Summary: 

SAI's newsletter is a monthly online publication, covering the latest news from SAI including CSR and supply chain management insight from the field, SAI program updates from around the world, Social Fingerprint®, SA8000 certification statistics, upcoming events and training seminars on SA8000 & the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights, job opportunities, and more. The newsletter aims to provide readers with a glimpse into the impact of our mission, and its multi-stakeholder approach to achieving decent workplaces around the world.

 

 

Newsletter

SAI's newsletter is a monthly online publication, covering the latest news from SAI including CSR and supply chain management insight from the field, SAI program updates from around the world, Social Fingerprint®, SA8000 certification statistics, upcoming events and training seminars on SA8000 & the UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights, job opportunities, and more. The newsletter aims to provide readers with a glimpse into the impact of our mission, and its multi-stakeholder approach to achieving decent workplaces around the world.

 

 

'Pillars in Practice' Program Spotlight: Bangladesh Garment Industry

The Bangladesh garment sector is one of the three countries and sectors that the 'Pillars in Practice' Program focuses on to implement the UN Guiding Principles
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Over the past decade, trade policy liberalization has fueled Bangladesh’s economy, which grew at an average rate of nearly 6% per year. Between 2000 and 2011, the country’s GDP increased from $45 billion to $106 billion, and is set to continue growing very fast in the upcoming years. Exports are a major part of Bangladesh’s economy, for which the garment sector is of particular importance.

In 1995, garments formed 53% of total exports, but now account for more than 79%. Many companies, brands, and global retailers outsource their clothing and footwear production to the country, and Bangladesh’s garment sector now comprises over 5,000 factories and 3.5 million workers, 85% of whom are women. It is thus a major source of employment that spurs exports and economic growth. These economic opportunities allowed many advances in terms of human development and employment generation. However, because of low literacy rates of workers in Bangladesh’s garment sector and frequent antagonism between management and unions, there is concern over workers’ awareness of their rights.

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Over the past decade, trade policy liberalization has fueled Bangladesh’s economy, which grew at an average rate of nearly 6% per year. Between 2000 and 2011, the country’s GDP increased from $45 billion to $106 billion, and is set to continue growing very fast in the upcoming years. Exports are a major part of Bangladesh’s economy, for which the garment sector is of particular importance.

In 1995, garments formed 53% of total exports, but now account for more than 79%. Many companies, brands, and global retailers outsource their clothing and footwear production to the country, and Bangladesh’s garment sector now comprises over 5,000 factories and 3.5 million workers, 85% of whom are women. It is thus a major source of employment that spurs exports and economic growth. These economic opportunities allowed many advances in terms of human development and employment generation. However, because of low literacy rates of workers in Bangladesh’s garment sector and frequent antagonism between management and unions, there is concern over workers’ awareness of their rights.

SAI Releases Annual Report

The Annual Report highlights SAI's efforts in 2011 to advance and implement 'human rights at work'
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SAI is pleased to announce the publication of its Annual Report, highlighting its efforts to advance and implement 'human rights at work' in 2011. 

Social Accountability International's Newsletter - January 2013

The latest news and events on CSR, human rights and supply chain management from Social Accountability International (SAI)
Summary: 

SAI's newsletter is a monthly online publication, covering the latest news from SAI including CSR and supply chain management insight from the field, SAI program updates from around the world, Social Fingerprint®, SA8000 certification statistics, upcoming events and training seminars, job opportunities, and more. The newsletter aims to provide readers with a glimpse into the impact of our mission, and its multi-stakeholder approach to achieving decent workplaces around the world.

Newsletter

SAI's newsletter is a monthly online publication, covering the latest news from SAI including CSR and supply chain management insight from the field, SAI program updates from around the world, Social Fingerprint®, SA8000 certification statistics, upcoming events and training seminars, job opportunities, and more. The newsletter aims to provide readers with a glimpse into the impact of our mission, and its multi-stakeholder approach to achieving decent workplaces around the world.

Bangladesh & Pakistan: Tragic Fires Underscore Urgent Safety Needs

The recent fire at the Tazreen Fashions & Ali Enterprises draws further attention to dangers for workers in the South Asian garment industry
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On November 24, in one of the worst industrial disasters in the history of Bangladesh, a deadly fire at a Dhaka garment factory claimed the lives of more than 110 workers. Reports say there were no fire escapes and that the exit door was locked. SAI expresses our heartfelt sympathy for the victims and their families. These dreadful disasters, the latest in a long series of fires in the South Asian apparel industry, call for broad international cooperation and rapid reforms in Pakistani and Bangladeshi enforcement of their labor laws. Business, civil society and government must work together to minimize industrial fires in the future and to ensure that workers always have safe egress and adequate training to escape should a fire occur. That will require an effective anti-corruption program as well as extensive training at all levels, capacity building, and a central role for workers and their freely elected representatives.

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On November 24, in one of the worst industrial disasters in the history of Bangladesh, a deadly fire at a Dhaka garment factory claimed the lives of more than 110 workers. Reports say there were no fire escapes and that the exit door was locked. SAI expresses our heartfelt sympathy for the victims and their families. These dreadful disasters, the latest in a long series of fires in the South Asian apparel industry, call for broad international cooperation and rapid reforms in Pakistani and Bangladeshi enforcement of their labor laws. Business, civil society and government must work together to minimize industrial fires in the future and to ensure that workers always have safe egress and adequate training to escape should a fire occur. That will require an effective anti-corruption program as well as extensive training at all levels, capacity building, and a central role for workers and their freely elected representatives.

Social Accountability International's Newsletter - December 2012

The latest news and events on CSR, human rights and supply chain management from Social Accountability International (SAI)
Summary: 

SAI's newsletter is a monthly online publication, covering the latest news from SAI including CSR and supply chain management insight from the field, SAI program updates from around the world, Social Fingerprint®, SA8000 certification statistics, upcoming events and training seminars, job opportunities, and more. The newsletter aims to provide readers with a glimpse into the impact of our mission, and its multi-stakeholder approach to achieving decent workplaces around the world.

Newsletter

SAI's newsletter is a monthly online publication, covering the latest news from SAI including CSR and supply chain management insight from the field, SAI program updates from around the world, Social Fingerprint®, SA8000 certification statistics, upcoming events and training seminars, job opportunities, and more. The newsletter aims to provide readers with a glimpse into the impact of our mission, and its multi-stakeholder approach to achieving decent workplaces around the world.

SAI Awarded U.S. State Dept. Grant for 'Pillars in Practice' Program

This innovative new program will activate a strategic partnership with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) to advance the UN Guiding Principles in Bangladesh, Nicaragua & Zimbabwe
Summary: 

SAI's shared vision is the realization of decent work everywhere - sustained by a widespread understanding that decent work can secure basic human rights while benefiting business. Under this new program, SAI will leverage its 15 years of experience advancing human rights at work to advance the UN's "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework designed to help companies, governments and communities manage human rights challenges in a fair and sustainable way.

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SAI's shared vision is the realization of decent work everywhere - sustained by a widespread understanding that decent work can secure basic human rights while benefiting business. Under this new program, SAI will leverage its 15 years of experience advancing human rights at work to advance the UN's "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework designed to help companies, governments and communities manage human rights challenges in a fair and sustainable way.

Fundraising Lessons From BRAC's $500 Million Clinton Global Initiative Commitments

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Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) launched its 8th annual meeting today. Make no mistake about it, this is a deal-making event. The price of admission for global nonprofits, foundations, philanthropists, and corporations is making a clear and measurable commitment to action. For companies and foundations, the commitment must include a significant financial pledge. And if you don’t fulfill your promise, you’re not invited back.

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