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Are Companies Doing Enough To Ensure Slavery Is Not In Their Supply Chains?

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With more companies increasing the amount of business being conducted over seas and the expansion of their supply chains, more focus is being brought to their attention in regard to slavery and forced labor. October 1st has past and now new provisions will take effect from the Modern Day Slavery Act.  This is an effort to increase enforcement and visibility in these supply chains to ensure this type of business practice is not used.

The United Crops of America

By Brandie Piper, Monsanto Corporate Engagement
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The United States has a diverse climate and the ability to grow all kinds of crops throughout the country. And while farmers in most of the United States grow a lot of corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton (these crops, called “commodity” or “row” crops, account for almost 240 million acres of the 325 million acres planted to crops), farmers also grow a wide range of fruits and vegetables, from apples to lettuce to pumpkins, and everything in between.

Coyuchi® Achieves Fair Trade Certification for Organic Cotton Towel Collection

Leading Home Textiles Brand Announces First-Ever Fair Trade Certified™ Bath Towel Collection for Spring 2015
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BERKELEY, Calif., February 9, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Coyuchi®, the first company to bring organic cotton bedding to the United States, is proud to announce today that the brand’s classic Air Weight™ Towel Collection has achieved Fair Trade Certification under the strict requirements set by Fair Trade USA.

Retail Industry Against Unethical Sourcing of Cotton

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Despite efforts to ban Uzbekistan child labor in the cotton industry, the mandatory forced labor law has now led 4 million adults into cotton harvest according to a recent article, Uzbekistan ban on child labor forces more adults into the workplace

Making Fair Trade Fashionable: Q&A with Marci Zaroff

ECOfashion Pioneer Marci Zaroff drives Fair Trade forward in apparel and home goods
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Marci Zaroff is an internationally recognized ECOlifestyle entrepreneur, educator and expert who played a leading role in the creation of Fair Trade USA's apparel and home good program.

PACT Apparel Releases Organic Cotton Fair Trade Certified™ Line

Line Includes First Ever Fair Trade Certified Baby Clothes
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BOULDER, CO, July 16, 2014 /3BL Media/ -  PACT, an ethical and organic apparel basics brand, announced today that it is releasing one of the largest organic cotton Fair Trade Certified™ lines by a US apparel brand. The line features 78 different items across 19 product styles including the first ever Fair Trade Certified™ baby clothes.

Clippings or Capital, What do You See?

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Clippings or capital, what do you see?

An Egyptian Enactus team saw a way to turn cottonwood, a byproduct of Egypt’s thriving cotton industry that’s normally discarded, into potpourri. The students teach at-risk women how to make and market the potpourri, giving them the security of a sustainable livelihood. How much income does each family make per month? Find out at:  http://enactus.org/seeopportunity/project-gallery/project/cotton/.

 

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MEC Announces New In-House Line of Fair Trade Certified™ Apparel

Canadian retail co-operative will offer its Fair Trade Certified t-shirts starting this summer
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Vancouver, BC / Oakland, California, June 18, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Canadian outdoor retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) today announced the launch of its first in-house line of Fair Trade Certified™ apparel. Fair Trade Certified MEC t-shirts will be available late this summer online and in the co-op’s 17 brick-and-mortar stores. The apparel will include MEC’s long-running, popular line of organic cotton women’s short and long-sleeved t-shirts.

Human Rights Abuses Drive Turkmenistan Cotton

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Much like the highly publicized cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, thousands of citizens in Turkmenistan are forced into the cotton fields each autumn against their will.  Forced labor is still widely practiced throughout the country, with tens of thousands of Turkmen, many public sector employees, required to enter the fields during the harvest.

Forced Labor In Turkmenistan Cotton Harvest

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Much like the highly publicized cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, thousands of citizens in Turkmenistan are forced into the cotton fields each autumn against their will.  Forced labor is still widely practiced throughout the country, with tens of thousands of Turkmen, many public sector employees, required to enter the fields during the harvest.

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