RESOURCES Daily newsletter on apparel issues, including environment and workplace.
2/15/08Comment onRED Campaign, NY Times. Comment on long story in the NY Times about the RED Campaign (link to the original story included in this followup comment), 1/5/08 (Blogspot): Workplace Conditions in China. David Barboza is the NY Times economic correspondent in Shanghai. His article today, “Reform Stalls in Chinese Factories,” is based on a National Labor Committee report in December 2007 and covers half of front page and two-thirds of an inside page of the business section of the NY Times. His concluding paragraph is: "There is little that any Western company can do about those issues no matter how seriously they take corporate social responsibility - other than leaving China." Comment: Business is not leaving China any time soon. The only way forward, in the absence of better oversight of factory conditions by the Chinese Government itself, is for consumers to pay more attention to what they are buying and for them to avoid brands that do not have workplace standards, credible implementation systems and purchasing practices that reward supplier improvements and compliance with law. More: 1/5/08, John Tepper Marlin, Blogspot, Workplace Conditions: Why Consumer Action Is Needed. 2006 The RED Campaign, NPR.