Center for Research
on Multinational Corporations (Netherlands)
"SOMO is currently coordinating a project -- Supporting European
Initiatives on Monitoring and Verification of Codes of Conduct in the
Garment and Sportswear Industries -- which brings together the leadership
of the main multi-stakeholder initiatives and the ethical trade movement
on monitoring and verification of codes of conduct currently active in
Europe. This current project will build upon the European cooperation
that resulted from a previous project, carried out in 2000-2001 in which
SOMO successfully brought together the five leading multi-stakeholder
initiatives on monitoring and verification of codes of conduct in the
garment industry (read more about the 2000-2001 project). This project
will follow up on the needs (identified by the project partners) that
are essential for building a European framework on code monitoring and
Fair Labor Association
Organization started by the Clinton administration, a partnership between
the apparel industry, universities and NGOs. The FLA is a major certifier
in the anti-sweatshop movement.
Coop America's Guide
to Sweatshops and Promoting Fair Trade
Contains information about anti-sweatshop movements. Provides "ladders"
of social and labor responsibility for a variety of apparel products.
"Top Rung" companies are those with strong labor rights and
generally socially responsible practices, while "bottom rung"
companies are those that produce there products in sweatshop conditions.
Lots of information on the Anti-sweatshop movement. Includes critical
analysis of most of the major code of conduct initiatives in the apparel
industry, as well as breaking news and other resources.
Another major US sweat-free apparel production initiative. Initiated by
the American Apparel and Footwear Association.
Sweatshop Labor (SASL)
"Scholars Against Sweatshop Labor (SASL) was organized to produce
a statement discussing the anti-sweatshop movement on college and university
campuses in the United States. This letter was sent on October 22, 2001
to the chief administrative officers of more than 1,600 colleges and universities
in the U.S." Also includes a large links section relevant to the
"ETI is an alliance of companies, non-governmental organisations
and trade unions. We exist to identify and promote good practice in the
implementation of codes of labour practice. Our ultimate goal is to ensure
that the working conditions of workers producing for the UK market meet
or exceed international standards."
and Social Initiatives Database
Incredible resource containing links collected by the International Labor
Organization on a variety of topics relating to corporate social responsibility.
International Labor Organization
Considered the baseline labor standards for the world. Its conventions
have been ratified by the vast majority of the nation-states in the world.
for Research on Multinational Corporations (Netherlands)
Discussion of the key factors in monitoring and verification initiatives
meant to guarantee ethical apparel production.