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Labor Protection: What Can Bangladesh Learn from China?

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To most Chinese, what is happening in Bangladesh factories resembles what China has been struggling with during its period of industrialization over the past three decades. China has made great progress in protecting labor rights by strengthening public policy; integrating worker-protection systems into factories; increasing collaboration among western buyers, local NGOs, and suppliers; and empowering workers. Could this model be applied to Bangladesh?

This is part of a series of BSR articles on the tragedy in Bangladesh that will look at root causes, challenges, and how to prevent it from happening again.

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To most Chinese, what is happening in Bangladesh factories resembles what China has been struggling with during its period of industrialization over the past three decades. China has made great progress in protecting labor rights by strengthening public policy; integrating worker-protection systems into factories; increasing collaboration among western buyers, local NGOs, and suppliers; and empowering workers. Could this model be applied to Bangladesh?

This is part of a series of BSR articles on the tragedy in Bangladesh that will look at root causes, challenges, and how to prevent it from happening again.

From Bangladesh to Myanmar: Level-Set Responsible Sourcing

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As companies consider entering Myanmar, many familiar issues are coming to the surface, such as child labor, hours and wages, land acquisition, environmental discharges, health, and living conditions. How can buyers, in collaboration with international and local stakeholders, support the development of a sustainable manufacturing sector in the country? And how can buyers looking to move into Myanmar learn from experiences in Cambodia, China, Vietnam, and, most recently, Bangladesh?

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As companies consider entering Myanmar, many familiar issues are coming to the surface, such as child labor, hours and wages, land acquisition, environmental discharges, health, and living conditions. How can buyers, in collaboration with international and local stakeholders, support the development of a sustainable manufacturing sector in the country? And how can buyers looking to move into Myanmar learn from experiences in Cambodia, China, Vietnam, and, most recently, Bangladesh?

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Are Consumers Done with Fast Fashion?

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Both data and recent citizen activism suggest that consumers may finally recognize their role in sustainable fashion—and may be willing to pay the price for it. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Bangladesh, approximately 1.1 million people signed on to a campaign run by the advocacy group Avaaz pressuring retailers to invest in worker safety. But when consumers actually enter the dressing room, will a company’s social and environmental track record determine their choice of jeans?

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Both data and recent citizen activism suggest that consumers may finally recognize their role in sustainable fashion—and may be willing to pay the price for it. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Bangladesh, approximately 1.1 million people signed on to a campaign run by the advocacy group Avaaz pressuring retailers to invest in worker safety. But when consumers actually enter the dressing room, will a company’s social and environmental track record determine their choice of jeans?

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Putting More Muscle, Brains, and Heart into Sustainable Procurement

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To make sustainable procurement more effective, we need to apply more power in three areas: codes and policies, data and information, and leadership values. BSR Director Tara Norton discusses how we must use more "muscle, brains, and heart" to source sustainably--and to prevent tragedies like the factory collapse in Bangladesh from happening again.

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To make sustainable procurement more effective, we need to apply more power in three areas: codes and policies, data and information, and leadership values. BSR Director Tara Norton discusses how we must use more "muscle, brains, and heart" to source sustainably--and to prevent tragedies like the factory collapse in Bangladesh from happening again.

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BSR, Bloomberg Businessweek to Produce Two Special Ad Sections on 'The Power of Networks'

Sponsors of BSR Conference 2013 to Receive Discounted Ad Rates
Press Release

San Francisco, April 29, 2013 /3BL Media/ - BSR and Bloomberg Businessweek have partnered to co-create a pair of special ad sections that will focus on the BSR Conference 2013 theme of "The Power of Networks."

Media Advisory: BSR, UN Global Compact Roundtable on Business and Human Rights, April 29 in New York

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San Francisco, April 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ - BSR and the UN Global Compact are holding an invitation-only discussion to examine how U.S. companies are implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The event takes place April 29 at the UN Secretariat Building in New York.

BSR Wins US$1.77 Million Grant from Dutch Government to Invest in Women’s Health

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has awarded a US$1.77 million grant to BSR’s HERproject, a peer-to-peer education program on women’s sexual and reproductive health that has reached more than 200,000 female workers in more than 150 factories and farms in eight countries: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, and Vietnam. BSR will use the grant to expand HERproject, particularly within Asia and Africa. 

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has awarded a US$1.77 million grant to BSR’s HERproject, a peer-to-peer education program on women’s sexual and reproductive health that has reached more than 200,000 female workers in more than 150 factories and farms in eight countries: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, and Vietnam. BSR will use the grant to expand HERproject, particularly within Asia and Africa. 

HERfinance: Empowering Workers in the Supply Chain Through Financial Inclusion

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More than 2.5 billion people worldwide do not participate in the formal financial system. With the majority of the world's working poor employed in global supply chains, businesses can expand access to finance while benefitting through improved employee loyalty, stronger supplier relationships, and a more stable workforce. 

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More than 2.5 billion people worldwide do not participate in the formal financial system. With the majority of the world's working poor employed in global supply chains, businesses can expand access to finance while benefitting through improved employee loyalty, stronger supplier relationships, and a more stable workforce. 

Corporate Governance and Sustainability in Asia’s Capital Markets

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BSR’s Vice President of Asia-Pacific Jeremy Prepscius speaks to John Hodges, BSR’s Financial Services Director, and Jamie Allen, the Founding Secretary General of the Asian Corporate Governance Council, about the connection between corporate governance and sustainability. 

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