Sweatshops

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Published by rudy Date posted on September 24, 2020

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“We go as far as brands want us to go”

Published by rudy Date posted on September 25, 2019

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Apple sees uptick in supplier labor problems in annual audit

Published by rudy Date posted on March 7, 2018

The number of “core violations” of labor rules doubled at suppliers, many of which were new to Apple’s supply chain. BY STEVEN MUSIL, Mar 7, 2018 Apple uncovered a higher number of serious labor and human rights rules violations at its supplier facilities in 2017, the company said Wednesday in its annual audit of its…

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Philippines seeks expansion of EU GSP privileges

Published by rudy Date posted on September 28, 2017

By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Sep 28, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is seeking the expansion of the General System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) from the European Union (EU) amid concerns the present set of privileges would be removed in protest over the alleged extrajudicial killing cases in the country.

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War sends workers to sweatshop

Published by rudy Date posted on August 28, 2017

by Carla P. Gomez, Inquirer, Aug 28, 2017 BACOLOD CITY — From the frying pan to the fire. This appeared to be what happened to a group of 41 workers, 14 of them minors, who fled economic hardship caused by the war in Marawi City only to end up in a sweatshop here.

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No more sweatshops in Philippines – DTI, DOLE vow

Published by rudy Date posted on July 27, 2017

By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Jul 27, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – The government is working on a new certification system that would assure its trading partners globally that there are no sweatshops in the country.

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First GSP+ ‘report card’ notes PHL progress on rights, labor

Published by rudy Date posted on January 28, 2016

THE EUROPEAN Commission has adopted its first monitoring report on the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) that included an assessment of the Philippines’ implementation of 27 international conventions.

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Slave conditions in Thai Shrimp Industry prompt U.S. boycott calls

Published by rudy Date posted on December 14, 2015

Enslaved workers were forced to peel shrimp in Thailand for up to 16 hours a day for little or no pay 30% of U.S. Shrimp Is Misrepresented, Study Says (NEW YORK) — U.S. officials and human rights activists called on Americans to stop buying fish and shrimp tied to supply chains in Thailand, where The…

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US formally closes Phl country review of labor rights

Published by rudy Date posted on November 29, 2015

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced last 25 November that the Country Review of the Philippines with respect to Labor Rights under the US Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) has been formally closed. The USTR statement said that the decision to close the review is “..based on progress by the Philippine…

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US closes Phl country review on GSP

Published by rudy Date posted on November 29, 2015

The United States has officially closed its country review of the Philippines with respect to labor rights under the US Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.

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USTR closes review of PH labor condition

Published by rudy Date posted on November 28, 2015

The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) formally closed on Wednesday its review of the Philippines with respect to labor rights, a precondition to the granting of the preferential duties under the US generalized system of preferences (GSP).

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USTR review notes gains in PHL compliance with international labor rights

Published by rudy Date posted on November 27, 2015

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has noted gains on the Philippines’s adherence to international labor standards, paving the way for the country to fully enjoy the benefits under the preferential trade scheme.

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Raise labor standards in tuna industry

Published by rudy Date posted on October 21, 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 October) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 has stepped up its interventions to facilitate the tuna industry players’ compliance with international labor standards.

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Philippines signs deal to protect labour rights

Published by rudy Date posted on May 1, 2015

The Philippines Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) has signed an agreement with the country’s Foreign Buyers’ Association of the Philippines (FOBAP) in a drive to implement the government’s the new Labor Laws Compliance System, or LLCS, according to a report on the DOLE’s website.

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Exporters warn of $500-M loss on non-compliance to social audit

Published by rudy Date posted on April 13, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines could lose as much as $500 million worth of export revenues if local exporters and manufacturers fail to comply with the social audit requirements of importers. In a statement, the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. cited the Foreign Buyers Association of the Philippines (FOBAP) as saying the country could lose $500…

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19 workers rescued from Malabon sweatshop

Published by rudy Date posted on November 21, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Nineteen workers, three of them minors, were rescued from a garments factory in Potrero, Malabon yesterday.

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US-based labor group wants labor issues tied to GSP talks

Published by rudy Date posted on August 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Washington-based group International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) wants the Philippines’ practice on workers’ rights to remain under the review of the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) despite the government’s efforts to reduce extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances.

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OECD official reminds multinational investors: Respect workers’ rights

Published by rudy Date posted on July 31, 2013

The trade union advisory arm of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has reminded foreign companies here to respect workers’ rights in their investment destinations as mandated by the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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Country touts labor initiatives in GSP retention bid

Published by rudy Date posted on April 30, 2013

THE PHILIPPINES said it has taken steps to address labor concerns, in a bid to retain lower tax privileges from the United States, even as a special interest group argued the government has not done enough.

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Published by rudy Date posted on April 16, 2013

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Gov’t pushes Labor Code amendments

Published by rudy Date posted on April 15, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government is pushing for certain amendments to the Labor Code in the next Congress as the country’s labor practices are being reviewed by the US to determine if the country should continue to enjoy trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.

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USTR ties trade benefits to labor issues

Published by rudy Date posted on April 11, 2013

Phl asked to provide plans for labor legislation MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) is asking the Philippine government to provide plans regarding passage of legislation concerning union registration as well as cases when the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) were involved in labor…

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Gov’t to defend labor policies

Published by rudy Date posted on March 19, 2013

THE PHILIPPINES will cite improvements in its labor policies as it makes a case for the retention of tax perks granted by the United States, though a rights group behind a complaint is expected to argue that reforms to date are not enough.

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ADB sanctions 42 firms,38 people for corruption

Published by rudy Date posted on March 4, 2013

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has imposed sanctions against 42 companies and 38 people found to have engaged in corrupt practices while implementing ADB-financed projects last year.

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GSP perks up for review

Published by rudy Date posted on February 25, 2013

DUTY-FREE PRIVILEGES granted the Philippines are at stake as the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has set a hearing on a complaint filed by an advocacy group.

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Overview of the draft transfer pricing revenue regulations

Published by rudy Date posted on September 22, 2009

(First of three parts) In 2006, the endorsement by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to the Secretary of Finance for his approval of the draft revenue regulations (RR) on transfer pricing (TP), was announced to the public. Since then tax practitioners around the world have been expecting the formal issuance of the first Philippine…

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CalPERS stays in RP despite global economic downturn

Published by rudy Date posted on September 14, 2009

THE biggest pension fund in the US said it has not pulled out its investments in the Philippines despite uncertainties in emerging markets after the fall of Lehman Brothers a year ago.

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The new fair-trade label sets the standard

Published by rudy Date posted on May 10, 2009

No matter how many times I told Dado Santos to leave his big sack of recovered recycled drink pouches at the bottom of our steep driveway and we would send down the pick-up to get his heavy sack, no, Dado insisted on carrying that heavy sack up the driveway on his back by himself. He…

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Sleepless in sweatshop

Published by rudy Date posted on July 3, 2003

Garment workers drugged to keep them awake for days IN THE UNCERTAIN world of subcontracted companies, work is normally seasonal and even then comes in fits and starts, wages below par, and working conditions hardly improved from those of a century ago.

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