Former Laggard Wal-Mart Turns into Ethical Leader – Covalence Retail Industry Report 2008

11 12 2008

Laggards of the past often turn into leaders of the present. The case of Wal-Mart perfectly illustrates this paradoxical tendency, states a report published today by Geneva-based ethical reputation research firm Covalence — Covalence Retail Industry Report 2008. A year ago Wal-Mart was still last in Covalence EthicalQuote ranking calculated for 27 companies in the […]

Old Habits Die Hard: Banning Child Labor Practices in the Uzbek Cotton Sector

27 11 2008

The issue of child labor strikes an emotional chord with a vast majority of consumers. When the BBC released a segment detailing the ongoing horrors of child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry in October 2007, massive public attention was drawn to the world’s third largest exporter of cotton and its unsettling child rights abuses. The […]

Nike, Gap Among Sustainability Reporting Finalists

4 01 2008

Ceres and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants have named the sustainability reports of 21 companies contenders for their seventh awards program. Companies such as Gap Inc., Nike, Dell, and Xerox were among the 21 companies that displayed “exemplary disclosure that placed performance in the broader context of sustainability challenges, risks and opportunities,” according to […]

BrandWatch — December 2007: Better welfare

14 12 2007

Clothes chain Gap is planning to label its clothes “sweatshop free”. Following claims that the company has sold clothes made in factories that use child labour, the firm met anti-sweatshop charity Global March Against Child Labour to discuss ideas such as allowing customers to track where their clothes were made online. More good news for […]

Marks & Spencer and Wal-Mart are leading the retail sector’s green agenda

8 11 2007

Marks & Spencer and Wal-Mart are driving the ethical agenda for the retail sector, according to a report published by Covalence, a Switzerland-based company operating an ethical quotation system. The Covalence Retail Industry Report 2007 refers to Marks & Spencer as a “proactive leader, appearing in many positive news items.” Wal-Mart is said to be […]

Marks & Spencer and Wal-Mart Drive the Retail Industry’s Eco-Agenda – Covalence Retail Industry Report 2007

6 11 2007

Marks & Spencer and Wal-Mart drive the ethical agenda of Retailers, which has been dominated by environmental issues in 2006-2007, states a report released by Geneva-based ethical reputation research firm Covalence, Covalence Retail Industry Report 2007. Marks & Spencer is a proactive leader: it appears in many positive news items and maintains a remarkably low […]

Gap launches inquiry into child labour claims

29 10 2007

The high street clothing chain Gap has called an emergency meeting with suppliers to investigate new allegations of forced child labour being used in the manufacture of their clothes. Gap has barred thousands of clothes in transit to their shops amid fears that children in India as young as 10 were making them. An article […]

Of Exports and Other Exits: Women in the Garment Industry

22 09 2007

Inside the ‘parks’, within each factory, a carefully calculated use of imported machines and local labour in finely calibrated proportions, is designed to maximize returns for the investor. It is not difficult to figure out why for certain orders, specific machinery is switched off and manual processes used. According to these mysterious formulae, each member […]

The sweatshop high street – more brands under fire

3 09 2007

Two of Britain’s major high street retailers launched inquiries last night into allegations that factory workers who make their clothes in India are being paid as little as 13p per hour for a 48-hour week, wages so low the workers claim they sometimes have to rely on government food parcels. Primark, the UK’s second biggest […]

Gap Inc. Continues its Commitment to Transparency in its Third Social Responsibility Report

16 08 2007

The new report is designed around provocative questions highlighting the complex issues that Gap Inc. – and the entire apparel industry – faces and illustrates the company’s commitment to ongoing dialogue and collaboration.  “We believe we should go beyond the basics of ethical business practices to embrace our role as a global citizen,” said Dan […]