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Sustainability Progress: More ‘Words’ Than ‘Action’

While sustainability is increasingly “appearing on the radars and agendas of companies around the world,” a clear gap exists between corporate “words” and “action,” according to the newly-released Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013 from the United Nations Global Compact.

Walmart Accepted Clothing from Banned Bangladesh Factories

The world’s largest retailer last month released a list of more than 200 factories it said it had barred from producing its merchandise because of serious or repeated safety problems, labor violations or unauthorized subcontracting. But at least two of the factories on the list have continued to send massive shipments to Walmart stores in recent months, according to interviews and U.S. customs records.

“Business in Society” Program Covers CSR Issues on TV

A new television/video program, “Business In Society,” delivering news and analysis on how business is addressing global society’s macro problems — among them, the environment, energy conservation, and women’s empowerment — debuts Saturday, March 30th, 2013.

Opinion: The GRI Misses Some Critical Human Rights Issues

An advisor on information and communications issues argues that the The Global Reporting Initiative seems to completely ignore two of the most significant human rights issues of our time—freedom of expression and privacy—and hasn’t kept pace with the explosion of the information and communications technology industry.

Study: Fair Trade Marketing Can Boost High-End Sales

A new study by researchers at MIT and Harvard concludes that product labels highlighting fair labor practices had a “substantial positive effect” on the purchasing behavior of women shopping for higher-priced items. But the study found fair trade had no effect on men or shoppers with lower price points.

Apple, Foxconn, Promise Improvements for Workers

The Fair Labor Association said a nearly month-long investigation of three factories operated by Apple’s major Chinese supplier “revealed serious and pressing noncompliances” with FLA standards as well as Chinese labor law. The findings called for a detailed set of remedial measures to protect employee health and safety, reduce worker hours to legal limits while protecting worker pay, and establish “genuine avenues” for workers to provide input on company decisions.

World Bank: New Data Show Historic Declines in Global Poverty

The World Bank reports that the number of people living below the $1.25-a-day poverty line declined from 52% of the population of the developing world in 1981 to 22% in 2008. But nearly 649 million of those who moved above the poverty line had a standard of living that was nevertheless below what would be defined as “poor” in middle-income developing countries and far below that of rich countries.

2012 Selma March Marks New Phase for Rights Movement

The President of the The Leadership Council on Human Rights says this year’s commemoration of the Bloody Sunday March of 1965 “represents a turning point for people from all backgrounds.”

Apple Inspections in China Follow Widespread Criticism, Publicity

Apple Inc.’s announcement Feb. 13 that it has asked the Fair Labor Association to conduct “special voluntary audits” of working conditions at the plants of Chinese suppliers follows a growing wave of unaccustomed adverse publicity toward the consumer electronics giant.

Apple Asks Fair Labor Association For Foxconn Audits

Apple Inc., facing criticism over working conditions at Chinese plants of its major assembly suppliers, particularly Foxconn, said the Fair Labor Association will conduct “special voluntary audits” at Apple’s request. “The inspections now underway are unprecedented in the electronics industry, both in scale and scope, and we appreciate the FLA agreeing to take the unusual step of identifying the factories in their reports,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.