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CSR Articles and Reports

May-June 2018

Theory and Practice

“Rules without rights: Land, Labor and Private Authority in the Global Economy,” Tim Bartley,
Oxford University Press, 2018:
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/rules-without-rights-
9780198794332?cc=us&lang=en&

“The false promise of certification,” Changing Markets Foundation, May 2018:


http://changingmarkets.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/False-promise_full-report-ENG.pdf

“Could living wages avert race to the bottom?” Apparel Insider, May 2018:
https://apparelinsider.com/living-wages-avert-race-bottom/

“Contract Disclosure Survey 2018; A review of the contract disclosure policies of 40 oil, gas and
mining companies,” Oxfam, May 2018:
https://d1tn3vj7xz9fdh.cloudfront.net/s3fs-public/file_attachments/bp-contract-disclosure-
extractives-2018-030518-en.pdf

“Seeking solutions to childcare needs of maquila workers in El Salvador,” Maquila Solidarity


Network (Canada), May 2018:
http://www.maquilasolidarity.org/sites/maquilasolidarity.org/files/resource/El_Salvador_Childca
re_Report_CEDM-MSN_May_2018.pdf

Three reports on gender-based violence published by the Asia Floor Wage campaign in May
2018:
“Violence against women and men in the world of work” – Executive Summary:
https://asia.floorwage.org/workersvoices/reports/violence-against-women-and-men-in-the-world-
of-work/view
“Gender based violence in the H&M garment supply chain”:
https://asia.floorwage.org/workersvoices/reports/gender-based-violence-in-the-h-m-garment-
supply-chain/view
“Gender based violence in the GAP supply chain”:
https://asia.floorwage.org/workersvoices/reports/gender-based-violence-in-the-gap-garment-
supply-chain/view
Gender based violence in the Walmart garment supply chain”:
https://asia.floorwage.org/workersvoices/reports/gender-based-violence-in-the-walmart-garment-
supply-chain/view

“Stop gender-based violence at work – toolkit and resources,” ITUC – International Trade Union
Confederation, May 2018:
https://www.ituc-csi.org/gender-based-violence

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“End gender-based violence at work,” video, Solidarity Center (US), May 16, 2018:
https://www.ituc-csi.org/gender-based-violence

“Making sense of managing human rights issues in supply chains,” Norton Rose Fulbright and
British Institute of International and Comparative Law, May 2018:
https://www.biicl.org/documents/1937_making_sense_of_managing_human_rights_issues_in_su
pply_chains.pdf?showdocument=1

“NYU promised reforms in Abu Dhabi; Report says it has reneged,” David W. Chen, New York
Times, May 10, 2018:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/10/nyregion/nyu-abu-dhabi-report.html

“Living wage in RMG: Some conceptual issue,” Selim Raihan, Marjuk Ahmad and Farazi Binti,
The Financial Express (Dhaka), May 19, 2018:
http://thefinancialexpress.com.bd/views/analysis/living-wage-in-rmg-sector-some-conceptual-
issues-1526743610

“With China’s tariffs in flux, supply chains set sights on Vietnam,” Shefali Kapadia,
SupplyChainDIVE, May 21, 2018:
https://www.supplychaindive.com/news/tariffs-trade-war-china-vietnam-sourcing/523780/

“Comparison of human rights due diligence laws and regulations of work in global supply
chains; database and spreadsheet, Shelley Marshall, Irene Pietropaoli and Madeline
Winterbottom, Corporate Accountability, RMIT University, Australia, May 21, 2018:
https://shelleymarshall.net/labour-regulation-of-global-supply-chains

“Only 30% of brand managers are measuring sustainability’s ROI,” Shefali Kapadia,
SupplyChinaDIVE, May 22, 2018:
https://www.supplychaindive.com/news/sustainability-revenue-cost-savings-ethical-
corporation/524098/

“A map to help business collaborate with anti-slavery organizations,” Global Business Coalition
Against Human Trafficking,” May 22, 2018:
https://www.gbcat.org/news/2018/5/22/a-map-to-help-business-collaborate-with-anti-slavery-
organizations

“Global Alliance for Human Rights launched today,” Interfaith Center for Corporate
Responsibility, May 24, 2018:
https://www.iccr.org/global-investor-alliance-human-rights-launches-today

“Occupational Safety and Health Rights,” issue #42, ANROEV – Asian Network for the Rights
of Occupational and Environmental Victims, January-March 2018, May 24, 2018:
http://www.anroev.org/2018/05/24/osh-rights-newsletter-issue-no-42/

“Sustainability; What the concept means for today’s safety professionals – and their employers,”
Susan Vargas, Safety + Health magazine, May 27, 2018:

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http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/17020-sustainability-safety

“From #metoo to a global convention on sexual harassment at work,” Cathy Feingold,


opendemocracy.net, May 29, 2018:
https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/cathy-feingold/from-metoo-to-global-ban-on-
sexual-harassment-at-work

“Top 10 companies with best corporate responsibility records,” Adrienne Selko, Bloomberg
IndustryWeek, May 31, 2018:
http://www.industryweek.com/print/431826

“OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct,” Organization for
Economic Cooperation and Development, June 2018:
https://mneguidelines.oecd.org/OECD-Due-Diligence-Guidance-for-Responsible-Business-
Conduct.pdf

“Key features of mandatory human rights due diligence legislation,” European Coalition for
Corporate Justice, June 2018:
http://corporatejustice.org/eccj-position-paper-mhrdd-final_june2018_2.pdf

“The state of remedy under the OECD Guidelines; Understanding NCP cases concluded in 2017
through the lens of remedy,” OECD Watch, Briefing Paper, June 2018:
https://www.oecdwatch.org/publications-en/Publication_4429/

“When national law conflicts with international human rights standards: Recommendation for
business,” Lise Smit, Arianne Griffith and Robert McCorquodale, British Institute of
International and Comparative Law, Business Network, June 2018:
https://www.biicl.org/documents/1930_biicl_bn_report_web.pdf?showdocument=1

“Did suppliers, not Amazon, create the retail apocalypse?” Deborah Abrams Kaplan,
SupplyChainDIVE, June 6, 2018:
https://www.supplychaindive.com/news/suppliers-retail-apocalypse-amazon-direct-
consumer/525043/

“ITUC Global Rights Index 2018: Democratic space shrinks and unchecked corporate greed on
the rise,” report, infographics and map, International Trade Union Confederation, June 7, 2018:
https://www.ituc-csi.org/ituc-global-rights-index-2018-20299

“Sustainable Consumption; Key Issues,” Lucie Middlemiss, Routledge, Francis & Taylor Group,
June 11, 2018:
https://www.routledge.com/product/isbn/9781138645660?source=igodigital

“Complaint lodged against the European Commission for failing to uphold fundamental human
rights in trade policy, Clean Clothes Campaign, June 11, 2018:
https://cleanclothes.org/news/2018/06/11/complaint-lodged-against-the-european-commission-
for-failing-to-uphold-fundamental-human-rights-in-trade-policy

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“Why a binding treaty is necessary: The UN complain mechanism’s lack of teeth on pesticides
management,” Carolijn Terwindt and Christian Schliemann, European Centre for Constitutional
and Human Rights, June 13, 2018:
https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/why-a-binding-treaty-is-necessary-the-un-complaint-
mechanisms-lack-of-teeth-on-pesticides-management

“Sexual harassment at Walmart’s stores and suppliers in China,” Aaron Halegua,


Opendemocracy.net, June 13, 2018:
https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/aaron-halegua/sexual-harassment-at-walmart-s-
stores-and-suppliers-in-china

“OECD clarifies expectation of business to prevent and remediate harmful impacts on people
and planet,” Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, SOMO, June 20, 2018:
https://www.somo.nl/oecd-clarifies-expectations-of-business-to-prevent-and-remediate-harmful-
impacts-on-people-and-planet/

“Campaign to curb child labour launched amid reports of rising rates,” Ana V Ibanez Prieto, The
Jordan Times, June 24, 2018:
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/campaign-curb-child-labour-launched-amid-reports-
rising-rates

“Top 25 supply chains of 2018,” Bloomberg IndustryWeek, June 25, 2018:


http://www.industryweek.com/print/432372

“Big Brands: The missing voice in the fight to end gender-based violence at work,” Jennifer
Rosenbaum and Shikha Silliman Bhattacharjee, Open Democracy, June 26, 2018:
https://www.nationofchange.org/2018/06/26/big-brands-the-missing-voice-in-the-fight-to-end-
gender-based-violence-at-work/#.WzK6CmdIy5A.email

“Rethinking social impact programs to support communities along the supply-chain,” Isabelle
Morin, CSR Asia, June 27, 2018:
http://csr-asia.com/newsletter-rethinking-social-impact-programs-to-support-communities-along-
the-supply-chain

“New child labor inspection curriculum,” Verite, June 28, 2018:


https://www.verite.org/child-labor-inspection-curriculum/

“Trafficking in Persons report, June 2018,” U.S. State Department, June 28, 2018:
https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2018/index.htm

“Millennials don’t see such a bright future; the younger generation believes that ethical behavior
by corporations is decreasing,” Bloomberg IndustryWeek, June 29, 2018:
http://www.industryweek.com/talent/millennials-don-t-see-such-bright-future

Earlier materials

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“Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility,” Dongyong Zhang, Stephen
Morse and Uma Kambhampati, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, November 2017:
https://www.routledge.com/product/isbn/9781138810440?source=igodigital

“Corporate Human Rights Benchmark; Progress Report, April 2018,” CHRB (UK), April 2018:
https://www.corporatebenchmark.org/sites/default/files/CHRB%202018%20Progress%20Report
%20Web.pdf

“European textile industry and human rights due diligence: Key developments, human rights
allegations & best practices,” Briefing, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, April 24,
2018:
https://www.business-humanrights.org/sites/default/files/EU_Textile_Briefing_Final.pdf

Apparel industry

“Eco-Friendly and Fair; Fast Fashion and consumer behavior,” edited by Mark Heuer and
Carolin Becker-Leifhold, Routledge, Francis & Taylor Group, May 3, 2018:
https://www.routledge.com/product/isbn/9781783538201?source=igodigital

“Nike’s CEO vows changes after claims of workplace harassment and bias,” Kevin Draper and
Julie Vreswell, New York Times, May 5, 2018:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/05/business/mark-parker-nike.html

“Five more Nike executives are out amid inquiry into harassment allegations,” Julie Creswell
and Kevin Draper, New York Times, May 8, 2018:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/business/nike-harassment.html

“Statement on the continuation of the Bangladesh Accord for three more years,” Steering
Committee of the Accord, May 10, 2018:
http://bangladeshaccord.org/2018/05/statement-issued-steering-committee-accord/

“The collective resistance of China’s industrial workers,” Jenny Chan, chapter 6 of “Global
Perspectives in Workers’ and Labour Organizations,” edited by Maurizio Atzeni and Immanuel
Ness, Springer Publishing, May 14, 2018:
https://goodelectronics.org/jenny-chan-documents-role-collective-resistance-among-chinese-
industrial-workers/

“Annual Report 2018; An industry and compliance review,” Better Work Jordan, ILO-IFC, May
15, 2018:
https://betterwork.org/blog/portfolio/better-work-jordan-annual-report-2018-an-industry-and-
compliance-review/

“Unboxing the real price of sneakers,” video, Jacques Slade, Reuters, May 15, 2018:
https://www.ituc-csi.org/gender-based-violence

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“ILO deal to help Syrian garment workers in Turkey,” Michelle Russell, Just-Style.com, May 16,
2018:
https://www.just-style.com/news/ilo-deal-to-help-syrian-garment-workers-in-
turkey_id133533.aspx

“Families affected by 2012 Ali Enterprises fire finally receive life-long pensions,” Clean Clothes
Campaign, May 20, 2018:
https://cleanclothes.org/news/2018/05/20/families-affected-by-2012-ali-enterprises-fire-finally-
receive-life-long-pensions

“Long-term compensation payment to Baldia factory fire affectees begins,” Daily Times
(Lahore), May 20, 2018:
https://dailytimes.com.pk/242426/long-term-compensation-payment-to-baldia-factory-fire-
affectees-begins/

“Making Jeans Green; Linking Sustainability, business and fashion,” Paulina Szmydke-
Cacciapalle, Routledge, Francis & Taylor Group, May 29, 2018:
https://www.routledge.com/product/isbn/9780815391876?source=igodigital

“Case closed, problems persist; Grievance mechanisms of ETI and SAI fail to benefit young
women and girls in the South India textile industry,” Homeworkers Worldwide, India Committee
of the Netherlands and SOMO, June 2018:
https://www.somo.nl/case-closed-problems-persist/

“Apparel brands take a closer look at sourcing after cotton ban,” Shefali Kapadia,
SupplyChainDIVE, June 1, 2018:
https://www.supplychaindive.com/news/cotton-sourcing-turkmenistan-CBP-forced-
labor/524606/

“Work to make Bangladeshi factories safe continues, but IKEA refuses to join,” Clean Clothes
Campaign, June 1, 2018:
https://cleanclothes.org/news/2018/06/01/work-to-make-bangladeshi-factories-safe-continues-
but-ikea-refuses-to-join

“Abuse is daily reality for female garment workers for Gap and H&M, says report,” Kate Hodal,
June 5, 2018:
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jun/05/female-garment-workers-gap-
hm-south-asia

“More than 50 workers fired at Mexican garment factory for supporting independent union,”
Maquila Solidarity Network (Canada), June 5, 2018:
http://www.maquilasolidarity.org/en/more-50-workers-fired-mexican-garment-factory-
supporting-independent-union

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“World environment day: How the Rana Plaza disaster changed fashion forever,” Kashmira
Gander and Chiara Brambilla, Newsweek, June 5, 2018:
http://www.newsweek.com/world-environment-day-how-rana-plaza-disaster-changed-fashion-
forever-957141

“Giving an ‘A’ to fast fashion?” CSR Asia, June 6, 2018:


http://csr-asia.com/newsletter-giving-a-a-to-fast-fashion

“Brands including Ikea shun new safety accord after Rana Plaza,” Michael Safi, The Guardian
(London), June 6, 2018:
https://crm.cleanclothes.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=2039&qid=99981

“’Turn Around, H&M!” campaigners demand transparency on H&M’s wage efforts,” Clean
Clothes Campaign, June 8, 2018:
https://cleanclothes.org/news/2018/06/08/turn-around-h-m-demands-transparency-on-h-ms-
wage-efforts

“Adidas and Nike pay record-breaking amounts to footballers, but deny decent wages to women
stitching their shirts,” Clean Clothes Campaign, June 11, 2018:
https://cleanclothes.org/news/2018/06/11/adidas-and-nike-pay-record-breaking-amounts-to-
footballers-but-deny-decent-wages-to-women-stitching-their-shirts

“Brand responsibility for mass faintings in Cambodian garment factories, International Labor
Rights Forum, June 13, 2018:
https://laborrights.org/blog/201806/brand-responsibility-mass-faintings-cambodian-garment-
factories

“Top trends shaping the global fashion system,” Kelly Cooper, CSR Asia, June 13, 2018:
http://csr-asia.com/newsletter-top-trends-shaping-the-global-fashion-system

“Worker Rights Consortium assessment; Shah Exports Pvt. Ltd. (Bangalore, India); Findings and
Recommendations,” June 21, 2018:
https://www.workersrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/WRC-Assessment-re-Shahi-India-
6.20.18.pdf

“Sustainability of the fashion industry inquiry launched,” UK Parliament, June 22, 2018:
https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environmental-
audit-committee/news-parliament-2017/sustainability-of-the-fashion-industry-inquiry-launch-17-
19/

“Bangladesh could risk trade benefits if it does not get serious about workers’ rights,” Clean
Clothes Campaign, June 25, 2018:
https://cleanclothes.org/news/2018/06/25/bangladesh-could-risk-trade-benefits-if-it-does-not-get-
serious-about-workers2019-rights

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Earlier materials

“Fashion Theory; An Introduction,” Malcolm Barnard, Routledge, Francis & Taylor Group,
March 2014:
https://www.routledge.com/product/isbn/9780415496216?source=igodigital

“Toward fair compensation in Bangladesh: Insights on closing the wage gap,” Fair Labor
Association, April 2018:
http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/documents/reports/toward_fair_compensation_in_ban
gladesh_april_2018_0.pdf
Bangladesh wage ladders:
http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/documents/reports/wage_ladders_for_18_factories_in
_bangladesh_april_2018_0.pdf

“Who tanned the leather for your designer bag?” Carry Somers, Fashion Revolution, April 2,
2018:
https://www.fashionrevolution.org/who-tanned-the-leather-for-your-designer-bag/

“Brands sourcing from Bangladesh urged to support workers’ minimum wage demands,” Clean
Clothes Campaign, April 25, 2018:
https://cleanclothes.org/news/2018/04/25/brands-sourcing-from-bangladesh-urged-to-support-
workers2019-minimum-wage-demands

“Machines review – astonishing Indian factory documentary into the hazardous, punishing heart
of the global textile industry,” Simran Hans, The Guardian (London), May 21, 2017:
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/21/machines-review-astonishing-documentary-
indian-factory-life-rahul-jain

Electronics Industry

“Prevention-intervention strategies to reduce exposure to e-waste,” Michelle Heacock, et al.,


Reviews on Environmental Health, Vol. 33, Issue 2, May 11, 2018:
https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/reveh.ahead-of-print/reveh-2018-0014/reveh-2018-0014.xml

“Police raid Chachoengsao plant in crackdown on foreign e-waste,” The Nation (Bangkok), May
22, 2018:
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30346025

“Foxconn opts to make smaller displays at Wisconsin plant; Major Apple supplier says $10b
investment plan is unchanged.” Lauly Li, Cheng Ting-Fang and Gen Nakamura, Nikkei Asian
Review, May 23, 2018:
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Foxconn-opts-to-make-smaller-displays-at-
Wisconsin-plant

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“Researchers raise concerns for worker health in Ontario’s e-waste sector,” Workers Health &
Safety Centre, May 25, 2018:
https://www.whsc.on.ca/What-s-new/News-Archive/Researchers-raise-concerns-for-worker-
health-in-On

“Investment rush is harming environment [with e-waste].” Soonruth Bunyamanee, Bangkok


Post, May 30, 2018:
https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1475457/#cxrecs_s

“Report prompts call for Samsung to disclose workplace chemical use,” Sunny Lee, Chemical
Watch Asia Hub, June 5, 2018:
https://chemicalwatch.com/asiahub/67128/report-prompts-call-for-samsung-to-disclose-
workplace-chemical-use

“Underpaid and exhausted: the human cost of your Kindle,” Gethin Chamberlain, The Guardian
(London), June 9, 2018:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jun/09/human-cost-kindle-amazon-china-
foxconn-jeff-bezos

“Amazon profits from secretly oppressing its supplier’s workers; An investigative report on
Hengyang Foxconn,” China Labor Watch, June 10, 2018:
http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/upfile/2018_01_12/20180610.pdf

“Amazon blasted over China Echo factory conditions,” Spencer Soper, Bloomberg, June 10,
2018:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-10/watchdog-blasts-amazon-for-conditions-
at-chinese-echo-factory

“KnowTheChain: Ranking of 40 ICT companies on efforts to address forced labour in supply


chains,” June 18, 2018:
https://www.business-
humanrights.org/sites/default/files/2018%20KTC%20ICT%20press%20release.pdf

“IPhone’s assembler’s billionaire CEO chafes at China overtime caps,” Bloomberg


IndustryWeek, June 22, 2018:
http://www.industryweek.com/print/432300

Earlier materials

“Prevention-intervention strategies to reduce exposure to e-waste,” Michelle Heacock, et al., De


Gruyter.com, March 25, 2018:
https://www.degruyter.com/downloadpdf/j/reveh.ahead-of-print/reveh-2018-0014/reveh-2018-
0014.pdf

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Food and Agriculture

“Sustainable coca promises have been empty,” Caroline Macdonald, SupplyChainDIVE, April
26, 2018:
https://www.supplychaindive.com/news/sustainable-cocoa-promises-have-been-empty/522342/

“Taking Stock; Labor exploitation, illegal fishing and brand responsibility in the seafood
industry,” International Labor Rights Forum, May 2018:
https://laborrights.org/sites/default/files/publications/Taking%20Stock%20final.pdf

“The global business of forced labour; Report of findings [in the tea and cocoa industry],”
Genevieve Lebaron, May 2018:
http://globalbusinessofforcedlabour.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Report-of-Findings-
Global-Business-of-Forced-Labour.pdf

“GSSI and the CGF join forces on a benchmark and recognition tool for social compliance
schemes in the seafood sector,” The Consumer Goods Forum, May 17, 2018:
https://www.theconsumergoodsforum.com/press_releases/gssi-and-the-cgf-join-forces-on-a-
benchmark-and-recognition-tool-for-social-compliance-schemes-in-the-seafood-sector/

“Included in the dirty list, Cutrale still has farms certified with ‘good practice’ seal,” Daniela
Penha, Reporter Brasil, May 17, 2018:
http://reporterbrasil.org.br/2018/05/included-in-the-dirty-list-cutrale-still-has-farms-certified-
with-good-practice-seal/

“’Slavery on an industrial scale’ in fishing industry,” Radio New Zealand, May 27, 2018:
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/358307/slavery-on-an-industrial-scale-in-fishing-
industry

“Food scarcity imminent in Edo [from land grab by multinational companies], ERA raises
alarm,” Abiodun Jimoh, Nigerian Tribune (Lagos), May 31, 2018:
http://www.tribuneonlineng.com/food-scarcity-imminent-in-edo-era-raises-alarm/

“Behind the Barcodes: End human suffering behind our food,” Oxfam, June 2018:
https://www.oxfamamerica.org/take-action/campaign/food-farming-and-hunger/behind-the-
barcodes/

“Ripe for change; Ending human suffering in supermarket supply chains,” Oxfam, June 2018:
https://www.business-humanrights.org/sites/default/files/documents/cr-ripe-for-change-
supermarket-supply-chains-210618-en.pdf

“Tobacco: a deadly business,” series by The Guardian (London) on child labor in multiple
countries, June 2018:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/tobacco-a-deadly-business

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“Letter addressed to the Government of Senegal, G7 member states and the African Union; call
to put smallholder farms at the core of strategies on food security and nutrition,” New Alliance
for Food Security and Nutrition, June 11, 2018:
https://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/28219-letter-addressed-to-the-government-of-senegal-
g7-members-state-and-the-african-union

“Child labour rampant in tobacco industry,” Sarah Bosley, The Guardian (London), June 25,
2018:
https://business-humanrights.us3.list-
manage.com/track/click?u=bdd1a6a40fffad39c8719632f&id=c9bf1b55cb&e=b742a8886b

Other Industries

“1200 construction workers from single Qatari company stranded,” Migrant Rights (UK), May
14, 2018:
https://www.migrant-rights.org/2018/05/1200-workers-from-a-single-qatari-company-stranded/

Compiled by Garrett Brown


July 2, 2018

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