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The United Nations Global Compact International Yearbook 2014

image of The United Nations Global Compact International Yearbook 2014
The aim of the Global Compact International Yearbook is to create a global overview of the achievements of the UN Global Compact (UNGC). The book offers proactive and in-depth information on key sustainability issues to stakeholders around the world and promotes unique and comprehensive knowledge exchange and learning in the spirit of the Global Compact principles. Thus the publication helps to advance transparency, promotes the sharing of best-practices, and, perhaps most significantly, gives a strong voice to the regional and global actors that are at the heart of the initiative.

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“There’s no point in just checking off a list”

Fairtrade wants to create a new label for textiles. Clothing made from fairly produced cotton is currently available, but further processing only has to comply with core labor guidelines of the International Labour Organization that prohibit violations such as child labor or forced labor. Going forward, the whole production chain will have to comply with fair standards, including conditions for the workers in the factories. The first Fairtrade-certified shirts and trousers could be available for purchase in three years, according to Maren Sartory from Fairtrade Germany, who was interviewed by Ingo Arzt on behalf of the Council for Sustainable Development.

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