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Sunday, June 5, 2005

 

Anti-poverty wristbands produced in sweatshops

`Fashionable wristbands worn by pop stars, actors, top athletes and celebrities to publicise the Make Poverty History campaign are produced in appalling ‘slave labour’ conditions, damning evidence has revealed.

Chinese factory workers producing the white rubber bracelets are forced to toil in conditions that violate Chinese law and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) set up to establish international standards for working conditions.

The revelations are laid bare in sensitive ‘ethical audits’ of factories that make the must-have fashion accessories for the national Make Poverty History campaign begun by a partnership of over 400 charities.’




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