This report examines the garment industry in Fiji. The industry is of particular significance and importance due to its rapid ascent in becoming the country's number one key export. It remains a critical industry for the economy and a source of employment for the poor. However, its precariousness is highlighted by even slight changes to regional and global trading agreements and political volatility. Criticism over labour conditions and freedom of labour rights also continue to weaken the industry’s standing.
Everything you need to know about world agriculture in crisis from US cotton to EU sugar. Globally, agricultural trade is worth $674 billion a year but this potential to drive growth, equity and development is being lost. Developing countries – with around 98% of all farmers – capture only a third of global trade. Find out what’s going wrong and what needs to change to Make Trade Fair.
It is shocking how few governments make a serious attempt to consider the impact on development of their arms exports. Paying lip service to such a commitment means that scarce resources are being diverted from the ﬁght against poverty, and millions are suffering as a result. To protect the social and economic rights of people in developing countries, it is imperative that exporting governments apply an effective and systematic methodology to assess whether proposed arms transfers will affect sustainable development.
In August 2004 the world’s athletes will gather in Athens for the Summer Olympic Games. Global sportswear firms will spend vast sums of money to associate their products with the Olympian ideal. Images of Olympic events, complete with corporate branding, will be televised to a global audience. The expansion of international trade in sportswear goods under the auspices of corporate giants such as Nike, Adidas and Reebok has drawn millions of people, mainly women, into employment. From China and Indonesia to Turkey and Bulgaria, they work long hours for low wages in arduous conditions, often without the most basic employment protection. The rights to join and form trade unions and to engage in collective bargaining are systematically violated. This report asks fundamental questions about the global sportswear industry – questions that go to the heart of debates on poverty, workers’ rights, trade, and globalisation.
The Indian government spearheaded an extraordinary humanitarian response to the tsunami disaster in India, mobilizing a vast array of resources. Although the relief phase is now largely over, an enormous amount of work must be done to meet the rehabilitation and recovery needs of the affected coastal communities in South India and on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Globalisation has drawn millions of women into paid employment across the developing world. Their work is fuelling valuable national export growth. Their jobs could be providing the income, security, and support needed to lift them and their families out of poverty. Instead, women workers are systematically being denied their fair share of the benefits brought by globalisation. Commonly hired on short-term contracts - or with no contract at all - women are working at high speed for low wages in unhealthy conditions.