Focus on purchasing: Child labour highlights problems of supply


Corporations are tackling problems of exploitation, writes Jamie Oliver

“Gap Inc has one of the industry’s most comprehensive programmes in place to fight for workers’ rights overseas,” says Marka Hansen, president of Gap North America, reacting to reports that children in India were found to be embroidering garments for the fashion chain.

Gap, whose sales hit $15.9bn in 2006, launched an investigation and “noted that a very small portion of a particular order placed with one of its vendors was apparently subcontracted to an unauthorised subcontractor without the company’s knowledge or approval”.


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