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Paul Barrett’s op-ed in the Washington Post is an excellent introduction to our report on Ethiopia’s garment industry which has been expanding in recent years. But as the report showcases, labor rights are being forgotten in this industry boom.
In May 2019, the Center published Made in Ethiopia: Challenges in the Garment Industry's New Frontier, an examination of how the global apparel industry operates in Ethiopia. The report features a set of 9 recommendations for how the industry and the Ethiopian government, foreign manufacturers, and western brands can address the human rights challenges created by the lowest wages in the entire global supply chain for clothing.
As Facebook is redesign itself to focus on smaller communities, this article questions how this could open itself up to even more misinformation. This article quotes Paul Barrett who believes there are tensions between what is good for the company and what is good for society at large".
This article looks at the global fashion industry and its ethical pitfalls. Our report on Bangladesh’s garment industry is used as an important case study in this overview, and points to how “brands have a sincere interest in establishing decent working conditions”
This radio episode has Tremonti researching the Sri Lankan social media blackout and its merit. Paul Barrett is questioned as an expert after his report on domestically generated misinformation.
This article goes over our report on Bangladesh garment industries practices.
This Human Rights Watch piece goes over the practices and processes which drive apparel brands to labor abuses. Our report on Bangladesh labor rights is cited in this piece on our advise for our 13 indicators on sourcing and purchasing practices brands should follow.
This article talks about the sexism in the Bangladeshi manufacturing leadership. Our report on Bangladesh is noted for a statistic on the amount of deaths happening in factories, and points to a needed change in leadership.
This article reveals how the Sri Lankan social media shutdown brought to light the weakness of Facebooks global ambitions. Paul Barrett is cited as Facebook’s "combination of unwillingness and inability to deal with the misinformation problem is one of their great weaknesses".
This Quartz article references our report on Ethiopia and its garment industries failings in human and labor rights promotion.
In an international wave of new legislation on internet since it has become “the most powerful marketing tool an extremist could ever hope for”. Michael Posner warns though that it will create a space where government intervention will spread which can quickly turn to what Iranians call “halal internet”.
In this article about Facebook’s crackdown on misinformation, the authors cite Paul Barrett and his report on domestically generated misinformation. The article focuses on how Facebook is distinguishing between simply moderating and not erasing information collection all together.
This article talks about the effects of what happens when consultants work for authoritarian regimes. This article references to Michael Posner’s op-ed in Forbes about How McKinsey & Co. Fails As A Global Leader.
In discussions about the new UK legislation on companies like Facebook and Twitter Paul Barrett raises concerns about government censorship and how companies mismanagement enables a platform where government’s intervention can be broadened.
This article cites our report on domestically generated misinformation, in a conversation about the Communications Decency Act possible future changes. Section 230 of the code allows internet to exist in the way it does today in all its greatness but there is a growing need for companies to disavow misinformation from spreading.
Livia Firth summarises the key takeaways from the CNMI International Roundtable on Sustainability. Our recent report on the human rights issue in Bangladesh fashion factories is cited as advising discussions between workers and brands and governments to find solutions.
In the hand sight of the New Zealand mass shooting our report on domestically generated misinformation is used in this article to show the widespread and dangerous information that companies seem to be unable to control effectively.
Paul Barrett writes an opinion piece for Wired in which he exposes the conclusions of his report on domestic misinformation and its power. He calls to attention that there is a growing need for companies to disavow misinformation from spreading.
This article focuses on the reality where” China’s offensive social-media operations are a sleeping giant” which we need to keep a close eye on in the future. The article cites our report to focus on the grand scope of domestic misinformation in contrast to Chinese and Russian influence.
This Yahoo article reflects on the conclusion of our new report on domestically generated misinformation which advises that in addition to removing foreign actors misinformation companies should also be dealing with domestic fake news.
Peter Coy examines solutions for disinformation by referencing our new report on domestically generated misinformation that is “provably untrue”.
In early 2019, we released Tackling Domestic Disinformation: What Social Media Companies Need to Do, a detailed look at false content generated in the U.S. that undermines democracy.
Last week, the Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, published the results of what we assume will be the first phase of its digital mapping project of the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector. Our Research Director, Dorothee Baumann-Pauly offers her thoughts on the project.
The Guardian has brought attention back to poor conditions in the apparel industry in Bangladesh with a story about the pop music group the Spice Girls. The incident shows that to prevent labor-rights issues from recurring, more holistic approaches are needed, both at the brand level and at a systemic level.
This report, co-sponsored by ICAR, Frank Bold, and the Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit, explores evidence based economic arguments for companies to promote human rights.
Disturbing reports of forced labor in the Xinjiang region of China have captured recent headlines. We believe that a shared responsibility approach, in which all of the key stakeholders work together to take responsibility and collaborate is the lasting path forward.
The Center’s Director, Michael Posner, is quoted in a Mother Jones piece written by Denise Clifton which exposes the dark side of the prosperous social media business.
Michael Posner, in an op-ed for Forbes’s leadership column, details the lessons to be learned from the government incited closing of the Central European University in Hungary.
Deputy Director, Paul Barrett, is quoted in a piece written by Emma Thomasson and Ruma Paul which discusses Bangladesh clothing factories and the future of the manufacturing industry in the country.