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Highlighting 10 Years of Increasing Competitiveness through Improved Labor Standards

Submitted by: International Finance Corporation

Categories: Business Ethics, Human Rights

Posted: Nov 13, 2009 – 01:19 PM EST

 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 /CSRwire/ - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, the International Labour Organization, and Better Work are inviting media to a full-day event highlighting 10 years of increasing competitiveness through the improvement of labor standards.

On November 19, the event will bring together more than 200 participants, including policymakers, businesses, international and U.S. employer organizations and trade unions, opinion leaders, donors and technical agencies, the broader think tank and policy research community, and senior staff of the World Bank and IFC.

Several garment companies also will be represented, including American Eagle Outfitters, Gap Inc., Jones Apparel, Levi Strauss & Co, Martha Stewart Living, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Walt Disney, and Wal-mart. A full list of participants is available upon request.

Participants will review the achievements of the Better Factories Cambodia and Better Work programs that have benefited more than 1.2 million workers worldwide, and discuss ways to reach millions more by expanding to new industries.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Media may choose to attend one or all sessions according to availability and also are invited to a luncheon scheduled for 12:45 p.m., located at the lobby level.

Venue: IFC Auditorium, 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.

Speakers:


  • Michael Kobori, Vice President, Supply Chain Social and Environmental Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co
  • Sandra Polaski, Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs, U. S. Department of Labor
  • Rachel Kyte, IFC's Vice President, Business Advisory Services
  • Ros Harvey, Global Program Manager, Better Work
  • Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister, Minister of Commerce, Cambodia
  • Dr. Gazi Shbeikat, Minister of Labor, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

To register or for more information please contact Katia Theriault

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, creates opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We foster sustainable economic growth in developing countries by supporting private sector development, mobilizing private capital, and providing advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments. Our new investments totaled $14.5 billion in fiscal 2009, helping channel capital into developing countries during the financial crisis. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

For more information about ILO, visit www.ilo.org.

For more information about Better Work, visit www.betterwork.org.

For more information, please contact:

Phone: (202) 458-9704
Phone 2: (202) 203-8223

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International Finance Corporation

 

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