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Highlighting 10 Years of Increasing Competitiveness through Improved Labor Standards

Highlighting 10 Years of Increasing Competitiveness through Improved Labor Standards

Published 11-13-09

Submitted by International Finance Corporation

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.


  • 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

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For more information about Better Work, visit

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The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is the largest multilateral provider of financing for private enterprise in developing countries. IFC finances private sector investments, mobilizes capital in international financial markets, facilitates trade, helps clients improve social and environmental sustainability, and provides technical assistance and advice to businesses and governments. From its founding in 1956 through FY06, IFC has committed more than $56 billion of its own funds for private sector investments in the developing world and mobilized an additional $25 billion in syndications for 3,531 companies in 140 developing countries. With the support of funding from donors, it has also provided more than $1 billion in technical assistance and advisory services.

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