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International Documents on Corporate Responsibility

Edited by Stephen Tully

International Documents on Corporate Responsibility includes the principal international, regional and national instruments drafted by intergovernmental organisations or states as well as codes of conduct formulated by industry associations, trade unions and non-governmental organisations. The coverage includes the fields of human rights, international criminal and environmental law, labour standards, international trade, armed conflict, sustainable development, corruption, consumer protection and corporate governance. Each document is accompanied by a brief explanatory commentary outlining the historical origins of the instrument, the principal actors involved, controversial negotiation issues, applicable implementation procedure, and identifies further reference material.
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Chapter 40: Clean Clothes Campaign: Code of Labour Practices for the Apparel Industry including Sportswear, 1998


Commentary: The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC, is a global network of more than 200 NGOs, trade unions and individuals with an international secretariat located in Amsterdam. The Code of Labour Practices seeks to improve working conditions in the global garment and sportswear industries. On the history of the Code, see Ascoly N. and Zeldenrust I. (1999), ‘The Code Debate in Context: A Decade of Campaigning for Clean Clothes’, working paper, The Netherlands (available at, 2 May 2005). See also, Ascoly N., Zeldenrust I. and Oldenziel J. (2001), ‘Overview of recent developments on monitoring and verification in the garment and sportswear industry in Europe’, Center for Research on MNCs, Amsterdam, 2nd edn ( For a comparable initiative, see the American Apparel Manufacturers Association (1997), Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production Principles, Arlington, VA ( For comment, see Sajhau J.P. (1997), ‘Business Ethics in the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industries: Code of Conduct’, ILO Doc SAP 2.60/WP. 110. Part I Introduction Statement of Purpose The Clean Clothes Campaign is dedicated to advancing the interests of workers in the apparel and sportswear industry and the concerns of consumers who purchase products made and sold by this industry. The Campaign seeks an end to the oppression, exploitation and abuse of workers in this industry, most of who are women. The Campaign also seeks to provide consumers with accurate information concerning the working conditions under which the apparel and sports wear they purchase are made. The Clean Clothes Campaign seeks to achieve its aims...

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