The recent events in Bangladesh have filled the media with horrific pictures of human tragedy: mothers mourning their lost children, rescue workers covered in dust unearthing more bodies, death and grief mounting under piles of rubble and boxes of unworn clothes. Amongst a growing inbox of heart-wrenching testimony and photos from workers and rescuers on the scene, there is one image in particular that is seared into my mind. That of a man, dust covered and dead, hugging a woman who lies limp in his arms. I cannot help but wonder, again and again, at what point did he reach over to hug, protect, and comfort her? When did they realise they were both going to die? What were their final words to each other? Did they even know each other or did the terror of a collapsing building bring them together?
In light of the Savar, Bangaldesh tradegy, many consumers are asking, “Where should I shop?” Here’s some tips to start you off on the right foot…
So sad. Not again. God and all that is good, please have mercy on a country that has suffered so much. Please pray.
Building Collapse in Bangladesh Leaves Scores Dead
An eight-story building in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories collapsed on Wednesday morning, killing at least 87 people, injuring hundreds of others, and leaving an unknown number of people trapped in the rubble, according to Bangladeshi officials and media outlets.
Source: The New York Times
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Today, on International Women’s Day, we lift our voices in thanks for the courageous women around the world who work, sometimes against great odds, to improve their livelihood and communities, support their families and open doors to a brighter future. Thank you for supporting MCC’s work to empower women around the world.
In Bangladesh, an MCC program is offering a new start for girls and women who have been forced into sex work. Your gift of empowerment gives women in Bangladesh the capacity to start over, learn vocational skills and find new sources of income
Why is Nzimenyera Théoneste smiling? His cooperative in Rwanda used Fair Trade funds to buy bicycles, and now he doesn’t have to walk heavy bags of coffee into town.
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Heartbreaking… people, we need to wake up and stand up as consumers…
A blaze that killed 112 workers in Bangladesh last month exposed a disconnect among retailers like Sears and Walmart, the monitoring system to protect workers and the factories filling the orders.
Source: The New York Times
Hershey Plans to Use Only Certified Cocoa by 2020, But Doesn't Specify if Fair Trade or Other Certifications Will Be Used
After more than two years of “Raise the Bar Hershey” Campaign calling on Hershey to address child labor issues in its supply chain, Hershey announced it will be going 100% certified by 2020. Hershey’s commitment is both monumental and necessary, however, they remain vague on which certifications, and on their timeline/benchmarks for achieving this.
Raise the Bar, Hershey! Campaign official statement: http://www.raisethebarhershey.org/raise-the-bar-hershey-campaign-welcomes-hershey%E2%80%99s-announcement-to-source-100-certified-cocoa-by-2020/
The Hershey Press Release: