The committee committed to getting a Ten Thousand Villages store in the South Bay was met with great enthusiasm during a two-day stay at the Riviera Village Festival on June 29-30. The Riviera Village in Redondo Beach is one of the targeted areas the group hopes to have a store up and running in by next summer, as long as they continue their steady success in raising about $200,000. To date, they’ve received about $80,000 in pledges and donations, mostly from individual sources, but they are using festival events like this one, as well as another in Rancho Palos Verdes on July 4, to raise more awareness and create customer buzz about the proposed store.
The best indicator of success is the dozens of new people signing up for the monthly email blasts that outline upcoming fund-raising opportunities and educational presentations to various churches and women’s group around the South Bay. One of the most recent inroads the group made was when Ten Thousand Villages South Bay steering committee member Tony Fadale appeared on KPCC-AM’s Larry Mantle show to join a discussion about the value of fair trade — several customers to the booth in Redondo Beach mentioned they heard that show and were impressed. While the purpose of the booth exhibits was to cultivate customers and potential volunteers, the group also surpassed $1,100 in sales of Ten Thousand Villages product — covering the cost of the booth and resulting in a nice tidy profit for all the volunteer efforts. Many thanks, too, to the Pasadena Ten Thousand Villages for their volunteer support as well in this process.
Breaking news from our Raise the Bar, Hershey! Campaign:
Hershey announced today that it will move its chocolate to 100% certification by 2020, though the company remains vague on which certifications, and on incremental benchmarks.
Nonetheless, we welcome this announcement and urge Hershey to reveal its plan for moving all its product lines to certified cocoa by its 2020 deadline. We also want to emphasize that not all certifications are equal, especially when it comes to addressing the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the West African cocoa sector.
Thank you again for your support in this campaign. Please consider making a donation here to ILRF’s ongoing work to end child labor and other abusive labor practices.
Sean & the Raise the Bar, Hershey! Coalition
Coalition members include Global Exchange, Green America, and International Labor Rights Forum.
we wanted to provide you with another chance to learn about an exciting educational resource Partners for Just Trade (PJT) has produced. In honor of Fair Trade month, PJT is releasing the DVD, A Thousand Fibers: Binding Together through Fair Trade.
The goal of the DVD is triple-fold: to broaden individuals’ knowledge about Fair Trade while heightening awareness of, and increasing demand for Fair Trade. The DVD can be used as a standalong tool or along with our Bible Study on Fair Trade. If you would be interested in receiving a complimentary copy of the DVD, please fill out the form here.
As a conference attendee, we know that you support Fair Trade and through your congregations, publications and media channels, you inspire interest in this exciting movement. We would like to request that if you like our DVD, you consider posting a review or promoting it on your website, in your newsletter, or various social media channels to help us get the word out.
We appreciate your consideration and thank you for helping to grow the Fair Trade movement!
PS If you’d like to learn more about the DVD, you can do so at www.PartnersForJustTrade.org/dvd.
|PJT is a non-profit, Fair Trade organization selling products from Peru, Cameroon and Nicaragua. PJT is a screened member of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America Business Network.|
I’m pleased to report that The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) was signed into law today by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger! (See the Governor’s press release attached.)
This means that starting January 1, 2012, major apparel and manufacturing companies doing business in California must publicly disclose on their website the policies they have in place to ensure that their supply chains are free of slavery and trafficking, including the extent to which they use 3rd-party verification, conduct independent unannounced audits, and maintain internal accountability for employees and contractors that fail to meet company standards.
Thanks so much for signing on to the letter and demonstrating to the Governor the value of transparency and disclosure, the critical need to protect human rights, and the importance of robust monitoring and reporting systems in global supply chains.
Please be sure to mention this new law to any major retailer and manufacturer that you engage or evaluate and incorporate its requests into your ongoing dialogues and engagements with companies. As you know, there are many initiatives that provide helpful tools to assist companies, such as Responsible Sourcing Network (www.sourcingnetwork.org), Social Accountability International (www.sa-intl.org/), The Global Reporting Initiative (www.globalreporting.org), Global e-Sustainability Initiative (www.gesi.org/), and Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (www.eicc.info), to name a few.
We applaud the bill’s author, California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), and also express appreciation to Chris Miller with Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET – http://www.assetcampaign.org/) and founder Julia Ormond, former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Slavery and Human Trafficking, for their tireless work as an organizational sponsor of the bill. ASSET will be issuing a press release tomorrow.
Please call with any questions and thanks again for your support!
Assistant Director of Socially Responsible Investing
Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc.
Kay Buck, Executive Director
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