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Next Meeting March 18!

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Monday March 18, 2013

Please join us for our monthly planning meeting. In March we will be back to the 3rd Monday of the month.

7-9pm at Hebrew Union College,

3077 University Ave.
Enter from eastside of Hoover St.
(between 30th and 32nd Avenues.)

Enter security gate to be buzzed in.

For more info, call Joan Harper (818) 406-9296

New DVD on Fair Trade Available!

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fair trade los angeleswe 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.

You can view a trailer of the DVD 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!

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Carrie Hawthorne
Executive Director

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.

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Signed Into Law TODAY: The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010‏

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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!

Best,

Julie Tanner
Assistant Director of Socially Responsible Investing
Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc.
Direct: 212-503-1947
Main: 800-592-8890
Fax:  212-490-6092
jtanner@cbisonline.com


Kay Buck, Executive Director
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
5042 Wilshire Blvd #586 · Los Angeles, California 90036
Office: (213) 365-1906 x101 · Fax: (213) 365-5257
Email: kay@castla.org, · Website: www.castla.org