Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Top Of The Stinking Pile, GAP.

       Earlier I posted about having an award for worst corporation on the planet. Well it seems that there is, and you can vote to help to pin that award on the lapel of that large greed driven, inhumane corporation, GAP.
This from The Sum Of Us:

It’s been eight months since the worst factory collapse in world’s history killed more than 1,100 workers. More than 125 global apparel brands have taken responsibility for the safety of the workers who make their clothes. But a few key corporations led by Gap are still standing in the way of real reform.
Gap, one of the top purchasers of Bangladeshi-made clothes, refused to sign a binding agreement to ensure that its factories are safe. Instead, it is actively undermining serious reform by promoting a non-binding corporate-controlled program that’s completely unaccountable to workers, and helping to convince other companies to do the same.
Gap has put publicity and profits ahead of workers’ lives -- and now we have an opportunity to hold it accountable.
We’ve successfully nominated Gap for the Public Eye Awards, which Greenpeace and the Berne Declaration bestow on the world’s least ethical corporation each year. If Gap “wins” it’ll be a huge blow to its PR campaign and a reminder that the sham isn’t fooling anyone. But to make it happen, we need your vote. To vote, just click the link, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the "vote for this case" button.
When Gap, Walmart, and their allies walked away from the Accord, we knew more workers would die as a consequence. And like clockwork, another deadly fire ripped through a factory that supplied Gap in October. It was the latest reminder that we can't trust corporations with people's safety, which is why the independent inspections and legally-binding commitments to safety improvements that the Accord creates are so important.
The inspections mandated by the Accord are underway, overseen by globally-recognized fire safety experts. The garment industry isn’t going to be changed overnight, but real reform is happening. Meanwhile, our allies on the ground in Bangladesh have told us that the Gap-led Alliance is as bad as we predicted. It hasn’t hired any independent building inspectors and it isn't listening to workers -- it’s just using the same old company-controlled auditing systems that have been failing to enforce basic safety standards for years.
We can’t let this stand. If we enough of us vote, the Public Eye Awards will shame Gap in the middle of the the World Economic Forum in front of the world’s business press. This is our best chance in months to hold Gap accountable for its betrayal of Bangladeshi workers, and all it takes is a click.
Thanks for all you do,
Rob and the team at SumOfUs
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