12/26/07 The Cocoa Verification Board. The Boardis a multi-stakeholder body created to validate government surveys of labor in cocoa production. It is both unique and promising. Its sponsor, Verité, says (12/21/07) that the Board “will select, train and hire individual, independent verifiers who will analyze critique and report on the robustness of the national surveys undertaken by the governments of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire… to identify and remediate the worst forms of child labor and forced adult labor in the cocoa sector.” Verité has announced that all materials relating to its own work and that of the Verification Board will be readily available to all interested parties and a website will be created to ensure that information is easily accessible and widely available. 12/26/07, Blogspot, CSRNYC, John Tepper Marlin, Cocoa Verification Board - Willy Wonka Cares.
11/12/07 Laggard Companies. The Ethical Corporation has a comment on laggard companies to which I would like to add. The focus of much CSR commentary and debate is over the leaders, who are carving out and paying for new levels of compliance with higher standards of environmental care, workplace quality, fair trade or the reporting thereon. Activist groups tend to focus on the leading brands because the media are more interested. If you have a problem with "blood diamonds", for example, go after the leading jewelry companies. This is common sense, because the best-known brands make better headlines. However, there is a danger in the focus remaining solely on the top brands' raising their standards. More: 11/12/07 Blogspot, John Tepper Marlin, Basic Standards for Laggard Companies.
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