Worker Participation Committee issues official recommendations

first_imgAnnmarie Soller University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves speaksduring a previous forum at McKenna Auditorium on Jan. 26.For the first time since 2001, products licensed by Notre Dame may soon bear the label “Made in China.” The University’s Worker Participation Committee announced its official recommendation to conduct two one-year pilot programs in Chinese manufacturing factories at a public forum Monday.University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves, a member of the Worker Participation Committee, said the committee formulated its finalized set of recommendations after two years of careful research and deliberation.According to the website of the Office of the Executive Vice President, University President Emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy appointed a Task Force on Anti-Sweatshop Initiatives in 1999. As a result of the task force’s research and recommendations, in 2001 the University released a list of 11 countries, including China, in which manufacturers were prohibited from producing Notre Dame-licensed products.In 2013, Affleck-Graves appointed a committee to review Notre Dame’s Licensing Code of Conducts due to an increasing frequency of interactions between the University and China, according to the website of the Office of the Executive Vice President.The committee chose Verité, a non-profit organization, as its partner during the process of assessing worker participation in Chinese factories, Affleck-Graves said.“We chose China because it was a country that we didn’t produce in at the moment, and it was a country where we could get some cooperation from some of our manufacturers,” Affleck-Graves said. “Although they were making do in other countries, [our manufacturers] were very eager for us to consider China.”He said Verité designed a set of criteria with which it would assess six Chinese factories based upon workers’ rights to freedom of participation. Verité then puts the factories into subcategories based upon their levels of worker participation.The assessment concluded two of the six factories met the standards that the University would require for it to allow for production, and some committee members visited the Chinese factories to meet with the workers and managers after receiving Verité’s assessment, he said.“We like the Verité process,” Affleck-Graves said. “We like the people at Verité. But we felt it was important that we also visit the factories so we could get a sense of whether Verité’s assessment correctly or adequately reflected the views we would have of the conditions in those factories.”Affleck-Graves said the Workers Participation Committee recommends conducting a year-long pilot program in the two Chinese manufacturing plants that received good assessments from Verité. The companies would be reassessed regularly over the course of the year.“This is to determine whether workers’ rights have improved to the extent that factories meet and, more importantly, can sustain over time and under review a standard of performance acceptable to the University of Notre Dame,” Affleck-Graves said.Affleck-Graves said the committee also offers three additional recommendations based off of feedback from a public forum held in January. The committee selected eight factories currently manufacturing products licensed by Notre Dame in Bangladesh, India, El Salvador and Guatemala to assess and compare to the two factories in China.“People asked how we can compare these working conditions in China with other factories … and encouraged us to go to other countries where we commonly do production and use the same assessment tool to see if standards are being met,” Affleck-Graves said.Affleck-Graves said the committee will also use the pilot programs to broaden their assessment criteria to include more issues than worker participation.“There are lots of other issues that are very important in both China and the rest of the world,” Affleck-Graves said. “Things regarding safety, health conditions … what the proposal means is to take the assessment that Verité has done and broaden it to cover all these other issues as well.”The committee’s fourth recommendation is to continue to provide regular opportunities to update the campus community and listen to feedback while the pilot programs are implemented, he said.The Worker Participation Committee is exploring the possibility of assessing all factories producing Notre Dame-licensed products, Affleck-Graves said. He estimated 400 to 500 factories currently produce Notre Dame-licensed products and evaluating each one could take several years.“We’re hoping to take this pilot program and assist the feasibility of … a factory centric policy,” Affleck-Graves said. “We have an instrument that we can take into any factory that allows us to do a rigorous assessment of that factory and on the basis of that assessment to determine whether its appropriate or not to manufacture Notre Dame logo material in that factory.”Affleck-Graves said the committee hopes to provide a model for other universities and companies to follow.“One of Notre Dame’s missions is to be a source for good in the world,” Affleck-Graves said. “There’s a huge amount of manufacturing that goes on in China whether we like it or not. So we can stay out of it and we can influence people by not being in it … but it doesn’t make any difference to those people in China.”Affleck-Graves said University President Fr. John Jenkins reviewed the recommendations before Monday’s forum and said he is comfortable with them. He will likely approve them in the coming weeks, according to Affleck-Graves, after which the recommendations can be enacted.Tags: Chinese manufacturing, John Affleck-Graves, Worker Participation Committeelast_img read more

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Biles wins record-equalling fourth gold with floor victory

first_imgBy Pritha SarkarRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – Simone Biles showed off her sassy moves and explosive tumbles on the floor exercise to win a record-equalling fourth gold at the Olympics yesterday.A day after a wobbly performance on the balance beam ended the American’s hopes of leaving Rio with a record haul of five gold for a female gymnast, she was back to her hip-shaking best to capture the floor title with 15.966 points.Aly Raisman completed a one-two for the United States by earning 15.500 while Briton Amy Tinkler burst into tears after a crowd-pleasing floor display to ‘Pretty Woman’ earned her the bronze.However, there was no doubting who was the star of the show.“Simone’s an incredible gymnast … it’s just amazing to be up there competing against her,” Tinkler told reporters.A sultry routine full of hip-swinging moves to samba music had the Brazilian spectators on their feet as Biles flew high into the air to execute her trademark element, a soaring double layout with half-twist at the end.Cries of “oohs” and “aahs” accompanied each of her complex tumbling passes, she drew gasps of admiration as she balanced her entire body weight on her right toes while spinning around twice and had the audience roaring their approval as she bounced her bottom off the floor to strike her final pose.The ear-to-ear grin, which had disappeared on Monday after she ended up with bronze on the beam, was back on show again and Biles gave the crowd a thumbs-up as she waited for her score.The mark that did flash up not only earned her a fifth medal at her debut Games, it was also the highest score of her four floor performances over the past 10 days.The 19-year-old team, all around, vault and floor exercise champion became the first woman in 32 years, and fifth overall, to win four gold medals at a single Games.“It’s very crazy. To think what I’ve done, it’s been an amazing experience and I don’t think I could be more proud of myself,” Biles said.So was she disappointed on missing out on the outright record?“Your first Olympics you walk away with five medals, that’s not tough at all. Especially four being gold, that’s just unheard of. I’m very proud.”The Soviet Union’s Larisa Latynina (Melbourne 1956), Hungary’s Agnes Keleti (Melbourne 1956), Czech Vera Caslavska (Mexico City 1968) and Romania’s Ecaterina Szabo (Los Angeles 1984) were the only other women to have four gold at a single Games.last_img read more

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Chelsea Sets Tough Conditions for Costa’s Return

first_imgDiego Costa has been given four conditions to urgently meet for the Spaniard to repair his strained relationship with his club, Chelsea. According to UK’S The Guardian, the player who has been on AWOL must return to the club.Costa allegedly took the French leave after claiming that Antonio Conte sent him a text message that he was not part of the manager’s plans for Chelsea this season.Costa was absent in Saturday’s home loss to Burnley in Chelsea’s opening title defence. The former Atletico Madrid player is also expected to resume training with Chelsea and thirdly to get himself to be match-fit. On the training pitch, he was also asked to train well to be in contention for starting line-up position.Costa has been at odds with Conte since January, when he was dropped from Chelsea’s starting XI following a dispute with a fitness coach and reports of a potential move to the Chinese Super League.It seems unlikely that the stipulations will be met, with Costa recently claiming he had been treated like “a criminal’ by Chelsea and repeatedly voicing his desire to return to Atletico Madrid, the club he made his name at.He told the Daily Mail: “They want me to be there training with the reserves. I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact at all with the guys.“I’m not a criminal! I don’t think it is fair after all I have done to be treated like that. They gave me a week extra off but since then it’s fines all the way. They want me training with the reserves. I am not going to do that. I am not a criminal and I am not in the wrong here. So, if they need to fine me, let them fine me.“I take the hit every week but I’m not driven by money. The important thing is to be happy with how I live. I’m here with my parents and people who respect me.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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LeoVegas gets ready for Spanish market launch

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Gustaf Hagman – LeoVegas ABStockholm-listed LeoVegas AB has confirmed that it will launch its services for the regulated Spanish online gambling market, as the European operator prepares to enter its ‘7th locally regulated market’.Issuing an update, LeoVegas governance confirms that it has secured DGOJ approved licenses for both Spanish casino and sportsbook provisions, with the company moving to launch its initial Spanish domain shortly.Closing 2018 accounts, LeoVegas governance disclosed that it would enter the Spanish online gambling market, targeting a product launch by Q1 2019.Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO of LeoVegas AB, commented: “With LeoVegas’ position as ‘King of Casino’, we are now entering Spain with the ambition to take the mobile position and offer the ultimate gaming experience.“The Spanish online gambling market have strong underlying growth with over 20% per year. The Spanish license is an important step in our continued expansion, in other Spanish-speaking countries, where we have already conducted test launches in Peru and Chile.”As a key corporate directive, Hagman underlined that the Stockholm enterprise will generate +50% of revenues from its regulated market profile in 2019.Supporting its regulated market growth, Leo Vegas’ licensing make-up sees the European operator hold gaming licences in Malta (EU), the UK, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, and now Spain. Share Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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