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  •  No defense of Don Fisher. (0+ / 0-)

    But the Wikipedia entry contains material falsehoods.  The 2007 incident (which was shamelessly hyped by Barbara Ehrenreich) was an outlier. It involved an unapproved sub-contractor that used child labor, in clear violation of the contractor's agreement with Gap. What this entry omits is that Gap not only destroyed the merchandise (and the child labor was only involved in one part of the garment), Gap paid the children directly and funded their K-12 education.  They didn't cut off the supplier, because they would lose leverage over them to enact change.

    I was in Gap HQ working for a contractor when this story broke.  I knew people who were involved with this--progressive people from the SF Bay area who cared very much about this.

    Gap has received high marks for their CSR policies with overseas suppliers from independent watchdog groups.  I disagree with their stance in the present tragedy--but can we please remember that they weren't involved.  

    First and foremost--go after the real criminals.  Gap isn't the worst offender in this industry.  

    (That sound you are hearing is a paradigm being shifted at Warp Factor Infinity using no clutch.)

    by homogenius on Wed May 22, 2013 at 08:38:29 PM PDT

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