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Vatican: Dhaka factory collapse underscores need for global corporate social responsibility

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Vatican: Dhaka factory collapse underscores need for global corporate social responsibility

(Vatican Radio) With the images of the Dhaka factory collapse in Bangladesh still before the eyes of the world, the Holy See has reminded United Nations members that “still in our own day the number of human lives that are lost or severely crushed as a result of unsafe working conditions remains too great”.

Below please find the statement by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva at the 23rd Session of the Human Rights Council

“Transnational Corporations and Human Rights”

Geneva, May 31, 2013
Mr. President,

The urgency of the call to increased Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility was elevated to a new pitch for all stakeholders when the news about the collapse of a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on April 24th spread rapidly around the world. The loss of more than 1,100 young lives coupled with the untold pain of their relatives, and the suffering and crushed dreams of hundreds more is a reminder of corrective actions that need to be undertaken by all corporations that participate in a global supply chain process that relies continually on the contribution of workers. The images of that disaster are also a reminder of the interdependence that globalization has brought about in transnational economic activity. Read more

Vatican studies harmful effects of labor ‘outsourcing’

 

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Vatican studies harmful effects of labor ‘outsourcing’

 

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has hosted a one-day conference on “industry and outsourcing” to discuss the effect of the practice of big corporations transferring operations to low-wage countries.

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has hosted a one-day conference on “industry and outsourcing” to discuss the effect of the practice of big corporations transferring operations to low-wage countries.

“The young people are out on the streets in countries like Spain, Greece and even Italy because they are living with the human effects of big industries outsourcing their production to countries like Bangladesh, Haiti or Dhaka where they can pay workers a percentage of what they would have to pay in Milan,” says Fr. Michael Czerny, S.J. Read more

Pope: Dignity for the Dhaka workers, dignity for the jobless

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Pope: Dignity for the Dhaka workers, dignity for the jobless

 

 

(Vatican Radio) A society that “does not pay a just wage”, that “does not give work” to people; a society that “that only looks to its balance books, that only seeks profit” is unjust and goes against God. It is work – not power, not money, not culture – that gives men and women a sense of dignity. By stripping them of work, society strips them of their God given dignity. Emer McCarthy reports: http://media01.radiovaticana.va/audiomp3/00369662.MP3

This was the focus of Pope Francis reflections at Mass Wednesday May 1st. The Holy Father marked the feast of St Joseph the Worker together with children and single mothers who are guests at the “Il Ponte” center for solidarity based in the port town of Civitavecchia north of Rome. Mass was concelebrated by the man who founded and runs the center for these families in need, Fr. Egidio Smacchia. Read more