2015 Conference: Hasta La Victoria! Farm Worker Justice in Global Supply Chains


Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
The world is fed through the hard work of farm workers and their families. Yet in many countries around the world, including the United States, farm workers are excluded from fundamental labor protections and denied their rights at work. The global agricultural sector is plagued by a litany of problems, including denial of the right to collectively bargain, low wages, reliance on an exploited migrant workforce, threats to worker health and safety, child labor and debt bondage. 


Better Wages and Corporate Accountability to Workers in the Global Supply Chain


Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:15am

Two years after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, sweatshop abuses continue. Workplace sexual violence is widespread; poor wages and wage theft are common; and survivors of fires and factory collapses, many of them children, have few options.  What alternatives are there to divestment and boycotts, which threaten workers’ jobs? What progress has been made in getting accountability from employers and governments on both ends of the supply chain? 

Global Day of Action: Remembering Rana Plaza


Friday, April 24, 2015 (All day)

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, housing five garment factories, came crashing down. At least 1,138 people lost their lives. Many were killed instantly.  Many more were buried alive under eight stories of concrete and machinery, among the remains of the garments that they were producing for global corporations.  Thousands were injured and severely traumatized. Some people were forced to amputate their own limbs in order to escape this concrete grave.

Bangladeshi Worker Speak-Out & Fundraiser


Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join International Labor Rights Forum and United Students Against Sweatshops and for an evening with Aleya Akter, the president of the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation, and Reba Sikder, a survivor of the Rana Plaza building collapse. As Aleya and Reba finish up a series of college campus speaking events, they're in DC to share their experiences working in the garment industry in Bangladesh and to talk about their ongoing fight for workplace safety. Come meet Aleya and Reba the evening before they head back to Bangladesh! 

Slavery, Law & International Supply Chains Current Issues and Perspectives


Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 12:00pm to 5:30pm

Lowenstein Sandler LLP and Free the Slaves are co-sponsoring a unique luncheon conference to examine the quickly-evolving field of slavery and the law. Regulations that require companies to investigate forced labor slavery in their products have been emerging at the state, federal and international levels. Socially-responsible investment funds are screening companies for their human rights standards and practices. 

Gender Equality, Women's Rights and Globalization: From Goal to Governance


Friday, March 13, 2015 - 8:30am to 5:00pm

This conference, which is co-sponsored by Columbia University and UN Women, will focus on the challenges posed by globalization and the growing importance of transnational social, economic and cultural processes, to the realization of the post-2015 agenda on gender equality and women's empowerment.


8:30-9:00         Breakfast served

9:00- 9:20        Welcome and Opening Remarks

9: 20 -10:40     Panel I: Forward Looking Economic and Social Strategies

10:50 – 12:10  Panel II: Globalizing Production

Women's Economic Empowerment and Labor Rights, Beijing +20 and Beyond


Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:45pm

From domestic workers to factory workers, women are fighting for fair wages and working conditions, equal job opportunities, freedom from sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence, and social protections for all workers. 

Worker rights are a pillar of women’s economic empowerment, and fundamental to the broader social, political and economic rights outlined in the Beijing Platform. 

Come hear how women workers and their unions are organizing around the world to secure women’s fundamental labor rights!



A Fair Share for Cocoa Farmers: How to Foster a More Just Trade in Chocolate's Main Ingredient


Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Despite nearly two decades of projects aimed at improving education, increasing productivity, and implementing cocoa certification, farmers in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire still make significantly less than $2 a day. Such meager earnings leave farmers vulnerable to even minor economic or climate shocks, and fuel abuses such as child labor and labor trafficking. 

Working Conditions and Factory Auditing in the Chinese Toy Industry


Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

The vast majority of toys bought and sold in the United States are made in China. In November, the labor rights NGO, China Labor Watch, issued a report alleging poor working conditions at four Chinese factories that manufacture toys for several major toy companies and retailers. This hearing examined these allegations, what the toy industry is doing to audit factories in China and address reports of poor working conditions, and the effectiveness of private-sector auditing and business codes of conduct in China.

Codas & Crescendos: an evening of retrospection and celebration


Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Honorary Committee cordially invites you to celebrate the work and legacy of Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director Kim Bobo and her outstanding contribution to some of the most critical issues of our time: economic and worker justice. Join us at a tribute event where friends, staff and colleagues share stories of her dedication and passion over the last 18 years.