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The Apparel Industry and Codes of Conduct
A Solution to the International Child Labor Problem?

Volume III in the By the Sweat & Toil of Children series, titled The Apparel Industry and Codes of Conduct, explores the use of codes of conduct by manufacturers as a possible solution to the international child labor problem.

The first part of this report focuses on information gathered from a voluntary survey of retailers and apparel manufacturers in which most indicated that they have adopted provisions to prohibit the use of child labor in products they import. Generally, there are significant differences in the provisions' definitions of child labor, the extent to which implementation of the codes is transparent, and the ways in which the implementation of the provisions is monitored and enforced.

The second part, focusing on information gathered from field visits to 74 apparel producing plants and 20 export processing zones in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and the Philippines, examines ways in which codes of conduct are actually implemented. 242 pages. 1996.

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