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"...How brands and their suppliers can work together eliminate child labour."
Eliminating child labour from the supply chain -- Today is World Day Against Child Labour. Launched in 2002 by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), World Day Against Child Labour is intended to highlight the plight of child workers and serve as a catalyst for change. It is an opportunity for companies to examine their processes and explore what they can do to ensure that children are not being used in their supply chains. Child labour is considered to be the hiring or employment of anyone below the national minimum working age or the age of 15 – whichever is highest. With a 2010 ILO report estimating that 215 million children around the world are involved in child labour, one of the key challenges facing organisations is the sheer scale of the problem.

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2.6 Trillion Pounds of Garbage: Where Does the World's Trash Go? -- This year, the world will generate 2.6 trillion pounds of garbage -- the weight of about 7,000 Empire State Buildings. What kind of trash is it? Where does it all go? The answer is that just under half of it comes from "organic" waste -- food, mostly -- and most of it goes into landfills, according to a new report this week from the World Bank. Here's that story in pie charts, provided by the report.

The effects of austerity.
Greek Antiquities, Long Fragile, Are Endangered by Austerity -- A jarring public-awareness ad that has appeared recently on Greek television news shows a little girl strolling with her mother through the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, one of the country's cultural crown jewels. The girl skips off by herself, and as she stands alone before a 2,500-year-old marble statue, a hand suddenly sweeps in from behind, covering her mouth and yanking her away. An instant later, she reappears, apparently unharmed but staring forlornly at an empty plinth: The kidnappers weren't after the girl -- they were after the statue. The ad, produced by the Association of Greek Archaeologists, is most immediately a reminder of an armed robbery of dozens of artifacts from a museum in Olympia in February, amid persistent security shortcomings at museums across the country. But the campaign's central message -- "Monuments have no voice. They must have yours" -- is a much broader attack on deep cultural budget cuts being made as part of the austerity measures imposed on Greece by the European economic establishment, measures that have led in recent weeks to an electoral crisis, a caretaker government and the specter of Greece's departure from the euro zone.

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Institute's Gas Drilling Report Leads to Claims of Bias and Concern for a University's Image -- A report from a new institute at the State University at Buffalo asserting that state oversight has made natural gas drilling safer is causing tumult on campus and beyond, with critics arguing that the institute is biased toward industry and could undercut the university's reputation. The study, issued on May 15, said that state regulation in Pennsylvania had made drilling there far safer and that New York rules were even more likely to ensure safety once drilling gets under way in the state.

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