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  • Michael Posner on Al Jazeera America's Inside Story: Are global human rights worsening?

    February 27, 2014

    Every year, the U.S. State Department gathers intelligence and news from around the world and publishes it in an all-encompassing report on human rights. Today the latest report was released, and it criticized friend and foe alike. The State Department deplored the killing of civilians in conflict zones like Syria. It denounced the suppression of dissent and abuse of protesters in places like Cuba, Turkey and Vietnam. Restrictions on press freedoms in a wide range of countries were mentioned, too — including the continued jailing of four of our Al Jazeera colleagues by the Egyptian government. We consulted a panel of experts for the Inside Story.

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  • Center report highlighted in Bangladesh news article on improvements in the ready-made garment sector

    February 15, 2014

    The government and the local industry should work together to lead a transition to a better managed and better regulated garment sector that remains competitive over a long term, suggests a recent study. The study, conducted by the Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University Stern School of Business (NYU Stern), said enhancing the dignity of work and the sustainability of the garment sector in Bangladesh will require more than foreign solutions.

  • Written Submission to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: “Prospects for Democratic Reconciliation and Workers' Rights in Bangladesh”

    February 11, 2014

    "More than 1,800 people have died in Bangladeshi factories in the last 24 months, victims of tragic factory fires and a building collapse that ranks as one of the largest industrial accidents in modern history. In the context of an acute lack of government oversight, poor infrastructure, and loose sourcing relationships, the risk of further deadly industrial accidents remains high unless serious reform is undertaken to address these chronic problems. We commend the Committee on Foreign Relations for convening this timely and important hearing to examine the role of the U.S. Government and American and European brands in enhancing workplace safety and workers' rights in the supply chain."

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  • Michael Posner to The Washington Post: Reports of the demise of human rights were exaggerated

    January 9, 2014

    While gross abuses of human rights continue in far too many places, it is nonsense to say, as Stephen Hopgood did [“Human rights are not negotiable,” Outlook, Jan. 5] that “the ground of human rights in crumbling beneath us.” In fact, the response to these abuses is stronger and broader, fueled by three important trends.

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  • Stern's Sarah Labowitz on H&M's incentives to pay workers more

    December 4, 2013

    "H&M's new strategy to raise wages at its supplier factories is a breath of fresh air after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh....As we head into the holiday season, H&M's “roadmap towards a fair living wage in the textile industry” echoes similar efforts among a handful of other retailers, and is a hopeful sign for shoppers and workers."

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  • New York Times editorial writer Vikas Bajaj on the Center's recent meeting on Bangladesh

    September 14, 2013

    "The owner of a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, was at New York University last week to meet with clothing industry executives, labor activists and American and European government officials to talk about the Bangladeshi garment industry, the world's second-biggest exporter of clothes after China."

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  • Press Release: In-Depth Discussion Gathers Stakeholders on Bangladeshi Manufacturing

    September 13, 2013

    "'Meeting at Stern encouraged a frank discussion of the challenges and opportunities in Bangladesh. It underscored the need for greater coordination among the various national and international actors, for greater transparency and for a longer term look at the sustainability of the current sourcing model,' Labowitz said."

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  • NYU Stern's Professor Michael Posner: Bringing Human Rights to a Business School

    July 26, 2013

    “Most B-school students know they're signing up for classes in subjects like accounting and finance, but they probably don't expect to see human rights on the syllabus. Professor Michael Posner wants to change that. Posner came to NYU's Stern School of Business after four years at the Department of State to head the first-ever human-rights center at a business school.”

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  • Stern's Sarah Labowitz on Why the Recent $250 Million Commitment to Bangladesh's Factories Misses the Point

    July 19, 2013

    “Last week, almost 100 US and European companies made groundbreaking announcements about their efforts to improve working conditions in Bangladesh over the next five years. This was big news in the US, but hardly registered in Dhaka, where I was doing a fact-finding trip examining workplace safety in the garment sector. This disconnect is troubling and must be overcome if the efforts to improve factory safety and working conditions are to be successful.”

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  • In a Feature Article, the Financial Times Documents How Stern's Center for Business and Human Rights Aims to Show There Is Good in Business

    July 15, 2013

    “You need Walmart, H&M, the unions, the British government, the US government, all at the table ... I think we can be a catalyst for the discussion.” Companies are looking for measurable standards and clear metrics, he says, and the Stern centre can enable this. “We have neither the capacity nor the standing to create the metrics, but we can be a catalyst. There will always be rogue companies ... but you have to have a critical mass with a shared sense of what the standards should be.”

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  • In an Op-Ed, Sarah Labowitz Explains Why Tech Companies Must Push Back Against NSA Surveillance Programs

    July 03, 2013

    "In the national debate about large-scale U.S. government surveillance programs, technology companies are caught in the cross fire. The government has compelled companies to surrender customer information as part of classified programs about which precious little is known. Recent advocacy by several major tech companies for government disclosure is in the public interest, and Americans should support their push for greater transparency."

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  • Professor Michael Posner Explains the Significance of Labor Rights Regulations in Myanmar

    June 30, 2013

    “'This is part of a greater trend — not only in the business world, but in our world generally — toward transparency,' said Mr. Posner, who helped draft the requirements while at the State Department. 'I think it's a very healthy trend.”

  • Professor Michael Posner Reacts to the US's Measures to Halt Trade with Bangladesh

    June 27, 2013

    “'The U.S. decision sends a very strong signal to the government of Bangladesh that they have to do things differently, that there's a consequence to the way they've been operating,' said Michael H. Posner, a former assistant secretary of state of human and labor rights in the Obama administration."

  • 2013 Global Alumni Conference in Shanghai

    June 20, 2013

    “'We're now at the end of the beginning of the process,' said Mike Posner, professor in the business and society program at NYU's Stern School of Business and former assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, referring to the Guiding Principles broadly. 'Now the question is: what does this mean in very practical terms for specific companies, and how do you establish rules of the road in specific industries or countries?”

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  • Professor Michael Posner on the United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

    June 11, 2013

    “'We're now at the end of the beginning of the process,' said Mike Posner, professor in the business and society program at NYU's Stern School of Business and former assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, referring to the Guiding Principles broadly. 'Now the question is: what does this mean in very practical terms for specific companies, and how do you establish rules of the road in specific industries or countries?”

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  • Professor Michael Posner on Why Some Companies Have Not Signed Bangladesh Safety Agreements

    May 16, 2013

    "Michael Posner, a professor at New York University's Stern business school, said the reluctance of some companies stemmed from 'a judgment that they don't bear ultimate responsibility because they don't own or operate factories."

  • Professor Michael Posner on the Bangladesh Safety Agreement Signed by European Retailers

    May 14, 2013

    "Mike Posner, a professor of business and human rights at New York University's Stern School of Business, in an email said agreement to a legally binding accord by major European retailers has put U.S. retailers under pressure. 'The onus is now on American brands to step up to the plate,' he said."

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  • Professor Michael Posner on Why Companies Should Work on Labor Reform Rather Than Pull Out of Bangladesh

    May 09, 2013

    "If American and Western consumers want to help people get out of poverty, it is important for them to have a presence in countries like Bangladesh, according to Posner. 'The reality is there are four-million people, mostly young women, working in these factories in Bangladesh. They're often the only breadwinners in their families.”

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  • Professor Michael Posner on Worker Safety in Bangladesh

    May 04, 2013

    "Mr. Posner said Disney's move — apparel represents less than a fifth of the nearly $40 billion in annual sales of its licensed products — might encourage other Western brands to leave Bangladesh. 'Now other companies feel they have a green light.”

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  • In an Op-Ed, Professor Michael Posner Explains How Global Brands Can Help Improve Working Conditions

    May 02, 2013

    "Ask the workers in those factories, mostly young women, what they want. They will tell you two things. First, they want to keep their jobs, desperately. Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, and the rapid expansion of the garment sector in recent years has put food on the table for many, lifting families out of extreme poverty. Second, they want to be treated with dignity, which begins with going to work in a safe and secure environment."

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  • Michael Posner Joins NYU Stern to Establish New Center for Business and Human Rights

    February 28, 2013

    New York University Stern School of Business today announced that Michael H. Posner will join its faculty in March 2013. Posner will be a professor in the School's Business and Society Program Area and will lead an effort to establish a center for business and human rights at NYU Stern.

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  • Sarah Labowitz (Grinnell College '04) Joins NYU Stern as a Research Scholar in the Business and Society Program Area

    February 28,2013

    Posner is joined by Sarah Labowitz, who worked closely with Posner as a policy advisor in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and the Secretary's Office of the Cyber Coordinator at the State Department. Labowitz joins NYU Stern as a research scholar in the Business and Society Program Area and will help build and direct the center on business and human rights.

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