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Leading garment companies to present at ILO-Better Work Conference
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Nov '09
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, the International Labour Organization, and Better Work are inviting media to a full-day event highlighting 10 years of increasing competitiveness through the improvement of labor standards.

On November 19, the event will bring together over 200 participants from various backgrounds including policymakers, businesses, international and U.S. employer organizations and trade unions, opinion leaders, donors and technical agencies, the broader think tank and policy research community, and senior staff of the World Bank and IFC.

Several garment companies will be represented at the conference such as American Eagle Outfitters, Gap Inc., Jones Apparel, Levi Strauss & Co., Martha Stewart Living, Nike Polo Ralph Lauren, Walt Disney, Wal-mart. The full list of participants can be made available upon request.

Participants will review the achievements of the Better Factories Cambodia and Better Work programs that have benefited more than 1.2 million workers worldwide, and discuss ways to reach millions more by expanding to new industries.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Media may choose to attend one or all sessions according to availability and also are invited to a luncheon scheduled for 12:45 p.m., located at the lobby level.

Venue: IFC Auditorium, 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.

Speakers:

• Michael Kobori, Vice President, Supply Chain Social and Environmental Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co
• Sandra Polaski, Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs, U. S. Department of Labor
• Rachel Kyte, IFC's Vice President, Business Advisory Services
• Ros Harvey, Global Program Manager, Better Work
• Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister, Minister of Commerce, Cambodia
• Dr. Gazi Shbeikat, Minister of Labor, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

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