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Published on August 18th, 2010 | by Editor

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State Department Promotes Labor and Corporate Responsibility

The State Department’s Office of International Labor and Corporate Social Responsibility, part of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, promotes labor and corporate responsibility in partnership with the private sector, organized labor, NGOs, intergovernmental organizations, international organizations and other U.S. federal agencies.

Key priority areas of the Office of International Labor and Corporate Social Responsibility include:

• Promoting organized labor and their role as reformers in developing countries.
• Partnering with the private sector to protect human rights, including workers rights, and to promote good governance, transparency, and the rule of law.
• Promoting labor rights through free trade agreements and other international negotiations.
• Combating child labor, forced labor, and trafficking in persons.

Worker Rights poster, courtesy of Solidarity Center

Worker Rights poster, courtesy of Solidarity Center

The State Department supports projects that promote these goals, including an anti-sweatshop initiative to fund the development of approaches to combat sweatshop labor in overseas factories. Since 2000, nearly $18 million in projects have been funded through this initiative.

The State Department’s Office of International Labor and Corporate Social Responsibility, is headed by Barbara Shailor. Ms. Shailor leads the Department’s effort to promote workers’ rights, liaise with the global labor movement, and focus on strengthening the labor function at our embassies. She is responsible for issues involving international labor affairs and the impact of American foreign policy and programs on international labor rights and living standards.

Ms. Shailor is internationally recognized for her lifelong work to secure economic, social, and political rights for workers in the United States and throughout the world.

Prior to her appointment, Ms Shailor was the Director of the International Department of the AFL-CIO and served as senior advisor to President Richard Trumka and John Sweeney on foreign and international policy issues.

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