Top 10 Reasons to Give

10. Giving is easyâ–º

And we need your donation.

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9. We provide essential tools for government buyers who want to use your tax dollars responsiblyâ–º

We developed a new model purchasing policy and publicized a whole toolbox of resources to help government buyers get stuff made in good conditions.

Policy wonks love the model policy.  Donate here.

8. We make government and industry see-throughâ–º

We have launched Sweatfree LinkUp! This is a first-of-its-kind online database of apparel factories, manufacturers, and vendors in the government procurement supply chain.

It's almost like government is doing its business naked.  Donate here.

7. You can help more good ideas come to lifeâ–º

We plan a new manufacturer program to improve working conditions in supplier factories and to help participating manufacturers prove compliance to public agencies. More of the good guys will stand out in the competition for public contracts.

This can actually work. Donate here.

6. You can join your voice with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Governor Edward Rendellâ–º

Drumroll one...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York, states: “The work of the members of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium is an important part of the effort to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not provided to entities that operate sweatshops.  New York is proud to be a part of this effort to promote sweatfree purchasing.”

Drumroll two...

Former Governor Edward G. Rendell, Pennsylvania, opines: “We have a moral obligation to ensure [the sweatshop] practice is not rewarded through state contracts and taxpayer dollars…. By using our combined state procurement power, we can impart real change.”

They are right.  Donate here.

5. The right leaders for the causeâ–º

Our Board of Directors include people with the reach and expertise of government buyers and people who have spent their lives studying and fighting for labor rights. They are not only experts on their fields; they work really hard for the Consortium.

Leaders you can believe in.  Donate here.

4. You want to stop, not join, the race to the bottomâ–º

Workplace investigations show that our police, fire fighters, and other public employees may be wearing uniforms that are made in sweatshops in Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and many other places around the globe. Long hours for little pay in abusive conditions are the norm for these workers. That means our government may be subsidizing sweatshops and inadvertently accelerating the race the bottom in the global economy when awarding public contracts.

We are off course.  Help steer us right.  Donate here.

3. The fires and building collapses in the garment industry must endâ–º

At least 259 workers were killed in a garment factory fire on September 11, 2012, in Karachi, Pakistan.  There were no fire exits; windows were barred.  One hundred and twelve garment workers were killed in the Tazreen Fashions fire on November 24, 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  More than 1,100 garment workers were crushed to death when the Rana Plaza factories collapsed on April 24, 2013.

Garment workers should not have to risk their lives at work.  Donate here.

2. A vision you believe inâ–º

Government purchasing is an economic force that we can harness to protect workers and promote ethical business practices. We can create a market for decent work that fosters tens of thousands of good jobs, makes a global industry transparent and accountable for working conditions, and nurtures public confidence in government.

This is a vision worth fighting for.  Donate here.

1. You like to give and we very much appreciate your giftâ–º

You can donate any amount and we will put it to good use, helping government purchasers to support decent working conditions with your tax dollars. 

This is a great time to give.  Donate here.

THANK YOU!

 

Participants at early meeting of Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2007