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Whatabout Fair Labor?

Imagine workers from around the world sitting on your couch, in the back seat of your car, hanging out in your clothes closet. They may not be there, but their labor definitely is. Join us for Whatabout Fair Labor?

Guest Bios

Marsha Dickson

Dr. Marsha Dickson (Professor and Chairperson, Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, University of Delaware) is internationally known for her research and teaching on socially responsible practices in the apparel industry, for which she’s been awarded Apparel Magazine’s All-Star Award and the International Textile and Apparel Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award. Her research has been conducted in several countries, including China, Guatemala, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. She is founder and President of an international consortium of Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business. Dickson is also a member of the board of directors of the Fair Labor Association, a non-governmental organization originally formed by President Clinton to address labor standards and working conditions in the apparel industry.

Laura Chapman Rubbo

Laura Chapman Rubbo is the Director of International Labor Standards at The Walt Disney Company, headquartered in Burbank, California. Ms. Rubbo plays a key leadership role at Disney in managing strategy, policy and programs for Disney’s global supply chain labor standards program. Among her specific responsibilities, she leads the global factory monitoring program, external stakeholder engagement and communications, industry collaboration, supply chain philanthropic investments, risk assessment, research, and training.

Doug Cahn

Doug Cahn, principal of The Cahn Group, LLC, has been a corporate responsibility and public policy executive for nearly 30 years. During that time, he has implemented corporate programs that address supply chain labor standards, human rights, environment, government relations, community relations, advocacy and communications. Mr. Cahn is a pioneer in applying corporate codes of conduct to factories owned and operated by third parties in Asia, Central America and Eastern Europe. He is co-founder and member of the advisory board of the Fair Factories Clearinghouse, a member of the Board of Verité and a member of the advisory board of GoodWeave.

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