Areas of Focus in 2018:
Protect the Protest Task Force Launches with a Promise: An Attack on One is an Attack on All
For decades, powerful interests have attempted to intimidate and silence public watchdogs, journalists, and advocacy groups by filing meritless lawsuits. This repressive tactic — called “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” (SLAPPs) — is an abuse of the court system and a violation of the First Amendment rights of those who speak truth to power.
These suits are part of a global trend in which governments and corporations are attempting to close civic space. Over the past decade, instances of activists being harassed, jailed, and even killed, have spiked. Legislatures are passing laws to criminalize protests and journalists are being restricted in their ability to report on sensitive issues.
In response to the SLAPP threat, the Protect The Protest task force has formed to put an end to corporate attempts to weaponize litigation in the United States. Our task force includes experienced lawyers, journalists, communications professionals, and activists.
ICAR Launches New Report on Trade and Labor Rights
The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) is pleased to announce the release of its new report "Tools of Trade: The Use of U.S. Generalized System of Preferences to Promote Labor Rights for All."
This report examines the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which is a trade program that conditionally provides duty-free access for more than 3,500 goods from its 120 beneficiary countries to the United States.
Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry
ICAR is pleased to announce the publication of "Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry," which was developed by a coalition of 9 organizations, including ICAR.
This report comes just ahead of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse disaster in Bangladesh. It calls for companies to adopt the Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Transparency Pledge. The Transparency Pledge draws upon existing good practices of global apparel companies and sets a floor, not ceiling, for supply chain transparency.