Friday, April 1, 2011

Target? Tar-yeay!

Just wanted to share this note from referencing exploitative working conditions and how to help:

In the past few weeks, more than 22,000 members sent emails urging Target to stop selling gold mined by forced child labor and other exploited workers.

Guess what? It worked.

Target has agreed to sign on to Earthworks' "No Dirty Gold" campaign, making it the latest of more than 70 companies (such as Tiffany & Co. and JCPenney) who have pledged only to sell gold mined by workers who are treated fairly. We're grateful to Target for stepping up and doing the right thing in this case. But what about other major American chains?

Now is the time to build momentum. And Costco is up next.

Gold is mined by child and slave labor in 17 countries around the world. Children as young as five have been found working in gold mines, and children under 14 are regularly forced to handle dangerous chemicals and perform backbreaking labor. Much of this gold ends up in jewelry and consumer electronics sold in the U.S.

Costco can become a leader in the movement to stop child exploitation in the gold industry –– and our best chance to make that happen is by acting right now to pressure Costco to follow Target's good example.

Tell Costco to stop selling gold mined by children and exploited workers:

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