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AVINA is a foundation that works together with civil society and business leaders. It tries to represent a new conception of philanthropy, combining the objectives of nonprofit activities with methods and tools belonging to the business sector.

AVINA teams up with leaders in its initiatives towards sustainable development in Latin America, in diverse areas such as citizen participation and development of community organizations, effective management of natural resources; communication, and formal and non-formal educational programs. It also endorses projects that promote innovative economic activities, support for small and medium-sized enterprises, corporate social responsibility and eco-efficiency (to add value to goods and services using fewer resources while producing less waste and contamination).

AVINA works with its partners in a spirit of commitment and joint venture. It shares with them its experience in establishing attainable goals, and it helps them to better focus their programs. It may contribute financially to their initiatives, often over several years, and help them to raise additional funding. It also brings together civil society and entrepreneurial leaders in order to establish new forms of association between both sectors of society.

Address : Avina Foundation P.O. Box 0832-0390 WTC
Panama City, Panama
Phone: (+507) 208 9430


CorpWatch was founded in 1996 and counters corporate-led globalization through education, network-building and activism. It works to foster democratic control over corporations by building grassroots globalization, a diverse movement for human rights and dignity, labor rights and environmental justice. The group produces publications, launches campaigns and provides resources on its site relating to corporate responsibility.

Address: 1611 Telegraph Avenue, #702 Oakland, CA 94612 USA
Phone: 510-271-8080
Email: on website

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a multi-stakeholder process and independent institution whose mission is to develop and disseminate globally applicable Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. These Guidelines are for voluntary use by organisations for reporting on the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of their activities, products, and services. The GRI incorporates the active participation of representatives from business, accountancy, investment, environmental, human rights, research and labour organisations from around the world. Started in 1997, GRI became independent in 2002, and is an official collaborating centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and works in cooperation with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Global Compact.

Address : Keizersgracht 209, P.O. Box 10039, 1001 EA Amsterdam - THE NETHERLANDS
Phone: +31 (0) 20 531 00 00
Fax: +31 (0) 20 531 00 31
Email: info AT

ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsability)

For over thirty years the ICCR has been a leader of the corporate social responsibility movement. ICCR’s membership is an association of 275 faith- based institutional investors, including national denominations, religious communities, pension funds, endowments, hospital corporations, economic development funds and publishing companies. ICCR and its members press companies to be socially and environmentally responsible. Each year ICCR- member religious institutional investors sponsor over 100 shareholder resolutions on major social and environmental issues. The combined portfolio value of ICCR’s member organizations is estimated to be $110 billion

Address : Room 1842, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115 - USA
Phone: 212-870-2295
Fax: 212-870-2023
Email: info AT

IRENE (International Restructuring Education Network Europe)

IRENE has been stimulating and facilitating the exchange of information on labour issues since 1981 and has contacts, resources and a European programme of work which covers current international labour issues. It is an international network on development education that aims to integrate international labour issues in NGOs’ and trade unions’ mainstream education and campaign programmes.

IRENE is set up to strengthen international workers solidarity. By organising international seminars and workshops, it gives attention to new areas of work and provides new inputs in existing work. IRENE’s activities stimulate the exchange between organisations in the South and the North and within Europe.

The core question of IRENE’s work is how are workers (women and men), in different regions of the world, affected by international restructuring in the industrial and services sector. The outcome of IRENE’s work is published in the bulletin « News from IRENE ».

Address : Stationsstraat 39
5038 EC Tilburg Nederlands
Phone : +31.13.535 15 23
Fax : +31.13.544 25 78
Email :
Website :

Labour Behind the Label

Labour Behind the Label is a UK network of associations which works to support garments workers worldwide in their efforts to improve their working conditions. The group works through awareness raising, information provision and encouraging international solidarity between workers and consumers. LBL produces campaigns targeting specific companies and publications on the issues of workers rights.

Address: 38 Exchange Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1AX - UK
Phone: 01603 666160
Email: info AT

Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN)

MSN is a Canadian-based labour rights and solidarity organization committed to decent work and wages for garment workers worldwide. MSN’s program combines research, policy advocacy, corporate campaigning and engagement, coalition building, international networking and solidarity. MSN acts as the Canadian contact point for corporate campaigns and CSR engagement, monitoring the labour practices of Canadian, US and European retailers, brand merchandisers and apparel manufacturers, engaging with companies whenever possible and mobilizing public pressure for improved policies and practices when necessary. The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) acts as the secretariat for ETAG (Ethical Trading Action Group).

Address : 606 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6G 3L6 - CANADA
Phone: 416-532-8584
Fax: 416-532-7688
Email: info AT

National Labor Committee (NLC)

The mission of the National Labor Committee (NLC) is to help defend the human rights of workers in the global economy. The NLC investigates and exposes human and labor rights abuses committed by U.S. companies producing goods in the developing world. They undertake public education, research and popular campaigns that empower U.S. citizens to support the efforts of workers to learn and defend their rights. They provide international visibility to those who fight for the right to work in dignity, in healthy and safe workplaces and to earn a living wage. The NLC also press for international legal frameworks with effective enforcement mechanisms that will help create a space where fundamental internationally recognized worker rights can be assured.

The NLC’s work is helping to coalesce a new and diverse coalition that includes religious, labor, women’s, student, civil rights, solidarity, policy and grassroots groups to catalyze popular campaigns based on our original research to promote worker rights and pressure companies to end human and labor abuses. With a database of more than 22 000 organizations and individuals, NLC serve as an information center, distributing its literature and videos.

The National Labor Committee views worker rights in the global economy as indivisible and inalienable human rights and we believe that now is the time to secure them for all on the planet.

Address : 540 West 48th St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10036, USA
Phone :(001) 212 242 3002
Fax : (001) 212 242 3821
Email :
Website :

No Sweat

No Sweat is an activist campaign organisation. The group seeks to help unionise sweatshops in Britain as well as publicise, expose and help stamp out sweatshop employment throughout the world. No Sweat organises campaigns through local groups, conferences and develops actions of solidarity sweatshop workers and their organisations. Their website holds briefings on the situation of certain companies.

Address: No Sweat, PO Box 36707, London SW9 8YA - UK
Phone: 07904 431 959
Email: admin AT

Public Citizen

Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. They campaign for openness and democratic accountability in government; for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.

Address: 1600 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 - USA
Phone: (202) 588-1000
Email: See website for list of email addresses.

The Berne Declaration (DB)

The Berne Declaration is a Swiss non-governmental organization with 19’000 members. Through research, public eduaction and advocacy work, it has promoted more equitable, sustainable and democratic North-South relations since 1968.

The Berne Declaration monitors the role of Swiss corporations, banks, and government agencies. It addresses the problems of unequal international trade and financial relations, unsustainable consumption patterns and cultural prejudices. It calls on all Swiss actors - the private sector and the state, citizens and consumers - to assume their responsibilities in resolving these problems.

Address : The Berne Declaration
52 Rue de Genève 1004 Lausanne Switzerland
Phone : +41 21 620 03 03
Fax : +41 21 620 03 00
Email :
Website :

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