By  on June 12, 2008

In October, Gap Inc. came under fire with the disclosure that children as young as 10 worked in a sweatshop in India to produce children's goods for the chain. Gap took responsibility and said a manufacturer used an unauthorized subcontractor. The retailer, among other steps to rectify the situation, said the product would never be sold. These efforts continue, as indicated in the following Op-Ed letter, "Ending Child Labor," coauthored by Marka Hansen, president of the Gap brand in North America, and Sen. Thomas Harkin (D., Iowa), a leader on eradicating the worst forms of child labor and chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services and education. The letter recognizes International Day Against Child Labor, celebrated today, and was provided exclusively to WWD.

Six years ago, the International Labor Organization (ILO) designated today, June 12, as one to reflect upon the critical issue of child labor around the world. As representatives of government and industry, we have a responsibility to make a difference. But our actions alone are not enough. We can help lead, but others must join us in working to change attitudes and practices around the world.

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