Where Am I Wearing? (Websites)

Web Resources

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Organizations from the Book

International Labor Organization

The mission of the ILO is to promote internationally recognized human and labor rights, as an essential step toward prosperity.  The organization brings governments, employers, and workers together to set labor standards and develop policies and programs to ensure worker needs are met.


The United Nation Children’s Fund is devoted to the rights of children around the world.  The global organization focuses on issues related to poverty, education, gender equality, survival and development, disease, and violence.

United Students Against Sweatshops

According to their site, USAS is the nation’s largest student labor campaign organization.  The group focuses on campaigns for economic justice in local communities and in overseas factories where collegiate apparel is produced.

SweatFree Communities

Formed in 2003, this organization seeks to improve working conditions for sweatshop workers around the world.  In 2010, the group, in an effort to strengthen advocacy efforts, became a campaign of the International Labor Rights Forum.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association

Located in Bangladesh, the objective of BGMEA is to establish a healthy business environment between manufacturers, exporters, and importers.  The site provides access to the association’s news, plus facts and statistics related to the garment industry in Bangladesh.

Mines Advisory Group

Established in 1989, MAG has worked in more than 40 countries, including Cambodia to destroy land mines and other explosive weapons remaining after conflict.

Country Information

CIA World Factbook

Find information about the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for more than 250 countries.  At the site, select your country of interest in the top right corner of the page.

Country Studies

From the Library of Congress, the Country Studies Series provides a historical description and analysis of the social, economic, and political systems of countries around the world.   The studies provided are electronic versions of books published between 1988 and 1998, although a few countries have updated reports.   While most of the information isn’t current, it is meant to provide a background analysis on a country’s history, society, economy, and politics.

Population Reference Bureau

Search for data by topic or limit to a specific region or country.  Topics include demographic statistics, economics, education, environment, gender, policy and reproductive health.

Additional Information

Human Rights Country Reports

Provided by the U.S. Department of State, the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (Human Rights Reports) cover individual, civil, political, and worker rights.  The department submits reports annually.  Click on “2012”   to view the latest.          

Thomas: Legislative Information

The Thomas web site offers the text of bills, congressional records, and committee reports, and provides status reports for public laws.  At the home page, search for current legislation or select “Advanced Search” to search multiple congresses.  Search the text of bills back to 1989.

TED Talks: Consumerism

TED is an organization focused on “Ideas Worth Spreading”.  The link here connects to 12 short talks on the topic of consumerism from experts in a variety of industries.

World Bank: Poverty

World Bank staff work with countries to track poverty and inequality trends and analyze how economic growth impacts different groups in society. The organization focuses on policies to improve the quality of public services.  At the site, access data and research related to poverty around the world.

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