Free Webinar: Update on the Turkmenistan Cotton Harvest

Please join Responsible Sourcing Network on Wednesday, May 20 at 11am EDT (8am Pacific) for a free webinar focusing on the latest research and observations from the 2019 cotton harvest in Turkmenistan. The Government of Turkmenistan forced tens of thousands of its citizens to pick cotton or pay for replacement pickers last year, similar to prior years.

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Ruslan Myatiev, director of, will provide an update on the 2019 cotton harvest and observed evidence regarding forced labor.
Chloe Cranston, business and human rights manager at Anti-Slavery International, will review highlights from a report Anti-Slavery International published last year on cotton flows of Turkmen cotton to Turkey and other international destinations.
Patricia Jurewicz, RSN founder, will give an update on the Turkmen Cotton Pledge, investor education, and Cotton Campaign activities.

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May 20th at 8am PT / 11am ET / 5pm CET

Even if you cannot attend the webinar, please register. All registrants will receive a link to the recorded webinar.

Funding DWOI Training

WHWB-US is ending the year in the giving spirit! Our board members have just approved the funding of three Developing World Outreach Initiative (DWOI) global industrial hygiene training courses. These trainings will take place in 2020 in West Bengal, Mozambique, and Bangladesh. We are excited to have the opportunity to support DWOI and their in-country partner organizations as they train occupational hygiene and safety personnel, collaboratively increasing global industrial hygiene knowledge and application around the world.

Sustainable Fashion

In collaboration with Remake and Adalinda, a project was launched to look at worker health and safety together with designers, operating officers, and founders of fashion companies. WHWB-US helped fund the first public forum on sustainable fashion on November 7 in lower Manhattan. The event included about a dozen committed and concerned individuals, mainly from the fashion industry. The discussion included the NYC shirtwaist factory fire and Rana Plaza. Having an experienced buyer participate in the discussion underlined the complexity of interrelationship of occupational and environmental health and economics. This meeting served as a springboard for future events and projects. WHWB-US board members Jennifer Galvin and Mary O’Reilly will continue to advise on worker health and safety, while partnering organizations will focus on integrating this and other sustainable practices into the fashion industry. We’re excited to begin breaking ground on this new and exciting project!

Third Quarter Membership Meeting Update

Thanks to all who were able to join us for our quarterly general membership teleconference! As Dr. Mary O’Reilly’s presentation highlighted, please continue to consider how your clothing is manufactured when purchasing new items. The average American discards ~80 pounds of clothing each year. Workers in the textile industry who manufacture clothing in low- and middle-income countries may be subjected to long hours, repetitive work, awkward postures, poor ventilation, and low or no pay. Dr. O’Reilly has developed partnerships with organizations such as Remake and Adalinda in order to help promote safe and sustainable fashion.

2019 Student Dinner

What a wonderful evening our board members had. Following the first day of our annual board meeting in Ann Arbor, WHWB-US board members hosted students from the University of Michigan Industrial Hygiene Student Association for our 5th annual student dinner at The Original Cottage Inn. It’s always great to hear what the students have been up to and see the wonderful direction we’re heading; we’re really looking forward to their presentations next fall on the global hygiene and safety internships they complete over the summer semester. Good luck to all!

UMIHSA Road Rally Raises $$$$$

The University of Michigan Industrial Hygiene Student Association (UMIHSA), a student chapter of WHWB-US, raised over $400 during their annual scavenger hunt fundraiser. This money was donated to WHWB International and will be a huge contribution to future projects and improving worker health and safety across the globe. A huge thank you to UMIHSA for all of their hard work!

Welcome New Student Chapter!

WHWB-US is thrilled to announce that a new student chapter has been formed in Washington DC – a warm welcome to our newest student members from George Washington University and Georgetown University!  This effort was spearheaded by Dr. David Goldsmith and Gayle Goff, with Dr. Goldsmith acting as the faculty sponsor.