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The DC LERA Board of Governors invites
you to the monthly luncheon meeting...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sewing Hope: How One Factory Challenges
the Apparel Industry’s Sweatshops

Prof. John Kline
Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy,
Georgetown School of Foreign Service

Please join us for co-author John Kline’s talk on this book just released October 3rd.

As actor Danny Glover notes, “this inspiring book provides a blueprint for changing the model for making social justice and profits integral parts of the way business is done.”

It provides an in-depth review of the Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic, which boast a living wage three-times the legal minimum, high health & safety standards, and a legitimate union – all verified by an independent monitor.

Prof. John Kline teaches international business-government relations, international investment strategies and negotiations, and international business ethics.  He has authored 4 books, including Ethics for International Business and Foreign Investment in Restructuring Economies.

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  • Sign-in opens at 12:15 PM - Light Lunch  begins at 12:30 PM
  • Presentation and discussion - 1:00 PM.
  • Prices: Free for students and interns, $5 Members, $10 Non-members. Please pay at the door. PayPal is not available.
  • Please RSVP attendance so we can accurately order lunches.
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  • Venue: International Brotherhood of Teamsters -
    25 Louisiana Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001, 3 blocks south of Union Station on the Red Line and 2 blocks north of Constitution Ave., NW.




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