Cotton Initiative Intern

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As You Sow
1611 Telegraph Ave., Suite 1450
Oakland, CA
Application Deadline: September 28, 2014
Position: Part-time, Paid
Timeframe: 10/10/14 — 12/10/14 (Flexible)

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Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a project of the nonprofit organization As You Sow
(, is dedicated to ending human rights abuses and forced labor associated
with the raw materials found in products we use every day. RSN builds responsible supply
chain coalitions of diverse stakeholders including investors, companies, and human rights advocates. Currently, RSN works with network participants to leverage their influence in the areas of conflict minerals from the Congo and forced labor in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan to create positive change for brands, consumers, and the impacted communities.

The Cotton Initiative for the Responsible Sourcing Network seeks one intern to research the activities of brands and retailers to address forced labor in their supply chains. Each year, the government of Uzbekistan orders over one million children and adults to labor in the country’s cotton fields for three months, providing them little to no reimbursement for their work. In an effort to end this practice of systemic, government-led exploitation, over 150 of the world’s largest apparel brands and retailers have committed to avoiding Uzbek cotton. RSN requires a meticulous and avid researcher to compile information on exactly what brands and retailers have committed to, what they are doing to adhere to their commitments, and what they are doing to ensure the yarn and textile suppliers in their value chains are meeting their requirements.

Additionally, there are many home goods and apparel brands that have not yet made a commitment not to source Uzbek cotton. Part of the responsibilities will be encouraging them to sign RSN’s Cotton Pledge to not support forced labor in Uzbek cotton fields.

We encourage all applicants to review our website before applying.
Send your resume and a cover letter describing why you are interested in the position to no later than September 28. Include “Cotton Initiative Intern” in the subject line of your email.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


• Track corporate policies and activities regarding forced and child labor
• Upload information into a Salesforce database
• Encourage brands and retailers to sign the Cotton Pledge against forced child labor in Uzbekistan
• Contribute to RSN blog, social media, and website
• Support RSN director in managing an Advisory Committee for a new slave-free verification effort


Candidates should
• Be pursuing a graduate degree or an advanced undergraduate (junior or senior) in public policy, apparel/textile management, human rights, government, or international law
• Have excellent research, analysis, writing, and communication skills
• Be comfortable reviewing documents and technical reports
• Be able to prioritize tasks and work independently
• Have good organizational and time management skills, with an excellent attention to detail
• Be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, and committed to excellence
• Be proficient with internet research and the Microsoft Office Suite
• Interest in human rights, labor rights, and/or social issues
• Interest in corporate responsibility and supply chains
• Experience with Salesforce or other database management system is a plus

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