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Neal KEARNEY General Secretary, The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation, Brussels


1967 joined the National Union of Bank Employees
1971 National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers
1973 Information Officer
1976 Head of Information and Research Department
1975-1978 adviser to the U.K. Economic Development Committee for the Clothing Industry
1976-1988 member of the TUC's Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries' Committee
1978-1988 member of the Clothing EDC and of the National Economic Development Office Joint Textile Committee
since 1988 General Secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation
1974 Labour Party candidate for the UK Parliament
1978 Elected Councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London
1981-1988 Elected Leader of the Opposition on the Council


Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
Vice-Chair of the Global Union Federations General Conference, 1995-1997 and as Chair, 1997-1999
Member of the Advisory Board of Social Accountability International in New York, 1997-2006
Member of the United Kingdom s Ethical Trading Initiative Board of Directors, 1998
Chair of the ETI s Sri Lanka Pilot Project, 2002-2006


Recognised as a leading authority on corporate codes of conduct, he has broadcast and written widely, his latest publication being a contribution on Codes of Conduct to "Regulating International Business: Beyond Liberalisation" from MacMillan.


"Il Natale, La Notta della Vita" international award for his work on the elimination of child labour worldwide, 1998
"1999 Work and Environment Award" of the Associazione Ambiente e Lavoro for his efforts to improve working conditions, especially in developing countries, 1999