Notre Dame students research Bookstore products

first_imgLast semester, a team of Notre Dame students — sophomore Do Dam Hoang, juniors Maggie Feighery and Joseph Laski and seniors John Nolan and Michelle Kim — chose several items from the bookstore and researched their supply chains, hoping to gain insight into any human trafficking or civil rights violations involved in the production process. The team undertook this consulting project as part of a human trafficking seminar directed by associate director for the Center of Civil and Human Rights, Christine Cervenak.The students conducted research using their client — the Notre Dame Licensing Department — to learn more information about bookstore vendors. The team identified merchandise including a Camelbak water bottle, a Hanes brand sweatshirt, a 47 brand cap, and Balfour class rings.“Using data that’s available on the internet and data that they could get through the Licensing Department and Thomson-Reuters, they were able to investigate predictive risk analysis around companies and countries where items are produced,” Cervenak said. “Their task was to dive into the supply chains of these four products and assess the risk of there being forced labor in the supply chain.”Junior Maggie Feighery said she acted as a source of communication for the team, as she was a social compliance intern with the Licensing Department at the time of the project.“We generated some risk maps for these company supply chains, and all of them showed low risk for trafficking, which is great,” Feighery said. “Notre Dame is a leader among universities in terms of labor standards and being careful about what companies we license.”Cervenak said in investigating these products, the team did find room for improvement in regards to Camelbak water bottles, whose supply chain revealed it doesn’t exhibit best practices in comparison to some of its competitors.“It was an interesting suggestion that Notre Dame might say, “Let’s look at better alternatives” or “Let’s offer better alternatives to consumers,”’’ Cervenak said. “This all comes from an interest in having consumers be more aware of how dirty and clean the supply chain can be.”One of the most important conclusions of the team’s project was that studying supply chains is difficult because there are so few companies that exhibit complete transparency, Feighery said.“The main takeaway was that it is really, really difficult to trace a supply chain beyond the factory level,” Feighery said. “There are very few companies that actually keep track of where their materials are sourced from and even when they get parts of the products like buttons or zippers.”Companies’ lack of transparency was a significant point Cervenak said she wanted her to students to understand.“It was important not only for the students to learn how complicated it is, and what best practices and companies look like, and how rare that is today [but also to understand] the role of consumers and sharing this with the campus community, which they did when they presented their findings at the Higgins Labor Cafe last semester,” she said. Tags: Higgins Labor Cafe, Licensing Department, Thomson-Reuterslast_img read more

Huge garage and plenty of storage for ‘lock and leave’ downsizers

first_imgVue on MaltmanJust 10 terrace-style homes will be built at Vue on Maltman, which is being constructed at 27 Maltman St, Kings Beach.Construction started last month, with stage one – four terrace homes on Maltman St – due for completion by July.The final six residences, which will be accessible from Saltair St, will start in July. Mr Ward said the site afforded views of the Glasshouse Mountains as well as Moreton Island and Pumicestone Passage.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoVue on Maltman“The natural landscapes surrounding the site are truly spectacular and I have no doubt they will attract plenty of attention from owner-occupiers,” Mr Ward, a builder, said.“We’ve made a point of incorporating terraces and balconies on the first and second floors so residents have the opportunity to take in the stunning outlook from the comfort of their home.”Each terrace home will include three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and three carparks, a private lift to each residence, airconditioning, an internal laundry, built-in wardrobes, a spacious balcony and high-end appliances and finishes.There is 100sq m of open-plan living space on the first floor, with all three bedrooms on the second floor. Vue on MaltmanWith a three-vehicle garage larger than some inner-city apartments, each terrace home at Vue on Maltman is big on space.And privacy.“Each 340sq m residence is split across three floors, with all levels linked by stairs and a private lift,” developer Mark Ward, who is working with fellow Sunshine Coast businessman Sno Carter, said.“In my time spent developing and constructing properties in the region, I’ve noticed there are plenty of people wanting to downsize from larger homes, but they’re not interested in entering a small unit.” Vue on MaltmanMr Ward said they had designed the terrace homes with downsizers in mind.“We set about designing a product that is more manageable in terms of size, but still has a high-end feel and all the modern luxuries,” Mr Ward said.“We’ve made a point of incorporating terraces and balconies on the first and second floors so residents have the opportunity to take in the stunning outlook from the comfort of their home.”Todd McKee of McGrath Estate Agents said buyers could also request a plunge pool.“There is space for that, if required,” he said. “But the focus has been on the downsizer who just wants a beautiful home that they can lock up and leave.“The three-car garage, you can have your three cars, or a motorbike, even a camper trailer, in there.“And there is ample storage space.”Mr McKee said one terrace house had already sold to a local couple, who he described the couple as “your typical downsizers”.Terrace houses at Vue on Maltman start from $1.495 million.last_img read more