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Carol Bellamy elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fair Labor Foundation

Carol Bellamy elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fair Labor Foundation

The non-profit FLA marshals the power and commitment of socially responsible companies, colleges and universities, and civil society and labor and human rights groups in its mission to protect workers' rights and improve working conditions by promoting adherence to international labor standards. In her new position, Bellamy will lead the FLA Board, which sets policy for the organization and is equally represented by six members of each of the organization's three stakeholder groups. Carol Bellamy was the first returned Volunteer (Guatemala 1963–65) to be confirmed by the Senate as director of the Peace Corps.

Carol Bellamy elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fair Labor Foundation

FLA Elects Carol Bellamy Chair of its Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, July 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carol Bellamy, currently the President and CEO of World Learning and its School for International Training, and the former Executive Director of UNICEF and Director of the Peace Corps, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fair Labor Foundation (FLA), effective August 1, 2007. She succeeds Adele Simmons, the former President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, who served in the position since 2003.

The non-profit FLA marshals the power and commitment of socially responsible companies, colleges and universities, and civil society and labor and human rights groups in its mission to protect workers' rights and improve working conditions by promoting adherence to international labor standards. In her new position, Bellamy will lead the FLA Board, which sets policy for the organization and is equally represented by six members of each of the organization's three stakeholder groups.

"I am delighted to be joining the FLA at this point in its development," said Bellamy. "For eight years the FLA has been strengthening its capacity to work with companies, factories, civil society organizations and others to end sweatshop labor and protect workers' rights. It is now moving beyond its rigorous monitoring program to focus greater attention on identifying the root causes of these problems and to develop sustainable compliance programs. I hope that in the coming years I can help the FLA deepen and expand its impact and provide even stronger leadership in the field."

World Learning, the organization that Bellamy currently heads, seeks to foster global citizenship through experiential education and community-driven development programs. It has operations in more than 70 countries. Bellamy assumed the leadership in May 2005, after completing ten years of service as Executive Director of UNICEF, the children's agency of the United Nations. During her tenure at UNICEF, Bellamy doubled the organization's resources and was recognized for her role in modernizing the organization and increasing its efficiency.

Prior to joining UNICEF, Bellamy was Director of the United States Peace Corps. She became the first ever Peace Corps volunteer to lead the agency, having served in Guatemala from 1963-65. Her service as a Peace Corps volunteer, Bellamy has noted, had a profound impact on her commitment to activism.

Ms. Bellamy has had a distinguished career in the private sector. She was a Managing Director of the investment firm Bear Stearns & Co. from 1990 to 1993, and a Principal at Morgan Stanley and Co. from 1986 to 1990. Between 1968 and 1971, she was an associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore.

Ms. Bellamy also spent 13 years as an elected public official, including five years in the New York State Senate (1973-77). In 1978, she became the first woman to be elected to citywide office in New York City when she was elected president of the New York City Council, a position she held until 1985.

Ms. Bellamy earned her law degree from New York University in 1968. She is a former Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, the 2006 Lecturer in Human Values at Oxford (UK) and an honorary member of Phi Alpha Alpha, the U.S. National Honor Society for Accomplishment and Scholarship in Public Affairs and Administration. In 2004, Bellamy was named to Forbes magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. She received her B.A. from Gettysburg College in 1963. Bellamy was born and raised in the New York City area.

"We are extraordinarily pleased that Carol Bellamy has agreed to join the FLA Board in this leadership role," commented Bob Durkee, vice president and secretary at Princeton University and the FLA Board member who chaired the search committee. "With her breadth of international experience, her demonstrated leadership skills, her strong personal qualities, and her commitment to the mission of the FLA, we believe we could not have made a better appointment."

Pharis Harvey, an FLA Board member and the founder and former executive director of the International Labor Rights Fund, noted: "In its efforts to improve the lives of workers in factories throughout the world, the FLA draws great strength from the participation of workers' groups and other civil society organizations, universities, as well as companies and factories. The FLA Chair plays key roles in overseeing the work of the Board and in helping to sustain effective engagement by all of these constituencies," Harvey continued. "Carol Bellamy has a keen understanding of the challenges we face and the goals to which we aspire, and she has the energy and experience necessary to help us overcome our challenges and achieve our goals."

Art Heffner, the Executive Vice President of Phillips-Van Heusen and a FLA Board member, commented, "Carol Bellamy brings a strong combination of organizational skills, first-hand experience in meeting human needs around the globe, a background in both the public and the private sector and a recognition of the fact that working conditions will be improved in meaningful ways only through sustained efforts by multiple constituencies working together." He continued, "Carol has devoted her life and career to the service of others, and we are very pleased that she has now agreed to take on this new responsibility as Chair of the FLA Board."

At its most recent Board meeting on June 13 in the Dominican Republic, the FLA commended and thanked Simmons for her four years as Chair, noting especially her leadership of a strategic planning process that was completed last summer. "Adele oversaw the FLA during a period of significant change, growth, reorganization and improvement," Durkee said. "She was unwavering in her commitment to the goals and the work of the FLA, recognizing as she did the enormous positive impact it can have on workers and working conditions around the world."

The FLA was created in 1999, following a challenge by President Clinton to the apparel industry and non-governmental organizations to address the world-wide problem of sweatshop labor. The first FLA Board chair was Charles Ruff, the former White House counsel during the Clinton Administration. He was succeeded by Dan Glickman, the former Agriculture Secretary and congressman, now head of the Motion Picture Association of America, and then by Simmons. Fair Labor Association

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