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Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply ChainsProblems, Progress, and Prospects$
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Sarosh Kuruvilla

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501754517

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501754517.001.0001

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Has Private Regulation Improved Labor Practices in Global Supply Chains?

Has Private Regulation Improved Labor Practices in Global Supply Chains?

An Empirical Examination

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Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains

Jinsun Bae

Cornell University Press

This chapter evaluates whether private regulation has brought about meaningful and sustainable improvements in labor standards and the lives of workers. It first looks at overall progress in terms of the number of violations recorded through more than twenty thousand reliable audits in multiple industries and countries over a seven-year period, before considering progress in specific factories that have been audited multiple times in India to see whether the improvement is being sustained. It appears reasonable to assume that a factory that is audited multiple times over a three-year period will register improvements (in terms of having fewer violations) after each audit. The data for these two examinations were provided by AUDCO, a global auditing company. The chapter then explores progress in specific factories, with data from the Better Work program. Finally, it examines the specific case of the supply chain of a global home products retailer, in which the factories have demonstrated remarkable progress in compliance over a short time frame.

Keywords:   private regulation, labor standards, workers, labor standards violations, India, factories, AUDCO, Better Work program, compliance, global auditing company

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